LEAP & Annual Alberta Dance Festival Submissions

Call for Submissions
37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival: THE WILD
SEPTEMBER 2018The WILD, the 2018 Annual Alberta Dance Festival launches Dancers’ Studio West’s 18/19 artistic season with three weeks of choreographic activity including the Festival Creative Intensive and two weekends of distinct programs of performances. The Festival will include up to 12 works of 10 – 12 minutes in length and is open to choreographers practicing in any dance discipline.                   

The 37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival (AADF) THE WILD will present new works inspired by the human relationship with or response to the wild, wherever it may be. Interested choreographers are asked to consider the vitality, power and presence of the wild, be it plant, animal, human, landscape, action or spirit.

It is vain to dream of a wildness distant from ourselves.”

Journals, Henry David Thoreau

“…I found myself thanking what I had seen as if I had been seeking respite, or a comforting, or a blessing, and the hills and rocks and grass and drifting fog had given it to me.”

Wild Stone Heart, Sharon Butala

All night long my parents slept, … my mother facing that darkened place she would always roll toward, the open window to the wild hill. Summer’s Drug, Roo Borson

The physical world cannot be known in the way that poetry aspires to know it…in a way that heals the ache of one’s separation from the world...

Living in the World As If It Were Home, Tim Lilburn

The wild isn’t something to conquer or subdue; its something to try to live up to: a standard better than gold.” The Tree of Meaning, Robert Bringhurst

Applicants are encouraged to conceive of group works. Proposals for solo works will be highly competitive, as a limited number will be programmed. The Festival will not accept applications for works in which the choreographer is also dancing.

  Canadian Music Centre                  

Dancers’ Studio West is very pleased to introduce choreographers to our partner, The Canadian Music Centre, the music resource for THE WILD. Once accepted to the Festival all choreographers will make a musical selection from among the hundreds of pieces that are on the CMC’s Centrediscs label, which includes recordings for solo instruments, voice, chamber ensembles (a small number of players), choir, orchestra and electroacoustic media. Choreographers will have the privilege of using the music of their choice without the cost of a royalty.

Canadian Music CentreThree Steps for Choreographers Music Research

1. To begin research online:

  • Go to www.musiccentre.ca
  • On the home page, black menu, click on Recordings
  • On the left side menu, click on Centrediscs
  • Click on any CD cover
  • Click on Purchase on iTunes
  • Click on any track to listen to an excerpt

2. Make a short list of recordings that are of interest. You may then listen to complete recordings at the Canadian Music Centre: Prairie Region. Contact: Fung Ling Feimo or John Reid, CMC: Prairie Region – 320 Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary

3. Once you have made your choices, you may download the tracks you want on to their computers from the Centredisc recordings at the CMC. These downloads are free. If you wish, you may also download the tracks from iTunes, paying the appropriate fees.

  Critical Dialogue                 

The Critical Dialogue Series comprises a variety of opportunities for choreographers to develop critical distance and to strengthen both their processes and final works. All Festival choreographers are invited to observe up to 10 hours of creation during the Dance Action Lab, May 28 – July 13, 2018, to watch senior choreographers in action, and to be inspired. For each Festival choreographer’s creative process a Dance Action Group Outside Eye is assigned. All Festival artists take part in Dancers’ Studio West’s Undressing the Dance Public Dialogue, the first of our 2018/19 season, to be held after the end of the Festival, that will focus on the works in THE WILD. All Festival choreographers and casts participate in the Creative Intensive.

  Creative Intensive                 

All THE WILD choreographers and their casts commit to participating in six full days of intense creative activity that will be scheduled immediately prior to production. The Creative Intensive includes daily technique classes, rehearsals, showings, choreographic experiments and outside eye practice. Led by the Artistic Director and the Dance Action Group this environment works to develop Festival choreographies to their highest potential prior to production.

  Production                 

Dancers’ Studio West provides mentorship, the performance venue, production support, lighting design, Creative Intensive and production week warm-up classes, media and publicity, and public receptions. Each choreographer receives an honourarium of $500.

  Grant Funding Opportunities                 

Successful candidates are encouraged to seek funding for their creative processes, beyond what Dancers’ Studio West offers as an honourarum, and may request letters confirming their invitation to the Festival from the Artistic Director to support any grant request. Please check for upcoming deadlines and consult with the following agencies: Calgary Arts Development Authority, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and The Canada Council for the Arts.

