Chicago Dancemakers Forum 2020 Lab Artists Program
Preliminary Application Due Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 11:59PM Central.
In 2020, up to six dancemakers will each receive a cash grant of $20,000 along with a year of mentorship to aid in the research, exploration and development of a new work. The Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist program is the most significant, sustained source of support for individual dancemakers working in Chicago, which has an open call process. The program fosters excellence and innovation while also building relationships among dancemakers, presenters, audiences and supporters.
Applicants to the Lab Artists program must have a developed and distinctive trajectory in their work and be well positioned to participate in a year of creative research and dialogue with their Chicago Dancemakers Forum peers. The Lab Artists program supports individual dancemakers no matter the context in which they create work (solo practice, partnerships, companies, collectives and collaborations). A competitive application demonstrates a body of quality work, clear artistic vision, compelling area of inquiry, firmly grounded work ethic, and readiness to create work of greater depth and scale.
Past Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artists are diverse in age, gender, race and dance discipline, working in tap, Bharatanatyam, footwork, dance for the camera, voguing, contemporary, modern dance, and more. Many of these artists have built national audiences and international recognition since receiving support from Chicago Dancemakers Forum and, collectively, emanate the distinct character and power of new dance made in Chicago.