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Dance Residency: Final Tuning - Winter 2023

Performing Arts | In-Person

Program Information

Dance group performing on lit stage

Banff Centre February 2022, “In My Body” photo by Rita Taylor

Overview

The Final Tuning dance residency provides two choreographers or dance companies with the time, space, and resources to advance an already developed work to the next stage.

The selected companies will receive access to a Banff Centre dance studio for 3 weeks. In the first week with support of our Director of Dance Training, Alejandro Ronceria and visiting Faculty, you will work on adjusting and solidifying the proposed project in the studio. During the second and third weeks, artists will have access to our newly renovated mainstage, the Jenny Belzberg Theatre, to begin implementing technical elements into the projects and work with our production teams.

To conclude the residency you will present a 60 minute work or work-in-progress to the public. 

What does the program offer?

You will receive the support of Banff Centre’s dance faculty and production teams in applying final production elements to your existing project including lighting, live sound, projection, etc. Projects will enjoy hands-on engagement with the faculty - dramaturgy, choreography, sound composition, and other design – to assist in fine-tuning your work in progress to present a final production for a public audience.

Participants will gain experience honing their technical communication skills to see their vision from the imagination phase to the page and to the stage. This is a great experience to fine tune a show that may be looking to tour to a variety of venues. 

Companies will also have the option to receive professional production photographs taken of the project to add to a portfolio.  

Who should apply?

Emerging and/or established choreographers and established dance companies, working in any form, who are seeking to work on the finishing touches of their projects. You should have a project and 60-90 minutes of choreography almost entirely developed and want to work on layering in elements of lights, projections, sound, etc. to do a production of it on the stage. You are expected to have been working with a composer at this stage of the process and should be arriving with a developed score for their public performance at the end of the program.

We can only accept dance companies with up to 25 artists. Final Tuning invites applications from anywhere in the world, and artists of all ages, backgrounds, gender identities, and expressions. 

For full details on vaccination requirements, masking, safety protocols, and COVID related policies please visit: www.banffcentre.ca/covid-19-measures

Itinerary

Arrive on Campus: Sunday, February 5, 2023

Week 1: Studio time to work on choreography and ideas with our faculty and production staff.

Week 2: Access to the Jenny Belzberg Theatre to develop ideas on stage with technical assistance. 

Week 3: Final tune your performance on stage, running full tech rehearsals with feedback from faculty and prepare for public performance. 

Performance for Choreographer/Company 1: Friday, February 24, 2023

Performance for Choreographer/Company 2: Saturday, February 25, 2023

Depart campus: Sunday, February 26, 2023

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Technical Requirements

Participants will have access to the Jenny Belzberg Theatre’s house lighting plot (with specials). Consideration will be given to pieces that can work festival style as we will be presenting, rehearsing, and tech’ing in rep. Selected companies will have to work within production deadlines, and with the allotted crew and technical resources available. You are expected to have been working with a composer at this stage of the process and should be arriving with a developed score for their public performance at the end of the program.

Banff Centre will not be able to build any new wardrobe pieces for your project but we will be able to assist with sourcing elements from our inventory. We will not be able to build any scenic elements for your project but can assist with rigging minimal elements that you bring with you as part of your performance. 

Travel and shipping costs for any set, costume, instruments, materials, etc. will be at the cost of the artists. Please consider this when looking at the overall scope of your proposed project. 

What's Included

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

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.

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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. Banff Centre can respond to most dietary requests. 

The Full Flex meal plan is equivalent to $58 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner at our Buffet service.

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Group Seminars/WorkshopsRead MoreClose

Join in group seminars/workshops.

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Performance OpportunitiesRead MoreClose

During the second and third weeks, artists will have access to Banff’s newly renovated mainstage, the Jenny Belzberg Theatre, to begin implementing technical elements into their projects. Both companies will be given the opportunity to present their work or work-in-progress to the public at the end of the program. 

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Create in one of our specialized studios.

 

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Limited access to the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives.