  Application Process DEADLINE DECEMBER 15, 2017                 

Online Process:
Email online applications to: 
businesmanager@dswlive.ca
Subject Line: The Wild Application
The application must include:

  • A brief statement describing your choreographic proposal for The Wild.
  • Current CV (including contact information and email address)
  • Internet link (Vimeo or Youtube) to recent choreographic work

The $15 registration fee can be paid by Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) sent to:businessmanager@dswlive.ca.

Applications must be received by December 15, 2017
Late, or incomplete applications will not be considered.

  Notification                 

All applicants will be notified by email of the success of their applications by January 15, 2018.  If you have any questions regarding the application process, contact Dancers’ Studio West at businessmanager@dswlive.ca

 

From L-R: Su Lin Tseng, Linnea Swan, Catherine Hayward Nicole Charlton-Goodbrand & Brandon Maturino. Sight(st)ing, choreographed by Shayne Johnson, Dance Action Lab 2017 | Photo: Tim Nguyen, Citrus Photography

Call for Artists
LEAP: Lab Emerging Artist Program
Dance Action Lab May 28 – ­ July 21, 2018

Dancers’ Studio West is seeking two Alberta-based pre-professional contemporary dance artists to participate in the LAB EMERGING ARTIST PROGRAM (LEAP) ​as part of the 2018 Dance Action Lab. ​The Royal Bank of Canada’s Emerging Artist Program supports the LEAP program.

  2017 LEAPS Said:                 

What LEAP has offered, to me especially, is a learning environment that facilitates artistic growth here in Calgary, rather than to seek training elsewhere. Much of this thanks to the members of DSW, not only the dancers, but the entire team. They have created what can only be described as an inclusive community. Brandon Maturino, LEAP 2017

Throughout my time in this program I found great value in working daily on my craft and being able to work so intimately with some of Calgary’s most experienced and celebrated artists. I will continue to carry forward the knowledge I have gained during this experience and will implement it into my own work in the future. Nicole Charlton-Goodbrand, LEAP 2017

  THE DANCE ACTION LAB 2018                 

The fourth annual Dance Action Lab runs from May 28 to July 21. The focus is on choreographic development, accelerated productivity and mentorship, and artistic fluency in all aspects of the form. The Lab establishes a sustained immersive professional experience consisting of eight weeks of Monday to Friday professional training and creation that culminates in production. Each workday runs from 10 am to 5 pm, and begins with technique class taught by Artistic Director Davida Monk. Following class Lab artists enter into choreographic creation rehearsals directed by selected Dance Action Group members.

The Dance Action Group is Dancer’s Studio West’s company, directed by Davida Monk. During the Lab the Dance Action Group members share the roles of performing, choreographing, rehearsal assisting and providing critical feedback. The opportunity to choreograph cycles annually among the members and not all members participate in the Lab every year. Current Dance Action Group members are Catherine Hayward, Helen Husak, Mark Ikeda, Shayne Johnson, Linnea Swan and Deanne Walsh.

  VALUE OF THE LAB EMERGING ARTIST PROGRAM (LEAP)                  

Two successful LEAP candidates will train and work directly with the members of the Dance Action Group. The benefits of the LEAP experience include:

  • Daily professional technique training with Artistic Director Davida Monk
  • Daily creative rehearsals
  • Development of professional practices and rigours
  • Direct and immediate feedback on an ongoing basis
  • Development of artistic expression, nuance and versatility
  • Building of relationships with potential for future projects
  • Access to meetings with the Artistic Director and Choreographers
  • Collegial exchange, support and rapport
  • 1 informal studio presentation of 2 works in progress
  • 3 publicly produced performances of 2 works
  • Production video and photos
  • Access to members of the Dance Action Group for future letters of reference
  • An honorarium of $2500
  • *New in 2018: opportunity to choreograph for the 2018 Annual Alberta Dance Festival

  APPLICATION PROCESS                 

DEADLINE: Friday November 24, 2017

Preparation: 
● Current CV (including contact information and email address)
● Vimeo or Youtube link or DVD of recent dance performance (clearly indicate which dancer you are if this is a group work)
● Statement of Interest (one page)
● $15 non-refundable application fee

Submission:

You may submit your application by email to businessmanager@dswlive.ca, with the subject line: LEAP Application. Attach your CV and Statement of Interest, and include a link to your performance video.

