Next Fest NW 2017: DISRUPTION
Application deadline September 18, 2017 / Midnight

A New Works Series for Artists in Washington, Idaho, Alaska, Oregon, Montana and B.C.
Performances December 1-3, 2017
Next Dance Cinema December 4, 2017

Next Fest NW is Velocity’s new works series celebrating what’s happening in contemporary dance, movement-based performance and dance cinema in the region. Next NW was established to support new work and investigate different approaches to dance. Through Next NW, Velocity aims to foster a robust community where artists have access to facilities, support and creative exchange. Proposals for installations, performances, live art and other formats welcome.

Each Next Fest NW presents 4-7 artists or collaborative teams, selected through a curated application process, for three public performances. Next Fest NW artists are fully produced in Velocity’s Founders Theater, receive an artist fee and up to 20 hours of free studio time; and benefit from artistic, promotional, and technical support.

This year NEXT FEST NW 2017 takes on the theme of an overused trope –DISRUPTION. What does it really mean to be disruptive in these times? NEXT FEST is where dance disruptors from throughout the region elevate risk. Artists and thinkers from all disciplines interested in movement performance are encouraged to apply.

*Note: Next Dance Cinema is a separate application process.

● Current residents of WA, OR, ID, MT, AK and BC over the age of 18
● Choreographers and movement-based performance artists at all career stages.

● Optional: Workshop your application with Velocity Staff – Sept 10, 11:30am
● Deadline for submissions – Sept 18, 2017 / 5PM PST
● Work-in-progress Showing – October 19, 2017 / 3-6pm
● Technical Rehearsal –November 27– December 1, 2017
● Performances – December 1-3, 2017 / 8pm

Interested artists please submit the following in a digital application and work sample by midnight on September 18.
Working Title of Project
Names + emails of major project collaborators
Rather than describe the work you are going to make, please respond to one or more of the lines of inquiry in the curatorial statement below, in relation to the project you are proposing: (Limit 2000 characters)
Disruption, people love to talk about it, but what does it really mean to be disruptive in these times? Recently an engineer asked me if we had the equivalent of ‘disruption’ in dance. I described a 24-hour improvisation I performed while blindfolded and ear-plugged in response to the Iraq War. I described how contact improvisation changed dance. How even earlier than that Paul Taylor simply stood still on stage for four minutes and received a blank page as a review. More recently, Boris Charmatz took over MOMA with Musee de la Danse to protest the appropriation of dance by the art-industrial-complex. We live in a time of political disruption, or a deep yearning for it. What alternative do you envision and want to manifest? What do you want to interrupt or change? Collaborations with artists and thinkers from all disciplines are welcome. - TL
Note any special technical considerations you forsee
What is the estimated duration of your project (or range of duration)?
Work Sample
1-2 examples (online links) of recent work that best represents what you’re proposing for Next Fest NW. Please include 5 minutes total. If the online video is password protected, remember to provide the password.
Password to link, if applicable
Work Sample Description including collaborators and their roles.
Give the panel insight into what they are viewing and how it relates to your proposal for Next Fest NW. Strong work samples do not rely on over-editing, and enable the panel to see how you structure an experience as well as content.
CV/Resume or Biography
Please upload your CV/Resume and/or your Biography. Please make sure your name is in the document title.
Thank you so much for your application!
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