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The Creative Gesture - Dance Residency 2017

The Noetic Project

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Program Information

The Creative Gesture 

The aim of the The Creative Gesture is to create a rare space in the dance world for today’s curious professional dance artist.  Under the Artistic Direction of Emily Molnar, it is a space for research, sharing, and the posing of questions around topics such as the creation process, training, somatic practices and the future of contemporary dance. Across six weeks beginning in July 2017, two programs explore the current state of dance through process, creation, and performance. Exploration of various training methods and techniques will take place alongside the remounting and three performances of Noetic, an evening length work created by internationally acclaimed choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Following that, a two-week workshop for choreographers, composers, and dancers will focus on practices of collaboration, composition, and improvisation. The diverse backgrounds and experience of the faculty will present participants with a unique opportunity for networking and personalized career development. 

Overview of Dance Residency - The Noetic Project

The initial four weeks of The Creative Gesture 2017 dance residency will be devoted to exploring Noetic, a work by internationally renowned choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Created in 2014 with the GoteborgsOperans Danskompani, this modern masterwork discusses the ideas of interconnectedness in our world, and weaves movement and emotions through architecture.

With a set design by sculptor Antony Gormley, patterns emerge through construction and deconstruction, and through the organic influence of the dancers manipulating the scenography. Costumed by the Belgian designers Les Hommes, Noetic features an original musical composition by Szymon Brzoska, and will be performed with recorded and live music. Participants will include a company of 25 professional dancers selected from a broad demographic of today’s dance world. This program will culminate in three performances of Noetic in the Banff Centre’s Eric Harvie Theatre, July 27 to 29. 

What does the program offer?



A rare space for today’s curious professional dancer to research, train and share in new working methods, aesthetics, and current topics in dance with internationally recognized faculty. 

Creative Gesture Program Head and faculty Stephan Laks (GöteborgsOperans Danskompani) is joined by internationally recognized faculty Tilman O’Donnell and Heidi Vierthaler for this residency. Chosen for their wide range of working methods from the dance and physical theatre world, together the faculty will collaborate on the remounting of Noetic, offer daily training and create a complementary dialogue in faculty-led forums.

Who should apply?


Curious dancers who are passionate about deepening their understanding and mastery of contemporary dance, and interested in exploring a broad and demanding range of physical and theatrical modalities. Dancers should be motivated to engage with an ambitious remount of a big stage masterwork, and seeking enrichment of their practice.

Applicants should be dance professionals or dancers at a point of transition into the professional dance field. Canadian and International dance artists are invited to apply. Artists are encouraged to apply to one or both Creative Gesture programs.

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What's Included

Shared RoomRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Single rooms may be available upon request. Please contact the Office of the Registrar. 

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Full Flex Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Full Flex meal plan includes $38 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

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This program culminates in a series of professional performances on Banff Centre's main stage as part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee
$3 940.70
What you can expect to pay*

Application fee: $65


*Financial Aid up to 100% of the program fee is provided


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How to Apply

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application.
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Personal statement

A 500-word description of why you wish to attend this program, what you hope to learn, and what impact it could have on your artistic practice.


A one-page resume describing your professional training and experience, as well as other relevant experience.


A five- to- 10-minute performance video from either stage or studio.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.


All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.


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