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October 2020

Update from American Dance Abroad

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As you can probably imagine, these past seven months have caused American Dance Abroad to shift gears, rethink projects, launch alternative bridge-making activities, and find alternative ways to continue to be present internationally. Unfortunately, we have put on hold our Rapid Response grants as viable projects outside of the U.S. are not predictable at this time, and have suspended our American Corner and American Dance Recon programs due to travel restrictions. On the positive side, we have launched CHATS ACROSS BORDERS (see below) and strategically expanded the ADA monthly newsletter. STORIES FROM QUARANTINE is the newsletter platform for U.S. artists to share their thoughts and activities, and Awards and Special Recognitions highlights American artists who continue to receive honors. Our latest PITCHBOOK is digital and can be found here. ADA’s focus to strengthen international opportunities for U.S. dance remains strong.

We hope that you are well and your organizations are coping in this time of unbelievable stress and change. Hopefully we will all be able to dust off our passports in the not-too-distant future.

All best through this most unusual season,

Carolelinda and Andrea
Co-Directors

Dance Dialogue: Focus on Jacky Fung

Programme Manager, City Contemporary Dance Festival 

Dance Dialogue focuses on international programmers and the venues/festivals that they program.

This year, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought exceptional challenges to the world. How to adapt to the new environment, creating arts with the social distance is no doubt the top mission for us who are working in the creative industry.

I am Jacky Fung, the program manager of CCDC (City Contemporary Dance Company) Dance Centre and China Dance Development. I'm happy to share my works with you, to let you know the situation in Hong Kong, and the status of our company during the pandemic. 
 
The theatres in Hong Kong have been closed since the end of July, and they re-opened only recently. First for renters for rehearsals then for performances or activities without a live audience. Due to the development of the pandemic, the major facilities are expected to be opened for performances or activities with a live audience from October 1 onwards with special seating arrangements. The number of audience members will be limited to half of the original capacity.
 
 At CCDC, we launched a Digital Dance Season. To keep is running, we moved the productions and activities to the online streaming platform. For example, the Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival became an online screening. A Lover's Concerto, originally a stage production, we transformed the duo pieces into dance videos and streaming online.

The REAL Showcase Series - Solara and Luna recorded the premiere in our studio and put it to the online streaming platform. As the theatre will re-open for the audience in this October, the Project NEXT Wave will have the stage performance and also streaming the dance video version online in the Digital Dance Season.

As a dance company and a dance center, CCDC tried quite a lot of possibilities during this period, including the productions, the residency programs, dance classes and educational programs etc. Although most of the original planned programs were suspended, we still programmed but in different formats. Honestly, it was a really big challenge, but we are happy to deal with them in this special moment.
   
We also launched a new arrangement to help our local artists. The plan called POST IT FOR YOU encourages the artists to share their thoughts, ideas, or any new idea about dance and make it as a Facebook post, selected posts will be posted on the CCDC social media platform and the artists will receive a financial reward determined by the interactions and comments. Our hope is that this idea will help the freelance artists who lost normal income during this period, and also encourage to keep dance in different way although we are in quarantine.
  
We planned a series of programs for the local and international audience in 2021. Mr. Yuri Ng who will be the 4th Artistic Director of CCDC, will take part in the future planning of the Company. The International Dance Festival - including the City Contemporary Dance Festival (CCDF) and the HOTPOT - East Asia Dance Platform are already on the list, we look forward to joining hands together again with the globe.
 
To learn more about CCDC, click here.  

Chats Across Borders 




 Chats Across Borders is a series of recorded conversations among international and American dance colleagues intended to share updates and reflections about what the future might hold for us all. Chats #1-6 can be found  here.



