Vote for your favourite at the Hull Dance Prize

Published: Thursday 9th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Five emerging dance companies and one cash reward. Who will win this year’s Hull Dance Prize?

Run by dancers and artists, Hull Dance is part of Hull City Council. They work closely with the Artist Development Team to improve the opportunities for contemporary dancers to live and work in the city.

The winner of the annual competition will be announced this evening at Hull Truck Theatre. On the night, audiences can watch five spectacular performances from dance companies in the Yorkshire and Humber region that have been shortlisted especially for this event.

“Each company is selected because of its high quality performance,” Artistic Director Keyna Paul explains. “This year, I think we have a really good range of competitors. We have a solo performance, a group, a poetry piece, motion movement, and a company exploring the latest technology in the dance industry. It’s going to be a great night.”

Keyna, who has been dancing for over thirty years, performing, choreographing and mentoring, has worked in both Hull and Lincolnshire to provide a platform for budding professional dancers. A keen advocate for dance, she has also been an external examiner for the Post Graduate Dance in the Community Programme at Trinity Laban, as well as charing several arts boards. She has also written an intriguing book, Dance Manual.

After all of the shows have been performed, a panel of three experts who are respected nationally in the industry will judge and help choose the company that will receive the £1,500 cash prize.

“The panel will select the performance that they feel would benefit the most from the money, whether this is more development or a tour,” Keyna tells us.

The money will mean that these companies can grow and develop their work, as Keyna expands: “They can use it to apply for more funding; they could bring someone in to help fine-tune the piece, or they could use it to put together a tour. It really gives them a huge boost.”

Audiences, on the other hand, are involved every step of the way and can electronically select which company they would like to be the overall winner:

“It’s a brilliant chance for people to influence which activity is supported and will be seen in the city and surrounding areas in the future. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to see some good quality contemporary dance, and just to have a good night out,” she adds.

The Hull Dance Prize takes place at Hull Truck Theatre tonight from 7:30pm. Tickets start from just £10 and can be purchased on the Hull Truck Theatre website.

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Published: Thursday 9th November 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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