Now in its 6th year, the CURRENT SESSIONS has built a reputation as an organization that offers unique and memorable experiences for dancemakers, their collaborators, and spectators alike. Series after series, passionate artists come together from NYC, the US and abroad to develop new relationships; a 3-day festival of curated performances, movement workshops and an open forum/discussion allow selected artists to exchange in both conversation and craft.
Recent presented artists include: Niall Jones, Yara Travieso, and Shandoah Goldman // Carte Blanche Performance, among others.
Alexis Convento and Allison Jones
with Guest Curators:
Choreographer + Artist
Dance/Visual Arts Curator + Producer
Learn more about our Guest Curators, here.
The Curatorial Theme for Volume VI, Issue II. is Value.
Performance practices are marked by an effective absence of fixed artifacts, a reality which limits opportunities for exhibition and documentation while complicating issues of provenance and remuneration. Yet while the gesture is ephemeral, a choreography–the conceptual and embodied material–may be survived through cultural circulation, the value we place implicitly on performance. For Volume VI, Issue II, the CURRENT SESSIONS seeks artists interested in locating, questioning or extending the way value is produced through movement.
The CURRENT SESSIONS strongly encourages artists working with the concepts below to apply:
Memory & Temporality - When the dance is done, what remains? Does performance endure through memory or is the viewer’s own choreographic conception where we locate a dance? Explorations may include improvisational scores, durational or sectioned works, or conceptual pieces which examine thematic strands which tie together time and value.
Identity & Lineage - Produce works which draw on (auto)ethnography or embodied history to better understand the lineage of choreographic practices, connecting them with parts of our cultural identity. What are the specific influences you value most in your current practice? Special attention will be given to dances considering ethnicity, queerness, intersectionality, and colonialism.
Viewership & Participation - How does viewership produce value? Empathy and clarity are frequent tools for dance makers, but what value exists in cultivating dissonant, uncertain, or oppositional positions? We invite works which ask how a viewer performs, whether watching attentively, experiencing passively, or partaking physically.
- Applicants will be notified of acceptance via email to be presented during the SESSIONS no later than Friday, June 17, 2016.
- Applicants are proposing to have the intended work presented during two (2) performances from Friday, August 19, 2016 to Sunday, August 21, 2016. For applicants looking to be presented during our March 2017 performances, please check back in Fall 2016 for the proper submission form.
- Upon confirmation of acceptance, selected artists will be required to attend an Artist Meeting to both meet/greet fellow choreographers as well as read/sign a Letter of Agreement. The date will be determined from the selected group's overall availability. The meeting will be held on one day from Sunday, June 26 to Tuesday, June 28.
3 EASY STEPS
STEP 1: Pay the Application Fee at the designated link below at the start of the Application Form.
STEP 2: Email a photo of yourself to email@example.com with subject line stating "APPLICATION + YOUR LAST NAME."
STEP 3: Complete the Application Form below, including a Work Sample via online video link.
WORK SAMPLE CRITERIA
- The proposed work must be a new creation, a work-in-progress, a revision of a recent work, or a film.
- Presented works must be at least 8 to 15 minutes in length.
- Work Samples must be via online source/link ie. Vimeo or YouTube only. Work samples submitted via DVD or Dropbox will not be accepted.
- Work Samples must be at least 5 continuous minutes in length and be of the proposed work. Please no sample reels or excessive edits.
- Rehearsal footage of the proposed work is acceptable.
- A time cue point for Work Samples is preferred; a maximum of 5 minutes will be screened during Curation.
- If the proposed work is a dance film, please make sure it is of the dance film proposed and not a rehearsal/live version of the work, and vice versa for works to be performed on the stage.
- If music is overdubbed in the video, it should be the intended music to be used for the proposed work.
ARTIST HONORARIUM + BENEFITS
If accepted to be presented at the CURRENT SESSIONS, the Artist will be presented with a $125 Artist Honorarium to be awarded no later than 2 weeks after performances. Please note: Presented films will not receive photography or video footage.
Each artist selected to present at the CURRENT SESSIONS will receive the following:
- $125 Artist Honorarium*
- Two (2) performances at the wild project theater with full lighting & sound capabilities.
- Both wide angle and close-up .MOV/.Mp4 HD video files of both of your performances at the SESSIONS.
- Hi-res photos of your work from the SESSIONS.
- Media Promotional Package including printed materials, online marketing (mentions on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram and newsletter; an Artist Spotlight on TCS blog), and press releases.
- In-kind support leading up to the performances, including constructive feedback during rehearsals.
- An opportunity to participate in the Talkback series following the 3pm Sunday performance.
- An opportunity to teach during the LAB // SESSIONS workshop series from August 15 to 18, 2016.
*The CURRENT SESSIONS August 2016 performance series is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
ABOUT THE WILD PROJECT
The wild project is an 89 fixed-seat theater. The stage is 22.5' wide by 18' deep by 1' high. Visit the wild project rentals page for theater specifications and additional photos of the space.
Thank you for your interest in the CURRENT SESSIONS performance series! Please fill out the below information as fully and as articulate as possible. Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions before applying. Any additional questions or concerns should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Artists will receive notification of their acceptance no later than June 17, 2016. We look forward to receiving your proposal!
STEP 1: PAY THE APPLICATION FEE
$30 Application Fee - Extended Deadline: Apply by Friday, June 3, 2016 at 11:59 EST
STEP 2: EMAIL A PHOTO OF YOURSELF TO APPLY@THECURRENTSESSIONS.COM, WITH SUBJECT LINE STATING "APPLICATION + LAST NAME." fOR EXAMPLE, "APPLICATION - SMITH"
APPLICATION FORM - VOLUME VI, ISSUE II. - AUGUST 19-21, 2016
The Application Form is unavailable at this time. For our March 2017 series, check back in Fall 2016 for the appropriate form.