This is the page for auditions, job openings, commissioning competitions for composers and choreographers, and other opportunities to work with us or be presented by us.
Photo: Choreographer Bradley Shelver and composer Tonia Ko collaborated on Count Off as winners of one of our first competitive programs. Photo by Rachel Neville, 2015.
The Periapsis Open Series
Periapsis Music and Dance is offering paid performance opportunities to choreographers and companies who are working with composers and/or live music. Performances will take place on May 10 and 12, 2018, at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at LIU Brooklyn. This is not a collaboration with Periapsis’s resident company, nor do we match choreographers with composers for this series. We want to discover and give exposure to the many innovative projects and collaborations that are already happening in the community!
This will be the third installment of the Periapsis Open Series. Over the last two seasons we’ve presented work by such artists as Emery LeCrone; Company Stefanie Batten Bland with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber; BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance with John Yannelli; New Chamber Ballet; Maleek Washington with GypjaQ; Zara Lawler: The Flute on its Feet; Alison Cook Beatty Dance with composer Dorian Wallace; and many more.
This year’s Open Series will be extremely competitive, with only three available slots. There will be one show on May 10 and two on May 12, with each selected artist performing on two of the three shows.
Please read carefully the information below, and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions:
Artist eligibility: This opportunity is open to any choreographer or dance company based in New York City (within the five boroughs). Individuals must be eligible to work in the US. You must create a login on our website (it’s free!) to access the application.
Work eligibility: To be eligible for this series, the work(s) presented must have been created in collaboration with a composer or sound artist and/or be performed with live music. If the music is written for musicians it must be performed live; recordings may only be used when that’s the nature of the work (like a sound score or work for electronics). The choreographer will be responsible for providing proof of permissions for use of all protected music or other components. The performance must be between ten and fifteen minutes long.
Here are some eligible scenarios:
- You collaborated with a composer who will perform their own music live.
- You collaborated with a composer whose music will be performed live by other musicians.
- You collaborated with a composer who created a work that only exists as a recording or sound file.
- Your work is set to public domain music that will be performed live.
- Your work is set to protected music that will be performed live, and you’ve obtained a grand rights license for the music from its copyright holder.
Here are some ineligible scenarios:
- You collaborated with a composer who wrote the work for live instruments, but you want to perform with a recording.
- You created your own audio track by editing and/or combining existing recordings.
- You’re using music from an online database of royalty-free tracks for dance.
Compensation: All choreographers/companies will receive a stipend of $500, as well as basic video and some publicity. We understand that these stipends may not necessarily cover the complete cost of preparing and performing the work, but we hope that they make a significant contribution. We firmly believe in a model in which artists are paid for their performances, not charged participation or production fees. And we’ll need your help to keep this series going, by actively publicizing and helping us get the word out and fill the hall!
About the venue: Kumble Theater is located in Downtown Brooklyn, a short walk from the DeKalb Ave, Nevins St, Atlantic/Barclays, and several other subway stops. The theater stage is about 40′ wide by 30′ deep, with wings. Baby grand piano is available. Basic theatrical lighting and some audio support will be available. Any large equipment or special tech requirements must be approved in advance. More technical information about the space is available here.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!
Emerging Artist Residencies for Choreographers and Composers:
What this is: This program is an opportunity for two pairs of emerging choreographers and composers to develop new work on a subset of Periapsis Music and Dance’s ensemble of dancers and musicians over a period of seven days. Selected participants will receive rehearsal time with the artists, two workshop sessions with guest teacher Tiffany Rea-Fisher, including a work-in-progress showing at the end of the residency, and a small stipend to offset costs of attending. It is possible that one or both works may be selected to be expanded into a commission for the 2018-2019 season.
When and where: This will take place weekday evenings (7pm-10pm) from May 29 to June 6, 2018. Sessions will be in dance studios at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in the East Village.
Eligibility: Choreographers and composers must
- be emerging artists in the early stages of their career (there is no age limit);
- not be enrolled in any degree-granting institution at the time of the residency (ABD is okay);
- be based primarily in New York City;
- be able to attend the entire 7-evening program (no exceptions);
- demonstrate significant artistic potential based on previous work;
- embrace the idea of creating work in a highly collaborative environment.
