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Opera North’s residency for BAME music-makers returns

RESONANCE 2018: The scheme offers professional artists working in any genre the opportunity to develop new performance ideas

OPERA NORTH is seeking applications from music-makers and composers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds living in the north of England for its second programme of Resonance residencies.

Launched in 2017, Resonance offers professional artists working in any genre the opportunity to develop new performance ideas.

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The first project to benefit from Resonance was South Asian Arts UK’s performance India’s Children, which was staged in completed form in the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds to mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India and Pakistan last year.

This March, four artists selected from an open call took part in the first full residency programme at Opera North, collaborating with performers from other disciplines, telling stories and pushing their work in new directions.

Jo Nockels, projects manager at Opera North, said: “The strength of Resonance is in the openness of the opportunity – meaning that each of the participants inhabits it in a completely different way and shapes it to fill the need of their own creative process. We’re anticipating another round of inspiring and widely varied applications for our next residency programme.”

Successful applicants for the new round of residencies will receive up to a week of free rehearsal space in central Leeds in March and April 2019, a grant of up to £3,000 to cover fees for those involved and other costs, plus support and advice from technicians, producers and other specialists, and an optional ‘work in progress’ performance.

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