The One-Week Creative Lab Intensive

The One-Week Creative Lab Intensive

December 15 – 19, 2018

Dancers’ Studio West invites applications for an intensive research/creation laboratory for 4 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 Calgary-based dancers and have dedicated studio space for 18 hours over 5 days. Research will be supported by Dancers’ Studio West’s Artistic Director Sasha Ivanochko and Vancouver-based artist Justine A. Chambers. Morning group discussions and late afternoon showing of material will be scheduled. Eligible choreographers must have presented a minimum of 3 completed choreographies in a professional context. There are no artist fees for the participants and no reimbursement of expenses.

Application Process

Application Deadline: August 17, 2018
To apply, please submit the following:

  • 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.
  • Vimeo or YouTube links to examples of completed, past work (up to 10 minutes), accompanied by a short description explaining how your examples are relevant to your project. Each link must be accompanied by a short description explaining how your examples are relevant to your project.

Applications may be submitted:

  1. by email to Dancers’ Studio West’s Managing Director, Suzanne Mott at businessmanager@dswlive.ca OR
  2. by mail to Dancers’ Studio West, PO Box 94097 RPO Elbow River, Calgary, AB T2S 0S4.
  3. Applications are to be accompanied by a $20 non-refundable application fee which can be paid:
    • by electronic fund transfer (EFT) by email to businessmanager@dswlive.ca OR
    • by cheque in the mail.

Questions and Results

Until August 16th, any questions can be directod to Suzanne Mott. Results will be announced soon after August 17th.

Justine A. Chambers is a dance artist living and working on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. In her work she privileges what is felt over what is seen, by working with her body as an imperfect recording device to develop a cumulative embodied archive. Chambers’ interests are in re-imagining dance performance and activating the dances that are already there – the social choreographies present in the everyday. Chambers is a founding member of project bk, was associate artist at The Dance Centre (2015-2017) and artist in residence at artist run centre 221a in 2017. Chambers is one of three artists selected for the Yulanda Faris Choreographer’s Program and was the recipient of the Chrystal Dance Prize in 2016. Her recent works include: ten thousand times and one hundred more, The Choreography Walk, Family Dinner, Family Dinner: The Lexicon, Back Up Front, Enters and Exits and COPY. Chambers has shared her projects at the Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Artspeak, Festival of New Dance, Mile Zero, Agora de la Danse, Canada Dance Festival, Vancouver Art Gallery, The Western Front, Dancing on the Edge Festival and Dance in Vancouver. Recent collaborations include projects with Laurie Young, Elisa Ferari, Evann Siebens, Claudia Fancello, Su-Feh Lee, Marilou Lemmens & Richard Ibghy, Jen Weih, Brendan Fernandes and Josh Hite. Chambers is Max-Tyler Hite’s mother.

Sasha Ivanochko is a choreographer, pedagogue and artistic director of Ivanochko et cie-projets de performance, a company she founded in 2005. Active in dance communities across the country, she taught this past year at the School of Alberta Ballet and The University of Calgary. Mid- August, she will become artistic director of Dancers’ Studio West. A School of Toronto Dance Theatre graduate, she’s performed the works of James Kudelka, Tedd Robinson, Peter Chin, Robin Poitras, Denise Fujiwara, Peggy Baker, DA Hoskins, Michael Trent, with Toronto Dance Theatre and Citadel & Compagnie, among others.

Her critically acclaimed choreography has toured internationally, with presentations at the International Theatre Festival of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), the Dance Meeting (Japan), The 2007 IETM and Tangente (Montréal), The Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), The Fluid Festival and Dancers’ Studio West (Calgary), Dancing on the Edge and the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Vancouver), New Dance Horizons (Regina), The Music Gallery, Dancemakers and DanceWorks (Toronto), The Festival of New Dance (St. John’s), Mile Zero Dance (Edmonton), La petite scène (Quèbec), and the visiBIe Arts Festival (Los Angeles). She has created commissions for Toronto Dance Theatre, Via Salzburg (Toronto), Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Helen Husak (Calgary), Naoko Murakoshi (Japan), and others.