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During the residency the associate artists are introduced to Embodiology®, a
neo-African model of performance-as-improvisation, and through daily workshops,
which involves active physical participation and generous reflective
discussions, a wealth of self-knowledge is revealed. Generative spontaneous performances are
realized through this method along with a new set of creative tools for
developing solo and group choreography. The technologies of dance
improvisation, as practiced across the African Diaspora, have largely been
hidden, but once revealed they create an engine of unstoppable creativity. With
this approach to improvisation interaction with music is critical therefore
musicians are also welcome to apply. Our daily group work will lead on to the
formation of smaller group or solo works that, with support, will generate
their own trajectories throughout the residency.
This residency will be of interest to artists who
would assuredly affirm that their entryway into dance or music is through the
gateway of Africa and its diasporan peoples’ performance forms. Multifarious
dance practices ranging from Sabar and Tango to Popping and Tutting, and
Doundounba and Flamenco to Capoeira and Azunto are among those that demonstrate
movement languages that reify rhythm, musical presence and
performance-as-improvisation. Contemporary dance artists who recognize the
influence of these widespread forms on their current practices will also find
creative empathy with the values that will be explored during this residency.
Embodiology®, also engages use and analysis of the
speaking voice, promoting a cognitive and sensory interweaving that goes beyond
formerly held self-perceptions of novelty and daring. As the participants gain
fluency between movement, timing, sound and interrelationships, a communicative
coherence in performance arises. Indeed, through the daily studio practice,
reflective conversation and writing about multi-sensory experiences, the worlds
of the associate artists are re- animated such that they lead to previously
unimagined levels of awareness, which go beyond the studio, serving as
alternative approaches to decision making in everyday life.
1. A 2
- 3 page resume or narrative biography (.doc, pdf)
letter of intent should include:
reflection of your currently held perspectives on, exposure to and/or practice
of improvisation. (.doc, pdf)
An idea of what you are interested in working on during the residence.
information on influences and interests.
to 3 videos or recordings in which you are either the choreographer, dancer,
director, musician or teacher. Upload up to a 20-minute sample on
Residency Fee: $900
Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.
Scholarships / Financial Assistance
Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.
Application fee: $25
If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit
the ACA's How to Apply page