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Performing Arts Track

The Art of Supporting Dance-Making

In the last five years, the residency field has responded to the need for creative support for performing artists and companies in various ways, including the Hatchery Project -- a multi-year collaborative residency partnership between The Chocolate Factory Theater (Long Island City, NY), the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), RED Arts Project (Philadelphia, PA), and Vermont Performance Lab (Guilford, VT). 

As part of this year's conference, the Alliance of Artists Communities will offer a full day of discussions around how the residency field can best support new work in dance and performance, led by the Hatchery Project partners and participating artists.


luciana achugar | Choreographer + Dancer
Jennifer Calienes
| Independent Consultant + Senior Advisor, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography
Sara Coffey
| Founder + Director, Vermont Performance Lab
Beth Gill
| Choreographer + Dancer
Carla Peterson
| Director, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography
Craig T. Peterson | Director of Programs + Presentation, Gibney Dance
Brian Rogers
| Artistic Director, The Chocolate Factory
Reggie Wilson
| Artist


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What topics will be covered?

Kicking off with a keynote address by choreographer Reggie Wilson, this full-day discussion uses the Hatchery Project as a launching point to examine challenges, opportunities, and models in the support of performing arts and artists.

Topics include:

  • Supporting performing artists at each career stage
  • Developing partnerships -- leveraging resources and building trust, transparency, and shared values
  • Role of documentation and ways of increasing visibility
  • Production, public engagement and creating transparency

"Support for the creation of new dance is, by many accounts, in crisis. Dancemakers note a lack of adequate time and resources to develop new work, a shortage of suitable space, and dwindling audiences that understand and appreciate contemporary dance. Without support and resources to fully develop new work, the work itself suffers, further diminishing audiences for dance and perpetuating a cycle of decline."

Mind The Gap: Artist Residencies and Dance - Alliance of Artists Communities (2011)

The Hatchery Project is made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Hachery Project partners: The Chocolate Factory Theater, the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, RED Arts Project, and Vermont Performance Lab.