Seattle International Dance Festival Artist Application

This year, the Seattle International Dance Festival will present five programs for which local artists are eligible to apply. This includes: Spotlight on Contemporary Ballet (SoCB,) Spotlight on Seattle Now (SoSN,) Art on the Fly (AoF) and the new SHUFFLE – Festival Opening Party, produced in partnership with City Arts (Shuffle,) which is a new iteration of our program previously known as Sanity Café. As well as the second year of the festival’s three-year artist support program, The James Ray Residency Project, supported by the Raynier Foundation.

Key dates:

  • Submission Deadline for SOCB, SOSN, AOF & SHUFFLE: February 25, 2018 at 10pm
  • Submission Deadline for The James Ray Residency Project: May 15th, 2018 at 10pm
  • SHUFFLE  – Opening Party – June 7th, evening
  • Art On The Fly – June 9th, 12-3pm
  • SoCB – June 19th & 20th*
  • SoSN – June 21st*
  • The James Ray Residency Project’s second year (2017/2018) starts June 2018 and culminates with performances at the Seattle International Dance Festival in June 2019.

* Tech and dress times TBA.

Instructions for Submitting Applications (Please Read)

Please, read each event’s description below carefully as they have changed and each has different requirements. You are encouraged to apply for as many as you wish. Each program is decided by a different panel.

  1. Download forms for each program below
  2. Fill out ALL required information (we will not accept incomplete applications).
  3. You must fill out a separate application for each program you are applying to, using that program’s specific form.
  4. When you have filled out a form, save and name the file including the program name and your name. For example: SOCB2018YourName.doc
  5. Include the (above) file name in the Subject of your email
  6. Either attach or link to any required image files in email
  7. You must submit forms via email to applications@seattleidf.org by February 25th @ 10pm (we will not accept late, incomplete, or wrongly named applications. Please, double-check before submitting.)
  8. Applications for the James Ray Residency Project are due May 15th @10pm

Please direct any questions regarding the application process to Constanze Villines at connie@seattleidf.org.

For application and more information on the new James Ray Residency Project, please click HERE.

SHUFFLE

June 7, evening
Location
TBD

SHUFFLE – Festival Opening Party (Shuffle): As part of the opening weekend, this program is presented in partnership with City Arts and presented together with Art on the Fly for a two-day opening celebration with an indoor and outdoor component. Artists are randomly paired with musical artists curated by the festival and will perform two times, at the festival opening party and the outdoor program Art on the Fly the following day. Selected artists will be given one week to collaborate with their paired musical artist to create a site-specific work that will be performed indoors, in and amongst the party-goers, as well as outdoors for attendees of the open-air event. Artist are encouraged to think outside the box and create work that is roaming/roving and/or stationary and that can incorporate the ‘landscape’ of the indoor, as well as the outdoor performance space. More detailed information on performance space will be provided when artists are selected.

This event is open to all artists, who are interested in being challenged to create a piece in a short time frame, in collaboration with a randomly paired musical artist, and explore the different performance landscapes of indoor and outdoor site-specific performances. Learning the theme at the last moment and the creative license given to the artists will provide an air of excitement around the unpredictable outcome. The intent is to create an inviting, accessible and riveting fun-filled environment for audiences, showcasing creativity and imagination. Artists should take the challenge with the spirit the event is designed. Innovation and surprises are encouraged. The only requirement is a short creation period, the motivation to collaborate, and the ability to perform Thursday night (June 7th) and Saturday day (June 9th) in different environments.  The proposed work does not have a time limit, but should be between 5-20 minutes.

Compensation for SHUFFLE (combined with AOF performance/s) is between $50-$600, depending on various factors, such as group size, duration etc. Please indicate in your project description what plans you have if you do not receive the full funding request. Musical artists will be provided by the festival and will be paid separately from this fee.

Publicity for the event will be provided.

AOF

Saturday
June 9, 12-3pm
South Lake Union
Outdoors

Art on the Fly (AOF): During this popular site-specific event dedicated to dance outdoors, we will feature outdoor stages, in-street performance opportunities, and more.

Artists are encouraged to bring the urban features of the landscape to life, using any of the architectural aspects, grassy areas, walkways or other self-designated sites available within the site.

The event date is June 9th in South Lake Union.

Concept: The intent is to create several types of performance events with several venue areas/types to choose from.

“Fleeting” performances:  roving or processional in nature, created for and seen by audiences while in passing. The “roaming/roving” performances will be situated around the sidewalks and in the street.

Stage performances: created/performed for audiences situated at one of the stages, which are designated performance areas on sidewalks, the street, or a raised platform.

We welcome proposals that integrate all concepts into their premise. We hope that the performances would occur a minimum of 1-3 times during a 3 hour period or if roaming,  they would go on for a good portion of the day. Shorter and fewer times are also possible, but will be compensated accordingly. The performances can be up to 30 min., roaming performances should last however long they take and could be performed either several times during a 3 -hour period or the whole time.

We encourage artists to be creative with incorporating the outdoor urban landscape in their work. Audience participation is also highly encouraged.

