This residency is part of The Creative Gesture dance program. This two-week workshop for choreographers, composers, and dancers will focus on practices of collaboration, composition, and improvisation.
Moderated by internationally acclaimed artist, dancer, and choreographer Michael Schumacher, musician Anne Bourne, and Program Head Stephan Laks, the Collective Composition Lab for Music and Dance will present a positive and concentrated research space. Choreographers and composers will explore the dialogue between dance and music, as well as exercise their research with the participating dancers.
What does the program offer?
Five choreographers and seven performer/composer/improviser/sound artists will work together for two weeks on the relationship of dance and music. Time will be spent daily with each choreographer and composer team to workshop ideas, rough drafts, and perhaps even the beginnings of more concrete collaborations. The participating dancers will have time to work with the choreographer and composer teams in smaller groups.
The workshop also offers time in faculty led sessions for artists to exercise instant composition and improvisation. These sessions will include the study of the dancers’ pre-existing methods of improvisation and composition, as well as exercises and tools to help develop new systems and modalities of their own techniques.
Who should apply?
We invite applications from dancers who are curious about improvisation, instant composition, and working in intimate, collaborative spaces with choreographers, composers, and faculty.
Choreographers who are interested in furthering their relationship to musical form and composition, to their own craft, and discovering new modalities are encouraged to apply.
Composers, improvisers, and sound artists who perform their own work and are interested in collaborative process, discovering new starting points for composition, and engaging deeply with the aesthetics and practices of dance are welcomed.
Musical applicants should be able to realize their own compositions without other musicians. Though other musicians will be on the Banff Centre campus during this program, their availability will be limited.
Canadian and international artists are invited to apply. You may apply to more than one Creative Gesture program, however if accepted, you will only be able to participate in one program.
When applying, choose between staying in a single or a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.
Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.
Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.
The Full Flex meal plan includes $38 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.
Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in [one of our performance venues / an open studios event in Glyde Hall].
Fees & Financial Assistance
How to Apply
Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program. Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.
This program is open to dancers, choreographers, and composers at any stage in their careers. Both Canadian and international artists are invited to apply.
Note: All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of Banff Centre.