The Paul Dresher Ensemble is accepting applications for its Dresher Ensemble Artist Residency (DEAR).
The annual program was established in 2012 to support artists in Northern California who are actively exploring new aesthetic and cultural premises and pushing the boundaries of conventional art forms and media. The program provides early to mid-career artists free studio space and up-to-date equipment for the creation of new work in the time-based arts such as theater/performance, dance/movement, and music/sound art/instrument invention.
Each residency includes up to four consecutive weeks of uninterrupted access to Dresher's well-equipped rehearsal studio in West Oakland, near the eastern anchor of the Bay Bridge. Priority will be given to projects whose realization requires continuous and/or multi-day access to the space and its technologies, as well as artists working in diverse disciplines and from culturally diverse perspectives.
DEAR awards four to six residencies annually to individual artists or collaborations in the areas of theater/performance, dance/movement, or music/sound art/instrument invention. Eligible projects include experimenting with new creative concepts, approaches, or methods; researching or developing new technologies for performance, including electronic audio and visual media and the invention and construction of new musical instruments; preparing the premiere of an in-progress or existing work; and/or creating a new work in music, theater, dance, media art and interdisciplinary performance.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Dresher Ensemble website.