Contemporary Performing Arts Research Residency 2024, in Singapore

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay invites artists, curators, programmers, writers, researchers and practitioners across all disciplines in the performing arts to apply for the Contemporary Performing Arts Research Residency, taking place in Singapore between April and June 2024. In its second cycle, the Contemporary Performing Arts Research Residency is an artistic research development programme by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore.

The fully-funded residency aims to support creative research in contemporary performing arts by providing its residents the time and space for artistic inquiry, experimentation, development, research activities and opportunities for interdisciplinary and transcultural dialogues. The residency welcomes various manners and methodologies of enquiry, embracing a pluralistic approach towards research that unfolds not only through the written word, but also includes forms of experimentation with the body, performed moments, and other non-traditional systems of knowledge.

There is no commitment for residents to create a production during or after the residency. Instead, residents will be asked to present at least one public programme of their choosing, developed in conversation with the Esplanade Team.

The residency is a duration of between one month to three months long and residents will receive a stipend, access to a shared-working space, studios when required, as well as accommodation and international travel to or from Singapore, if from abroad.

There will be biennial open calls held for applications to the residency and each cycle will revolve around a thematic focus conceived to respond to current critical issues in our society. In 2024, the residency presents the thematic focus Decentring Access.

Residents are chosen through a Selection Panel comprising leading international curators, programmers, academics, artists and managers. They have been appointed based on their thought-provoking practices, dynamic networks with practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines and their invaluable knowledge of the performing arts across Singapore, Asia and beyond. The Selection Panel will also serve as interlocutors in the programme’s development and be available as consultants for all residents.

The Selection Panel of the 2024 Contemporary Performing Arts Research Residency are:

Guy Cools, Dance Dramaturg and Professor at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Canada

Shubigi Rao, Artist, writer and Curator of Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2022

Shzr Ee Tan, Reader and ethnomusicologist, Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom

Faith Tan, Head, Dance and International Development, Programming, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore

Jia Jia Hoon, Deputy Director, Sector Development (Performing Arts), National Arts Council, Singapore

The residency invites individuals working and researching within any discipline(s) in the performing arts in Singapore and across the world to submit proposals that complement the conceptual lines set by the thematic focus alongside their artistic practice.

What you get: Residents will receive a stipend of S$2,000 per month, with a maximum residency period of three months. The residency also offers an allowance of up to S$1,000 for research materials or support, access to a shared working space and studio spaces, accommodation and international airfare (if from abroad), and resources for organizing a public program. The residency team and other residents will also provide programming support, consultation, and peer feedback.

Open Call Applications close on 30 April 2023, Sun (11:59pm, GMT+8)

Website link: Contemporary Performing Arts Research Residency – Esplanade

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