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Dance Residency Case Studies | Caldera

“We’re not going to compete with you. This is not the career world of dance. This is not a time pressure place. We can just welcome you and be here for you and support you in what you want to do.”

Fist & HeelCaldera is nestled on the shore of a cerulean blue lake formed in the cinder cone of an extinct volcano in the Central Cascades. The site is located at an altitude of 3,500 feet and set amid 90 acres of Douglas fir and ponderosa pine surrounded by the Deschutes National Forest, 17 miles west of Sisters, Oregon – all of which is transformed each winter into a snowy wonder.

Caldera’s vision is one of inclusivity and exchange: “Creativity is not discipline-specific but rather is an innate quality of all individuals, transcending age, gender, race, and culture. We believe a blend of disciplines will enhance the experience of the residencies at Caldera, creating a broader arena of ideas in which participants can share their work.”

From Tricia Snell, Executive Director
“We’re about process. We’re about getting your work created. We’re not about performance. We love work-in-progress demonstrations to help the community understand what we’re doing, but we don’t want you to come here and do performances…. I think it’s just about talking to dancers, asking what they need, bringing them into your space and saying, ‘What do you think?’ And then just trying it! Do you need a Marley or don’t you? Not everyone needs a Marley floor. The Oregon Ballet Theatre has been very generous in lending theirs, so probably somewhere in your community somebody will lend a Marley and you don’t even need to buy it.”

“We can be a cauldron for you. Caldera literally means cauldron. We’re not going to compete with you. This is not the career world of dance. This is not a time pressure place. We can just welcome you and be here for you and support you in what you want to do.”

CALDERA AT A GLANCE

  • Location: Sisters, Oregon
  • Residency length: 1 month
  • Average number of artists in-residence at a time: 1 - 5
  • Residency season: January - March
  • Approximate % of residents that are dancemakers: 5%
  • Disciplines supported: visual arts, writing, dance, music, performance art, media art, design, architecture, science, engineering, and interdisciplinary arts
  • Facilities: Caldera offers general-purpose studio space that may accommodate an audience and the organization has access to a portable Marley floor. In addition, exhibition and outdoor space may be used.
  • Public access: On a Saturday afternoon near the end of each residency, Caldera artists-in-residence are asked to showcase their works-in-progress in an Open Studio event that is free and open to the public (participation is encouraged, though not mandatory). Artists-in-residence who wish to do so are also invited to show their work in an outreach presentation or workshop to a public school class in the area.

 

www.calderaarts.org