Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency

Deadline: Fri, Dec 15
Residencies Announcement: Mon, Jan 28
The Dresher Ensemble Rehearsal Studio, Oakland

Application Info Sessions:
Sat, Dec 1, 1-2 pm & Wed, Dec 5, 7-8 pm

The Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency [D.E.A.R.] was established in 2012 to support Northern California artists who are actively exploring new aesthetic and cultural premises and pushing the boundaries of conventional art forms and media. The program provides early to mid-career artists free studio space and up-to-date equipment to create new work in the time-based arts such theater/performance, dance/movement, music/sound art/instrument invention, including collaborative and interdisciplinary work.

Each residency receives up to 4 consecutive weeks of uninterrupted access to a well-equipped rehearsal studio in West Oakland, near the Eastern anchor of the Bay Bridge. Priority will be given to projects whose realization requires continuous and/or multi-day access to the space and available technologies as well as artists working in diverse disciplines and from culturally-diverse perspectives.

D.E.A.R. grants 4 to 6 awards annually to individual artists or to collaborations. The lead artist must be a resident of Northern California.

Full-time access of 1 to 4 weeks in the Ensemble’s West Oakland rehearsal studio (40” x 45” with sprung dance floor with Marley floor covering) and fabrication shop. Residency weeks may be contiguous or spread out over a period of months. They do not provide any housing.
Access to state of the art sound, lighting, projection, and recording equipment;
Technical, financial, and managerial assistance from professionals on the Ensemble’s staff.

SUPPORTED DISCIPLINES (Collaborative and Interdisciplinary):
theater / performance
dance / movement
music / sound art / instrument invention

Experimenting with new creative concepts, approaches, or methods
Researching or developing new technologies for performance, including electronic audio and visual media and the invention and construction of new musical instruments;
Preparing the premiere of an in-progress or existing work;
Creating a new work in music, theater, dance, media art and interdisciplinary performance.

The artistic quality and potential impact of the project
Projects whose realization requires continuous and/or multi-day access to the space and our available technologies
The appropriateness of the project in relation to the Ensemble’s physical space and technical equipment
Special consideration will be given to artists working in diverse disciplines and from culturally-diverse perspectives


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