If you are aged 18-25, love choreographing and are interested in exclusive workshops with some of the country’s best choreographers, then you may wish to apply to participate in one or both of the following weekend residencies:

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd November 2019 Dartington Estate, Devon

Saturday 15th Sunday 16th February 2020 Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth

We are proud to announce that the YCSW Residency at Dance in Devon will be led by Rebecca Evans, Choreographer and Artistic Director at the Pell Ensemble and Mark Bruce, Choreographer, Dancer and Director of the Mark Bruce Company!

Please complete and submit a written application via the Google Form linked here, or send a video application via WeTransfer to claire@pdsw.org.uk by 9am on Friday 11th October.

Please download and read the guidance notes before applying.

YCSW Guidance Notes 2019




Mark Bruce has choreographed, directed and danced internationally for over 25 years, working with Rosas, Bern Ballet, Ballet Black,  Introdans, Igloo, Probe, and DJazzex among others. He formed the Mark Bruce Company in 1991. Productions include Moonlight Drive (1991), Lovesick (1995), Helen, Angel (1996), the celebrated collaboration with Polly Jean Harvey and John Parish titled Dance Hall At Louse Point (1997), Horse, Dive (1999), Sea of Bones (2006) Love and War (2010), Made in Heaven (2012) and Dracula (2013) which won the Sky Arts South Bank award for Dance, the National Dance Award for Best Male Dancer for Jonathan Goddard as Dracula, and the award for Best Independent Company. Bruce’s production of The Odyssey toured in 2016 and his most recent production was Macbeth (2018).

Bruce’s theatre work includes the Royal Exchange Theatre’s productions of The Bacchae, Antigone, The Glass Menagerie, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Antony & Cleopatra, Peer Gynt, As You Like It, Fast Food, Still Time and The Way of the World. He co-devised Skellig, an opera based on the book by David Almond, for the Sage Gateshead in 2008. He directed Rick Bland’s award winning Thick which toured the UK, US and Canada. Most recently Bruce has worked with Singapore Repertory Theatre on their 2015 production of The Tempest. Bruce has also worked in a variety of new media, screen and interactive stage productions with Ruth Gibson & Bruno Martelli of Igloo. He has written music for his own work and also for art installations and is published by Mute Song. His book of short stories, Blackout Zones was released in May 2010. His book on choreography and dance theatre was published by Oberon in 2018.

For Young Choreographers South West: Mark will share his approach to dance making by supporting you to create material based on your ideas and personal approach to choreographic processes. In an encouraging and open environment, with Mark the group will use an outside eye to perceive the material to clarify the intention of your work and how it is being communicated. There will also be opportunities to delve into discussion about Mark’s choreographic approach and consider how narrative and audience relationship might impact on your own process.



Rebecca Evans is a Choreographer and has been Artistic Director of Pell Ensemble since 2012. Rebecca develops and delivers digital dance performance, installations and engagement work in the UK &  abroad.  Recently Rebecca was one of 10 choreographers selected by Studio Wayne McGregor to take part in Questlab Network, a national program developing cross-disciplinary digital and dance practices.  Her practice has included combining movement with live coding, generative projection, 360 sound, walking apps and interactive lighting. She was on The BENCH 2015/2016 and has been commissioned by 2Faced Dance, Wilton’s Strike, Spontaneous Combustion Festival, The Vaults, Athens Digital Arts Festival and London Borough of Culture.

For Young Choreographers South West: Dip your toes into digital waters with Rebecca Evans, Choreographer and Artistic Director of Pell Ensemble, and Su Adams, Creative Coder. We will consider technology in relationship to choreographic concept, audience experience and how it can shape the creative process in and out of the studio. The workshop will introduce you to some specific concepts of digital dance and coding and there will be opportunities to explore choreography using a range of choreographic devices and digital tools including interactive lights and wearable technologies that produce sound and projection. The day will also include practical considerations of incorporating technology into your work including; developing a language base, timelines, budgets, and where and how to find collaborators in a digital contexts.


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