News: Time to apply for a Bonnie!

Tuesday 19 May 2015 by Clare Evans

2015 sees the 30th Anniversary of the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund. To mark this, the Fund has announced that it’s renaming its awards ‘The Bonnies‘ in celebration of its founder. This year The Bonnies will incorporate three biennial awards:

Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award – a £10,000 biennial award which enables an experienced choreographer based in the UK to undertake a bespoke two-year programme of choreographic research, with the support of a Creative Producer.

Rosemary Lee, the recipient of the New Choreography Award in 2013, said “The Bonnie Bird Choreographic Award is enabling me to take the time to feed my curiosity: to read, ponder, follow a hunch, investigate, digest and discuss with fascinating people I would never have met otherwise. It feels like a luxury and a necessity all in one. I’m trying to extend it as long as possible.

Marion North Mentoring Awards – awards of £500 supporting the use of a mentor for four artists. These awards are named after Dr Marion North, Principal and Chief Executive of Laban, and Chair of the Bonnie Bird Fund for many years, who died in 2012, aged 86.. They are also offered on a biennial basis, often in conjunction with a partnering organisation, to emerging choreographers to enable them to invite an established choreographer or dance artist to mentor them.

Currently the two recipients of Marion North Mentoring Awards, in partnership with Breakin’ Convention, are Botis Seva, being mentored by Hofesh Shechter, and Yami Lofvenburg, who is being mentored by Jeanefer Jean Charles.

The Fund is also announcing a new award: the Bonnie Bird Lifetime Contribution to Choreography Award. This new biennial award celebrates and acknowledges those who have made exceptional lifetime contributions to the development of choreography and choreographic practice in the UK. This will be awarded for the first time in 2015.

“It is a privilege to celebrate the Fund’s 30th anniversary by recognising those who have worked tirelessly to support choreography in all its forms”, said Maggie Morris, the Chair of the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund.

This year’s deadline for applications is 11 June. For more information on how to enter for an award, head to

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