Artistic Residency Opportunity
CALL TO ARTISTS
from WINNIPEG’S CONTEMPORARY DANCERS
Artistic Residency and Commission Opportunity
OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS OF ALL DISCIPLINES: Request for expressions of interest
DEADLINE: 1 May 2017 at 4 pm
BUDGET: $50,000-$60,000 (includes artist fees, production costs, travel and accommodations)
ARTISTIC RESIDENCY OVERVIEW:
WINNIPEG’S CONTEMPORARY DANCERS invites artists working in all disciplines to submit an Expression of Interest to be our Artist-in-Residence for 2017/18. This opportunity is open to individual artists or collaborative teams at any phase of their career, emerging or established. The selected artist or artistic team (the ‘Artist) will research and create a new full-length performance work at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD), to be premiered at the final show of our 2017/18 season.
This is not a live-in residency. It is a two-phase residency hosted by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. Phase 1 (research, creation) will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba beginning in Fall 2017. Phase 2 (rehearsals, production) will culminate in a presentation of the commissioned performance work in Spring 2018.
Specific dates and number of weeks to be determined and agreed upon by Artist and WCD as required, with a work period spanning a maximum of 6 months. The total budget for this project will not exceed $60,000, and will be paid in instalments to the Artist over the span of the residency. The budget includes Artist/commission fees, production costs, dancer’s fees, accommodations and travel. Priority will be given to projects that fulfill WCD’s mandate.
Artists wishing to be considered for this residency are requested to submit the following:
- A brief proposal (750 word maximum), outlining your vision for the creation and presentation of the proposed performance work, along with a draft timeline and schedule
- A one-page CV that focuses on activities of the last 5 years, demonstrating the Artist’s field of interest and creative direction
- Support materials (video, audio, still images—see specifications below)
WCD is looking for proposals that:
- Further the possibilities of performance work
- Stimulate conversations between fellow artists and audiences
- Fulfill WCD’s mandate
- Expand our view of dance and the performing arts moving forward
Established in 1964, WCD is the longest continuously running contemporary dance company in Canada. The power of contemporary dance is inherent in the fact that it requires presence, which has become increasingly important in contemporary culture. Contemporary dance thrives on exploration and cross-pollination. It asks us to recognize and respond to the humanity in one other. At WCD we recognize that some of the most original and intriguing work being produced today results from artists collaborating and experimenting across conventional boundaries. Moving forward, we aim to expand our mandate and explore avenues for the future of contemporary dance and for performance work in general.
WCD strives to create a place on the local, national and international arts landscape to enable vital intersections, linkages and exchange among dance creators and interpreters, interdisciplinary artists, spectators and communities. Our values, programs and activities are based on respect for our history, the ongoing development of our artists and to our place in the community.
We are an evolving, responsive arts system. We act as a springboard for the presentation of new and existing dance work. This fosters and advances artistic vitality and excellence in dance.
We create, produce, mentor, present and promote professional contemporary dance with a view to championing and furthering the art form for artists and audiences alike. We aim to provide a forum for exploration, originality and invention.
- Artistic merit of the Artist and proposal
- Conceptual clarity and vision of the proposal
- Demonstrated ability of the Artist to produce performance work in a way that respects and challenges participating artists and audiences alike
Priority will be given to projects that fulfill WCD’s mandate
Proposal deadline: 4 p.m. on 1 May 2017
The Board of WCD will select a short-list of applications for consideration by a selection committee. The selection committee comprises 3 senior artists from the Canadian artistic community, appointed by WCD’s Managing Artistic Director, Brent Lott.
Deadline: 4 p.m. on 31 May 2017
Selected artists from Round 1 will be asked to submit a detailed project description, one-paragraph biographies for their creative team (if applicable) and a detailed budget (template will be provided).
The successful Artist will be notified by mid-June 2017.
SUPPORT MATERIAL GUIDELINES (ROUND 1 APPLICATION)
Please supply up to two samples of recently produced work (past 5 years) of the following support materials that best represent your recent work:
- Up to 10 minutes of video and/or audio
- Up to 15 still images
- 1 sample of published material (book/publication)
If you work in more than one artistic discipline, you may supply up to two of the above-noted samples, in each of your disciplines.
