The City of Alexandria is seeking a performing artist or artist group/organization for a miniresidency to develop and perform a new, site-specific dance or movement-based work in response to the new temporary public artwork Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies by commissioned artist, installed at Waterfront Park in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
The selected artist or artist group/organization will create new site-specific work through a miniresidency, beginning with a period of site research and exploration, followed by proposing a direction for the work, time developing and rehearsing the performance, and a minimum of four scheduled public performances.
Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies is the second artwork commissioned in the Site See: New Views in Old Town public art series, an annual exhibition of temporary installations with the goal to attract visitors, foster interaction, provide a visual anchor and enrich the experience of Alexandria's waterfront.
A jury organized by the Office of the Arts will review submissions and select one artist or artist group/ organization for the dance/movement residency. The jury or staff may choose to interview candidates before making a final selection.
The artist or group/organization selected for each residency will receive an all-inclusive fee of $8,000 to develop the original, site-specific work and provide a minimum of four scheduled onsite performances at Waterfront Park within the period of June to November 2020.
Please email the following in a single PDF file.
1) Cover Sheet with name, address, phone number, website and e-mail address of the artist or artist group/organization applying. If a group/organization, designate and name a lead artist who will be the main point of contact.
2) Letter of Interest of no more than two pages indicating your experience developing original work and your preliminary approach to the residency. If a group/organization, also briefly describe your history of working together.
3) Resume/CV of no more than three pages. If a group/organization, include the resume/CV for the designated lead artist and up to three additional resumes of no more than three pages each.
4) Web links for up to five videos of performances by the artist or group/organization. Videos must be online and cannot be files that must be downloaded to access. For each clip provide a one to two sentence description, including the name of the performers and/or creators.
5) Names and contact information for three professional references.
The artist or artist group/organization selected for the Dance/Movement Residency will:
â€¢ Collaborate with the Office of the Arts to create an original, site-specific dance/movement-based performance that is in response to or in conversation with Jeyifous's temporary public artwork Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies.
â€¢ Provide a brief written narrative description of the commissioned performance.
â€¢ Work with the Office of the Arts to schedule a minimum of four performances at Waterfront Park during the period of June to November 2020. Performances should be a minimum of 30 minutes in length, must include the commissioned site-specific piece, and can also include performance of work previously created by the artist or artist group/organization and/or work created by others, as appropriate and approved by staff.
â€¢ Work with the Office of the Arts to document and archive the performances and the process.
â€¢ Provide any additional equipment needed.
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