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Artistic Residency and Commission Opportunity from WCD


Artistic Residency and Commission Opportunity

OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS OF ALL DISCIPLINES: Request for expressions of interest
DEADLINE: 1 May 2017 at 4 pm
BUDGET: $50,000-$60,000 (includes artist fees, production costs, travel and accommodations)


WINNIPEG’S CONTEMPORARY DANCERS invites artists working in all disciplines to submit an Expression of Interest to be our Artist-in-Residence for 2017/18.  This opportunity is open to individual artists or collaborative teams at any phase of their career, emerging or established. The selected artist or artistic team (the ‘Artist) will research and create a new full-length performance work at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD), to be premiered at the final show of our 2017/18 season.

This is not a live-in residency. It is a two-phase residency hosted by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. Phase 1 (research, creation) will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba beginning in Fall 2017. Phase 2 (rehearsals, production) will culminate in a presentation of the commissioned performance work in Spring 2018.

Specific dates and number of weeks to be determined and agreed upon by Artist and WCD as required, with a work period spanning a maximum of 6 months. The total budget for this project will not exceed $60,000, and will be paid in instalments to the Artist over the span of the residency. The budget includes Atist/commission fees, production costs, dancer’s fees, accommodations and travel. Priority will be given to projects that fulfill WCD’s mandate.

Artists wishing to be considered for this residency are requested to submit the following:
A brief proposal (750 word maximum), outlining your vision for the creation and presentation of the proposed performance work, along with a draft timeline and schedule
A one-page CV that focuses on activities of the last 5 years, demonstrating the Artist’s field of interest and creative direction
Support materials (video, audio, still images—see specifications below)

WCD is looking for proposals that:
Further the possibilities of performance work
Stimulate conversations between fellow artists and audiences
Fulfill WCD’s mandate
Expand our view of dance and the performing arts moving forward

OUR ORGANIZATION                                                                                                                                                                       
Established in 1964, WCD is the longest continuously running contemporary dance company in Canada. The power of contemporary dance is inherent in the fact that it requires presence, which has become increasingly important in contemporary culture. Contemporary dance thrives on exploration and cross-pollination. It asks us to recognize and respond to the humanity in one other. At WCD we recognize that some of the most original and intriguing work being produced today results from artists collaborating and experimenting across conventional boundaries. Moving forward, we aim to expand our mandate and explore avenues for the future of contemporary dance and for performance work in general.
WCD strives to create a place on the local, national and international arts landscape to enable vital intersections, linkages and exchange among dance creators and interpreters, interdisciplinary artists, spectators and communities. Our values, programs and activities are based on respect for our history, the ongoing development of our artists and to our place in the community.

We are an evolving, responsive arts system. We act as a springboard for the presentation of new and existing dance work. This fosters and advances artistic vitality and excellence in dance.

We create, produce, mentor, present and promote professional contemporary dance with a view to championing and furthering the art form for artists and audiences alike. We aim to provide a forum for exploration, originality and invention.

Artistic merit of the Artist and proposal
Conceptual clarity and vision of the proposal
Demonstrated ability of the Artist to produce performance work in a way that respects and challenges participating artists and audiences alike

Priority will be given to projects that fulfill WCD’s mandate


Round 1
Proposal deadline: 4 p.m. on 1 May 2017

The Board of WCD will select a short-list of applications for consideration by a selection committee. The selection committee comprises 3 senior artists from the Canadian artistic community, appointed by WCD’s Managing Artistic Director, Brent Lott.

Round 2
Deadline: 4 p.m. on 31 May 2017

 Selected artists from Round 1 will be asked to submit a detailed project description, one-paragraph biographies for their creative team (if applicable) and a detailed budget (template will be provided).

The successful Artist will be notified by mid-June 2017.

Please supply up to two samples of recently produced work (past 5 years) of the following support materials that best represent your recent work:
Up to 10 minutes of video and/or audio
Up to 15 still images
1 sample of published material (book/publication)
If you work in more than one artistic discipline, you may supply up to two of the above-noted samples, in each of your disciplines.

Audiovisual specifications:
Image files must be:
JPEG (.jpg, .jpeg) format
RGB colour mode
No larger than 1.5 MB
Audiovisual files must be:
Playable with VLC media player (consult
A maximum 60 FPS
A maximum resolution of 1080P (or frame size of 1920 x 1080)
No larger than 4 GB

PLEASE NOTE: Web links to media via Vimeo, YouTube, or website content are acceptable, as long as they correspond with the support material specifications. Artists are also welcome to submit hard copies of media on BD, DVD, CD, or USB key.

Please send submissions to: