pair of programs took off this month aimed at getting more of two
things on Chicago stages: Conceptually solid new concert dance works and
some more freakin’ diversity in the lily-hued ballet scene. Parenting
the charge are the Joffrey Ballet and Chicago Dancemakers Forum,
a consortium comprised of independent artists and representatives from
the Museum of Contemporary Art, Dance Center of Columbia College and
alt-performance venue Links Hall.
Creative Force: The Joffrey’s Choreographers of Color Award is co-sponsored by the Sara Lee Foundation and will grant two recipients 18 or older $2,500 each and the opportunity to make work for Academy Trainees
of the Joffrey Ballet (talented late-teenagers preparing for
professional careers). Academy directors Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik,
and company artistic director Ashley Wheater, will advise. There is no
fee to submit an application, and winners whose primary residence is
more than 100 miles from the Loop will be provided with housing during
the two-week creation period (dates to be announced in January and/or
February, 2011). Deadline is November 1; get all the deets online.
The Greenhouse Program augments the Chicago
Dancemakers Forum’s already-key spread of community events, grant
awards, artist service and support with $5,000 each to five recipients.
Four grand goes directly to the work, and a fifth to a mentor of the
awardee’s own choosing, provided he or she completes required duties.
(In that regard, Greenhouse is similar to the CDF’s long-running,
$15,000 Lab Artist Grant program,
which has directly facilitated some of the strongest contemporary dance
made here since 2003.) CDF says “potential applicants are encouraged to
define the category of ‘emerging artist’ broadly,” athough the gist is
two to nine years’ experience in dance making, either independently or
through company affiliations. The creation period lasts six months
beginning in January, 2011 with tentative performance dates scheduled
for June 24–26. Deadline is this Friday, October 22; get crackin’.
All told, that’s thirty thousand smackers doled out by next summer. Go get a piece.
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