Dancemakers Announces Incubator Production House

Dancemakers Announces Incubator Production House

On April 3, 2014, as they celebrated their 40th anniversary as Canada's leading-edge dance atelier, Dancemakers introduced its new company structure, unique in Canada and globally ahead of its time.

Central to its new structure is the Incubator Production House (IPH), a new model that retools and re-imagines the traditional structure of contemporary dance companies in order to meet the needs of this vibrant, 21st century art form.

Unveiled at the 40th Anniversary Fundraising Gala, "Past, Present and Future," Dancemakers announced a paradigm shift in its creation process with the Incubator Production House, a revolutionary production model that will feature a newly appointed Curator and three Resident Artists.

"Dancemakers is kicking off its 41st season with perhaps the most dynamic change currently in contemporary dance," exclaimed Dancemaker's Executive Director, Robert Sauvey. "I am excited to see the diversity of dance creators who will bring their energy and practice to Dancemakers in the years ahead. Anything is possible for us right now!"

The IPH model will extend Dancemakers' reach and impact by serving its overarching vision to be the home for new practices in contemporary dance in Canada. By Increasing the number of core choreographers to three, and by providing each Resident Artist (RA) with consistent and individualized support over three years, new ideas and approaches will emerge through the collaborative cross-pollination between the RAs and the Curator. The IPH model's longer creation cycles mean projects are better resourced and the RAs existing relationships to their own supporters will extend Dancemakers' reach beyond its current communities of engagement.

The RAs will be afforded the artistic freedom, financial resources, and most crucially, the time to create unique and compelling works of contemporary dance. Each RA will undertake two Incubation/Production cycles over his or her three-year commitment to the new Dancemakers.

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