There is a growing and urgent cultural and social momentum driving forward awareness about environmental sustainability and animal extinction. Dance Research Studio in collaboration with Dance4/iC4C is curating a new programme of performance research, filmmaking, CPD workshops, discussion and writing for 2020, which will engage with this urgent momentum. The programme is called ‘We Are Animals’ and aims to make a valuable research contribution through remembering that we too are animals.

As part of this cross-disciplinary, innovative programme, DRS will support –  

Three Artist Residencies to take place at the studio during the period January-April 2020. Successful applicants will be awarded 40-80 hours of discounted studio time for research and development of new work, 4 hours of mentoring from experienced practitioners and the opportunity to share work to an invited audience.

These Artist Residencies will enable a vital and healthy exchange of interdisciplinary ideas against a rich backdrop of ecological artistic research and training activities at DRS. We encourage applications from diverse artistic practitioners, including those from activist and community contexts.

Interested artists are invited to submit a 500-word proposal, accompanied by CVs and links to previous works to by December 12th, 2019 outlining how their project will explore, through artistic processes, the urgency around environmental concerns. We would be particularly interested in projects exploring issues concerning climate change, plastic pollution, insect extinction, and loss of habitat.