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For NYC dance, artists plus support equals performances

Charmaine Patricia Warren | 10/17/2013, 1:49 p.m.
Rashaun Mitchell Michael Williams Photo

Three of New York’s stellar performance venues are providing programs for artists to make art this fall:

  1. The New York Live Arts’ Studio Series
  2. The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Professional Development Program
  3. The Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Residency Artists.

The New York Live Arts artists for the 2013-2014 Studio Series are Elena Demyanenko and Dai Jian, Cynthia Hopkins (in partnership with the Watermill Center), Sam Kim, Mariana Valencia, Saúl Ulerio, Jon Kinzel, Cori Olinghouse, Rashaun Mitchell and Jimena Paz.

This creative residency program, begun in 2005 by Dance Theater Workshop, “serves as a research laboratory for physical explorations and new movement investigations. Each Studio Series artist receives a commission, 100 hours of creative residency time and is invited to conduct two informal showings. These in-process showings create a framework for the artist to share ideas with an audience in the intimate working space of the studio. Each year, a select number of mid-career artists are given a Studio Series residency as part of a one- to two-year program of support, leading up to a commission and season presentation,” according to their press release.

The Studio Series work-in-process showings will take place on numerous Fridays and Saturdays from Oct. 4 to May 24. For more information, visit www.newyorklivearts.org.

The Brooklyn Academy of Music’s (BAM) participants for the second cycle of the BAM PDP, led by BAM and the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, are from mixed disciplines. This nine-month program provides professional development training and deeply discounted theater and rehearsal studio rentals to a yearly selection of qualifying Brooklyn nonprofit arts organizations. The organizations taking part in this session are American Opera Projects, the Civilians, Kate Weare Company, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance and White Wave Dance.

The DeVos Institute extended invitations to a group of organizations outside of Brooklyn to apply for the training portion of the BAM PDP. The additional organizations taking part in the program are Clubbed Thumb, Girl Be Heard, National Black Theatre, Ripe Time and VisionIntoArt.

The second component of the program is the DeVos Institute’s Performers in Transition Arts Management Training Program, which is for artists who have completed or are nearing the end of their professional career. The second cycle of the program began in September and culminates with each Brooklyn-based company presenting a self-funded production in the BAM’s Fishman Space within the year following the training portion. For more information, visit www.bam.org.

Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Artist Residency Program offers support to artists by providing space for creative investigation. Every year, BAC hosts roughly 30 artists to encourage the development of ideas, projects and collaborations. Support can include three weeks of free studio time, honoraria, technical and administrative services, advocacy and work-in-progress showings.

BAC residencies are a pressure-free environment for artists, who are encouraged to focus on their current priorities without the expectation of delivering a finished product. The artists chosen for the 2013 calendar are Jack Ferver, Yasuko Yokoshi, Jill Sigman, Okwui Okpokwasili, Sam Kim, Andrew Ondrejcak, Joanna Kotze, Cazimir Liske and Helen Simoneau.

For more information, visit www.bacnyc.org.