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Open Call for residencies

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Bora Bora Residency Centre launches the open call to submit proposals for projects to be researched and/or developed in season 2019-20 (August 2019 to June 2020) in a residency with one of our Danish co-hosts.

Residencies are open to professional dance artists, dance ensembles or stage directors with a strong choreographic idea.

A direct link to the application form will be available through our website once we open for submissions on the 4th of January.

Bora Bora Residency Centre provides:
- economically sustainable set up with fees, travel and accommodation for an artistic team of up to four people for a period of two to three weeks.
- professional working conditions with our Danish partner venues and folk high schools who have joined forces at Bora Bora Residency Centre. Read more about our partners at www.bora-bora.dk/residency 
- possible cooperation with the inhouse dramaturgs at Bora Bora, selected artistic mentors and external partners with in the field of new technology, education, research and outreach 

The online application will be accessible from January 4th 2019.

*Deadline is February 1st 2019*

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Projection Technologist Practicum

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Overview

Throughout the summer, practicum participants will implement video equipment in support of Banff Centre’s Performing Arts residency programs. Participants will facilitate the video needs of the Performing Arts department under the supervision of a faculty mentor. 

The program also offers exposure to other multimedia disciplines at Banff Centre including 2D and 3D animation, VR, augmented reality, and interactivity for live performance. 

What does the program offer?

This practicum program provides hands-on experience with large scale video equipment in a fast paced, professional environment. Participants will have to manage time and resources to best support the performances and workshops occurring on campus. Participants will gain experience in both technical system design and resource management.

Who should apply?

Applicants should have a working knowledge of video systems including projectors and displays, as well as experience in the technical side of live performance either as a technician or manager.

Accepted applicants will need to bring the following items to the program:

Logo-free show blacks

CSA apporved Steel-toed shoes or boots

Flashlight or headlamp

Adjustable wrench

Intel or AMD based laptop with a minimum of 8GB of ram and 128GB internal storage

Access to the Adobe Creative Suite and Autocad/Vectorworks would be considered an asset

Dates: May 07 - August 06, 2019

Deadline: 
01/30/2019
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Props Builder Practicum

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Practicum participants will examine their core skills and develop those needed by a props builder in today’s theatre world. Through collaborative and individual instruction, assignments, and presentations, this program covers a wide variety of techniques.

Specific course content is determined by Banff Centre performance programming, for which participants will take an active part in the creation of props, from design through rehearsals to opening.

What does the program offer?

The core skills of a props artisan are developed based on the needs of each participant. Woodwork, wood turning, the use of various plastics, sewing, painting, sculpting, drawing, and hand and power tool use are covered,  along with materials and techniques used in contemporary practice. 

Additional workshops are often offered in upholstery techniques, materials relevant to theatrical use, sculpting with various materials, and moulding and casting using silicone and urethane rubbers/resins. 

Props practicums are encouraged to engage in workshops hosted by other departments. In the past, millinery, prosthetic makeup, scenic paint, welding, ladder and lift training, life drawing practice, and rope work have been offered as skills of value to props artisans.

Who should apply?

Ideal applicants will have some training and apprenticeship experience as well as an interest in pursuing a career as a props builder.

Applicants should be captivated by creating, not as a solo artist but as part of a collegial group of talented coworkers, and fashioning the supporting elements to a performed piece. Applicants must be able to facilitate a designer’s vision and accommodate the changes inherent in the rehearsal process.

Dates: May 07 - August 06, 2019

Deadline: 
01/30/2019
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Scenic Carpenter Practicum

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For three months, participants will work with Banff Centre’s Scenic Carpentry team on all Banff Centre productions, co-commissions, presentations, external commissions, conferences, and outreach programs.

Responsibilities include interpreting and generating technical information from drafting, material handling, safe operation and maintenance of Scenic Shop equipment, implementing a build plan, participation in the efficient construction of stage scenery, as well as loading productions in and out. 

Participants will have an opportunity to learn and use a wide variety of building techniques as well as wood and metal tools in our large and fully outfitted shop.

What does the program offer?

The practicum program is centered on learning and bolstering the core skills required to be a scenic carpenter. As an integral part of Banff Centre’s training process, practicum participants will experience one-on-one mentorship and coaching from our experienced professional staff who will guide them through production processes and building techniques. 

