Riccardo Buscarini (2012-13)

Riccardo Buscarini was named winner of The Place Prize for dance, sponsored by Bloomberg at a ceremony following the final performance on Saturday 27 April 2013. Buscarini, the fifth winner of the biennial competition for British-based dancemakers, receives a prize of £25,000 for his work Athletes, which is a reflection on competition viewed as tension between man and machine.

Riccardo Buscarini is an Italian dancer and choreographer based in London. He trained at London Contemporary Dance School, graduating in 2009. In 2011 he was a Place Prize finalist with Antonio de la Fe, and became a creative in residence at The Hospital Club. He has worked extensively in the UK and Italy, and teaches choreography and performance at Birkbeck, University of London.

Athletes features costumes created by fashion designer Brooke Roberts, enigmatic movement from three female dancers in a sparse, futuristic landscape created by Lucy Hansom and Michael Mannion’s lighting design, and with periods of prolonged silence punctuated by Bernard Herrmann’s searing score from the film Vertigo.

Buscarini was chosen unanimously as the winner of The Place Prize by a panel of judges including playwright, novelist and critic Bonnie Greer and Artistic Director of Young Vic David Lan, following a 10-night run of performances of the works of the four finalists in the competition. Also on the judging panel were Roberto Casarotto, Director of Dance Projects at Operaestate Festival Veneto, Susanna Eastburn, Director of Sound and Music, and Margot Heller, Director of South London Gallery.

Eddie Nixon, Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place  and chair of the judging panel said: “This year’s Place Prize finalists are perhaps the most provocative, exciting line up we’ve ever had. They make demands and they give rewards. They are unapologetically contemporary. Any of them would be a worthy winner, but I’m delighted with the judges’ choice. Riccardo is a brilliantly creative artist, and Athletes is a perfectly realised piece. I can’t wait to see what he does next.”