Richard Colton & David Parker Mentor SSD Choreographers' Project

by karen Krolak

Last week, we covered a few of the opportunities for choreographers in the Boston area. Here's another one that is open to folks all over the country, the Summer Stages Dance Choreographers' Project Fellowship.  Summer Stages Dance in Concord, MA, is celebrating their 15 season with a gaggle of amazing artists. Who wouldn't want to spend three weeks surrounded by David Leventhal,  Risa Steinberg, Dan Wagoner, David Parker, Richard Colton, and Sean Curran?

Choreographers’ Project Fellowship
Applicants must be at least 21 years old.
Applications Due: April 2, 2012
Notification of Awards: April 16, 2012

The Choreographers’ Project gives promising emerging choreographers the opportunity to develop new work in a supportive environment. Fellows select a cast of dancers from the Summer Stages Dance Workshop and have access to rehearsal space in the evenings and on weekends. David Parker and Richard Colton mentor the fellows daily, and the weekly Choreographers’ Project Seminar class provides an additional forum for feedback on developing work. The fellows’ work is presented in the Choreographers’ Project Showcase, a professionally produced evening performance that is open to the public.

Fellowship awards include the following opportunities:
  • Mentorship by workshop faculty and resident artists
  • Access to all Summer Stages Dance classes and select performances
  • The opportunity to bring one dancer/collaborator
  • Studio space and rehearsal time with dancers drawn from the Workshop
  • Weekly seminar classes that include informal showings of the new work, and culminate in a dialogue about the developing work with faculty and guest artists
  • Open rehearsal and a fully produced public performance of work created during the residency
  • Subsidy for housing and meals
Since the program’s inception thirteen years ago, fellows have been drawn from the professional dance community or are graduates from leading dance programs at colleges and universities, including Barnard, Bennington, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton, Sarah Lawrence, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Yale.

For more information on Choreographers’ Project fellowships, call 978.402.2339

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