Open Call for Residency and Performance Opportunities ← Participation ← Siobhan Davies Dance

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Open Call for Residency and Performance Opportunities
15 Jan – 12 Feb 2018

Siobhan Davies Studios

Deadline: 12 noon, Monday 12 February 2018

Siobhan Davies Dance is inviting expressions of interest from independent dance artists and choreographers for opportunities to be in residence and to present work at Siobhan Davies Studios. 

Following a successful launch in 2017, Siobhan Davies Dance is continuing with our Open Choreography programme. We are inviting applications from dance artists and choreographers to participate in our Open Choreography Residencies and Open Choreography Performances. Both programmes aim to offer artists a chance to develop and share their work in the unique environment of Siobhan Davies Studios, with access to the organisation’s resources and expertise. In line with our mission, they open up the choreographic process to audiences and facilitate choreography in an expanded sense. Artists are invited to apply for one or both opportunities.

For both opportunities, we are looking for artists who:

  • Have an established practice as an independent dance artist / choreographer
  • Work in an investigative manner, structuring their making process as a process of questioning and research
  • Engage with other disciplines
  • Are enthusiastic to meaningfully engage peers and the broader public in their choreographic processes
  • Have a clearly articulated proposal to offer
  • Can demonstrate why they will benefit from working within our building and organisation

This opportunity is open to artists based in the UK and internationally.

Siobhan Davies Studios is fully accessible and we welcome applications from artists with access needs.

To apply, please complete the application forms available here:

Click here to complete an Open Choreography Performance application

Click here to complete an Open Choreography Residency application

Artists will be selected by Artistic Director Siobhan Davies, Programme Director Lauren Wright, Independent Dance Co-Director Heni Hale, and independent dance artist Katye Coe.

Applicants will be notified by Friday 2 March.

Please direct any queries to Lauren Wright, Programme Director,

Open Choreography Residencies

Two periods of up to two weeks available 16 Jul – Sep 9, 2018

This opportunity offers artists no-cost time and space at our award-winning Studios, with access to dialogue and support for your making process while you are here from the Programme Director, Lauren Wright, and Programme Coordinator, Judith Ward, and, if available, Siobhan Davies. Where useful, we will work with you to invite peers and other experts to join you in the studio.

In exchange, you will work with the Programme Director to offer an opportunity to the public to interact with your practice and making process. The format of this will be up to you; past residents have held workshops, talks and performance events.

You can propose to use our space for any reasonable purpose that is useful to you, whether it is early stages of research and development for a project, final stages of refinement of a work in progress, or just a space to move by yourself or with others with particular questions in mind. We want to know how this space and time will help you to focus on something you might not otherwise, and we are looking for proposals whose focus is clearly articulated. We will give priority to applications that make a case for how they will benefit from the particular expertise and resources SDD has to offer, such as in relation to choreography, collaborative making, and interdisciplinary working across art practices.

We will offer £500 toward the cost of making your residency public and can offer those based outside of London a modest contribution toward travel expenses along with help with arranging low-cost accommodation.

Open Choreography Performances

We are planning three events to take place seasonally in Summer (May – Sep 2018), Autumn (Oct – Dec 2018) and Spring (Jan – Apr 2019). We will likely present 2-4 works per event.

This opportunity offers artists a chance to present an element of their practice in-progress at Siobhan Davies Studios. This could be a work or element of a work at some point in its lifecycle, whether being newly developed or revisited. Or it could be another format related to an ongoing project or question, like a conversation, screening, or brief workshop to test participatory formats. The key is that you see a clear rationale for presenting an aspect of your work to the public at a particular stage in its development. You will work with the Programme Director, Lauren Wright, and Programme Coordinator, Judith Ward to develop the best approach for your presentation in the space.

You will also work with the Programme Director to devise a means for gathering feedback from the audience to support the ongoing development of your project.

Presentations must be able to take place in our Roof Studio or Research Studio without additional technical infrastructure beyond what we have in-house, unless you are able to cover the cost of additional equipment and technical support. See the specification for these spaces here:

Roof Studio
Research Studio

All presentations should be a maximum of 30 minutes, though we will consider a limited number of durational presentations.

We will offer the selected artists a limited amount of rehearsal space alongside technical support and marketing for the event. We will also offer an honorarium for participation of £200 for choreographers and £100 for each additional performer or collaborator up to a maximum of £500 total, alongside a small amount toward travel expenses and help with arranging low-cost accommodation for those based outside of London.