Synapse Arts invites proposals from choreographers/directors who wish to take part in New Works, a program that supports independent dance-based artists by commissioning them to make original performance pieces.
This Chicago-based program reflects the founding principles of Synapse Arts, connecting artists with one another to share resources and develop their voices through the creation of unique artworks. Since its beginning in 2007, New Works has commissioned 23 original dance-based works.
The 2023 cycle will begin in March, with final performances, screenings, or works-in-progress showings as part of Chicago Dance Month in June 2023.
New this year, artists may select whether they plan to create work that is for live performance in a theater, virtual performance, site specific live performance, or dance film/video. The program will be shaped based on the artist's needs, with flexibility for COVID-19 related issues taken into account.
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 how to self-produce, or who are taking their work in a new direction. Proposed pieces may be created for any number of performers, including solos, and can be part of ongoing projects.
- Applicants who have not worked within the New Works program previously will take priority.
- Artists cast their own works - think along the lines of self-production with support.
- Synapse is an artist led organization that works to co-support art makers, we are not a production company or repertory company.
- Preference is given to professional artists, not currently enrolled in a degree program.
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: https://vimeo.com/424177182. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a transcript of the closed captioning.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please fill out the application form (available here or at synapsearts.com/newworks) BY MIDNIGHT on SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5, 2023. Please note that late applications will not be reviewed as it overextends our small staff.
For more information, including details on what artists recieve, FAQs, and link to the application, please visit https://synapsearts.com/newworks