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Technical Direction Performing Arts Practicum

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Overview

Under the guidance of Technical Direction staff and/or faculty, you will take part in coordinating activities within Banff Centre’s Performing Arts facilities. Responsibilities may include review of riders and other technical drawings and documents, assisting with the creation of schedules, and updating and maintaining drawings and data sets related to Performing Arts operations. 

This program emphasizes a balance between individual learning and development and the Performing Arts department’s administrative needs. You can expect project-based theoretical learning to supplement experience gained by participating in administration of the department.

What does the program offer?

This program is centered on learning the core skills required to be a Technical Director. Our practicums are responsible for the smooth delivery of production needs for all Banff Centre Performing Arts shows, events, and conferences. You will experience one-on-one mentorship and coaching from our seasoned professional staff who will guide you through production processes. 

You will leave Banff Centre with marketable skills and the confidence and competenceto step up into roles as a specialized professional. Our alumni can be found nationally and internationally working at dance, music, opera, and theatre companies and training at universities and colleges including Cirque Du Soleil, the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, the National Theatre School, the National Arts Centre, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Canadian Opera Company.

Much of the training material is show-driven; you can expect to work on a wide array of shows including theatre, music, opera, and dance as presented by Banff Centre. Please visit our events calendar for examples of upcoming shows. Expect to work alongside a range of artists at various career stages. In addition, you may attend specialized workshops in areas such as paint, scenic carpentry, wardrobe, wigs and make-up, sound, and others based on your learning objectives.   

Who should apply?

Ideal applicants will have completed formal technical theatre training at an accredited institution or have equivalent work experience with a passionate interest in the entertainment industry. They will be able to demonstrate strong organizational aptitude, be computer literate, and have an interest in exploring theatre, music, and production technologies. Potential applicants are aspiring professionals looking to develop their careers and capabilities, with interest in specializing in technical direction as a profession. 

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee (per week): $230.44*
Program Fee with Financial Assistance: $0.00
Daily Living Allowance: $61.00

*The weekly program fee is covered 100% by financial assistance.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2019

Dates: September 17, 2019 - March 27, 2020

Deadline: 
05/15/2019

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Fee Detail: 
$65
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Preparatorial Practicum | Walter Phillips Gallery

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The Walter Phillips Gallery Preparatorial Practicum program offers the participant hands-on opportunities working alongside the gallery’s preparator and curator. Direct mentorship and support is provided to develop the participant’s skills in preventative conservation, art handling, installation techniques, and museum standards in environmental conditions (including appropriate humidity, temperature, and lighting levels).

The practicum participant will also have the opportunity to gain expertise in crate building, art packing, and framing of artwork, and will assist in storage, packing, and unpacking of artworks relating to Walter Phillips Gallery exhibitions and the permanent collection. 

Learning opportunities will also arise through attendance at formal and informal lectures and discussion groups. Practical experience will primarily focus on activities that complement the program’s learning objectives through various ongoing activities of Walter Phillips Gallery.

What does the program offer?

Benefits to the participant include practical experience installing exhibitions within a public institution, technical problem-solving skills, enhanced communication skills, and teamwork. 

The participant will further hone their building and carpentry skills, attention to detail, and strategies in exhibition layout and design. They will also have the opportunity to work in Sketchup and Past Perfect collections management software. 

In addition to the work component of the program, outside of exhibition installation periods participants have one day each week dedicated to personal research activities as outlined in their individual learning objectives.

Who should apply?

This practicum placement is appropriate for recent graduates of studio-based programs interested in pursuing a career in gallery installation to gain professional experience and develop their careers and capabilities. Candidates for the Preparatorial Practicum must possess a foundation in studio art, art history, or museum studies with some previous experience working with tools and building materials. This program requires a full-time commitment. 

Practitioners from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with a special invitation to individuals of Indigenous descent.

Application Deadline:May 29, 2019
Program Dates: August 05, 2019 - September 07, 2020

Deadline: 
05/29/2019
Fee Detail: 
65
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Independent Residencies in the Leighton Artists Studios

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Independent residencies in the Leighton Artists Studios offer you the ability to delve into your work as a solitary, self-directed retreat, as well as the option to engage within the larger artists’ community at Banff Centre through daily campus interactions, and attending talks and shows.

The nine unique studios are each designed by a distinguished Canadian architect and provide a perfect setting for individuals and collectives from a wide variety of artistic genres to create new work. Leighton artists contribute significantly to culture and the arts in Alberta, throughout Canada, and around the world.

What does the program offer?

The studios provide all the amenities necessary for you to immerse yourself completely in your work. Each is fully furnished and equipped with a computer (PC or Mac subject to availability), printer, wi-fi, kitchenette, washroom, and telephone. Three studios have pianos, three can accommodate writers, and two are designed with storage, lighting, and flexible space to accommodate visual artists. The studios appeal to a variety of disciplines; some are large enough to accommodate collaborative projects.

Although all studios are equipped with kitchenettes, artists do not live in their studios; on-site accommodation and meal plans are provided separately. 

Leighton Artists Studio stays are self-directed residencies with little access to facilities outside of the studios. Access to limited technical support, equipment, and additional facilities may be available on a rental basis. Please submit specific requests when you apply. If your project requires significant support, please consider applying through one of our other artist in residence programs in Performing Arts, Music, and Visual Arts.  

