We will discuss, research, and ideate about independent dance artists in the field of contemporary/experimental dance/performance focusing specifically on dance artists OUTSIDE of Chicago, New York, and LA. We will discuss how independent dance makers work (and make work) and how that ecosystem sits within the field of contemporary performance across the US. We will pay special attention to: funding, presenter/venue/festival relationships, dancers—who they are, their training, what they do outside of performing to make a living, grants, residencies, and fellowship opportunities. Additionally, we will read and discuss the “Creating New Futures” document to raise awareness of how we might want to move forward as independent dance artists in the (uncertain) foreseeable future. This discussion group is facilitated by Joanna Furnans.
*There are 3 sessions in this Main Course. Participants are registering for all 3 sessions.
Tuesday, September 15 / 7pm-9pm
Tuesday, September 22 / 7pm-9pm
Tuesday, September 29 / 7pm-9pm
*Participation is limited to 40 people in this Main Course.
FREE, but advance registration is required.
Joanna Furnans is an independent dance artist. Her work has been supported by a MANCC Forward Dialogues Laboratory, an Offshore Creation Residency at the Yard, an Institutional Incubator Sponsorship at High Concept Labs, a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the Chicago Dancers’ Fund, the Chicago Moving Company, Links Hall, and the Walker Art Center’s Choreographer’s Evening. Furnans is a certified Pilates Mat instructor and a freelance dance writer. She is the co-founder and co-director of the Performance Response Journal.
Event Type: Seminar
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