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Dance Residency: Final Tuning - Winter 2024
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.
Selected companies will receive access to a Banff Centre dance studio for three weeks to work on adjusting and solidifying their proposed project. During the second and third weeks, artists will have access to Banff Centre's 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.
What does the program offer?
Selected projects will work with Banff Centre’s dance faculty and production teams to apply final production elements to their work.
Pending the needs of the submitted projects, Banff Centre will have the following positions available to assist the projects:
- Banff Centre Stage Manager (this Stage Manager can act as the Assistant Stage Manager for the projects if projects are bringing their own Stage Manager);
- Head of Lighting and Assistant Head of Lighting;
- Head of Sound and Assistant Head of Sound;
- Head Stage Carpenter and Assistant Stage Carpenter;
- Head of Projection;
- Wardrobe Facilitator;
- Scenic Shop Builder;
- Props Coordinator, and
- Hair / Makeup Coordinator (available for the final week of the program).
You will enjoy hands-on engagement with the faculty - dramaturgy, choreography, sound composition, and other design – to assist in putting together your final project. You will have the opportunity to fine-tune your work in progress and present a final production for a public audience.
Lastly, you will have access to professional production photographs of your project to add to your portfolio.
Who should apply?
Emerging and/or established choreographers and dance companies seeking to work on the finishing touches of their projects. This project and choreography should be almost entirely developed and ready for layering in elements of lights, projections, sound, etc. ready for a production on the Jenny Belzberg stage. Final Tuning invites applications from anywhere in the world, and artists of all ages, backgrounds, gender identities, and expressions.
- Selected company members will be required to work with the faculty for the duration of the program.
- Selected companies and choreographers will be asked to lead one morning warm up for all Final Tuning residency members as well as one talk about their project and process.
- We encourage larger ensembles bringing more than five artists to apply.
- It is highly advised that you consider bringing a stage manager, technical director, lighting designer, and sound designer/composer to participate in your residency.
Performance for Choreographer/Company 1: Friday, February 23, 2024
Performance for Choreographer/Company 2: Saturday, February 24, 2024
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.
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 $61.95 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner at our Buffet service.
Join in group seminars/workshops.
During the second and third weeks, artists will have access to Banff’s Centre's 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.
Create in one of our specialized studios.
The Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives - Current Services
The Library is delighted to support Banff Centre Participants, Artists, and Faculty with the following services:
- Open hours: 9:30 am to 1 pm, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
- Access to collections, including program relevant books, scores, artists’ books, recordings, periodicals, and object library.
- Library accounts for borrowing materials.
- Digital Library, on campus and remote access.
- Library research assistance, by appointment.
- Archives research, by appointment only.
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.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application Fees: $65 for individuals or groups. ($35 for applicants who identify as Indigenous) Application fees are not refundable.
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.
*Please note the above fees are per person.
Please answer the financial aid question in Slideroom to be considered.
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
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.
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 23 or February 24, 2024.
- 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.
- 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 is based on artistic merit, the potential impact of the program on artists’ practice and careers, project feasibility and the capacity of Banff Centre to help realize the project, and the project’s fit with Banff Centre’s values and strategic directions as described in its strategic plan. Banff Centre respects the need for artists to plan ahead for their visit; applicants will be notified as soon as adjudication is complete.
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.
Final Tuning invites applications from anywhere in the world, and artists of all ages, backgrounds, gender identities, and expressions.
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.
Applicants must be ages 18+ at the time of the program start date.
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.