Image files must be:
- JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg) format
- RGB colour mode
- No larger than 1.5 MB
Audiovisual files must be:
- Playable with VLC media player (consult www.videolan.org/vlc/)
- A maximum 60 FPS
- A maximum resolution of 1080P (or frame size of 1920 x 1080)
- No larger than 4 GB
PLEASE NOTE: Web links to media via Vimeo, YouTube, or website content are acceptable, as long as they correspond with the support material specifications. Artists are also welcome to submit hard copies of media on BD, DVD, CD, or USB key.
Please send submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Three films by director Danielle Sturk screening in February
MOUVEMENT Written, Directed, Produced by Danielle Sturk 2014, Canada, 09:10 min, Dance
An excerpt from the feature film A Good Madness – The Dance of Rachel Browne (2014), ‘Mouvement’, is inspired by Frida Kahlo’s painting ‘The Little Deer’, capturing the last moments of a creature fallen prey in her own natural environment. Choreography by Rachel Browne, performed by Kristin Haight. Thurs, March 23 / 7 pm Alliance française du Manitoba 934 Corydon Ave Plays with feature film: Neither Heaven Nor Earth Website: https://agoodmadness.com This film is made possible due to the generous financial support of: Canada Council for the Arts | Manitoba Arts Council | MTS TV Stories From Home | Manitoba Film & Music | Winnipeg Film Group | Video Pool | William F White
SOUL SISTERS Directed by Danielle Sturk Produced by Buffalo Gal Pictures Joanne Levy, Producer 2016, Canada, 55 min English & French w/ English subtitles Nominated for a 2017 Windy Award for Best Documentary (Awards held on February 25th at Cinematheque) An intimate glimpse into the lives of the Catholic Sisters of Manitoba, this documentary is a testament to the deep and permanent imprint they have left and continue to leave in our communities. Stories of the sisterhood and their ground-breaking work for social justice are laced with humour, feminism and compassion. Screenings at Cinematheque (100 Arthur Street) this week and next! Fri, Feb 3 / 7 pm Sat, Feb 4 / 3 pm & 7 pm Wed, Feb 8 / 7 pm Fri, Feb 10 / 7 pm Sat, Feb 11 / 3 pm & 7 pm Plays with: Les Filles de la Croix / Directed by Dominique Rey, 2012, Canada, 10 min VIEW TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/199711232
CLEAN Written, Directed, Filmed and Narrated by Danielle Sturk 2015, Canada, 02:45 min, Super 8 mm, English
Screening as part of “Women’s Pictures, Women’s Lives” at the Moving Images Film Festival Plays with films by, Danishka Esterhazy, The Ephemerals, Sharon Alward, Shelagh Carter and Deborah Schnitzer. February 6 – 11 The program is screened on a continuous loop Monday to Friday: noon – 4pm Saturday 1 – 4pm Gallery 1C03, 1st floor, Centennial Hall The University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/art-gallery/programming/2016-17/moving-images-screening-programs.html
AS THOUGH I HAD WINGS
AS THOUGH I HAD WINGS ~PROGRAM
THE RACHEL BROWNE THEATRE
DECEMBER 31, 9PM & JAN 5-8, 8PM
Inspired by the poetry of Jaik Josephson, the work and social activism of visual artist Keith Haring (silenced by AIDS in 1990) and the events of the AIDS plague,
AS THOUGH I HAD WINGS is Brent Lott’s reflections on the equation
SILENCE = DEATH; the rallying cry of ACT UP (AIDS COALITON TO UNLEASH POWER).
PRE-SHOW MUSIC: ARTHUR RUSSELL (silenced by AIDS in 1992)
CHOREOGRAPHY: BRENT LOTT in collaboration with WCD dancers:
Brent is very grateful for the contributions made by all the artists who helped realize this production especially the dancers, jaymez, Dean Cowieson, Shirley Grierson and Jaik Josephson whose poetry inspired this work. He is also grateful to all those who gave him feedback throughout the creative process: Vanessa Macrae, Jaik Josephson, Faye Thomson, Gaile Hiley, Stephanie Ballard, Charlene Kulbaba, Paula Blair, Xemena Munos, D’Arcy Phillips, Chris Curpen and to the VERGE 2016 dancers Emma Beech, Jennifer Bonner, Samarah McRorie and Aaron Michael Paul who contributed much to the creative process.
ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION: SHIRLEY GRIERSON & WILL GRIERSON
LIVE MUSIC: ASHLEY AU
VIDEO DESIGN: jaymez
LIGHTING DESIGN: DEAN COWIESON
POETRY: JAIK JOSEPHSON
COSTUME DESIGN: ALEX ESPINOSA
I REALLY LOVED HAROLD: MELANIE SAFKA
IF IT BE YOUR WILL: LEONARD COHEN
WINNIPEG’S CONTEMPORARY DANCERS:
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: BRENT LOTT
COMMUNICATIONS AND ADMINISTATIVE DIRECTOR: VANESSA MACRAE
PRODUCTION MANAGER / TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: JAMES JANSEN
STAGE MANAGER: PAIGE LEWIS
HANG AND STRIKE CREW: MIGUEL FORTIER, HALEY MUMMER,JAMES THURMEIER
PHOTOGRAGRAPHER: LEIF NORMAN & FRED MCEVOY
ARCHIVAL VIDEOGRAPHER: KAYLA JEANSON
MARKETING DESIGN: CHRIS LEE
SPECIAL THANKS TO: The School of Contemporary Dancers, Nafro, Grant Guy, The Peasant Cookery, Aaron Paul, Investors Group, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Manitoba Arts Council, The Winnipeg Arts Council, Investors Group, RMTC, Cercle Moliere, Masterworks Dance Studio + Royal Dance.
The Dance Current ~Roots and Wings
Now celebrating his twelfth year as artistic director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD), Brent Lott has brought his wealth of experience working with other significant Canadian artists to the Prairies. At WCD, Lott celebrates Winnipeg’s dance roots while lifting up a new generation of dancers. Read More »Holly Harris met with Lott to discuss his tenure at WCD, the importance of Winnipeg’s dance roots and his desire to support and lift up a new generation of dancers. This December he premieres a new full-length work, As Though I had Wings, inspired by the poetry of Jaik Josephson, who is also his partner. This work initially grew out of Lott’s deepening concern over increasing public and political censorship and how certain communities are effectively silenced by crushing political forces – drawing a comparison, for example, to the tragic dismissal and denial of members of the LGBTQ community during the early, panic-fuelled days of the AIDS crisis. In addition to his own work and ensuring the continued vitality of WCD, Lott hopes his legacy will be the new generation of dance artists he has shepherded into the profession through projects such as Verge, a developmental company for students emerging from the School of Contemporary Dancers. ~Les Prairies sont un terreau fertile pour les danseurs au Canada, et Brent Lott figure parmi le talent de la région. Il célèbre actuellement sa douzième année comme directeur artistique de Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD). Holly Harris rencontre Lott pour discuter son travail à WCD, l’importance de l’histoire de la danse à Winnipeg et son soutien d’une nouvelle génération de danseurs. En décembre, il présente sa dernière création intégrale As Though I Had Wings, inspirée par la poésie de son conjoint Jaik Josephson. Le processus est nourri de ses craintes en regard de la censure publique et politique et du silence imposé à certaines communautés par des forces politiques oppressantes. Il trace un parallèle au désaveu tragique des membres de la communauté LGBTQ pendant les débuts paniqués de la crise du VIH/SIDA. En plus de son travail chorégraphique et son dévouement à la vitalité des WCD, Lott espère léguer à l’art une nouvelle génération d’artistes de danse qu’il aura guidée dans le métier par des projets comme Verge, une compagnie de transition pour les élèves diplômés de la School of Contemporary Dancers. Brent Lott and Winnipeg choreographer Ming Hon / Photo by Leif Norman
NYE with WCD
WCD will hold our AGM on Monday October 24th at the Rachel Browne Theatre at 7:00pm.
