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. The Brisbane International Contemporary Dance Prix (BICDP) is a creatively ambitious project that was founded to address this gap in the contemporary dance world and contribute to Australia’s reputation for innovative, world class arts and culture.

The goal was to establish BICDP as a sustainable annual international initiative. To achieve this goal Creative Economy’s role has been to work with BICPD to establish a professional management framework, and most importantly, to develop a business model to ensure long term sustainability.

Successful staging of the BICDP in 2018 and 2019, has laid the foundation for it 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. Achievements since inception, include:

  • 16 international partner schools and companies from Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong, New Zealand, UK and Australia;
  • 175 young dancers selected to participate;
  • 100 offers made by directors to young dancers for professional opportunities and training.