Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Rehearsal and Retreat Fellows:
Annie Kloppenberg and Company ; EgoArt, Inc. ; Wendy Jehlen/ANIKAI Dance Theater
Boston Dance Alliance would like to thank the Aliad Fund for its continuing support and most especially for funding a third fellowship.
What is the BDA Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship?
The BDA Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship combines a three-day creative/rehearsal retreat for a choreographer and his/her dancers with additional funding to pay dancers during an extended rehearsal period. Two fellows will be selected for the fifth year of this project.
The goal for the BDA Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship is to strengthen artists’ work by giving them uninterrupted time to focus on the choreography. We intend that providing rehearsal pay to dancers will enable choreographers to increase the number of rehearsal hours which will lead to more fully realized work. The ultimate goal is to have an impact on the quality of work created in Greater Boston.
Selected fellows will have the opportunity to determine when during the work on this project a three day retreat will prove the most beneficial to the choreographic process. Artists may choose to either submit a proposal for creating a new work or for expanding and reworking a previously presented piece. While BDA has set a suggested minimum hourly fee for the dancers, this is open to some negotiation with the fellows.
When and where is the BDA Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship?
The BDA Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowships will take place between April and November 2013. The retreats will be held either at Mass MoCA, Earth Dance, Windhover, or at a similar site.
Who is the BDA Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship for?
The BDA Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowships are designed for dance makers working in contemporary forms living in Greater Boston [inside Route 495] who:
- Have achieved local or regional recognition
- Have produced a complete program of their own work
- Are ready to determine next steps in sharing/presenting their work within and beyond their current communities
- Have a group of professional adult dancers who will commit to all of the dates of the Retreat and rehearsal period
- Have a current BDA membership at the Basic or Premium level
Selected artists will receive an honorarium up to $6,120 plus support for travel, housing and meals at the retreat site. NOTE: The money may only be used to pay dancers and the choreographer and may not be used to pay any other expenses associated with producing performances. The honorarium is partially based upon the number of dancers involved. (BDA will cover costs for up to 7 dancers – if more dancers in retreat the choreographer may include these dancers at the retreat and cover the costs for this addition)
Fellows will be chosen by a panel of artists and arts professionals on the basis of the following criteria (in order of importance):
- Artistic quality of work
- Clarity of articulation of artistic and professional goals
- Potential to reach future communities and audiences
- Interview with panelists (finalists only)
The panel will seek fellows representing varying artistic and career experiences and range of dance genres.
Dates and How to Apply:
The application for the 2013-2013 cycle of the Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship will be available in Fall 2013.
Partners and Funders
The BDA Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowships are made possible with the generous support of the Aliad Fund at The Boston Foundation.