Our programming structure is intended to be evolutionary by nature in order to respond as best we can to the needs of the field. Participating artists are selected through a competitive nomination, application and panel review process, in partnership with other organizations and/or by invitation of the Director.
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Some examples of our programming framework to date include:
Nominations are solicited from artists in residence and national colleagues (presenters, service organizations, funders, residency centers). Choreographers are then invited to apply, and proposals are reviewed by a series of panels (national and internal) to determine participating artists. Examples include Luciana Achugar, Alex Ketley, Morgan Thorson, Rosie Herrera, and Kate Weare.
Recognizing the need for time and space to reflect and develop new work is a constant for many, this program offers significant support to artists at a later stage in their career. Examples include Deborah Hay, Margaret Jenkins, Eiko & Koma, and Ralph Lemon.
Mid-Career Artist in Residence
This program supports artists making significant contributions to the field of dance at this point in their careers. In most instances artists are working on major projects that could benefit from additional residency time to more fully realize their vision for the work. Examples include Wally Cardona, Dean Moss, Tere O'Connor, and Reggie Wilson.
Many artists return to MANCC after their initial residency. In 2010 with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we began making multi-year commitments to help anchor new concepts by returning artists.
Examples include Miguel Gutierrez, Emily Johnson and Deganit Shemy.
Working in partnership with other presenters, residency centers and funders, this program seeks to make strategic alignments that help leverage additional resources for artists to more fully develop their work. Our most extensive partnership to date has been with Dance Theater Workshop where artists received residencies at MANCC, commissioning funds, technical residencies and presentations at DTW with support from the NEA. Examples include DD Dorvillier, Koosil-ja, Juliette Mapp and Yasuko Yokoshi.
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For three years we explored a program that paired repertory companies with up to four choreographers who they had not previously worked in a multi-week creative lab environment. The program took place during the same years as the NEA American Masterpieces: Dance initiative where these same companies also had access to resources to re-stage masterworks. This program was created as an incentive program to encourage new work alongside revivals and reconstructions. Companies involved included AXIS Dance Company, Philadanco and the José Limón Dance Company.
When appropriate, we have been able to offer residencies for the development of new work for and with artists abroad. Examples include Urban Bush Women with Compagnie JANT-BI and Shinichi Iova-Koga with Ko Murobushi.