Laboratory | May 15 - 25, 2017
MANCC Forward Dialogues
As a part of its mission to raise the value of the creative process in dance, MANCC has piloted a new program, MANCC Forward Dialogues (MFD), with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This new laboratory program was designed to support and catalyze the ideas of emergent movement-based artists by providing access to a stimulating environment that encourages experimentation, exploration, and life-long learning.
While MANCC has primarily served mid-career artists, this new initiative aids in developing relationships with the next generation of dance makers by learning about and supporting their evolving artistic practices. MANCC Forward Dialogues hosted nine collaborative pairs of artists in a 10-day immersive lab. Candidates were invited to apply based on nominations from field leaders nation-wide. Selection was based on 1) a demonstrated commitment to artistic practice, 2) a vision for the future of one’s creative practice, and 3) an openness to collaboration. As a means of fostering a sense of community and building relationships within and across the dance/performance field, each applicant was asked to propose one peer to bring with them, in cohort, to MANCC. Collaborators ranged from intellectual to artistic, including performers, composers, designers, writers, filmmakers, and dramaturgs, who acted as thinking partners to develop ideas at and beyond the time spent at MANCC.
Selecting the participating pairs and facilitating the program were field-leaders in dance and performance: New York City based writer and critic Eva Yaa Asantewaa; Curator of Performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Yolanda Cesta Cursach; and choreographer and Assistant Professor of Dance at University of Colorado-Boulder Gesel Mason. Participants engaged in a process-oriented lab that fostered critical thinking through peer-showings, facilitated dialog, reflective writing, explorations in the studio, and documentation in order to develop, examine, and articulate their nascent choreographic ideas.
MFD participants were provided the following resource packet at the beginning of the lab, which provides an overview of the intentions of the lab and schedule of activities as well as the bios and headshots of all the participant artists and facilitators. Participant Resource Packet PDF