OUTSIDE THE BOX WITH WINNIPEG’S CONTEMPORARY DANCERS
ON SALE NOW!11 / 04 / 16
With the launch of our newest philanthropy piece for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, we wanted to give you a little more background on the piece itself by speaking with Brent Lott, Artistic Director of WCD. Find out why contemporary dance is an essential part of the community, how the necklace itself represents the field, and a bit about the WCD’s upcoming performance of DUETS.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO OUR READERS WHAT CONTEMPORARY DANCE IS AND ITS IMPORTANCE IN OUR COMMUNITY?
Contemporary dance is a vital and provocative genre that propels the art form forward through innovation and experimentation. Sometimes referred to as modern dance, this artistic practice uses the whole body as its canvas. There is no set movement syllabus or definitive style but an openness to all the possibilities inherent in the wonders of the human body. How, where and why the body moves is determined by the choreographers’ interests, intentions and/or questions. At its finest, contemporary dance arouses curiosity, stimulates discussion, challenges how we see and understand the world and provokes change in how we interact with each other and our environment.
As you can tell, I believe there are many reasons why contemporary dance is important. I would like, however, to expand on how modern dance propels the art form forward. Contemporary dance attracts creators who are risk takers; those who think ‘Outside the Box’. What our audiences experience at a modern dance performance can be seen years (20-40) later in large Concert Hall-like venues being performed by ballet companies. It takes time, money and embracing the possibility of failure to innovate. In dance the trajectory that leads to the big stage often begins with contemporary dance. So if you are interested in this continuum; if you like the idea of experiencing the exhilaration of birthing, I encourage you to think ‘Outside the Box’ and check out some contemporary dance.
HOW DOES THE PIECE REFLECT YOUR ORGANIZATION?
With this necklace Hilary Druxman has perfectly captured what contemporary dance is! What began as a conversation about who WCD is and how contemporary dance fits into the vast and varied world of dance, became a piece of jewelry; a work of art itself. Hilary has transformed a philosophical discussion into a necklace. I see the square portion as being the wider artistic form, dance. I see the triangular portion, that is suspended by the form, as contemporary dance. The triangle, like contemporary dance, dangles (or dabbles) “Outside the Box”, catching and casting light as it moves through time and space. It is perfect! I cannot thank Hilary enough.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE THIS NECKLACE WILL DO FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION?
Stimulate conversation! If this necklace can get people to discuss how it evokes contemporary dance then I am more than pleased. If those discussions lead to new audiences, I will be even happier!
YOU MUST BE EXCITED ABOUT WCD’S UPCOMING PERFORMANCE DUETS. CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE SHOW?
DUETS is, as the title suggests, a program of works for two dancers. I am extremely excited for this show as it sees the return of two choreographers who got their start creating in Winnipeg; former WCD Artistic Director Tedd Robinson and former WCD dancer Lesandra Dodson. Robinson’s work, a world premiere commissioned by Winnipeg’s dancing dynamo, Alexandra Elliot, opens the evening with an intoxicatingly mythic duet performed by Elliot and Ian Mozden. Dodson’s duet, TWIGS, is a riveting world premiere performed by WCD dancers Ali Robson and Aaron Paul. Set to original music and text performed live by one of Winnipeg’s favourite singer/songwriters, Christine Fellows, TWIGS will be a feast for the eyes and ears. The third work programmed for the evening is the remount of my 2012 duet, ANGLE OF REPOSE. I originally made this duet for a man (Mark Medrano) and a woman (Kayla Henry). This time however, it is being performed by two woman. Why you ask?…Because it’s 2016! You will not want to miss what WCD dancers Jasmine Allard and Alexandra Winters pull off with this extremely physical duet that explores with bodies ‘the maximum slope, measured in degrees from the horizontal, at which loose solid material will remain in place without sliding’ or, the ANGLE OF REPOSE.
ANY TIPS FOR ASPIRING DANCERS?
Think ‘Outside the Box’!
DUETS runs April 21st – 23rd at The Rachel Browne Theatre at 8pm. Get involved in the world of contemporary dance and enjoy something new that may be outside your box by purchasing your tickets to this fantastic show.