See Chicago Dance is proud to announce the inaugural Dance for Camera Production Residency.
The inaugural participants include:
Emma L Barnhart
Brandon K. Calhoun
David "Enki" Andrews
Millicent Marie Johnnie
Project Managers and Producers:
Click HERE for headshots and bios of the 2022 Dance for Camera Residency participants, mentors, and project managers.
Since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, SCD has re-organized our programming to cultivate sustainability and resilience for the Chicago dance field, both during and beyond the evolving public health crisis.
In 2020, dance companies and artists swiftly transitioned their artistic work onto digital platforms when theaters and studios closed in response to COVID-19. The results have been mixed as many companies report a lack of experience and understanding of best practices regarding the digital presentation of dance for devices ranging in size from a smartphone to a tablet/laptop to a large television. Through conversations, convenings and sector-wide conferences, it became clear that more training would greatly benefit our community.
In 2021, in response to this demand, See Chicago Dance piloted a Dance for Camera (D4C) curriculum to provide quality training for Chicago-area choreographers to create dance for film/video. This project was made possible through a one-time $150,000 grant from the Walder Foundation, paid out over two years. In Year 1, eight online workshops addressed issues like the technical basics of capturing movement and the narrative processes of storyboarding and screenwriting.
Now in its 2nd year, a January 2022 call for applications for a cohort-based D4C Production Residency yielded 64 applications for 10 slots. 70% of the submissions were from BIPOC artists representing a wide variety of dance forms. (Throughout 2022, SCD is continuing to seek additional funding to support as many aspiring dancemakers-for-camera, at every level of experience, as we can.)
The Production Residency is designed to create a learning environment where artists can practice the fundamentals of video production for dance, have time to experiment, learn from mentors and peers, and plan and create a short dancework for camera. See Chicago Dance staff serve as project managers, coordinating access to knowledge, space, equipment, and monetary resources to support participants through their creative processes. From start to finish, participants will also have one-on-one mentorship with industry professionals and structured opportunities for peer feedback from other cohort members.
In addition to the Residency, SCD will present four public programs in 2022. (Details about each workshop will be listed here and on the SCD calendar, as they become available.)
- May 5: Copyright Issues
- July 14: Funding Your Project
- September 15: Marketing Your Dance Film
- November 10: Film Festival Panel Q&A
Dance for Camera: Production Residency
Generously funded by the Walder Foundation
Length: 10 Weeks
Time Commitment per week: Approximately 12 hours (~120 hours total)
Cohort 1: March 21 to May 23
Cohort 2: August 1 to October 3
Applications close Sunday, February 6, 2022. Click HERE to apply today!
In 2022, See Chicago Dance (SDC) continues its hands-on training for dancemakers for camera with a new production residency. The program is designed to create a learning environment where artists can practice the fundamentals of video production for dance, have time to experiment, learn from mentors and peers, and plan and create a short dancework for camera.
The residency will take 10 weeks with an average of 12 hours per week. A $3,000 stipend will be paid in monthly $1,000 increments as participants meet benchmarks within the course.
If you have questions about our dance for camera program, please reach out to Surinder: firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.