New Works 2021 *Call for Choreographers/Directors*

Event Type
Call For Proposals
Event Description

Synapse Arts - New Works 2021
Call for Choreographers/Directors


Synapse Arts invites proposals from choreographers/directors who wish to take part in “New Works”, a program that supports independent dance-based artists in making an original performance piece. This program reflects the founding principles of Chicago-based Synapse Arts, connecting artists with one another to share resources and develop their voices through the creation of unique performance works. New Works takes place every other year and has commissioned 17 choreographers/directors so far.

This program typically takes place in person, however the 2021 cycle will largely center around virtual programming, in the form of a remote residency. This means that applicants for this cycle do not necessarily need to be based in Chicago.

Two choreographer/director positions are available by application. Applicants should be independent artists who are developing their body of work and are interested in learning about how to self-produce.

For full program details and information on how to apply, please visit Applications are due by midnight on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

A recorded information session from a panel of former New Works artists, including Maria Blanco (of LOUD BODIES), Chris Knowlton, Amanda Ramirez, Megan Rhyme, and Nora Sharp is viewable here: Please email to request a transcript of the closed captioning.

The selected choreographers/directors will receive:
-A stipend which can be used as pay for oneself and/or to pay for rehearsal space, collaborator fees, etc.
-Support from the staff and collaborators of Synapse.
-A dedicated mentor.
-Experience in performance production.
-A place in a final showing.
-Professional photos and video of their final work.

This minimal and flexible structure is intended to organize a process that provides balance and direction without restricting creativity. New Works can be a step in your artistic evolution; we are interested in helping move focused artistry forward.

Important dates:
January, 2021 – notification of chosen choreographers/directors
Early April, 2021 – shared showing and feedback session
Late May, 2021 – final showing

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