October's CHAT #6 is among:
 
Jonah Bokaer, Choreographer, Founder of Chez Bushwick, Founder of The Hudson Eye, Co-Founder of Center for Performance Research, Hudson, New York
Joan Myers Brown, Founder, Executive Artistic Director, PHILADANCO, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Aaron Fernandes, CEO & Founder, Aaron Fernandes Entertainment, Mumbai, India

Risima Risimkin  Artistic Director, Dance Fest Skopje, Skopje, North Macedonia
Christopher Rudd,  Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer, RudduR Dance, New York, New York
Katya Somrak, Deputy Director, Programmer & Creative Producer, PTL – Dance Theatre Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia,


If you would like to participate in a future Chat on the Zoom platform, please let us know by sending an email to info@americandanceabroad.org. 

Stories from Quarantine


Life has changed as we adopt new ways to communicate and discover new ways to make dance.  Below we highlight the efforts and best practices being employed by three American artists. Please use this form to share with us your stories and ideas to highlight in our future newsletters.
Bridgman Packer Dance



We were invited by Randa Asmar of the Beirut Spring Festival to be a part of their digital 2020 Festival, held livve on Facebook on August 25. This event, coming on the heels of the devastating blasts in Beirut, was entitled "For the Love of Beirut". Having performed at the Beirut Spring Festival in 2017, we were honored to be a part of this virtual event.

When we were there in 2017, we fell in love with the exquisitely beautiful city and felt embraced by everyone at the festival and the Samir Kassir Foundation, which hosts the festival. The Foundation is dedicated to the memory of journalist/author Samir Kassir, who was assassinated in 2005. Its mission is to champion free press, free expression, and making the arts available to all. As well as presenting the festival, the Foundation offers annual awards to outstanding journalists in the Middle East, many of whom risk their lives to report the truth. While we were in Beirut, we were invited to attend the award ceremony, a truly inspiring event. 

We left Beirut with indelible memories and life-long friends. We hope to go back there someday, but in the meantime, connecting with them on zoom during this very difficult time meant a great deal to us. It was wonderful to be there with theater and music artists from the UK, France, Syria, and Romania.

For our part of the digital event, we spoke live about our memories of being in Beirut and then they played a recording of a performance of our work TRUCK. Pre-recorded dance videos on zoom are notoriously jumpy. So, the image skipped frames and the sound came in and out. Because of that, they posted a smoother version immediately afterwards on their Facebook page. To see the event, go to Beirut Spring Festival on Facebook.

All of this circles back to ADA! We first met Randa Asmar at a American Dance Abroad Recon in NYC in 2013. Thank you ADA.
 
Melanie Futorian


Artist and dancer/choreographer Melanie Futorian created a short dance film titled "Sick, Scared, Secluded" while recovering from COVID-19. This film re-examines the effects of COVID-19, her creativity, and mortality while sheltering-in-place during the global pandemic.

Awards and Special Recognitions


Recognizing awards and special recognitions received by American artists both at home and abroad.
Click here to submit an award for inclusion
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
 
The Doris Duke Artist Awards invest in exemplary individual artists in contemporary dance, jazz, theater and related interdisciplinary work who have demonstrated their artistic vitality and commitment to their field. The award is a deep investment in the potential of dedicated performing artists, empowering them through the freedom of unrestricted support to take creative risks, explore new ideas and pay for important professional and personal needs not typically funded by project-related grants. Each Doris Duke Artist receives an award of $275,000. A total of $250,000 of the prize is completely unrestricted, and $25,000 is dedicated to encouraging retirement savings.

As one of many ways the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is increasing its support to individual artists in response to the impacts of Covid-19 on the performing arts sector, the foundation is expanding the number of artists receiving Doris Duke Artist Awards to a total of eight for 2020, up from six the previous year – resulting in a collective $2.2 million investment in this year’s award winners. This year, half of the awards recipients are dance artists:



Ana María Alvarez of CONTRA-TIEMPO in Los Angeles



Sean Dorsey of San Francisco's Sean Dorsey Dance and Fresh Meat Festival


Rennie Harris of Philadelphia's Rennie Harris Puremovement 



Pam Tanowitz, New York City contemporary choreographer
Ford Foundation

America's Cultural Treasures 
 
Sixteen major donors and foundations announced an unprecedented commitment to a two-pronged national and regional initiative to recognize “America’s Cultural Treasures.” Together, the funders will grant more than $156 million to support Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts organizations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated America’s arts and culture landscape. 

