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CHICAGO DANCEMAKERS FORUM ANNOUNCES 2016 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

CHICAGO DANCEMAKERS FORUM ANNOUNCES 2016 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Company:

CHICAGO DANCEMAKERS FORUM

Location:

Chicago Cultural Center; Old Town School of Folk Music; Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative

Dates:

Monday, January 4, 2016 - 12:00pm daily through February 8, 2016

Tickets:

http://chicagodancemakers.submittable.com

Company:
CHICAGO DANCEMAKERS FORUM

CHICAGO DANCEMAKERS FORUM ANNOUNCES 2016 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

CDF welcomes applications from January 4 to February 8, 2016 in its 12th year of granting Lab Artist Awards

Four selected awardees will each receive $15,000 supporting the research, development and presentation of new work

Chicago Dancemakers Forum is pleased to announce its annual call for proposals for its Lab Artist Awards in 2016. Through $15,000 cash awards complemented by a full year of mentorship and professional development, CDF supports choreographers as they explore and develop new work. CDF fosters dance excellence and innovation while building relationships among dance artists, presenters, audiences, and funders.

CDF Lab Artist alumni are diverse in age, gender, race, and dance discipline, working in tap, Bharatanatyam, Chicago house culture, dance for the camera / dance cinema, voguing, contemporary dance, non-dance choreographies, movement improvisation, modern techniques, footwork, and ballet. These 49 Lab Artist alumni — 90% of whom remain based in Chicago — include Lane Alexander of the American Rhythm Center and Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Julia Antonick and Jonathan Meyer of Khecari, Kevin Iega Jeff of Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, and Barak adé Soleil. They and others work actively in the field, with many building national audiences and international recognition in the years since receiving their CDF awards. 

“The most fulfilling outgrowth of my experience with CDF is that research and development practices were set in motion and they continue to inform my process of making work,” says Julia Rhoads, CDF Lab Artist in 2005 and artistic director of Lucky Plush Productions. “I am also grateful to CDF for offering a platform where I could have a deep and detailed exchange with other choreographers and a consortium of colleagues who are active in the field.”

The 2016 Lab Artist application will be available online starting on January 1, 2016. Visit this link: http://chicagodancemakers.submittable.com to access and submit the online form. Criteria and program information are available on the CDF website or for download here. Three optional Application Work Sessions will be offered by CDF in order to advise those interested in completing the online form. Select applicants will be invited to complete and submit expanded proposals for consideration during a second round, during which each candidate will meet with the CDF Program Director.

The complete program cycle is as follows (dates subject to change):

2016 Lab Artist Application Work Sessions:  

January 4, 2016 from 6–8pm at the Chicago Cultural Center 
February 11, 2016 from 6–8pm at the Old Town School of Folk Music
February 13, 2016 from 6–8pm at the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative

2016 Lab Artist Award Cycle:

January 1, 2016: Application opens for 2016 Lab Artist Award proposals
February 8, 2016: Application closes (first-round submission deadline)
February 29, 2016: CDF invites select candidates to submit expanded proposals
March 1 to May 22, 2016: CDF Program Director meets with second-round applicants
May 23, 2016: Second-round expanded proposal submission deadline
June 29, 2016: CDF announces four Lab Artist Awardees for 2016
July 2016: CDF Lab Artist retreat launches full year of granting and support

CDF selects Lab Artists based on their artistic vision and potential for creative growth. Strong candidates are active in their field and developing a distinctive trajectory in their work. Lab Artists possess the skills and experience to undertake a project of extended scale, new discovery, or deeper exploration, and the capacity to benefit from an environment of artistic interchange. They are able to articulate their needs, use independent research time, and make the most of their opportunities to work with the consortium members and other artists participating in the program. 

Contact Victoria Bradford at 337-794-8222 / victoria@chicagodancemakers.org and/or Zachary Whittenburg at 312-850-9744 X 136 / zwhittenburg@hubbardstreetdance.com.

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