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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL LANDS

Maxine Heppner and Across Oceans is based in Toronto Canada, sacred land that has been home to human cultural activity for over 15,000 years. We honour and acknowledge the original caretakers of this land: the Mississaugas of New Credit, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Anishinaabe and the Huron/Wendat, and all peoples and living beings who are named and unnamed in history.

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PROPOSE

&PRACTICALITIES 

  • For ALL Forms and Genres of dance and movement performance in New Creation.

  • All established and emerging movement-based artists may apply.

  • PROPOSE NOW  for May 18,19,20, 2019 program

Proposal is for deep research for a work in early stages of development. Movement material must already exist so that the marathon is about development, not the earliest searching. It can be dance/movement material that has not formulated into a concept. Or a concept that has not formulated into organized material. Or a work-in- progress that the choreographer or group wants to move forward. Or a past work to be torn apart and turned into something new. Lead Creator sends a sample of this material and of past choreography with proposal. If proposed piece is still in concept stage then a description of the concept and process with video of past works is OK.

Below are guidelines. This is a Platform for Creativity.  If you feel your work will benefit from this program but doesn't seem to quite fit, please, do send your idea and tell us how you will work in this ultra-intensive time. Same if there is a logistical challenge e.g short a dancer or if you have a group work but no group to go with it.  Other ideas...  All Forms are Relevant and Welcome.  APPLY NOW!

 

In cooperation with Pia Bouman Studios.


Also supported by the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

3 THREADS

 Due to long hours, minimum three artists in a group is recommended. 

  • Ensemble/Group: 1 choreographer/creator and 2 dancers/performers, and up to 5 dancers.

  • Duet: creator and 2 performers, or creator and co-performer

  • Solo: creator and performer:  2 and even 3 artists in the group is recommended. Still self-solo proposals will be considered.

 

Notes

  • Choreographer can dance but it is best if lead creator is on outside so can work directly with mentors.

  • A group can have 1 more dancer than the actual work requires: for example: a duet worked on by 1 choreographer and 2 dancers, or 1 choreographer and 3 dancers.

  • It is best if creator and performers have worked together before, be involved in the current idea’s development and have a clear understanding of the time commitment involved in the Marathon. 3-5 groups will be invited.

  • Do not hesitate to email with questions if you are not sure if your idea / project / approach / form fits into the criteria.

  • This is a platform for creativity!

LOCATION, LOGISTICS

City / Country: Toronto, Canada.

 

Venue: Pia Bouman Studios on Noble Street at Dufferin and Queen West, a hub of Toronto’s contemporary art scene.

Accessible. Resident Cat.

 

Facilities: four (4) full sized studios, one (1) studio theatre, a generous lobby and lounge area, bathrooms and changing rooms with showers.

 

Accommodation

  • First night you find your own accommodation.

  • Second night we all stay overnight at the studios with meals and rest time built into the schedule.

 

Meals

  • 2 meals will be included (Saturday midnight dinner and Sunday breakfast) (veg & vegan friendly)

  • Snacks: Coffee, tea and snacks available throughout the session.

  • Light Meals: Participants bring their own food/ beverages for their own light meals eaten during the process. Refrigerator , Microwave and kettle are available.

 

Schedule
May 18-20, 2019  (Victoria Day Weekend)  26.2 ++hours

  • DAY 1: 4.5 hrs: sharing of principles; showings; goals (afternoon start time tbc)

  • DAY 2: 12 hrs: studio time, exchange, feedback, meals, start time 9am, overnight in studio

  • DAY 3: 10 hrs continuing creation and exchange, performance & wrap ( end 5pm).

  • Follow-up: individual appointments in June

 

Participants receive:

  • 26.2++ hours of studio time and Mentoring by senior choreographer and senior performers

  • creation time and group exchange and  support

  • documentation of the work

  • Public Presentation/show of created work

  • 2 meals, lots of snacks, and one overnight in the studios with like-minded people

  • June followup between choreographer and lead mentor

  • Presence on international websites.

 

SENDING YOUR PROPOSAL


Step 1.

Email intention to apply asap. This is a soft deadline, meaning: if you need extra time to put together the full proposal let us know, ask questions, etc. but SOONER is better for us all. Invitations are made on an ongoing basis. Participation is limited to 3 - 5 groups.

HOW TO send FULL PROPOSAL

Step 2. 

Send an email letter with the following information:

  • Name and bio of lead creator-choreographer

  • Names and short bios of performers-dancers

  • What work you’ve done together up to now

  • Description (about 300-600 words max) of:

    • the work to be developed,

    • the process and how far along in the process,

    • what you most want to work on

    • why you want to do it in the Choreographic Marathon

  • signed statement from every participant that they agree to participate

  • jpeg photos (1-3)

  • with proposal send $15 for admin through donation page.

  • Pay Fee by cheque, online transfer (email us to request) or send through the donation page above. (CADA/RQD discount)

 

SENDING

  • Email proposal (see above)

  • Pay admin online at the donations page. (see above)

  • Upload a video file showing samples of the material and past choreography.

  • Upload to: “dropbox” YouTube, Vimeo or similar and send us the URL.

    • Note that sites often have maximum sizes for files so check how big yours’ are and cut them into smaller portions and send several if necessary.

    • Double check that it is readable on computers other than yours’. It must be compatible for both Mac and PC formats

  • Send docs and files by email to > choreomarathon@acrossoceans.org

  • For enquiries: info (at) acrossoceans (dot) org

COST & FINANCIALS

  • ADMIN FEE With Application: $15

  • MARATHON COST:

    • Solos: 1-2 artists C$375 (CADA/RQD discount)

    • Duet/ensemble : for 1-3 artists (1 creator + 2 performers) C$450 (CADA/RQD discount)

    • Each additional artist in a group $50,

    • (If this sounds like a lot please consider that 26.2 hours of Just studio-time costs a minimum of about $400.)

    • Fee paid in full on acceptance to program. Payment: through website’s donation page  , cheque or e-transfer.

    • letter of invitation on request if needed.

All information, personel, fees subject to change.