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10/13/18 - 10/15/18 | Philadelphia | PA
10/15/18 - 10/18/18 | Philadelphia | PA
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Dance + Performance Track

In 2009, a national cohort of professional artists and organizers convened at MANCC to explore the lack of systemic support for residencies in the performing arts. This convening ignited a dialogue that, followed by the Alliance of Artists Communities' 2011 report, Mind The Gap: Artist Residencies and Dance, encouraged the field to invest more deeply in the making practices of artists working in dance, theater and performance.

Now, ten years later, we will take some time to look at how the field has evolved, interrogate how artists are being supported and unearth what more needs to be done to continue to build better infrastructures for the creation of new dance and performance works.

Embedded within the Alliance of Artists Communities 28th Annual Conference, the Dance + Performance Track will run across three days (October 16-18, 2018) to explore our field's recent history with residencies for dance and performance artists, evaluate our current practices and contemplate advancing successful systems of support for the future.


Arielle Julia Brown | Creative Producer and Social Practice Artist
Joseph Hall
| Deputy Director, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
Emily Johnson
| Artist
Daniel Alexander Jones
| Artist
Craig T. Peterson
| Artistic Director, Abrons Arts Center
David Sheingold
| Independent Consultant
Amy Smith
| Co-Director, Headlong Dance Theater
David Szlasa
| Design and Programming Consultant
Crystal Wei | Executive Director, Mount Tremper Arts

What topics will be covered?

On Tuesday we will look at how residency platforms supporting dance and performance have evolved over the last decade. Using MANCC's singular model as a jumping off point, we will ask: What has been accomplished? Who has been supported? And where are we now in terms of addressing artists' needs in an ever-evolving field?

On Wednesday we will look at artist-run dance + performance spaces and hear from local leaders on Philadelphia's unique approach to supporting artists who can't rely on established, institutional support to create work. What are smaller spaces doing to provide for themselves all that isn't being provided in "established" or traditional models of residency programs? Who's being left behind? Are there ways that artists "doing it for themselves" can be more productive and sustainable?

On Thursday we will convene for an offsite summit to distill the many approaches to supporting artists and consider what needs to come next. This longer session will feature a panel, a series of break-outs and share-out of information collected from the field that will consider the following questions: Have residency programs managed to keep up in meeting the needs of our dance and performance-focused artists in this shifting creative landscape? What are some comprehensive and reliable strategies for better connectivity amongst providers? And where is the field headed?


The Dance + Performance Track is part of the 28th Annual Conference. You can sign up by completing full conference registration.