Although the doors remain temporarily closed, you can still access a wide range of books, periodicals, recordings and scores through our digital databases available on the digital resources page, and physical items through our curbside pick-up service. 

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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.

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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.

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

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee (per person)
$4 408.00
+GST
Program Fee with Financial Aid (per person)
$1 521.45
+GST

Application Fees: $65 for individuals or groups. ($35 for applicants who identify as Indigenous)

Each individual group member must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.

*Financial Aid of 100% of the tuition fee and 50% of room and accommodation is available for this program.

All accepted participants will receive the above financial aid package. Application fees are not refundable. *Please note the above fees are per person.

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre. View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

Banff Centre will issue official tax receipts for eligible tuition fees and financial assistance and awards as required by the Income Tax Act. You will receive a T2202 (Tuition and Enrolment Certificate) for eligible tuition fees paid and a T4A (Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity, and Other Income) for applicable financial assistance and awards.

How to Apply

Learn more about the steps to Complete Your Application.

Portfolio

Please upload video of research and/or workshopping and/or performance archival related to the proposed project (10 minutes).

Resume

A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Detailed Project Proposal and Timeline

In 1000 words, describe the framework of your proposed project; your weekly execution plan, details of the mediums you propose to use and your level of knowledge in the processes required, and outline any specific technical or support requirements. You must also include a list of the complete project team.

Please be as clear and complete as possible with your technical requests for your proposed project as it will assist the adjudicators in determining the scope of required technical elements for the performance of your work at the end of the residency. Please note: although your project will be supported by Banff Centre technical staff, we will not have capacity to support robust requests for scenic building or building new costumes, but can assist in pulling wardrobe elements from our already existing stock. 

Letter of Intent

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

Resource Request

Outline all studio, equipment, software, facility, or staff support requested in our upload tool. Final resource allocation is at the discretion of the department. This form can be found in Slideroom.

 

Complete checklist

Confirm you understand that your work is at the final stages required for this program and will be in a position to perform at the end of the 3 week residency on February 24 or February 25, 2023. 

  • The musical score is developed and will require minor adjustments;
  • Concept for lighting has been designed and thought through;
  • Creative team has been identified (dancers, composer, designer(s), dramaturg, etc.);
  • 60 – 90 minutes of Choreography has been developed; and
  • Any elements of prop and set design can be clearly communicated with Banff Centre technical staff and are the responsibility of the applying artist(s) to provide. 
  • Projection images/design is developed and will require minor adjustments/alterations.

Additional Information

  • If you are applying as an individual, you must complete both the online application form (including $65 processing fee) and a SlideRoom application.
  • If you are applying as an ensemble, the ensemble leader must complete both the online application form (including $65 processing fee) and a SlideRoom application. Please submit only one SlideRoom application per group. There will be a $35 registration fee of each member upon acceptance to the program.

Adjudication

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.

Banff Centre respects the need for artists to plan ahead for their visit; applicants will be notified as soon as adjudication is complete.

 

 

Eligibility

Emerging and/or established choreographers and established dance companies, working in any form, who are seeking to work on the finishing touches of their projects. You should have a project and 60-90 minutes of choreography almost entirely developed and want to work on layering in elements of lights, projections, sound, etc. to do a production of it on the stage. You are expected to have been working with a composer at this stage of the process and should be arriving with a developed score for their public performance at the end of the program.

We can only accept dance companies with up to 25 artists. Final Tuning invites applications from anywhere in the world, and artists of all ages, backgrounds, gender identities, and expressions. 

International Applicants

Banff Centre welcomes domestic and international applicants for this program. Please note, Banff Centre programs do not meet Canadian Student Visa eligibility requirements, you must obtain a Visitor Visa to enter Canada. Accepted individuals are responsible for identifying and complying with the immigration requirements to enter Canada as a visitor from their country of origin. Current wait times to receive a visa are much longer than normal, so applicants who require a Visitor Visa should check the current expected processing times prior to applying.

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.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)
1.800.565.9989