Brisbane International Contemporary Dance Prix

Founded by choreographer Louise Deleur, the Brisbane International Contemporary Dance Prix (BICDP) is a creatively ambitious project that seeks to:

- Contribute to Australia’s reputation for innovative, world class arts and culture by placing Brisbane centre stage on the international dance calendar.


- Bring the contemporary dance world together by engaging internationally acclaimed professional artists and directors who are inspirational leaders in their field to educate and develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of contemporary dance.


- Provide talented young dancers (aged 15-22) opportunities to engage with leading international training institutions and professional dance companies through a week long program, then placements and professional internships to develop their professional careers.


The Challenge & How We Tackle It

There is a significant gap internationally for platforms that provide young dancers with pathways in professional contemporary dance and few forums that connect acclaimed international directors, choreographers and teachers with talented young contemporary dancers.


Classical ballet has the highly recognised international event The Prix de Lausanne now in its 46th year.  It has no equivalent in contemporary dance. This realisation was the genesis of the Brisbane International Contemporary Dance Prix (BICDP).


The challenge was to establish BICDP as a sustainable annual international initiative. 


Creative Economy’s role has been to work with Artistic Director, Louise Deleur in professional management of the event. Most importantly, Creative Economy has developed a business model to ensure long term sustainability.


The Result

The Brisbane International Contemporary Dance Prix is set to become the most prestigious forum in the world offering talented young dancers training and professional opportunities with leading international artistic directors and choreographers in contemporary dance.


The 2018 Inaugural year resulted in:


- 11 international partner schools and companies from Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, UK and Australia.
- 80 young dancers selected to participate.
- 33 offers were made by directors to young dancers to further their studies and professional experience.


In 2019 BICDP is expanding its engagement for teachers and the dance community, so far:


- 16 international partner schools and companies from Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, UK and Australia.
- 93 young dancers selected to participate.

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