Selection:

The Artistic Director and Dance Action Group member Shayne Johnson will assess the application in the following areas: artistry, physical technique, openness to learning and challenge, adaptability and willingness to risk. The demands of the LEAP will be rigorous and require at minimum a pre-professional level of artistry.

Announcement of Successful Candidates: Friday, December 8, 2017


Lab Emerging Arts Program (LEAP)

Each season, Dancers’ Studio West seeks two Alberta-based pre-professional contemporary dancers to participate in our Lab Emerging Artist Program (LEAP) as part of our Dance Action Lab. This program is made possible through the support of RBC Emerging Artist Project funding.

The Dance Action Lab runs for 8 weeks, from the end of May to the end of July. The focus of the program is on choreographic development, accelerated productivity and mentorship, and artistic fluency in all aspects of the form. The Lab establishes a sustained immersive professional experience consisting of professional training and creation that culminates in production. Each workday runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It begins with technique class, taught by the Artistic Director, which is followed by choreographic creation rehearsals directed by selected Dance Action Group members.

The Dance Action Group is Dancers’ Studio West’s company and is under the dirction of the Aritstic Director. During the Lab, Dance Action Group members share the roles of choreographing, performing, assisting with rehearsals and providing critical feedback. The opportunity to choreograph cycles annually among the members. Not all members participate in the Lab every year. Current Dance Action Group members are Catherine Hayward, Helen Husak, Mark Ikeda, Shayne Johnson, Linnea Swan and Deanne Walsh.  For the 2017 Lab, the choreographers are Catherine Hayward, Shayne Johnson and Davida Monk with Linnea Swan participating as a dancer.

LEAP Candidates Selected
for 2017 Dance Action Lab

The LEAP program is a juried program, with two successful candidates chosen by a committee of Dance Action Group members.

  • Daily professional technique training with the Artistic Director
  • Daily creative rehearsal
  • Development of professional practices and rigour
  • Direct and immediate feedback on an ongoing basis
  • Development of artistic expression, nuance and versatility
  • Building of relationshiops with potential for future projects
  • Access to meetings with the Artistic Director and Choreographers
  • Collegial exchange, support and rapport
  • Roles in two works choreographed by Dance Action Group members
  • One informal studio presentation and three public performances
  • Production video and photos
  • Access to members of the Dance Action Group for future letters of reference and support
  • $2,500 honorarium

Application Process

  • The deadline is announced in early Fall but is targeted for November
  • Applicants are required to submit the following:
    • Statement of Interest
    • Current CV
    • Vimeo or YouTube link OR DVD of recent dance performance
    • Non-refundable application fee
  • Applications will be assessed by a committee made up of the Artistic Director and Dance Action Group members using the following criteria: artistry, physical technique, perceived openness to learning and challenge, adaptability and willingness to take risk. The demands on the LEAP candidates are rigorous and require, at minimum, a pre-professional level of artistry.
  • Candidates are notified in January

LEAP is made possible with the generous support of the RBC Emerging Artists Project.

Annual Alberta Dance Festival Submissions

Each season, emerging choreographers practicing in any dance discipline are invited to apply to present a new work in the Annual Alberta Dance Festival. As part of the Festival, all participating choreographers and casts commit to a 6-day Creative Intensive which includes daily technique classes, rehearsals, showings, choreographic experiments and Outside Eye practice.  Led by Artistic Director Monk and the Dance Action Group, this environment works to develop Festival choreographies to their highest potential prior to production.

AADF 2017 launches DSW’s 17/18 artistic season with two weeks of performances, September 7th – 9th & September 14th– 16th at the Victor Mitchell Pumphouse Theatre. The Festival will include works of 10 – 20 minutes in length and is open to emerging choreographers practicing in any dance discipline.

The Festival runs for two weekends each September at the Pumphouse Theatres with up to 6 choreographies presented in one of the two weekends for three performances each. The Choreographer is provided with the performance venue, production support, lighting design, production week warm-up classes and publicity. Each Choreographer receives an honorarium of $500.

Application Process

  • The deadline is announced in Fall but is targeted for December
  • Applicants are required to submit the following:
    • Statement of interest with responses to specific questions posed by the Selection Committee
    • Current CV
    • Vimeo or YouTube link OR DVD of recent choreographic work
    • Non-refundable application fee
  • Applications are assessed by a committee made up of the Artistic Director and Dance Action Group members.
  • Candidates are notified in January