IPAY Kindling Call for Choreographer
July 2012 |
International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) is excited to announce an exclusive opportunity for a North American based choreographer to participate in a European based programming initiative exploring professional contemporary dance for young audiences.
In January 2013, IPAY will launch Kindling, a new programming initiative exploring creative catalyst organizations dedicated to supporting and promoting the creation and exploration of innovative art for young audiences. As part of the Kindling initiative and as a result of our preliminary research into creative catalyst organizations, IPAY has been invited to participate in Fresh Tracks Europe (FTE) —
With the theme New Artistic Identities the new network FTE creates a youth dance platform for a distinctive new generation of choreographers. Through a series of four workshops organized by the four major partners choreographers from the youth dance circuit are stimulated in their individual artistic development. New Artistic Identities offers the choreographers the opportunity to meet, to present their work, to reflect on their work and to initiate new collaborations. During the workshops the choreographers will discuss each other's work and develop new methods and ideas with the support of several mentors from the field.
IPAY now invites North American based American and Canadian choreographers to apply for the Fresh Tracks Europe (FTE) New Artistic Identities program to be held between October 12th to 22nd, 2012 at Tanzhaus NRW in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Abstract stories - Abstract productions or stories for young audiences? Looking at different countries, different perceptions may exist of the right mix of concreteness and abstractness in productions for young audiences - especially when we take different age groups into account. How does a society view childhood? How does it view children, or adolescents? If we want a fruitful and productive exchange of art productions for young audiences among different countries, it is essential that we know about the differences and similarities, and the impact they will have on productions for young people. Contemporary dance performances for grown-up audiences are often considerably abstract in nature. Are there any reasons for not aiming for the same level of abstraction when we create dance performances for young people? On the other hand: how could narrative forms be adequate for young people? How can they be used? During the workshop the choreographers will experiment with abstract and/or concrete/narrative forms of (re)presentation and will develop different sequences. The workshop will be accompanied by a primary and a secondary school. (age groups 6 – 10 and 10 – 15).
IPAY Kindling is excited to sponsor a Choreographer to participate and to have a North American voice in this global event. We look forward to the experience the participant will bring back to share with our community.
Choreographers are requested to submit an Expression of Interest to the IPAY Kindling Selection Committee 2012 no later than 3pm EST, Friday, August 31st, 2012.
To qualify for this project, choreographers must present a proposal that will include:
All applicants must be currently based and practicing in North America, be an emerging to mid-career choreographer, demonstrate in their submission that they will be able to complete the choreographic lab in Germany and participate in the Kindling program at Showcase 2013 in Philadelphia, PA (January 4th to 7th, 2013). Preference will be given to choreographers that have current or prior experience in creating work for or with young audiences. This is a wonderful opportunity for choreographers to create new work, explore new ideas in dance for young audiences and to have it promoted and developed.
ONE choreographer selected for the choreographic lab will be provided with:
Contact: Boomer Stacey, IPAY Executive Director
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a professional development opportunity and acceptance into this program does not construe an employment position with IPAY. IPAY understands the value of diversity in its broadest sense – we embrace, encourage and support equal opportunities for all.
ABOUT IPAY International Performing Arts for Youth [IPAY] is the premiere membership organization in the world today servicing and supporting the professional community of performing arts for young audiences. Our membership is comprised of a growing worldwide network of artists, producers, presenters, agents, educators and students that are dedicated and involved in producing, presenting and promoting all forms of theatre, music, dance, circus, puppetry and more.
We share best practices and industry resources, provide an annual community meeting place, and stimulate international dialogue and collaboration. IPAY is a bridge that brings together creative expression with business practicality, critical responsiveness and professional development.
For more information on IPAY and Fresh Tracks Europe please visit these web links: www.ipayweb.org