June 11, 2020

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Creativity Thrives During COVID-19: Dance Residency Program Provides Artistic Opportunities for Emerging Choreographers

Dance Victoria is opening access to its studios this summer for emerging choreographers working with dancers on the creation of new work. The Summer Residency for Emerging Choreographers provides creative and artistic mentorship for local dance makers within a framework that adheres to COVID-19 health regulations.

“Since independent dance artists have limited access to resources to realize their vision, we created the Summer Residency Program to provide free studio space, creative mentorship, and financial support based on artists’ project needs,” explains Dance Victoria’s Executive Producer, Stephen White.

The choreographers, who were selected through a proposal submission process, include Alexis Fletcher (Vancouver), Kelly Hobson (Victoria),  a collective of five Vancouver dance artists that includes Isak and Eowynn Enquist (Vancouver) and Kathy Lang (Victoria). They will create new solo and group work under the guidance of the residency’s Artistic Advisor, Susan Elliott. Elliott, an accomplished dance interpreter, choreographer and teacher, will be accessible virtually and in-person, providing task-based creative stimuli and feedback on works-in-progress. The community will be invited to experience the new work (virtually or in person depending on regulations) and learn about the creation process with the choreographers and dancers.

You can learn more about the Summer Residency Program below in a conversation between Stephen White and Susan Elliott and read the full media release here.