Laboratory | August 2 - 15, 2019
MANCC Forward Dialogues 2
With generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, MANCC is thrilled to host the second iteration of its early career artist laboratory, MANCC Forward Dialogues (MFD). Piloted in 2017, this program is designed to support and catalyze the ideas of emergent movement-based artists by providing access to a stimulating environment that encourages experimentation, exploration, and life-long learning.
While MANCC since its founding in 2004 has primarily served mid-career professional artists, this initiative aids in developing relationships with the next generation of dance makers by learning about and supporting their evolving artistic practices. In August 2019, MANCC Forward Dialogues will host seven collaborative pairs of artists in a 14-day immersive lab. This year’s pairs include New York City-based artists Beatrice Capote and Farai Malinga; Londs Reuter and Jacob Slominski; J. Bouey and Peter Mercedes-Phipp; Ashley Yergens and Eli Tamondong; and Kim Savarino and Lai Yi Ohlsen. Coming from Chicago are Joanna Furnans and Christine Wallers, and from Los Angeles, DaEun Jung and Melody Shim. New this year, MANCC will also host an emerging writer, Melanie Greene (dance artist and contributing writer for The Dance Enthusiast, Dance Magazine, and co-host of the Dance Union Podcast), and an emerging documentarian, Jessica Juachon (2019 MS in Public Interest Media and Communication, with a certificate in Digital Media Production, FSU). Both of these artists will work to further their practices within the larger group setting of the lab.
Movement-based makers were invited to apply based on nominations from field leaders nation-wide and prior participants. Selection, handled by the program facilitators, was based on 1) a demonstrated commitment to artistic practice, 2) a vision for the future of one’s creative practice, and 3) an openness to collaboration. As a means of fostering a sense of community and building relationships within and across the dance/performance field, each applicant was asked to propose one peer, or collaborator, to bring with them to MANCC. These collaborators, who could range from being a performer, composer, designer, curator, writer, scholar, etc., will act as thinking partners to develop ideas at and beyond their time at MANCC.
Facilitating the program are field-leaders in dance and performance: Yolanda Cesta Cursach, who is an independent curator and creative producer, Artistic Director at High Concept Labs, and former Curator of Performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Gesel Mason, a nationally recognized choreographer and faculty member in dance at the University of Texas at Austin; and Ishmael Houston-Jones, an award-winning choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and curator. Throughout the laboratory experience, participants will have various opportunities to engage with and seek feedback from these three highly respected experts in the field. Additionally, New York City based writer, critic, and curator Eva Yaa Asantewaa will lead a one-day writing workshop ritual for all participants.
Throughout MFD, participants will engage in a process-oriented lab that fosters critical thinking through peer-showings, facilitated dialogue, reflective writing, explorations in the studio, and documentation in order to develop, examine, and articulate their nascent choreographic ideas.
Check back here for more specific information, as well as photos and videos upon completion of the lab, and be sure to follow MANCC on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with the lab as it unfolds.
Participant Resource Packet PDF