Akademi’s Choreography Commissions support artists to develop their choreographic practice. They provide exciting opportunities to showcase new work, as well as offering financial support and the very highest level of advice and mentoring.

The commissions are open to artists with a professional background in any classical Indian dance style. We will accept applications from the entire Indian dance canon, including all varieties of Indian dance from classical to contemporary, and everything in between.

The selected artists will receive:

• A commission of either £2,000 for solo or £5,000 for group choreographies
• A fund of £750 to be allocated to an artist-nominated mentor.
• A platform to present the work by May 2017
• Three one-to-one sessions with a member of Akademi’s artist support & development team and project partners where appropriate
• Marketing and communications support.
• Opportunities to network with promoters, stakeholders, opinion formers and policy makers

Applications for the 2017 round of commissions are now closed and the successful applicants have been announced. Click here to find out who was selected.


Akademi's Choreography Commissions are delivered in partnership with Gem Arts, Sampad, Kadam, CICD, South East Dance, Yorkshire Dance, Dance Umbrella, Southbank Centre and The Place.

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Akademi Choreography Commissions



Click here to see who was selected.