New Movement Residency

The New Movement Residency at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance aims to support choreographers by providing space for them to explore, create and prepare dance work for future touring and presentations.

There are many challenges to the creation of dance art, especially given the distinct requirements to create a dance work that will tour to various theaters and venues. Proper space to create is often cited as an ongoing issue plaguing dance-makers. Even those highly established and respected don’t have access to quality facilities. During its quieter period, USC Kaufman seeks to seize the opportunity and provide usage of its studios as part of the New Movement Residency program. In addition, USC Kaufman will match selected residency artists with a member of its esteemed faculty to serve as a mentor during the residency, potentially serving as a dramaturg, frequently a critical need but overlooked by dance-makers at any stage in their career.

Also as part of the residency, applicants will have the opportunity to invite USC Kaufman BFA students into the process, either to observe and document the creation of work at various stages, shadow and interview choreographers, rehearsal directors or dancers. The 2018 inaugural New Movement Residency dance-makers included: Ana Maria Alvarez, CONTRA-TIEMPO; Seda Aybay, Kybele Dance Theater; Loni Landon, Loni Landon Dance Project.

2019 New Movement Residency: Southern California-Based Choreographers

For the 2019 round of the New Movement Residency, the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance will specifically support Southern California-based choreographers. Up to three artists will be selected to participate in the three-week residency, which will culminate in a works in progress showing at USC Kaufman’s performance studio on June 21, 2019.

Application requirements:

  • Applicants must consider choreography as their primary outlet.
  • Applicants must be 21+ and not currently enrolled in a college or graduate program.
  • Applicants must have proof of residence in Southern California.
  • Applicants must exhibit some regional and/or national touring and performance history for at least the most recent two years.
  • Applicants must demonstrate tourability of work to be created through funds raised specifically for work as well as confirmed presenter/venue interest or co-commissions.

Important dates:

  • January 11, 2019: Deadline to submit proposal
  • February 2019: Review and selection of proposals
  • March 2019: Announce selected artists/projects
  • Monday, June 3, 2019 – Friday, June 21, 2019: Residency Period (5 days each week, weekdays, up to 8 hours each day)
  • Friday, June 21, 2019: Culminating Works in Progress informal showings in USC Kaufman’s Performance Studio

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