Curated by Nottingham based dance artist Gareth Woodward and supported by Inspire Arts, Nottingham Lakeside Arts and Dance4, Xzibit Young Creatives 2020 (XYC 2020) provides a unique opportunity for young people to create and present their own choreography in professional venues around the East Midlands.
XYC 2020 is an award winning choreographic and talent development programme for young people aged between 11-19 years old. Each young choreographer creates their own work making all decisions, selecting dancers, lighting, costume, sound and movement content while being mentored by high profiled professional dancers and choreographers and supported throughout by programme leaders Gareth and Jasmine.
The collection of works created is curated into a series of ‘Xzibits’ which are performed at events which showcase the high-quality youth dance work, created and performed by the young people. XYC 2020 celebrates a diverse range of ideas from young people and encourages those from different dance styles to get involved.
Gareth has been developing the programme, working with partners across the East Midlands including artsNK, Déda, The Core at Corby Cube and Curve. XYC 2020 will be delivered in a bespoke way in each county. In Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, the young people involved will be able to attend weekly sessions in the lead up to their performance events, and in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire XYC 2020 will run intensively during holiday periods with performances at the end of each programme.
Applications for XYC 2020 are now open for any young person aged 13-18 years from accross the East Midlands region. Interested young people can express their interest in being part as either a choreographer or a dancer.
Each county has a separate deadline and selection day dates as follows. All applications should be made directly through the Xzibit Young Creatives website and can be either a completed online form or a submitted video application where applicants talk to the camera. For full details click here or contact Gareth Woodward.
Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire close at midnight on Saturday 21 December 2019.
Lincolnshire close at midnight on Thursday 30 January 2020.
Northamptonshire close at midnight on Thursday 2 April 2020.
Derbyshire close at midnight on Thursday 30 April 2020.
A selection day will be held for those wanting to be part of the Nottinghamshire or Leicestershire programme on Sunday 22 December 2019, location tbc. If interested young people are unable to attend this date, then an application should still be made, and Gareth will ask you attend the first day of programme on Saturday 4 January where a decision will be met as to whether you continue to be part of the programme.
In other counties the successful applicants will be notified on the following dates:
Lincolnshire selection day 31 January 2020.
Northamptonshire selection day 3 April 2020.
Derbyshire selection day 1 May 2020.
Xzibit Young Creative 2020 Performances/sharings in each area are as follows:
Lincolnshire Friday 21 February studio sharing at oneNK
Nottinghamshire Saturday 28 March performance at Nottingham Lakeside Arts.
Leicestershire Thursday 9 April 2020 studio sharing at Curve.
Northamptonshire Friday 17 April 2020 studio sharing at The Core, Corby Cube.
Derbyshire Friday 29 May 2020 studio sharing at Déda.
Xzibit Young Creatives connects directly to One Dance UK’s national Young Creatives choreography programme and will be part of U.Dance 2020 national youth dance festival which will be in Glasgow between the 17 – 19 July. For full details of this progression route click here.