Maiden Voyage in British Dance Edition

Belfast Dance Company selected to participate in the UK's biggest dance showcase  

Belfast contemporary dance company, Maiden Voyage has been selected to participate in the UK’s biggest dance showcase - British Dance Edition, representing the first time in the events 20 year history that a Northern Ireland dance company has been chosen to showcase a full production.

Hosted in Scotland for the first time, British Dance Edition 2014 runs from 30 January - 2 February and presents the very best of British dance to promoters and producers from all over the world. The Belfast based company will perform for over 300 leading dance industry delegates who between them control programming budgets worth £25million.

Maiden Voyage was selected following a rigorous 12 month programming process where a long-list of over 200 companies and artists were distilled to just 27. The company will be performing a piece entitled 'Fragile Ghosts, Mild Acquaintance' by performer and choreographer Luke Murphy - an inspired piece based on the famous Stravinsky Ballet Les Noces (The Wedding).

The event features some of the biggest names in dance today including Siobhan Davies, Akram Khan and Hofesh Shecter, as well as emerging artists. Maiden Voyage artistic director, Nicola Curry, is excited about the opportunity, 'This is a great achievement. It presents a unique platform to showcase the emerging dance scene in Northern Ireland to the international dance world and opens up a host of international opportunities.'

Gilly Campbell, dance officer at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: 'Congratulations to Maiden Voyage for being chosen to take part in this prestigious dance event. It is testament to the quality of their work that they have made the cut in the face of great competition to perform ‘Fragile Ghosts, Mild Acquaintances’ at BDE 2014. This event will give Maiden Voyage a platform to showcase their contemporary dance performances to an international audience of promoters, programmers and producers and we are delighted to be able to offer funding support.'

Morag Deyes, chair of the British Dance Edition programming panel, said: 'We are delighted to welcome Maiden Voyage to the British Dance Edition programme. One of the major criteria for us is that we include work of high quality, and we believe the company will add a fresh and innovative creation to our programme and will enlighten our many international visiting delegates about the work of Maiden Voyage and encourage their professional interest in dance from Northern Ireland.'

Maiden Voyage’s inclusion in British Dance Edition 2014 has been supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the British Council and Culture Ireland. For more information visit www.maidenvoyagedance.com.