Hello friends,

I’m happy we all survived winter. Spring has sprung and so has our programming! Please find three calls to choreographers below. We will be putting out calls for dancers shortly too, so please keep your eyes open for those as well. If you aren’t following us on Facebook yet, I encourage you to do so. All of our programming info will also be there: DSW Facebook

My other exciting news is that Dancers’ Studio West now has an office! We are super pleased to be the newest tenant of Room 335 at cSPACE King Edward! We moved in on April 1st. We have lots to do in setting up our space still, but please drop me a line if you want to come in for a visit and a peek! Also, we need furniture. If you have a meeting table and chairs, a small couch, shelves, desks and plants you’d like to donate, please let us know. We’d be very grateful for help warming up our new office space.

Deeter Schurig, General Manager of cSPACE King Edward welcomes Sasha and her pal Lucy on moving day

Finally, I’d like to thank The Good Women, Mile Zero and Marynia Fekecz for hosting my recent visit with the Edmonton dance community. Surprisingly, many people don’t know that we are a provincial organization! DSW aims to serve dance in its many forms across the province. I’m reaching out to communities, but encourage you to reach back to us as well. I’d love to hear from you!

Until soon, be well!

Calls to Choreographers

The Research Lab, September 16-20th, 2019.

DSW invites applications for an intensive research/creation laboratory for choreographers who are wanting to develop a specific area of their practice. This week-long studio laboratory makes space for choreographers to focus intently on a specific aesthetic, methodological or theoretical question without the pressure to produce a completed choreography. It’s a program that fosters creative risk-taking and deep research in a safe and supportive environment.

Choreographers will be paired with up to two Alberta-based dancers, and have dedicated studio space at cSPACE King Edward for 15 hours over 5 days. Research will be supported by DSW AD Sasha Ivanochko and Vancouver-based artist Justine A. Chambers. Artists will have the opportunity to share practice questions over lunchtime think tanks.

Eligible choreographers must have presented a minimum of 3 completed choreographies in a professional context.

To apply, please e-mail the following to artistidirector@dswlive.ca by May 13th, 2019:

  • current CV
  • 300-word description of your practice
  • 500-word letter of motivation, addressing your area of research or the question you intend to explore, and how it is situated within the historical context of your career and future goals. 
  • links to examples of completed, past work (10 minutes max). Each link must be accompanied by a short description explaining how your examples are relevant to your project

Application results will be announced by May 31st, 2019.

There are no artist fees for the participants and no reimbursement of expenses.

Artist in Residence

DSW invites Alberta-based choreographers to submit a letter of interest for two, paid, two-year Artist in Residence positions with Dancers’ Studio West. Deadline is May 13th, 2019.

The AIR program aims to support the development of two choreographers by offering resources to incubate, create and publicly produce new choreographies. The opportunity includes access to studio space and dancers/collaborators for eight weeks *spread out across our 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 seasons, and a final week of production scheduled at cSPACE King Edward for the spring of 2021. AIR choreographers will be required to incorporate one emerging artist into their research and creation, but will have the opportunity to audition or request other collaborators of choice. While artistic director Sasha Ivanochko will be available for consultation throughout the two year period, this program prioritizes peer to peer engagement, sharing and learning by pairing artists working within complimentary, but dynamic formal, methodological, conceptual frames. We welcome applications from choreographers working across disciplines and genres, and from diverse cultural backgrounds and forms. Choreographers must have professionally produced a minimum of five works.

Interested choreographers may submit a package including their CV, links to two completed and professionally produced works, and a three-page letter of interest that includes:

  • a description of your practice and artistic values
  • current questions
  • your definition of contemporaneity
  • an idea of what you’d like to work on over the next two years.

Letters can be addressed to artisticdirector@dswlive.ca. Applicants should be prepared for a follow up interview with Sasha to further discuss their work.

*please note that our dates for the 2019/2020 season are fixed. Choreographers must be available to work in Calgary November 25-29, 2019 and March 9-13, 16-20, 23-27, 2020. Dates for the following year will be determined between the selected AIR choreographers and DSW at a later date.

Call for submissions for DSW’s very first, Quick + Dirty: A Festival for Emerging Choreographers and Ideas, April/May 2020.

Dancers’ Studio West is pleased to announce our first annual Quick + Dirty, a one-day festival on May 10th, 2020 celebrating short works and new ideas by up-and-coming Alberta dance artists.

Artists will have an opportunity to workshop ideas together in advance of the festival in a 5-day Creative Intensive with our AD, Sasha Ivanochko. Five Alberta artists will be chosen to present works of 10 – 12 minutes in length, twice in one day. Performances will take place at cSPACE King Edward. Minimal tech will be available. We do the publicity. Here is more info:

Quick + Dirty features young, new voices. We are interested in knowing your perspectives on the world around you, and want to support artistic exploration of them. We welcome applications from choreographers working across disciplines and genres, and from diverse cultural backgrounds and forms. Choreographers must have professionally produced a minimum of three works. Some exceptions for work produced in an academic setting may be given.

The Creative Intensive is free. Choreographers must come prepared with a finished structure, be ready to receive feedback, and have a willingness to experiment and undergo transformation with alternative choreographic methodologies. April 20-24, 2020.

Choreographers receive a fee of $750 for presenting in the Quick + Dirty.

To apply, please submit the following to artisticdirector@dswlive.ca by October 1st, 2019:

  • a current CV
  • a two-page statement detailing your artistic aspirations and values, the idea for the piece you will bring to the festival and a list of collaborators
  • links to your most recent choreographic work and a short description on how it is relevant to what you are working on for the Quick + Dirty.
  • a letter of support and reference