Materials used may include wood, metal, composites, plastics, and foams. Methods of scenery movement include flies, winches, pneumatics, and electric motors.

Much of the training material is show-driven, although the Scenic Carpentry department offers in-house and guest presenters who will deliver specialized workshops, training, and off-site tours. There will also be opportunities for self-guided projects.

Who should apply?

Ideal applicants will have completed formal theatre technical training in an accredited institution or have equivalent work experience. They will be able to demonstrate strong organizational aptitude, flexibility, lift 50 lbs, and have an interest in live performance technologies. 

Basic safety equipment will be provided. Applicants should be able to work with wood and metal without any adverse reaction and provide their own CSA approved steel toed footwear, appropriate shop clothes (no holes, tears, or fraying), and eye protection (if prescription eyewear is required). 

Dates: May 07 - August 06, 2019

Deadline: 
01/30/2019
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Wardrobe Technician Practicum

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Practicum participants will experience one-on-one mentorship from our professional team who will guide them through the production process. Practicums will gain exposure to all creative Theatre departments with the opportunity to exchange ideas and gain insight into these departments through workshops and forums. Stitching, dressing, and wardrobe management placements are available.

Participants will observe and participate in the creative production process from interpretive design concept through creative development to realization. The program will include analysis of all areas of the production schedule with emphasis on the importance of the participant’s role as an effective member of the collaborative process. 

What does the program offer?

The Wardrobe Technician Practicum provides intense immersion into all aspects of wardrobe, with departmental crossovers and collaborative creativity. Past workshops have included tailoring, millinery, boots and shoes, dyeing, jewelry, corsetry, draping, flat pattern drafting, sewing machine maintenance, wigs and makeup, prosthetics, masks, thermoplastics, life drawing, lighting, welding, and knots. 

Responsibilities are determined by a participant’s initiative and the nature of the demands of the production being worked on. After initial training and practice, participants will have access to all costume shop machines and equipment.

Who should apply?

Successful applicants should have a sound understanding of sewing construction and techniques. Post-secondary costume studies or related work experience would be beneficial. 

Applicants must be self-motivated, organized, and enthusiastic. Applicants should possess a willingness to learn through curiosity and be receptive to working cooperatively with all areas of wardrobe during productions. Knowledge of historical costume would be advantageous. 

Dates: May 07 - August 06, 2019

Deadline: 
01/30/2019
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Boots and Shoes Technician Practicum

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The Boots and Shoes Practicum program builds the basic skill set required for boots and shoes work in the theatre industry. The program will develop participants’ existing experience, as well as explore new techniques adhering to the theatre industry’s safety and aesthetic standards.

Specific projects will largely be determined by the summer performance programming at Banff Centre. Project work as required by the shows will include soling, repairs, paint, alterations, and leather work.

Participants are encouraged to engage in the broad range of workshops offered by other departments during the practicum program. Exposure to a wide range of perspectives and approaches is essential to the collaborative nature of theatre.

What does the program offer?

Participants will start in the Wardrobe department with the Wardrobe practicums, learning and expanding on foundational sewing skills and wardrobe practices. They will then move on to specific boots and shoes work.

Participants will explore various techniques and materials, and will learn to take measurements and perform shoe fittings, work with leather adhesives and paint, sew leather, draft for footwear alterations and repurposing, check for safety concerns, and perform repairs.

The program will also explore design research, historical research, and production techniques specifically related to footwear.

Who should apply?

A strong creative ability and visual sense are required, as demonstrated through a portfolio or photo summary of past projects. As theatre is a fast-paced, collaborative environment, strong self-motivation, an interest in a range of perspectives, and a desire to explore unfamiliar materials and processes are essential. A willingness and ability to perform highly physical work is essential.

Strong basic hand and machine sewing skills and an ability to visualize both in two and three dimensions are assets. Alternately, basic drafting skills and an ability to manipulate a range of materials outside the wardrobe scope are also assets, as such skills are transferrable. 

Successful applicants will need to bring:

Closed-toe leather work shoes or boots (steel toes are not necessary)

Long-sleeved work shirts and long work pants that can get dirty

Toolkit with any sewing tools and other small tools they have

Laptop (would be an asset)

Dates: May 07 - August 06, 2019

Deadline: 
01/30/2019
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