OPEN CALL: CONNECTIONS 4.0

PERFORMING ARTS PLATFORM IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE AN OPEN CALL FOR A JOINT RESIDENCY IN AARHUS/CENTRAL DENMARK REGION, RUNNING FROM APRIL 22nd – MAY 20th 2020!

JOINT RESIDENCY FOR EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHERS

CONNECTIONS is a resource provided by Performing Arts Platform to connect fellow artists in order to create, share artistic and choreographic practices and explore the potential for future collaboration and production in Aarhus/Central Denmark Region. The program is open to emerging professional choreographers based in Denmark in a joint residency with a choreographer based abroad. Throughout your joint residency you commit to assist, push, inspire and challenge each other artistically – and to engage with the wider community. The two choreographers can bring 1-2 additional dancers/collaborators for the project.

CONDITIONS OFFERED

4 weeks joint residency in Aarhus/Central Denmark Region including:
• Studio/work space, facilitation, mentoring and networking opportunities.
• Accommodation provided in B&B or equivalent.
• Travel expenses to/from Aarhus.
• A grant of 10,000 DKK per person (approximately € 1,340) to cover basic expenses.
• The opportunity to bring 1-2 dancers/collaborators in addition to the two choreographers. Accommodation, travel and grants covered by Performing Arts Platform.

THE PROGRAM

CONNECTIONS is a research and development residency. Your joint residency can be used to begin a new creative process or to develop existing work – and to make new connections for the future. Each CONNECTIONS program offers studio research time, networking opportunities and access to local mentors or sparring partners relevant to your work proposal, e.g. within the arts field or within production, creative entrepreneurship, management, the sciences or other interdisciplinary fields. The selected choreographers are not expected to produce a finished work. We expect you to give an informal ‘morning briefing’ at the beginning of your stay, and that you and your partner conduct a joint public sharing session towards the end; a work demo, an improvisation, a site specific ‘walk & talk’ or whatever format suits your purpose best

WHO CAN APPLY

We call for joint applications between a Denmark based choreographer (main applicant) and a partnering choreographer from abroad (partnering applicant). Residencies will be granted to choreographers who demonstrate a strong motivation for experimenting creatively in close collaboration with his/her partner, and express a genuine interest in exploring the possibilities Aarhus/the region has to offer e.g. in terms of network, people, resources or facilities.
CONNECTIONS is aimed at emerging choreographers with professional credentials in the dance/art industry. The term “emerging” could probably go for every freelance or self-employed choreographer out there – so to be more specific we define emerging as:
• Artists at the beginning of their professional career, for whom the program would be a starting point; an opportunity to learn from fellow artists and strengthen local and international connections.
• A new dance company or a collaborative in the making, for whom the program would be an opportunity to try out new constellations.
• Choreographers who are in an artistic transition (e.g. an experienced choreographer transitioning to a different genre or format), for whom the program would be an opportunity to learn new stuff, try out new approaches, take risks.

REGIONAL OUTREACH

Performing Arts Platform is based in Aarhus but reaches out to the rest of Central Denmark Region too. We strongly encourage applicants to propose ideas for regional outreach. Which organisations, educational institutions, theatres, scholars or others in our region would be relevant for you to get in touch with during your residency? Previous residents have been in contact with e.g. Black Box Dance Company in Holstebro, Secret Hotel in Mols, Innovation Lab in Aarhus, the Animation Workshop in Viborg, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, DOKK1 public library, Aarhus University Department of Physics and Astronomy and many more. Please include some thoughts about your regional outreach in the application.

APPLY NOW

CONNECTIONS RESIDENCY PROGRAM: April 22nd – May 20th 2020
DOWNLOAD: OPEN CALL CONNECTIONS 4.0
APPLY ONLINE: HERE
DEADLINE: January 27th 2020, 23:59 CET
All applicants will be notified no later than February 20th 2020.

THE SELECTION COMMITTEE

Marie Brolin-Tani, Artistic Director Black Box Dance Company
Kristoffer Louis Andrup Pedersen, Artistic Director, DonGnu
Charlotte Mors, Director, Performing Arts Platform
Anne Hübertz Brekne, CONNECTIONS Project Manager and dramaturge.

PERFORMING ARTS PLATFORM

Performing Arts Platform is a network organization for the independent performing arts sector in Aarhus. We are not a production house nor a theatre but a platform that collaborates closely with the whole arts community – including theatres, production houses, creative entrepreneurs, business organizations, the university, independent artists etc. Performing Arts Platform brings people together, ensures and facilitates knowledge, reaches out and provides framework and visibility for the performing arts community in the region.
CONNECTIONS 4.0 is a “bonus-track” of a three-year strategic project (2017-2019) supported by the Danish Arts Foundation, Central Denmark Region, Bikubenfonden and the City of Aarhus to contribute to a continuous vibrant and dynamic performing arts sector in the region.

WHAT PREVIOUS AIR’S SAY

The availability of the team and the possibility of sharing and getting feedback from outside all the way through the residency were definitely helpful for the inner motivation. The work that Performing Arts does is of very high level. The respect and help for the artists and the art we do is absolutely stunning. – Emanuele Rosa
Awesome people, crew and expertise there, in touch with and facilitating the artist’s work and network – Birgitte Lundtoft, Augustine Collective
I loved the fact that in the end the project did not have to be ready yet. It gave freedom to try things that needed to be tried but would not have been if such a pressure was imposed from the very beginning – Noora Hannula, The Nordic Beasts
A genuine interest in the arts without any entertaining demands from the audience or any member of the community. I would not only be inclined but I deeply hope to present my work in Aarhus in the future. – Fabio Liberti
I feel inspired, because it seems that there is space, support and sources for individual artists to establish, to develop and be. -Annika Kompart.
I felt really welcomed into the community both by the Performing Arts Platform but also by the openness and connections within the bigger community as such – Theresa Gustavsson

REPORTS FROM 2017 AND 2018

Report from Connections 1.0 in 2017 (8,2 MB)
Report from Connections 2.0 in 2018 (13,2 MB)

Report from Connections 3.0 in 2019 (coming up)

PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

Partners and collaborators include a.o Secret Hotel/Christine Fentz, Mette Aakjær/Wunderland, Digital Media Artist Signe Klejs, Historian Doron Haahr/Aarhushistorier.dk, Visual Artist Christoffer Brekne, Theatre Seachange/Barbara Simonsen, Black Box Dance Company, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, The Animation Workshop, Innovation Lab/CEO Mads Thimmer, Bora Bora – Dance & Visual Theatre, HeadRoom at Aarhus Festuge, REUSE, DOKK1 public Library, Univerisity of Aarhus and more.
CONNECTIONS is supported 2017-19 by the Danish Arts Foundation, Central Denmark Region, Bikubenfonden and the City of Aarhus to contribute to a continuous vibrant and dynamic performing arts sector in the region.
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