The foundations identified grant recipients as “America’s Cultural Treasures” to acknowledge and honor their vital contributions to the diversity of expression and excellence in America, and to bring greater recognition to a group of organizations that have been impactful, despite historically limited resources and funding streams. They, along with others, represent the cultural heritage and creativity of communities that have been historically marginalized, underfunded and under-represented in the narrative of American culture.

 
The national component of the initiative will provide $81 million in operational and general support funds to an initial cohort of 20 organizations that are significant national anchors for artistic and cultural diversity in America. The organizations include four dance companies: Alvin Ailey American Dane Theater, Ballet Hispánico, Dance Theater of Harlem, and Urban Bush Women.

National grants will range in size from $1 to 6 million, representing a significant portion of each institution's operating budget. In addition to the grant funds each grantee will receive up to $100,000 for organizational capacity building — particularly in key areas including digital strategies and other needs.
Disability Futures
 
Created by, for and with disabled practitioners, Disability Futures is an initiative—developed in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by United States Artists—to spotlight the work of disabled creatives across disciplines and geography and amplify their voices individually and collectively.

This cohort of 20 creatives features two dance fellows:


 
Alice Sheppard



Alice Sheppard is the Founder and Artistic Director of Kinetic Light, a project-based ensemble, working at the intersections of disability, dance, design, identity, and technology to create transformative art and advance the disability arts movement. A United States Artists Fellow, Creative Capital grantee, and Bessie Award winner, Sheppard creates movements that engage and challenge conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. 


Jerron Hermon 



Jerron Herman is a dancer, writer, moderator, and advocate for the arts who is compelled to disrupt ideas of restriction with images of freedom. Originally finding his way to dance through his background as a playwright, he was a principal member of Heidi Latsky Dance from 2011 to 2019, an integrated dance company that aims to dismantle normal and redefine virtuosity. As an advocate for disabled athletes and performers, he has collaborated with Nike and Tommy Hilfiger and has produced commissioned projects for CreativeMornings, The Whitney, and Danspace Project. Herman has served on the Board of Trustees at Dance/USA since 2017. He studied at the Tisch School of the Arts and The King’s College.

 
Ralph Lemon Named MacArthur Fellow


 
Ralph Lemon has been named a  2020 MacArthur Fellow. The highly coveted MacArthur Foundation grant, often referred to as "genius" grant, will award Lemon $625,000 in no-strings-attached quarterly installments over five years. He is being recognized for "generating interdisciplinary modes of artistic expression for stories, emotions, memories, and identities that traditional media do not accommodate." At 68, he is the oldest recipient in the 2020 cohort, which includes 20 additional artists, intellectuals and professionals from a range of fields. Ralph joins an illustrious group of previous dance-world winners, such as Kyle AbrahamOkwui OkpokwasiliMichelle Dorrance, Alexei Ratmansky, Trisha Brown, Liz Lerman and Twyla Tharp.

Online Conferences 

Aerowaves Spring Forward


 
Due to COVID-19 Aerowaves' annual festival was transformed into a virtual experience over 3 days of live streaming on April 24-26, 2020.  You can still watch the festival on demand via the Springback Magazine Members Room. The event is hosted by Edvin Liverić in Rijeka, Croatia, with complete performance videos, Q&As with artists, and afterparty. 
IETM




On the Road Munich 2020 - October 24, 2020


 
In Autumn 2018, IETM Munich gathered 468 performing arts professionals from across the globe for lively discussions around the theme Res Publica Europa, with a special focus on diversity, participation and the future. A lot has changed since then, the face of the world was literally transformed by COVID-19, and the need to look at these topics afresh should bring us new insights, especially in light of the current pandemic.

