Performing Arts Creation Lab

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Performing Arts Creation Lab

Winter 2022 | In-Person

Creation Lab residencies are designed for performing artists and companies worldwide to develop their new work in one or more Banff Centre studio spaces on the land of Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain. Creation Lab is a partnered initiative of Performing Arts and Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre.

In a collegial campus atmosphere of like-minded artists working in and across a range of disciplines, artists are encouraged this season to propose self-sufficient projects that require no in-studio technical labour or equipment support from Banff Centre staff beyond essential room set-up. Companies are encouraged to travel with all personnel required to handle the work.

A limited number of on-stage technical residencies with local crew support will be available in the Spring 2022 block.

Artists may apply to reside for one, two or three weeks, and may indicate their preferred dates. Demand is typically high for this residency, and therefore the ability to consider three-week visits, particularly for larger companies, is limited.

What Does The Program Offer?

As a post-secondary learning environment, Banff Centre offers artists a generous, retreat-style space to experiment and take risk with new work in development. Artists can choose to take advantage of feedback from other members of the community on campus, or shut out distraction and create in solitude. All phases of work in progress are welcome, and there is no expected output from the residency.

This residency offers a range of workspaces and facilities depending on participants’ needs and availability, typically in Banff Centre’s Music & Sound Building, the Performing Arts and Learning Complex, and/or the Kinnear Centre for Creativity & innovation.

Banff Centre provides limited production support for these residencies. Additional technical support may be negotiated when possible. Covid-19 protocols are expected to evolve throughout the season.

Who Should Apply?

We invite project proposals from individual artists, artistic collectives, and performance companies of all sizes and at all stages of career. Artists with projects that are at various stages of development are encouraged to apply—whether at the conceptual, creation, development, refinement, or redevelopment stage of a new work.

Shorter residencies may be available. Please inquire for details.

Application Deadline: October 13, 2021
Program Dates: January 10 – 29, 2022

*Financial aid of 100% is available to cover tuition, and 50% is available to offset food and accommodation costs.

For more information and to apply now, visit

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