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Creative Residency Program

The DJD Dance Centre Creative Residency Program is a program that aims to encourage the independent dance artist sector in Calgary and nationwide.

The residency program has been created to support the research, development, and/or final phase of production for independent choreographers working on specified, self-directed projects that are targeted for production. During the residency, artists will have access to one studio at the DJD Dance Centre free of charge for the duration of their residency. This arrangement is designed to allow choreographers to work and grow in a concentrated manner and with as few limits as possible to the choreographer’s creative energies.

The deadline for the 2019 calendar year is October 8, 2018, for the period January 2 to December 31, 2019. There will
be no rolling deadlines for the residency program.

DJD will provide the use of one studio free of charge to the successful applicant. All applicants are expected to engage
their own professional dance artists and collaborators for the project and are expected to cover any additional costs
incurred by the project. Choreographers are encouraged to apply for grant funding to support the fees associated with
the developing work.

Successful residency applicants are highly encouraged to offer a workshop and/or class offering to the community as
part of their residency. Schedules for this workshop/class will be determined in communication with the program
steering committee and will be dependent on space availability. Further information regarding workshop/class
offerings will be forthcoming in an acceptance email for successful applicants.

Successful residency applicants will also have the option to self-present an informal studio during their residency for
invited guests and community members.

To Apply

Using no more than two to three pages, please include:

  • Your name and contact details.
  • What you plan to do in the space and how many artists will be rehearsing in the space.
  • How many weeks you wish to be in residence and what time period(s) works for you within the schedule
    guidelines (please provide a first and second choice if possible).
  • What you hope to achieve or discover by the end of your time in residence.
  • What are your long-term plans for the proposed work and how this project fits in with your wider goals/practice.
  • Whether your residency will be used for research, development, and/or final phase of production.
  • Links to two video selections of recent work (no more than 10-minutes; please specify timecode for viewing).
  • How you wish to document and/or share your experience or outcomes with the community.
  • What your possible times/topics for sharing a workshop with the community might be.

In addition to the above application, please send a one to three page dance resume or one-page bio.

Completed applications should be returned by email to by October 8, 2018, 5:00pm MST.

The meeting to assess the applications will be held within six weeks of the deadline. Applicants will be notified within eight weeks of the deadline. Any questions regarding the residency program should also be addressed to the email address above.

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