Two years later, in partnership with Meta Theater, we are taking you back to Munich to assess the impacts generated by the Plenary, discuss current challenges faced by the German performing arts community and collectively look into the future. Whether you participated in IETM Munich or are an interested newcomer, we invite you to join this day devoted to discussing, networking and sharing ideas in an informal setting. Happening during the independent dance and theatre Rodeo festival, On the Road Munich will also offer participants the opportunity to discover some inspiring local performances. 

To ensure equal access to the event, the morning session of the physical On the Road Munich will be live-streamed. In the event of a second wave of COVID-19 imposing travel restrictions or event bans, the meeting will be held entirely digitally. 

The meeting is open to both members and non-members. Participation is free, but registration is required for either the physical or digital event.

 
 

Satellite Galway 2020 - December 2-3, 2020


 
Back in March we postponed our Galway Satellite Meeting planned for June 2020 due to the travel restrictions and lockdown measures imposed by COVID-19. Given the continued uncertainty around travel and gatherings in Ireland and Europe in the months ahead, we’ve decided to present a condensed version of the initial Satellite programme online - and on-site with a limited number of participants for those who’ll be able to travel safely - on 2-3 December 2020.

So the December Satellite Meeting will tackle what is one of the most urgent topics of our time. It will explore relationships between artists, the arts ecosystem and the planet. Taking cognisance of the climate crisis and actions needed, the Meeting will take place simultaneously online and in Galway, on Ireland’s Atlantic coast.

Through a digital programme of speeches, working groups, conversations and engagements with artists, the Meeting will investigate how to adapt and limit the damage being done. It will examine practical and philosophical responses to imagine an ecology fit for the future. 

Everyone attending the Satellite Meeting online or in person will experience Galway with its powerful sense of place and the art it inspires. All will be invited to take part in a Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture project tracing the interplay between landscape, climate and culture.

Join our Satellite Meeting conversation and help generate ideas for a performing arts ecology that's fit for our future and the planet.

Both IETM members and non-members are welcome to participate.
 
Registration Opens Soon.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities


Visit American Dance Abroad's Events & Opportunities page for all the latest deadlines. Contact communications@americandanceabroad.org to submit an opportunity for inclusion.

CINARS WEB
Open for Registrations
Due October 27, 2020
Learn more
Dare to Dance in Public Film Festival
Call for  Virtual Festival Applications
Due December 15, 2020
Learn more
ISPA Congress 2021
Open for Registrations
Early Bird due: October 30
Learn More
International Solo Dance Theater Festival 
Open Call for New Choreographers
Due November 11, 2020
Learn more
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Call for Grant Applications
Due: March 31, 2021
Learn more
Choreography 35
Choreography Competition Apllications
Due March 26, 2021
Learn more
*The inclusion of an opportunity or event posted on American Dance Abroad's newsletter should not be interpreted as an endorsement of that opportunity. American Dance Abroad has created this listing in an effort to increase access to and knowledge about international opportunities.

News From the Field  


American Dance Abroad brings you links to relevant COVID-19 articles of international importance. Please send us your suggestions for new links to include next month.

This Philadelphia Company has released four new works that engage the medium by pairing choreographers with filmmakers in their new subscription based season.
 
British dance company Rambert's livestream this weekend offered a different, technically sophisticated approach to for-pay digital content.
The arts industry, which has been hard-hit by pandemic, says incident is ‘a real representation of what we do and don’t value in this country’.
Realities of the pandemic intervene in Russian theatre’s bold plans for new season.
Introducing yet another critical resource: your up-to-date and easy-to-use listing of domestic and international company programming statuses. 
In a new study about optimism of returning to in-person performances in 2020, TRG Arts found a sharp fall among U.S. and Canadian Arts & Cultural organizations but an increase in U.K. organizations.
 
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