Ursula Verduzco with Benjamin Briones Ballet on one of our early, shared season programs.  Photo by Rachel Neville.

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Emerging Artist Residencies for Choreographers and Composers (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JANUARY 22):

What this is: This pilot 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 two weeks in June.  Selected participants will receive rehearsal time with the artists, two workshop sessions with master teacher Janis Brenner, 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 2017-2018 season.

When and where: This will take place weekday evenings (7pm-10pm or 6pm-9pm) from June 6 to June 16, 2017.  Sessions will be in studios at GK ArtsCenter in DUMBO, Brooklyn, though some rehearsals may take place in other local studios.

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;
  • be based primarily in New York City;
  • be able to attend the entire 9-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 1-3 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 applications, but there will be a field on the form to indicate a partner.


  • December 19, 2016: Applications open
  • January 22, 2017: Applications close (note extension of deadline)
  • February 6, 2017: Notification of results
  • Spring, 2017: 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 22: Draft of musical score and parts are due
  • June 6-8: Rehearsals
  • June 9: First session with Janis Brenner
  • June 12-13: Rehearsals
  • June 14: Second session with Janis Brenner
  • June 15: Final rehearsal
  • June 16: Work-in-progress studio showing, with 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.  This is a truly unique opportunity, and we can’t wait to see the work that it inspires!

We are also thrilled to have Janis Brenner as our master teacher to guide the creation of these new works.  Dance faculty at The Juilliard School, Artistic Director of Janis Brenner & Dancers, Bessie winner, 25-year member of Meredith Monk’s ensemble, and recipient of numerous grants and awards throughout a distinguished career, Ms. Brenner is in the unique position of being a tremendously accomplished artist in both dance and music disciplines.  For more information, please visit http://www.janisbrenner.com/




Note: For the Emerging Artist Residencies, please see above in the choreographer section.

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 info@periapsismusicanddance.org. (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!

For a printable PDF of this announcement, please click here.

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Katrina Cunningham in Sarah Mettin’s Crescit eundo.  Sarah was the winner of our first choreographer competition.