Since 2005, the Dance Omi International Dance Collective has brought together ten accomplished dance artists from around the world for three weeks of creative exchange each summer. Though the program culminates in informal showings on the Omi campus, the emphasis is not a performance product; rather, a gently facilitated process of experimentation and collaboration.
This exploration is enhanced by providing resources that dancers and choreographers often lack: space, time and other artists with whom to work. Under the direction of the Dance Omi Director and an alumni Guest Mentor, residents learn from each other's creative process and the freedom to play. The result is a model of creative process and community building that envisions consequences for the participants beyond the sphere of art making.
Professional Dancers/Choreographers of ALL styles (Modern, Ballet, Improvisation, Ethnic Dance forms, etc.) who have the desire to share ideas and process with dancers from around the world are encouraged to apply. It is recommended that applicants do not have specific projects in mind, but come open to working with others on jointly conceived projects. It is imperative that all applicants have a genuine openness to collaborating with artists of different dance backgrounds.
All awarded fellows commit to remaining for the entire residency and to participating in the concluding showings. Everyone accepted to Dance Omi receives full room and board during his or her stay at Omi (note that Omi is unable to provide travel funds).
2016 Dance Omi Residents
Sarah Beth Oppenheim (USA) hails from the Wild, Wild West, where she had trouble cutting on the dotted black line, so she read Steinbeck and became a modern dancer instead. She graduated from SUNY Purchase and founded her first company in Berlin. Ever since, she has created big movement for small spaces with a good view of a crescent moon. She's taught for nineteen years, self-produced site-specific choreography for ten years, and added up the importance of dance times infinity, but she hates math. She's also led tours at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, cleaned houses for a generously-tipping stripper, and performed for Baryshnikov with kale in her incisors. She is currently pursuing her MFA at University of Maryland while serving as Associate Director of Greater Washington Dance Center. Her company Heart Stück Bernie can often be found dancing in something like a stairwell, while pushing play on something like a boom box.
Dance Omi is now accepting applications for the 2017 Residency
Residency Dates: July 18 - August 7, 2017
Application Deadline: January 2, 2017 (11:59pm PST)
Results Announced: March 2, 2017
About Dance Omi
Dance Omi is a unique opportunity for a collection of international dance artists to explore the process of collaboration through dance. The Residency consists of three weeks of artistic process and sharing. Uninterrupted by the constraints of lack of space, time, or other artists with whom to work, the richness of this residency is that it is an exploration. Residents are encouraged to collaborate with each other, without the pressure of having to create a performance product. It is a model for artistic process and international community building.
Who Should Apply
Applicants active as both dancers AND choreographers, who work within any style of dance, are encouraged to apply. It is recommended that applicants do not come with specific projects in mind, but that they are open to working with others on jointly conceived projects. Applicants must have a genuine openness to collaborating with multi-national artists of diverse cultural, socio-political, linguistic and dance backgrounds.
All awarded fellows must commit to staying for the entire residency and receive full room and board during their stay at Omi. Please note that Dance Omi is unable to provide travel funds.
To begin your application, click HERE.
Applicants can create a user ID and login in order to begin applications and return to finish them at a later date.
In order to apply, you will need to:
- Fill in your contact information.
- Submit a statement on what working collectively means to you and how you feel you can contribute to the collective experience (no more than 200 words).
- Upload a headshot photo (jpg format). 4. Fill in a resume form that asks for choreographic works and presentations, performance experience, education, languages spoken and additional dance related experience.
- Upload one letter of recommendation from an established professional in the dance field relative to your career progress and/or your collaborative experience (Maximum 2 pages, acceptable upload formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf).
- Upload or attach links* for two, but no more than three representative samples of your work as a performer, improviser, and/or choreographer. Acceptable formats for uploading your video samples are: .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .avi. Your uploaded video should not exceed 50MB and each excerpt should be no longer than three minutes. The applicant MUST appear in at least one of the samples. It is suggested, but not required, that one of the submitted work samples be an in studio improvisation or rehearsal footage of the applicant artist.
*PLEASE NOTE: uploading the videos or utilizing Vimeo are the only acceptable means of sharing video files. Youtube links will not be accepted as we must be able to download the files for the panel review process.
The facilities, situated on three hundred acres of open land, include a large two-story barn with indoor studios; contemporary residence buildings designed with a vernacular reference to local barns, surrounded by abundant perennial beds, expansive lawns dotted with fruit trees, adjacent to The Fields Sculpture Park.
A Federal Period farm house serves as a gathering center, providing a full kitchen, television room and library; while the front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access and several state of the art computers are available on the premises.
Columbia County, and the nearby Berkshire Mountains, are popular destinations because of their historical, natural and cultural riches. From bird sanctuaries to modern dance, presidential mansions to farmer's markets, the environs offer a singular blend of rural quiet and cultural stimulation. Staff and friends in the neighborhood are often available for excursions of interest to residents. The local library has a modest collection, but is a member of the Mid-Hudson group, calling on the resources of libraries within much of eastern New York.
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