National Dance Project Announces $404k Production And Touring Awards

nefa-award-kate-weare[Boston, MA] – The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has awarded $404,000 through the National Dance Project (NDP) to support production residencies and touring by contemporary dance companies in 2015-16.

Seven dance companies have received NDP Touring Awards of up to $35,000 each that will support U.S. tours of the awarded projects during the newly-extended 18-month tour period of June 1, 2015-November 30, 2016. These projects were selected from a highly competitive pool of 67 U.S. and international applicants and are now available to tour with NDP support. They join the previously awarded Production Grant recipients, who also received up to $35,000 in touring support, as projects that U.S. nonprofit organizations may present with NDP subsidy.

2014 Touring Award Recipients

Chris Schlichting (Minneapolis, MN) for “Stripe Tease”
Dada Masilo (Johannesburg, South Africa) for “Swan Lake”
Kate Weare Company (Brooklyn, NY) for “Unstruck Sound”
Limón Dance Company (New York, NY) for “70th Anniversary Tour”
Okwui Okpokwasili (Brooklyn, NY) for “Bronx Gothic”
Sankai Juku (Tokyo, Japan) for “Umusuna: Memories Before History”
Social Tango (Buenos Aires, Argentina) for “Social Tango”

In addition to these Touring Awards, eight 2014 NDP Production Grant recipients were awarded grants ranging from $17,000 to $21,000 each to support a production residency for their NDP-supported project in preparation for touring. Production Residencies for Dance (PRD) grants support residencies that are planned in collaboration with a U.S.-based residency partner organization that can provide the artist with access to technical facilities and staff as well as significant artistic, directorial, and/or dramaturgical input at either the end-stage of development or after a work has premiered and before it goes on tour.

“The NDP-funded Production Residency allowed Lucky Plush and our partners at the Flynn to invest in a phase of development that is rarely supported: a post-premiere process in which revisions are in direct relationship to discoveries made with audiences, ” said Julia Rhoads, Producing Artistic Director of Lucky Plush Productions, who’s NDP-supported work, The Queue, is currently on tour.

2014 Production Residency for Dance Recipients

AXIS Dance Company (Oakland, CA) Fort Mason Center, Cowell Theater (San Francisco, CA)
Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (North Bethesda, MD) Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Kahului, HI)
CONTRA-TIEMPO (Culver City, CA) Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (Los Angeles, CA)
David Neumann (Thornwood, NY) Henry Street Settlement – Abrons Art Center (New York, NY)
Faye Driscoll (Brooklyn, NY) The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA)
John Jasperse Projects (New York, NY) The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY)
Karen Sherman (Minneapolis, MN) Performance Space 122 (New York, NY)
Miguel Gutierrez (Brooklyn, NY) Bard College, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)

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[Photo of Kate Weare Company by Keira Heu-Jwyn Chang]


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