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Performing Arts & Indigenous Arts Creation Lab - Spring 2022 | In-Person

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Creation Lab residencies are designed for performing artists and companies worldwide to develop their new work in one or more Banff Centre studio spaces on the land of Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain. Creation Lab is a partnered initiative of Performing Arts and Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre. The focus of these self-directed residencies is to offer contemplative and creative exploration in performance spaces. This can include experimentation with choreography, improvisations and sight specific areas. Collaborations with Indigenous artists outside of similar accessibility will also be considered. 

In a collegial campus atmosphere of like-minded artists working in and across a range of disciplines, artists are encouraged this season to propose self-sufficient projects that require no in-studio technical labour or equipment support from Banff Centre staff beyond essential room set-up. Companies are encouraged to travel with all personnel required to handle the work.

A limited number of on-stage technical residencies with local crew support are available.

We are offering the following programs concurrently:

What does the program offer?
As a post-secondary learning environment, Banff Centre offers artists a generous, retreat-style space to experiment and take risk with new work in development. Artists can choose to take advantage of feedback from other members of the community on campus, or shut out distraction and create in solitude. All phases of work in progress are welcome, and there is no expected output from the residency.

Banff Centre provides limited production support for these residencies. Additional technical support may be negotiated when possible. Covid-19 protocols are expected to evolve throughout the season.

Who should apply?
We accept project proposals from individual artists, artistic collectives, and companies of all sizes and at all stages of career. Artists with projects that are at various stages of development are encouraged to apply - whether at the conceptual, creation, development, refinement, or redevelopment stage of a new work.

We invite applications from Indigenous performing artists and arts companies (regionally, nationally, and globally), from a variety of disciplines. This may include Indigenous dancers, theatre makers, circus and clowns, provocateurs, disrupters, advocates pushing the boundaries of their artistic practice, experienced artists, Indigenous artists that serve their community and their collaborators in all performing arts disciplines.

Shorter residencies may be available. Please inquire for details.

Please note: International participants are welcome to apply to on-campus programs that start after January 1, 2022. Banff Centre has opted into the Government of Alberta's Restriction Exemption Program; please see our website for full details on COVID-19 protocols and vaccination requirements. 

Program Dates: March 7 - 26, 2022
Application Deadline: November 24, 2022

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Please see the Fees & Financial Aid section of the program page.

Deadline: 
11/24/2021
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Indigenous Arts Creation Lab - Winter 2022 | In-Person

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In partnership with Performing Arts, Indigenous Arts Creation Lab residencies are designed for Indigenous Performing Arts artists, collectives or companies with a regional, national and global focus to develop the physical creation phase of their new work on the territory of Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain. The focus of these self-directed residencies is to offer contemplative and creative exploration in performance spaces. This can include experimentation with choreography, improvisations and sight specific areas. Collaborations with Indigenous artists outside of similar accessibility will also be considered.

In a collegial campus atmosphere of like-minded artists working in and across a range of disciplines, artists are encouraged this season to propose self-sufficient projects that require no in-studio technical labour or equipment support from Banff Centre staff beyond essential room set-up. Companies are encouraged to travel with all personnel required to handle the work.

A limited number of on-stage technical residencies with local crew support will be available in the Spring 2022 block. 

Artists may apply to reside for one, two or three weeks, and may indicate their preferred dates. Demand is typically high for this residency, and therefore the ability to consider three-week visits, particularly for larger companies, is limited.

What does the program offer?
As a post-secondary learning environment, Banff Centre offers artists a generous, retreat-style space to experiment and take risk with new work in development. Artists can choose to take advantage of feedback from other members of the community on campus, or shut out distraction and create in solitude. All phases of work in progress are welcome, and there is no expected output from the residency.

This residency offers a range of workspaces and facilities depending on participants' needs and availability, typically in Banff Centre’s Music & Sound Building, the Performing Arts and Learning Complex, and/or the Kinnear Centre for Creativity & innovation. 

Banff Centre provides limited production support for these residencies. Additional technical support may be negotiated when possible. Covid-19 protocols are expected to evolve throughout the season.

Who should apply?
We invite applications from Indigenous performing artists and arts companies (regionally, nationally, and globally), from a variety of disciplines. This may include Indigenous dancers, theatre makers, circus and clowns, provocateurs, disrupters, advocates pushing the boundaries of their artistic practice, experienced artists, Indigenous artists that serve their community and their collaborators in all performing arts disciplines. We accept project proposals from individual artists, artistic collectives, and companies of all sizes and at all stages of career. Artists with projects that are at various stages of development are encouraged to apply - whether at the conceptual, creation, development, refinement, or redevelopment stage of a new work.

Shorter residencies may be available. Please inquire for details.

Please note: International participants are welcome to apply to on-campus programs that start after January 1, 2022. 

*Financial Aid of 100% is available to cover all program costs thanks to the SLAIGHT Foundation.

Program Dates: January 10 - 29, 2022
Program Deadline: October 13, 2021
Learn more and apply online:  https://bit.ly/3uhxhKS

Prize summary: 
100% scholarship available
Deadline: 
10/13/2021
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Indigenous Arts | Write Over Here - Fall 2021

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This 3-week self-directed Indigenous Arts residency will invite writers to engage in an active writing program, both in their community and on the Banff Centre campus. Online gatherings during the community phase will be scheduled to bring everyone together to connect and share.

Participants will be able to choose to participate either online from their community or on campus for the first two weeks.  The final week will see all participants meeting on campus to share readings and have deeper discussions of their process. Faculty will engage all writers throughout their time, as needed and scheduled, while this space allows for writers to put the time aside in their own capacity but still engage in their writing practice.

What Does the Program Offer?
This residency offers writers a combination of lectures from faculty, open social spaces to connect, open spaces to review and provide feedback to each other's work, faculty office hours and readings. Writers will deepen their artistry and technical application with literary mentorship from faculty of various writing genres, create peer relationships and expand their professional networks, and have the opportunity for possible collaborations following their time at Banff Centre.

Who Should Apply?
This program welcomes Indigenous writers from across Canada. 

Please note: As we re-open campus and welcome artists back to programming in a safe and mindful way, we have made the difficult decision to restrict recruitment for on-campus programs to those currently residing in Canada. We continue to monitor the situation closely and look forward to the future relaxation of travel measures that will allow us to welcome international artists once again.  

Please note that as of 1st September, our application fee will revert to the pre-pandemic level of $65.  Applications received on or before 31st August will be charged at $25.

          *Financial Aid of 100% is available for this program. 

Program Dates: October 11 - 29, 2021
Application Deadline: September 15, 2021
Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/3goh29e

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Financial Aid of 100% is available for this program. 

Deadline: 
09/15/2021
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Indigenous Storytellers and Spoken Word Residency

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The Indigenous Storytellers and Spoken Word Residency will push the parameters of traditional storytelling, while retaining the integrity of how stories come to be. Participants will be immersed in in-depth writing practices involving visual, research, and meditative exploration, as well as elder teaching and land based outings. 

With coaching from experienced faculty, participants will collaborate with one another and as a collective to refine stories already told and create new ones to share in a professional capacity.

What does the program offer?

The Indigenous Storytellers and Spoken Word Residency offers the opportunity for Indigenous storytellers from all regions to meet and work with peers. Participants will learn new skills from Indigenous mentors in their respective fields, widen their circles of support, and learn marketing management and presentation skills.

The program will include individual writing time, morning group check-ins, and group and individual feedback. Participants will explore the art of storytelling via improvisation through sound and instrument.

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a workshop, as well as a story lecture and mini showcase. At the end of the residency, participants will showcase their work in a public performance.

Who should apply?

Indigenous writers, storytellers, and spoken word artists are encouraged to apply. Those who work from a word based practice, traditional or contemporary non-text based storytelling, and singer/songwriters with storytelling experience are also invited.

This residency is for emerging to mid-level storytellers. A maximum of 12 participants will be accepted. Indigenous language speakers are also encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: December 18, 2019
Dates: March 02 - March 21, 2020

 

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*Participants accepted to the program will be eligible for up to 100% scholarship of the program fee (shared room). 

Deadline: 
12/18/2019
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Call for submissions | Indigenous Performing Arts Residency

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Dates: September 30 - October 05, 2019

Overview

Banff Centre is committed to the development, and production of new works in all major performance disciplines and encourages bold collaborations. Indigenous Performing Arts residencies are designed for Indigenous artists to work on the initial creation phase of a new work in one or more of our studio spaces.

What does the program offer?

This residency offers a range of work spaces and facilities depending on participants' needs and availability. Banff Centre provides limited production support for these residencies. Additional technical support may be negotiated when possible. Partial residencies may be available. 

Who should apply?

We invite project proposals from individual Indigenous artists, Indigenous artistic collectives, and Indigenous companies of all sizes. Artists with projects at various stages of development are encouraged to apply - whether at the conceptual, creation, development, refinement, or redevelopment stage of a new work.

Application fee: $35 for individuals or groups. Individual group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.

*Participants accepted to the program will be eligible for up to 100% scholarship to cover the program fee.

The program fee includes a single room and the Full Flex Meal Plan at Banff Centre. Travel to and from Banff Centre is the responsibility of participants.

 

Deadline: 
08/07/2019
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Rebuilding Summer Cultural Trade Routes Indigenous Arts (Multidisciplinary)

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This self-directed residency will explore reconciliation through creative process from an Indigenous perspective in a contemporary world.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from Indigenous artists, Elders, and community members situated along the honoured cultural trade routes that define the ground we stand on in the Bow Valley. Providing accessible opportunities through reconcili-ACTION with our Indigenous neighbours and settler allies, we will create space within this cultural institution and the Bow Valley to forge new and profound connections.

Rebuilding Summer Cultural Trade Routes will provide safe spaces where participants can learn from those who will bring their art making skills and traditional knowledge to the program. 

What does the program offer?

This intensive program will emphasize collaboration, as well as connections to our Stoney Nakoda and Bow Valley neighbours. Participants will have the opportunity to partner with various groups and spaces within the Bow Valley (from Lake Louise to Morley) to cultivate powerful friendships, allies, and healthy partnerships. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop connections to the land rooted in diverse personal and cultural understandings.

Who should apply?

Emerging to professional artists as well as community members who are interested in exploring a new, multidisciplinary avenue into art are encouraged to apply. Traditional makers, musicians, writers, painters, public artists – artists within all disciplines – are welcome. 

The program is open to local artists as well as those not from the Bow Valley area, to have access to Banff Centre’s exceptional facilities and staff, as well as develop relationships with this community.

Successful applicants will have a strong interest in ways of knowing, storytelling, and art making. Please note, successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation within the Bow Valley as they collaborate with others on their project.

Application Deadline: March 06, 2019

Date: July 30 - August 31, 2019

 

Deadline: 
03/06/2019
Fee Detail: 
35
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