Participating in the ‘Hull Dance Prize’ has brought about many wonderful developments in my creative practice. Beyond the opportunity to achieve investment in projects through financial support, the opportunity to share developing work, building audience and forming new partnerships.

My first presentation at Hull Dance Prize, back in 2016, was with our work ‘Cloud’. On that occasion we didn’t win any of the specific prizes, but as a result of this presentation we were invited to then present ‘Cloud’ in Hull as part of a wonderful platform to present work in unconventional spaces. By performing at this event, it has enabled me to build new audience for my work, ultimately contributing to us being awarded the ‘audience prize’ at the following Hull Dance Prize, with our piece ‘Seedling’.

As a result of performing ‘Seedling’, at the 2017 Hull Dance Prize, I was also able to meet up with Ed Grimoldby (Grim Visions), who has subsequently become a collaborating partner for a new work called ‘Drift’, which we are delighted to bring to the upcoming 2018 prize event.

‘Hull Dance Prize’ is a fantastic opportunity to platform work and ideas, gain valuable artistic feedback from a highly experienced panel, exposure to a public audience and an opportunity to discover new creative relationships, long may it continue.

Anthony Middleton
September 2018