Compensation:

Professional Groups/Artists

Ranges from $50-$400 (or $50 – $600 if a performance at SHUFFLE is included) depending on various factors, such as group size, duration and number of performances. Please indicate in your project description what plans you have if you do not receive the full funding request.

Community/Children’s Groups

This event is a great opportunity for community and children’s groups to gain experience and exposure in the context of professional artists from around the world. There is no monetary compensation for community/children’s groups.

SOCB

June 19th & June 20th

7:30pm

Spotlight on Contemporary Ballet (SOCB): A multi-year platform to develop contemporary ballet in Seattle.  This includes choreographers and companies, who see their work as being contemporary ballet or largely inspired by contemporary ballet. The platform encourages all artists to apply, who self-identify as working in the field. It is a platform to present new and developing work.

The curators will provide feedback before the performance and are available to come into one or two rehearsals during the process or speak by phone on matters you would like to discuss related to the work to be presented at the festival.

Curators:

Donald Byrd – http://spectrumdance.org/about-2/donald-byrd/

Eva Stone –  http://www.chopshopdance.org

Kiyon Gaines – https://www.pnb.org/pnb-school/faculty-staff/#fusion-tab-faculty

Cyrus Khambatta  – http://www.khambattadance.org

Each curator is familiar with Seattle in different ways and therefore has varying perspectives on the dance scene. Applying to the festival programs will give applicants the opportunity to be seen by dance figures inside and outside the region and encourage the diaspora of Seattle-based work. The press covers the festival, providing exposure and renowned curators provide access to regionally important figures.

Compensation for SOCB is $750. 3-4 artists will be chosen.

All productions aspects like lighting, tech, box office, venue, and publicity are provided.

SoSN

June 21st 7:30pm

Spotlight on Seattle Now (SOSN): An evening of dance that reflects the current overview of the Seattle dance scene. The hope is to encourage intellectual diversity/differentiation and dialogue about the many aesthetics and aspects that comprise dance in Seattle at this time, foster connections with other dance colleagues, and encourage the diaspora of Seattle-based artists, to assist in working regionally and beyond. It is a platform to present new and developing work.

The curators are available to come to rehearsal approximately one month prior to performance for a short feedback session. Upon your request, the curators may also be available to attend additional rehearsals or speak by phone for further feedback.

Curators:

Dr. Victoria Watts – http://www.cornish.edu/news/article/new_chair_of_dance_announced/

Cyrus Khambatta  – http://www.khambattadance.org

Constanze Villines – http://khambattadance.org/company/

Betsy Brock – https://www.ontheboards.org/staff-board

Each curator is familiar with Seattle in different ways and therefore has varying perspectives on the dance scene. Applying to the festival programs will give applicants the opportunity to be seen by dance figures inside and outside the region and encourage the diaspora of Seattle-based work. The press covers most days of each festival event and the festival provides exposure and access to regionally important figures.

Compensation for SOSN programs starts at $200. 3-6 artists will be chosen.

All productions aspects like lighting, tech, box office, venue, and publicity are provided.

JRRP

2018/2019

The James Ray Residency Project will offer five selected artists a year-long program of support, including an artist fee ($800-$2,500,) an all-expense paid artistic retreat (3-5 days,) 50 hours of free rehearsal space, a suite of publicity/marketing, development, and graphic design consultants, as well as assist artists/companies with implementation of their artistic/organizational goals – culminating at years’ end in a fully produced show at SIDF (1-2 performances).

This project is designed to provide Seattle-based artists ample time and resources to fully develop their work over a year period, while offering them the tools to seek out new audiences in the city and create better promotional and grant writing materials. In doing so, we aim to foster the local dance ecology and enrich the city’s residents by helping artists put their best quality work forward, in a produced, highly professional setting of a renowned Seattle event.

Some of the benefits of being selected for the program:

  • Artist Fee: Established Companies $2,500 / Emerging Companies: $800
  • 50 hours of paid rehearsal space for each company selected
  • A suite of development, publicity/marketing, and graphic design consultations with experienced professionals in the field, providing tailor-made advice for your situation
  • An artistic retreat in Seattle with 24/7 access to rehearsal space and all provisions to enable a concentrated period of time to immerse yourself in your work (established companies: 5 days / emerging companies: 3 days)
  • Peer-to-peer and professional mentoring during the rehearsal process
  • Participation in a high-profile networking/board development event with a major event partner
  • A set of promotional materials (company brochures and business cards)
  • A forward plan of action that you design with consultants to help your organization achieve its mission objectives as you exit the program
  • A website maintained by the festival, providing a knowledge base and assistance to help you/your organization further its mission after exiting the program

All benefits will be provided through a one year long engagement, culminating in a fully produced performance of the selected artist/companies in a new Seattle International Dance Festival program titled the James W Ray Residency Project. This will include all publicity/marketing, ticketing, theater, front of house, and box office staff for 2 performance days for established artist/companies (two groups each year), or 1 for emerging artist groups (three groups each year.)

SUBMISSIONS FOR INTL. ARTISTS HAVE BEEN CLOSED!

International Artists, please email International Artist submission. – If you would like to be considered for presenting work at the 2019 festival, please submit an application at above link between August 1st and September 30th, 2018. Thank you!