Dancehouse

2013 DANCE SITES

 

Closing Date: 5pm Monday 29 April 2013
Notification: End of May 2013 (by email)
Commission dates: 6-10 November 2013 as part of Eyes Wide, Perth, WA

What is Dance Sites?

Dance Sites is a newly formalised network between long-time collaborators Critical Path, Dancehouse
and STRUT dance. A first of its kind in Australia, Dance Sites is a mobility network stemming from the
partners' shared commitment to support the independent dance community by circulating and exposing
new works at all stages of development to interstate audiences, peers and presenters alike. Supporting
as much the process as the product, Dance Sites is a springboard for new development processes, the
site for nourishing a sense of belonging to a wider dance community and a facilitator of new
connections and presenting opportunities across Australia and internationally.

What is this call for?

In 2013 we launch a multi-year project to develop and present 3 new dance works (one each from
NSW, VIC and WA), beginning with showings of the works in development as part of STRUT's Eyes
Wide in the studio at Kings St Art Centre, Perth, WA. The artists will work with facilitator Rebecca Hilton
over the course of the four days, engaging with each other and audiences in open rehearsals and more
formalised presentations over 3 nights 7-9 November. Rebecca says, "the project is about opening up
the lines of communication between choreographers, performers, audiences and the community we
make every time we present a dance in a public space."

It is intended that the works will travel in 2014 to various other venues around Australia (e.g.
Sydney/Critical Path/Bundanon and other regional partners, then Melbourne/Dancehouse). Next stages
will be pending on further funding for the project.

What is Eyes Wide?

Eyes Wide is a new Open Dance Platform for contemporary dance in Western Australia produced by
STRUT dance. This event builds upon the momentum of the inaugural 2012 MoveMe dance festival
held in Perth last August. The platform will feature the best of the artists supported by STRUT through
its development and exchange programs within Australia and abroad.

All events will be held where STRUT is based, at the King Street Arts Centre. Dance Sites will be a key
feature of the program alongside a residency with Joanne Leighton, Director of CCN Belfort, In Short
curated by Unkempt dance and Dyuetto, STRUT's Asian exchange mentored by Leigh Warren.

Who is this for?

The Dance Sites Network invites expressions of interest from choreographers who have been
supported through previous residency and presentation programs at each of the partner organizations:

WA: choreographers supported through STRUT residency and presentation programs in 2011-
2012. Artists who consider themselves to be established, mid career or emerging are all
welcome to apply, however sustained professional contemporary dance activity and/or
demonstrated potential in choreography will need to be evident. To be eligible you must be a
STRUT current member.

NSW: choreographers who have undertaken a research residency within Critical Path's 2011-
2013 Responsive programs (at the EOI closing date) with a new work in development arising
from that research.

• VIC: choreographers who have been part of the Dancehouse residency or presentation
programs (Summer Space Grant, Housemate, Quick Response or Dancehouse Invites) and
who are currently developing a new work.

How it works

Each partner will fund 2 artists (choreographer and a dancer/collaborator) with artist fees (plus
superannuation and workers compensation) for the one week's presentation as part of Eyes Wide.
In addition to the week's fees we will provide:

• accommodation, return airfares and per diem for interstate artists to travel to Perth, 5-10
November (inclusive of travel days)
• presentation support including publicity and production management in the context of Eyes
Wide
• mentoring and feedback facilitation with Rebecca Hilton over the four days of rehearsals and
presentation in Perth
• video and photographic documentation
• rehearsal space:

o STRUT will provide up to of 40 hours studio space at King Street Arts Centre pending on
availability for rehearsals
o Critical Path in partnership with the Bundanon Trust will provide a week's residency at
Bundanon, 30 September – 6 October 2013
o Dancehouse will provide 50 hours of rehearsal space in the studio at Dancehouse.

The applicant will be expected to:

• Agree to the principles of the project - develop a work in stages involving ongoing feedback and
discussion with audiences, peers and fellow artists through repeated presentation opportunities.
• Understand this is a pilot project. Its continuation will depend on further funding and feedback
from all artists involved.
• Be available for the 2013 stage and committed to be available for the 2014 stages in
March/April 2014.

Project Timing 2013

Rehearsals for the 3 artistic teams will be shared on 6th November including a "dress rehearsal" in the
evening. Public showings will take place on 7th, 8th and 9th November in the evening in studio 2 of King
Street Arts Centre, 2nd floor, 357-365 Murray Street, Perth.

Eligible Works

• Works will need to be new or demonstrate a clear rationale for being reworked if already
presented.
• Works will need to be technically "light" – there will be no provision for touring sets, etc. and
lighting plans need to accommodate what is available within studio conditions. (Technical
requirements for the finished work will aim at being simple, suited to a shared evening program.)
• Works should be in development, but it is highly recommended that they have already
undergone significant development and are clearly entering presentation stage towards touring.
Works should be between 20-40 minutes for presentation in Perth (but can be any length for
final presentation).

Selection criteria

The proposal (max. 3 pages) should clearly outline:

1- A synopsis of the work, including the artist (s) involved and their availability for the project in
2013 and 2014
2- The process you have taken initially to develop the work, including a complete development
history of the work thus far (including showings/sharings)
3- A creative statement addressing how you plan to present the work in progress in Perth and your
vision for its final presentation
4- How you feel engaging in a critical feedback process with facilitator Rebecca Hilton, peer artists
and audiences will support the development of the work
5- How participating in this project relates to your ongoing choreographic and/or performance
practice

The proposals will be assessed on the following selection criteria:

1- Clear artistic rationale
2- How significant is the impact of your participation in this project on your career development
3- The suitability of the work to be part of a nationwide circulation initiative

Assessment process

Applications will be shortlisted by directors of the partner organisations in each state. All shortlisted
applications will be discussed by the respective Directors of STRUT dance, Critical Path and
Dancehouse in consultation with Rebecca Hilton.

This process will take up to 4 weeks.
It is anticipated that the successful applicants will be advised by end of May 2013.

How to apply?

Applications are due Monday 29 April 2013 by 5pm. Applications must be submitted by email.
Applications are to be submitted as a single PDF document that includes:

Dance Sites EOI Cover Sheet (including link to visual documentation of the work) - DOWNLOAD HERE
 A maximum 3-page proposal addressing the selection criteria
 A maximum 1-page biography of artist (s) involved

Applicants are advised to discuss proposals before submitting. For any enquiries and to submit a
proposal, please contact:

WA: Agnes Michelet, 08 9321 4066 or director@strutdance.org.au
NSW: Justine Shih Pearson, 02 9362 9403 or director@criticalpath.org.au
VIC: Olivia Millard, 03 9347 2860 or olivia@dancehouse.com.au