A jury of at least three composers and choreographers will select the participants.
Note to choreographers: We maintain a wide stylistic diversity within a modern/contemporary dance idiom, so your work samples should demonstrate ability within that genre (i.e.—if you only submit ballet choreography, it will be hard for us to tell how you would create for our ensemble).
Note to composers: Our core ensemble consists of violin, viola, cello, clarinet, percussion, and piano, and your work would be for 1-2 players within that instrumentation. Your work samples should demonstrate score-based, solo/chamber writing.
Note to both: Choreographers and composers may apply as a pair, but you will be evaluated separately and would need to both be accepted to be able to work together. You would each fill out your own application, and there is a field on the form to indicate that you’re applying with a partner.
- February 4, 2018: Applications close
- February 28, 2017: Notification of results
- Spring, 2018: Selected participants discuss preliminary ideas with the artistic director to settle questions of instrumentation and basic casting (specific dancers and musicians may not be known until later). Composers create a draft of their score in close consultation with choreographers.
- May 15: First draft of musical score and parts are due
- May 29-31: Rehearsals
- June 1: First workshop session with Tiffany Rea-Fisher (open to the public)
- June 4-5: Further rehearsals (may be open to guests)
- June 6: Work-in-progress studio showing, including public workshop session with Tiffany Rea-Fisher and audience talkback
With both composer and choreographer involved with all the rehearsals, we expect the music to develop alongside the choreography, and we encourage all artists to move outside of their comfort zone and explore new processes. Our pilot program in June, 2017, was a meaningful experience for all involved. Choreographers Wendell Gray II and Angie Moon, and composers Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti and Kevin McCarter were chosen through a competitive application process, and Janis Brenner coached the groups as guest teacher. The work by Wendell and Anne will be programmed as part of Periapsis Music and Dance’s 2018 season. This is a truly unique opportunity, and we can’t wait to see the work that it inspires!
We are excited to welcome Tiffany Rea-Fisher as our guest teacher to guide the creation of these new works. Artistic director of Elisa Monte Dance and founder of Inception to Exhibition (ITE), Tiffany is a prolific artist and teacher, and a dynamic presence in the dance community. You can learn more about her here.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!
Composer List: an ongoing opportunity for composers
Are you interested in seeing your music choreographed and/or developing new collaborations with dance artists? Choreographers are always searching for new music that speaks to them, and Periapsis Music and Dance is developing free resources to facilitate these collaborations:
The first such resource we’re creating is an uncurated list of composers interested in collaborating with dance, with links to the individuals’ websites. Choreographers from around the world will be able to peruse the list (also for free), visit your site, listen to your music, and get in touch if they’re interested. The list is organized by city, and you may enter up to two locations of residence.
To join the Composer List:
- Create a free login on our login page.
- Visit our Composer List page (also found under Information).
- Click the “form” button on the right-hand column and fill out a quick Google form.
- That’s it! We’ll verify your link and add you to the list within a few days, often sooner. Choreographers
searching for composers will then be able to easily find you.
The only requirement is that you be a composer with a website, and the site should have examples of your music and a way to contact you (or your representative)—if you have your own standalone site that’s great, but you can also use a SoundCloud page, New Music USA profile, etc. (Note: Please see the FAQ on our information page for some exceptions to this.) We will not post a link to an email address or to any site that appears to compromise the security of visitors.
Participating in no way obligates you to collaborate with anybody or offer your work for free if you don’t want to. It simply gives choreographers an easy way to find you and connect, knowing that you might be interested in hearing from them. Your stuff is already out there—this is just a tool to get you more traffic and more listeners, potentially including some people who would want to set your existing music or collaborate on a new project.
Also, this is not a competition. Aside from making sure the links aren’t spam or otherwise illegitimate, we don’t filter, and composers of all genres are welcome to participate. If you would like to be removed from the list at any point, or need to change your link, just send us a message at email@example.com. (We will also check the list periodically to remove broken links.)
We’re also developing other informational resources for artists working at the intersection of dance and music, with pages for choreographers about working with music and musicians, and for composers about working with dance. So please check in with us over the coming months, and thanks for participating!
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