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Black Spatial Relics Residency

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Black Spatial Relics Residency



Black Spatial Relics
The 2019 Black Spatial Relics (BSR) Residency will support the development of two new performance works that address and incorporate the public histories of slavery and contemporary issues of justice.

The artists-in-residence should pay particular attention to land -based histories of both the slave trade and its legacies on the Eastern seaboard of the United States as well as histories of chattel slavery, fugitivity and liberation.  Applicants are invited to apply with performance projects that may traverse or engage dance, theatre, performance installation and/or ritual, spoken word, music/sound and or any multidisciplinary constellation of the aforementioned. Artists with both new and developing performance projects are welcome to apply.

To the end of supporting Black artists making work and life in spaces they call home, this residency endeavors to provide resource to support performance development processes that center dreaming and public/site-responsive performance. This residency is about making space for Black artists to stay in residence where they are and make this work. The residency will enable selected artists to develop works that engage the public history of slavery and bridge or incorporate systemic and inherited connections with contemporary issues of injustice.

In addition to development of their performance works between May 2019-November 2019, artists in residence must be available to convene in Philadelphia in mid November 2019 for three days of workshops, convenings and artist talks. Artists are not expected to complete their performance works in this time frame but some (however experimental) iteration of the performance work must be publicly shared between May – November 2019.

Selected artists are encouraged to identify a partner institution in their home city that is interested in the local longevity of the project and can provide support to the selected BSR Artist(s). This support may include rehearsal space and other project development needs over the course of the year and beyond. Partner institutions will be credited in all residency printed and digital materials.

April 1: Application closes + Application Panel (comprised of activists, artists and scholars) reviews applications
Early May 2019 : Award Notification + Payment
November 2019—May 2019: Development of performance project.
During this development period, BSR artists-in-residency will check in with the Black Spatial Relics team (via Skype or another similar medium) twice.
November 14-17 2019: Three Day Residency in Philadelphia
This three-day residency will include workshops, convenings and artist talks that are open to the public. This three-day residency will include travel, housing and community meals.
DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT: An award in the amount of $2,500 will be granted to each artist or each group of artists selected as part of this residency. The award will be paid over two installments (May 2019 and November 2019)

RESEARCH AND DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT: Selected artists will be supported with research and dramaturgical support as requested.

THREE DAY RESIDENCY (Philadelphia): Selected artists will be invited to a three-day residency in Philadelphia in November 2019.

Project proposals from individual artists or from groups are welcome.

Applicants must:

Live in the United States;
Identify as Black and/or be of African descent;
Be artist(s) engaged in the practice of making performance;
Be available to participate during ALL program dates in Philadelphia;
Be available to develop new work based on the BSR Residency criteria and within the scheduled outlined above;
Be in conversation with local land histories with ties to the transatlantic slave trade (see the illustrated maps at the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project website for further information), chattel slavery, fugitivity and liberation

Be additionally supported by a host not-for-profit organization or institution that will help develop and continue the presentation of the new work;