Rural Touring Dance Initiative – Call Out for Artists

The Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI) is a national project which supports dance artists and rural promoters to make great dance performance events happen in rural spaces. The project is run by The Place in partnership with Highlights Rural Touring, National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF), Sonia Sabri Co. and Take Art. In 2022 the project was awarded grants from Arts Council England and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to continue to support dance touring from 2022 to 2026.

We are seeking artists to take part in this project. This is an opportunity for you to tour existing work to rural locations during autumn 2024 and spring 2025.

Previous artists supported by the project include Joan Cleville, Joshua Nash, Lost Dog, Protein, Aakash Odedra Company and Uchenna Dance.

We expect to select eight shows to feature on our national ‘menu’ of dance productions. Rural programmers will select shows they want to programme from this menu.

Out of the eight shows we expect that at least one work will be suitable for families and one work will be made for digital, either presented online or within a live event. We expect to negotiate the fee for the digital work on a case by case basis.

We encourage applications from artists with a range of lived experiences and from a range of backgrounds, and we particularly welcome applications from those who are underrepresented in the dance sector, including artists from Global Majority backgrounds, artists who identify as LGBTQIA+, disabled artists and artists from lower socio economic backgrounds.

If you plan to apply, and there are opportunities to see your work live from July to September 2023 then please invite us to see your work by emailing The Place. We cannot guarantee that someone will be able to attend.

Please read carefully through the important information below, including the application guide before applying

This call out and application guide is available as an audio version on Soundcloud here:

Call Out

Application Guide


To apply, complete the application form, which you can access here by Midday on Thursday 7 September 2023.

You can download a PDF or Word Document to see the application questions below. We recommend writing your questions in the word document, and then copying your answers over into the form.

Please also complete one of our Equal Opportunities monitoring forms. The Equal Opportunities monitoring form is optional and will help us to monitor whether our Call Outs are reaching groups that are currently underrepresented in our programmes. These forms will be reviewed by our HR team and will not be seen by the selection panel.

If you require any support during the application process including the writing of the application or if another format or application process would be more accessible for you, please contactThe Placeand we will make the appropriate arrangements. A unformatted version of this call out for text readers can be found here.

An online Q&A session for anyone considering applying will be held on 17 Aug 2023 6pm. This session will be BSL interpreted and have captions available. The recording will be available to watch after this date.

Shows will be selected by a panel made up of a rural touring promoter and representatives of three of the RTDI partners (The Place, NRTF, Take Art, Sonia Sabri Co and Highlights Rural Touring).

Artists will be notified of decisions during w/c 10 Oct 2023. Feedback will be offered to all unsuccessful applicants.

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