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Social Media Co-Creative Lead


IJAD is a non-profit dance company that makes contemporary dance accessible, participatory and connective. We use dance and digital technology to connect with audiences to explore big themes, including space and gravity, the meaning of myth, and the impacts of borders. We work with organisations like FACT in Liverpool and Rich Mix in London, and collaborate with institutions such as Cambridge University, Manchester Metropolitan and Liverpool John Moores to increase audience knowledge of and engagement with dance.

Over the past four years we have engaged with over 600 workshop participants, 40 artists, and over 15,000 audience members (both live and virtual), across 34 countries.

One of our key aims is to investigate how digital platforms can be used to increase the reach of dance, science, and creativity. To this end, we've created an Open Online Theatre (see www.openonlinetheatre.org), a digital platform where dancers and choreographers can show their work, but, also, crucially, a space where audiences across the world can watch dance being developed, and feed into that development process via social media interactions. It brings the dancer and their audience together, in a symbiotic creative relationship which allows us to investigate how work can be co-created by ‘physically present’ artists and online ‘remote’ audiences.

We’re looking to develop a relationship with someone who can take the lead on the maintenance and development of this relationship with our audience.


Our Social Media Co-Creative Lead is more than a communications role – part of our creative team, the role is critical in helping us to engage audiences not just in the viewing and sharing of our work, but also in the creation of it.

We need someone to help translate our work to audiences, particularly work in its embryonic stages, in order to solicit thoughts, ideas, and contributions. Sometimes these are thematically led, or they may emerge as part of the development process. Our SM Co-Creative Lead will cultivate conversations, engaging existing audiences and identifying and cultivating new ones. They will also curate and respond to live content submitted during performances, via Open Online Theatre and other platforms.


Initially, we are looking to work with a SM Co-Creative Lead for a short-term project, supporting delivery of an Arts Council funded workshop training choreographers in creating work with remote/virtual audiences, for live-streaming. As part of the project, the person will deliver:

• Training in how to engage with audiences via social media, for creative purposes
• Bespoke support for choreographers as they collaborate with audiences to develop a dance piece
• Social media engagement for and during the performances

Requirements: available for 6 days (see below dates); ability to commit to providing 56 hours of social support to the participant choreographers – these hours can be delivered at a time mutually agreed between the SM Co-Creative Lead and the participants.


• 2nd-4th October (workshops)
• 20th and 21st November (performances)
• Additional debrief day (TBC)

Fee: a minimum of £1,300 is available for the right candidate – negotiable dependent on experience


• Creative – able to turn ideas and thoughts into engaging prompts
• Spontaneous – good at noticing trends and ideas and creating opportunities for engagement
• Demonstrable knowledge of multiple platforms
• Demonstrable experience of engaging multiple users
• Demonstrable knowledge of at least two of the following sectors: dance, tech, science, digital
• Demonstrable experience of supporting the live streaming of content

It is hoped that this initial project will be the start of an ongoing working relationship across a number of projects.

To apply, please send a CV along with a covering letter/email detailing your interest in the role and demonstrating how you meet the attributes to Steph Weller (General Manager) steph.weller@ijaddancecompany.com

Deadline: 15 September 2017 interviews on the 19 September 2017

Interview dates: it is anticipated that interviews will be held w/c 11th September

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