SPECIAL Creative Residence

Moving the Inside Outside
Theory, Process, Creation and Performance

conducted by Stephan Koplowitz and John King
open to Performance Artists, Dancers, Choreographers, Instrumentalists and Composers

Dates: June 19 – June 30, 2012
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A ten-day residency using site-specific performance with veteran site artist Stephan Koplowitz and renowned composer John King, utilizing the La Mama/Umbria villa and the city of Spoleto as a living laboratory. Participants will immerse themselves into the process and strategies of making site specific performance work. Utilizing creative tools and techniques, this residency will immerse participants in different concepts and modalities of site-specific creation, collaboration and performance. The unique environment, history and natural beauty of the region, will serve as a catalyst for exploration and creation. Performance artists, dancers, choreographers, instrumentalists and composers with a background in dance, choreography, music and theater are welcome to apply for this intensive residency which will culminate in a public performance of a site work created under the direction of Koplowitz and King.

Participants working with Stephan Koplowitz:
Some of the areas of research during the residency will be prompted by the following questions: How do we define what is site-specific? and how does it relate to our own body and other bodies?What is the relationship between body and site image? Site design and function? How can we create movement/text and improvisational scores from these relationships. How do the practical production aspects of site work influence the creative process and product? The aim of this residency is to give each participant a new perspective on site work and on their own creative process.

Participants working with John King:
We are looking for singers, brass and percussion performer/composers interested in exploring the sonic possibilities of site-specific performance in collaboration with movers/dancers/actors. We will be collectively creating work through  classes with the aim of a final performance at sites in Spoleto. Music participants will work with John King in collective composition, improvisation and chance-determined methods for engaging with the other musicians and dancers throughout the 10-day period. The work will be focused on a final performance but will also leave the participants with new ways of working collaboratively in their own individual future projects.

You will notice a difference between participating as an artist in this Residency, as opposed to taking a Workshop in one of our other Programs. The Residency is not intended as a class or workshop; you will be dancing/composing and playing music as part of the creation of a new work, which will be performed at the La MaMa Spoleto Open Festival.
Participants who are selected through the Application Process have the option of taking care of housing and meals on their own, or participating in our plan. The two options are below:

OPTION ONE: Participation in the Residency: $600
OPTION TWO: Participation in the Residency plus Housing and some Meals: $1,500
Please indicate which OPTION you prefer on your Application Form.

Space is limited. Registrants will be accepted into the Program based on the Application being accepted, resume and work samples received and perhaps a telephone interview if deemed necessary. Applicants must fill out the Application Form. A deposit of $500 is due with the registration form. $100 of the deposit is a non-refundable processing fee (unless the Residency is already full or you are not accepted into the Program.)
All fees should be paid in US dollars in the form of checks or money orders payable to La MaMa ETC. In the case that a participant cannot attend the Symposium after having paid, 50% of the fee will be refunded if the participant cancels by June 1st, 2012. After this date, the fee will not be refundable.


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