2021-22 Artistic Residencies

Guelph Dance Open Call for 2021-22 Dance Artists in Residence

Guelph and regional dance artists are invited to propose a project idea (with the body as the primary tool) intersecting with the theme of “RENEWAL”. For the purposes of this residency, this is meant to be an exciting open-ended theme that encourages dance artists to look at their creative process in new perspectives as we come out of 17 months of the pandemic. This residency will allow artists to dive deeply into their own creative process while being supported by your community locally as well as nationally.

Who should apply?

  • Dance artists who wish to be supported in their artistic practice and to be provided the time and resources to develop work.
  • Dance artists who wish to be in conversation with their peers and their community throughout the development of their work.
  • Dance artists who are open to presenting their findings at the 2022 annual Guelph Dance Festival.
  • Dance artists who live in the Guelph and Wellington regional area (35 km radius).

Who is a dance artist? 

All dance artists who are committed to a rich and rigorous exploration of the art form using the body as their primary tool to investigate and question in a deep and meaningful way will be considered.

At the end of the residency, participants will be invited to share their findings at the annual Guelph Dance Festival.  Artists must meet all Public Health regulations in effect throughout the duration of this project.

How will Guelph Dance support my process during this residency?

  1. Studio Space and Artist Fee: Artists will be provided with 50 hours of studio time and an artist fee of $2,000 to explore your work.  All artistic practice must occur between September 2021-June 2022 with a project (online or in person) that will culminate at the Guelph Dance Festival, June 1-5, 2022. Please note that if studio hours are not required we are open to discussing other ways to support the ongoing practice of your work (i.e: childcare, etc..)
  2. Conversations: Artists will be interviewed on camera or through informal in person showings, 2-3 times during their residency period and be “in conversation” with the general public about their process, what they are questioning, ideas that they are exploring, issues that they are encountering, etc.  This is meant to provide support to the artist as a touching base point while allowing the audience into their creative process through storytelling. The artist will have the video recordings from a professional videographer to use for future grants, applications, etc.
  3. Mentorship Chats: Artists will be supported by a Canadian mentor of their choosing (or with support from GD) through two “Zoom Chats” provided throughout your residency period in order to support your work.
  4. Festival Artist Fee: TBA-Guelph Dance will negotiate an artist fee for the presentation proposed for the Guelph Dance Festival.

Applications must be submitted online using this form by 4pm on July 31st, 2021.

Decisions will be made by the Guelph Dance Artistic Committee and results announced by August 24th, 2021. Up to three artists will be chosen.Questions? Please contact [email protected] or call 519-803-8829

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