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Tasdance Residencies

Tasdance offers residency opportunities for professional dance artists and choreographers Australia-wide and internationally.

Apply Now For 2018

Tasdance has a long history of supporting dance practice and dance artists. The Tasdance Studio and Cottage are located amidst tranquil gardens providing resident artists with much needed space and time for reflection, invigoration, collaboration and response. In 2017 Tasdance hosted 22 professional dance artists, some working alone and some in pairs that were able to take advantage of our unique location and superb facilities.  Artists in Residence in 2017 came from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds such as First Nations dance artists from Tasmania, New South Wales, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Guam, recent tertiary graduates, established independent dance artists, hybrid performance artists and internationally-based directors and academics.

Tasdance Residency by Application

Available for any dance artist post-tertiary studies. Applicants submit an expression of interest which is assessed by the Artistic Director (3-5 residencies available of 1-2 weeks duration)

Tasdance Residency by Invitation

Available for artists by invitation of the Artistic Director. There is no assessment process for these residencies. (3-5 residencies available of 1-2 weeks duration)

Leaders’ Reflective Practise Residency

For Dance Artistic Directors and Dance Sector Leaders with at least 2 decades of professional practice behind them. Please liaise directly with the Artistic Director to express your interest. (2-4 residencies available)

ENSEMBLE MEMBERS RESIDENCY

Current year ensemble members each have a week-long residency available to them if they choose to use it. If not taken up, these become additional residency weeks for others. (5 weeks available)

International residencies

Available for international dance artists, either by invitation or application. (3 weeks available)

Subsidy

Resident artists will have free access to the Tasdance Studio (14m x 12m sprung floor with tarkett) and free accommodation in the Tasdance Cottage. Travel and other expenses are the responsibility of the artist.

An audience for a showing and/or discussion at the end of the residency is usual practice and can be arranged in consultation with Tasdance staff.

Please note that the Studio is unavailable between 5:00pm and 9:00pm on Monday to Thursdays and from 9:30am to 2:30pm on Saturday mornings due to dance classes being held in the venue.

Accommodation at Tasdance is in our one bedroom cottage.  There is a kitchen and bathroom adjacent to the bedroom which has one double bed.  There is also a sofa bed that can be made up, though please note both the double bed and sofa bed are in the same room.

Time and place

The 2018 Tasdance Residencies for Independent Practice will take place in Launceston, Tasmania, during April to May and again in July to September. 

There are three (3) Residency opportunities:

Availability in 2018 is:

January 22 to March 24

July 22 to September 8

November 11 to December 8

Eligibility

The Tasdance Residency Program is open to professional Tasmanian, Australian and International contemporary dance artists and choreographers. Residencies under this program are not required to involve production outcomes and can be for the development of a new work; to develop some aspect or idea within the resident’s practice; or to undertake choreographic or other research.

How to apply

A preference will be given to artists who can demonstrate that this residency aligns with their strategic professional development. Evidence of forward planning will be valued.

Online application form

Prior to completing the online application from, residency applicants should prepare the following information:

  • CV, maximum 3 pages
  • 200 word bio
  • A headshot
  • Up to 3 images of you dancing and/or your work

For Tasdance Residencies by application, you must also include:

  • A showreel video file (must be post-tertiary work), maximum 10 minutes with at least 2 different works included. Maximum file size for uploads is 10GB. Use Youtube or Vimeo link for larger files.

I. Statement of Intent

Responses should include a description of how you intend to use the residency; your area of choreographic interest or how this residency fits into a choreographic development; whether this is an initial investigation or a continuation of an existing practice/ project; and whether you anticipate the need for a discussion or showing (300 words max)

II. Development 

(Residencies by application only)
Responses should explain how this residency will support strategic career development and/or project development and how your residency will contribute to dance in Australia (300 words max)

III. Participants

Responses should include information about any proposed partnerships or collaborations during the residency including any other artists/participants who will be joining you for some or part of the time (100 words max)

IV. Planning

(Residencies by application only)
Responses should include evidence of forward planning by way of a timeline from submission of application through to post-residency goals or plans (200 words max)

V. Evidence of Funding

(Residencies by application only)
Responses should elaborate on how the applicant will manage financially in Tasmania over the duration of the residency, including what sources of funding they have applied for/secured, if any (150 words max)

Further information

If you need further help please contact Tasdance. Applicants are assessed by the Artistic Director.