DanceForce Member: Gregory Cary
Community Partner: Bard College Lifetime Learning Institute; Kaatsbaan Cultural Park for Dance; Tivoli Public Library; Village of Tivoli
Building on the past success of the UpStream® Residency Award program, 2012-2019, 3 dance artists and/or companies will be selected for the 2020-2021 season. UpStream® residencies are designed to support creative time for dance choreographers and directors and the professional studio space needed to fulfill creative goals with their dancers. Residencies are recognized as one of the most effective ways to consistently provide a productive and creative working environment for dance artists.
In the selection process all dance styles will be considered and dance companies and projects of any size will be encouraged to apply. There is no prerequisite for artistic content however, artists that creatively use space will receive priority attention as large studios are a specialty of the facilities at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park for Dance, the project host. Professionalism is also a high priority in selecting the final artists and artists are expected to utilize the facilities and their time by working full days at their craft during the residency.
The selection process will begin in June 2020 with a short on-line application coordinated by Kaatsbaan’s Project Manager. Kaatsbaan’s Co-founder/DanceForce member Gregory Cary will make the final selection from applications received and attached video links. Approximately 30 applications are expected.
Activities for this round of UpStream® residencies will take place in the Fall of 2020 and Spring 2021 to be coordinated after selection. Artists will be given full use of the Studio Complex, one large studio available at all times, housing at the Dancers’ Inn and use of kitchens in the Gatehouse. Site-specific works will be accommodated if needed. An expense allowance of $500 will be given to each company to assist with general expenses such as transportation.
Each artist or company will hold one open rehearsal, one master class for local dancers and dance students, and a showcase-performance. The showcase-performance may be works in progress or a fully produced performance of new or repertory work. All activities will be promoted to a mailing list of 5,000, e-mail list of 6,500, and through media ads in the 4-county region. All advertising and technical matters will be coordinated with Kaatsbaan. Showcase ticket prices will be subsidized to serve an economic diverse audience, $10 for all seats including students. To expand rural audiences Kaatsbaan will donate 20 seats to each performance to the Tivoli Library. These tickers will be distributed to Tivoli residents for a $5 donation to the library’s educational fund. The Village of Tivoli will promote activities through their web site. The Bard Lifetime Learning Institute will attend the open rehearsals as part of their curriculum.
UpStream® Residency Awards bring new diverse dance artists to the Mid-Hudson Valley. The expected attendance at each showcase-performance is 120. Master classes reach a young student and college population, 15 for each is expected. 60 seniors, students and public are expected for open rehearsals. Residency sponsors will be sought via the Mid-Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce.