The Cucalorus Dancemaker's Retreat presents an opportunity for choreographers to share, workshop and perform with a focus on exploring the intersections between film and dance. This five day retreat includes structured writing sessions, daily trips to the beach to surf and swim, workshops given by fellow residents, and open space to further develop your creative practice. While some residents may wish to use the time to accelerate the development of new work, others may simply dig into process and explore emerging ideas. The environment will be one of shared leadership and collaboration. Residents must agree to attend the entire retreat. Evening meals will be shared together in the Yolohaus dining room or elsewhere on campus as needed. Resident artists will sign up for hosting meals and for cleanup. Checkout time is 2pm on the final day of the residency. Individuals who wish to extend their visit by one day on either end may make a request via email. Artists must cover their own travel to and from Wilmington. Cucalorus will provide local transportation and will purchase food for shared meals and other kitchen basics for all residents to share.
Cucalorus - what is it?A Cucalorus is piece of film equipment placed in front of a light to create a dappled lighting effect and originates from a Greek word that means 'dance of the shadows.' Cucalorus was founded in 1994 by an underground filmmaking collective called Twinkle Doon and has since grown into an institution showcasing creativity and innovation across many industries. The organization's flagship event is the annual Cucalorus Film Festival and Connect Conference taking place for five days in November. Cucalorus also runs this residency program, a community cinema, and an extensive community engagement program focusing on social justice. The annual festival includes the screening of more than 300 films complimented by live dance, comedy, music, theater and performance art. The festival takes over the historic streets of downtown Wilmington, attracting a large number of participating artists (300+) and thousands of fans and industry professionals (accumulated attendance in 2016 was 17,743). Cucalorus was "Voted One of MovieMaker Magazine's Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2015."
Jengo's Creative CampusCucalorus world headquarters are located at Jengo’s Playhouse, which is one of six buildings that make up a creative village in downtown Wilmington with living space, studio space and outer space. The facilities include: Wabi Sabi Warehouse, Jengo's Playhouse, PinkHouse, Yolohaus, the Nutthouse and the Cottage. Resident artists will live at the PinkHouse, Yolohaus, and/or the Cottage and will have access to studio space at Jengo's Playhouse and/or Wabi Sabi Warehouse. The neighborhood is just 8 blocks from the core of Wilmington’s historic riverfront business district – with tons of restaurants, bars, clubs and shops.