Who should apply?

Artists with a professional standing in their field and emerging artists of promising talent are encouraged to apply. Applications are accepted from artists in a variety of discplines: writers, composers, singer-songwriters, visual artists, screenwriters, playwrights, literary translators, curators, art theorists, and professionals working in theatre, dance, and film at the conceptualization or research stage of a project. 

Leighton artists have created novels, poetry, plays, songs, chamber works, and operas. They have choreographed dance and music theatre, curated exhibitions and shows, and have created important visual art, films, new media, and television programming. 

Please note, preference is given to successful applicants who have not accessed the Leighton Studios previously. Past participants are asked to wait at least one year before applying again. If your application was unsuccessful previously, you may submit a new application but it must be for a new project.

Residency Dates

Applications are being accepted for the following time periods:

September 1 - October 24, 2019 and November 17, 2019 - March 31, 2020 (no availability between October 25 - November 16, 2019).

Residences must be at least one week in length to a maximum of four weeks. 

 

Deadline: 
05/29/2019
Fee Detail: 
65
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The Creative Gesture - Dramaturgy for Dance 2019

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To make sense of a world saturated by complex flows of energy, information, randomness, chance, and change, the human brain has become extremely sensitive to patterns and their disruption. Dramaturgy works with perception and meaning, and can be thought of as a relational practice – a way of understanding and navigating the complexities of the creative process with awareness and care.

This two-week research workshop is part of The Creative Gesture dance program. Led by dramaturg and writer Ruth Little alongside acclaimed choreographer, writer, and educator Liz Lerman, the program will consider dance dramaturgy as an ecosocial practice based on intimate attention to the world and its processes. The workshop will explore the uses of practical, adaptable tools for generating mental, physical, and social movement.

What does the program offer?

Through immersive, embodied, and collaborative research involving faculty members, visiting artists, and the rich physical context of Banff Centre, this workshop will explore the role of dramaturgy as the fundamental craft underlying the creation, articulation, and interpretation of dance works. Participants will explore how dramaturgical thinking involves the application of embodied ecological and ethical insight, and the development of skills for enabling change and working with resistance in multiple contexts.

Topics include:

  • The structures of living systems
  • Chaos and complexity
  • Sensitivity to initial conditions
  • Scale
  • Resonant objects, vibrant matter
  • 'Stalking the image': tools for initiating and developing movement, including thinking grids, equivalents, movement metaphor, editing
  • Critical response
  • Extending the edge: subculture, permaculture, thresholding
  • Failing better: error, difficulty, imbalance
  • Context: place-based sensing and learning
  • The adjacent possible
  • Ambiguity
  • Hiking the horizontal: studio, social, and civic practice

Who should apply?

A wide range of professional artists – Canadian and international – who are interested in a deeper understanding of dramaturgy as a choreographic and social practice are encouraged to apply. We welcome artistic directors, choreographers, dancers, dance practitioners (teachers, rehearsal directors, etc.), dance writers, and professional artists in other mediums.

Application Deadline: March 13, 2019

Date: July 29 - August 10, 2019

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“Beauty” International Call For Artists and Writers by ArtAscent - Deadline February 28, 2019

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Beauty, allure, style, refinement, symmetry, perfection. People are drawn to others or things that are attractive and visually pleasing. Beauty is studied as part of aesthetics, culture, social psychology, philosophy and sociology. Concepts and definitions of beauty are debated, and change with time and culture. What is beauty really? Is beauty important? Share your take on BEAUTY with words or images.

 

| Eligible Submissions:

Entries may include 2- and 3-dimensional media, such as paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, installations, ceramics, jewelry, fabric, sculpture, photos of performance art, fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Apply using the online form.

 

| Highlights:

Be profiled, get published, and shine on! Up to 40 applicants will be selected. Plus, if you are chosen as one of the top 4 applicants, you will also be highlighted in a feature section with a profile written about you and your work. All selected artists and writers are showcased in the magazine and the juried online exhibition.

 

| About ArtAscent:

The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. Each call is theme based, with the intent to showcase diverse creative explorations of that theme via various media. This marketing tool is created by artists and writers, for artists and writers. This is our art! ArtAscent provides opportunity for the voice of writers and vision of artists to shared in a professional and accessible platform. We are a bright community of creatives and art lovers.

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ArtTreasury Collector’s Annual Call For Artists – Early bird Deadline February 28, 2019

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ArtTreasury is a brand new magazine that will become an annual treasure box of artist information and artworks. It will feature each visual artist in their own section, complete with their art, artist statement and contact information. Book your space in this special catalogue of talented of artists from around the world.

 

| Eligible Submissions:

Art can include the full range including paintings, illustration, photography, mixed media, digital, printmaking, installations, ceramics, fabric, jewelry, sculpture, performance art, graphic design, cartooning and graffiti.

Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s). Apply using the online form.

 

| About ArtAscent:

The mission of ArtAscent is to promote artists of images and words, and connect them with art lovers. This is accomplished by calls for artists and writers, artist profiling, art magazine publication, and artist and writer online showcasing. This marketing tool is created by artists and writers, for artists and writers. This is our art! ArtAscent provides opportunity for the voice of writers and vision of artists to shared in a professional and accessible platform. We are a bright community of creatives and art lovers.

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