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This month’s Grants for the arts success stories

  • Date: 13 February 2013
  • Area: London
A poster for Monteverdi's opera, L'Orfeo

Monteverdi's opera, L'Orfeo. Credit: Nick Kay

Each year we award hundreds of Grants for the arts to projects by artists and organisations across the capital. Our grants are for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. They support activities that engage people in England or that help artists and arts organisations to carry out their work, with grants ranging from £1,000 to £100,000. Here are some projects that have been successful this month:

The Heritage Arts Company has been awarded £49,417 to produce a Silent Opera - Monteverdi's L'Orfeo. The Opera will be performed live with the orchestra pre-recorded, giving audiences the option of exploring the work in full with headphones on or as a work stripped back to a singer and a simple string accompaniment. The final piece was shown at the Trinity Buoy Wharf. For more, you can listen to a BBC report on the Silent Opera.

RETZ has been awarded £40,000 to produce a theatrical 'treasure hunt' across East London. RETZ will be telling stories over a long period of time and across different locations and media, such as posters and flyers and online content. This allows audiences to stumble across stories and discover characters freely. The Trial will be held throughout March and April 2013.

The Jump Off has received a grant of £10,000. Funding will contribute towards hosting a high-quality dance competition which will lead to The Jump Off producing 12 innovative dance videos that showcase talent and choreography. The competition will initially be held online, with a vote followed by a live street dance battle.

Some £9,950 will contribute towards Circus Now, a three-day show case of contemporary circus in London. The programme will provide a platform for circus work and will include an arts market, pitching sessions, host discussions and networking meetings.

Phoebe Davies has been awarded £9,800 to research and develop Influences, which is a series of artworks and public events. Phoebe will be working collaboratively with young women exploring ideas of gender equality, the female image and current attitudes towards feminism.