Gibney Center Expands Residency Programs, Names Sidra Bell Artist In Residence

GibneyNew York-based dance and social justice organization, is expanding its residency programs to provide broader and more diverse opportunities for early and mid-career dance artists to support the continued advancement of the field of contemporary dance.

Under the direction of the artistic director of the Gibney Center nigel campbell Gibney now offers five residency programs for 21 artists at all stages of their careers to provide essential time, funding and resources that support the artistic process. Announced today is the new Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program, designed and created by Campbell to help fill a gap in multi-year residency and commissioning support.

“Gibney Center supports all facets of a dance artist’s career, from technical training to research and from the creative process to presentation and production. Our new and expanded residency programs include in-depth support and multi-year and access to Gibney’s wide array of resources,” Campbell said.

“A central part of Gibney’s mission is to support dance artists at every stage of their career, through various programs, activities and partnerships,” said Gina Gibney, Founder, Artistic Director and CEO of Gibney. “Now more than ever, it is crucial that dancers, choreographers and all who work in our field have meaningful opportunities and resources that enhance their creativity and career success.”

The critically acclaimed and highly prolific choreographer Sidra Bell was selected as the inaugural artist of Gibney’s new three-year Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program, the first signature program created by Gibney Center Artistic Director Nigel Campbell. Bell’s work has been performed in the United States and abroad and in 2022 her company, Sidra Bell Dance New York, celebrates its 20th anniversary. As the first Gibney AiR and recipient of a 2022 Dance in Process (DiP) residency, Bell’s work will intersect Gibney’s three pillars: Center, Enterprise and Community. She will receive comprehensive support including over 300 hours of studio space, teaching opportunities and financial support, and will have extensive access to Gibney’s administrative and artistic resources. Additionally, she will serve as a mentor to the Gibney Company Choreography Fellows. The residency will include the New York premiere of a special repertoire program offering audiences insight into Bell’s work over the past 20 years in October 2022, and the commissioning of a new work for Sidra Bell Dance New York premiering in Gibney: Agnes Varis Center for the Performing Arts.

“The goal of the new Artist in Residence (AiR) program is to provide long-lasting, multifaceted support for established artists to deepen and share their work. Sidra Bell’s work is an integral part of the dance ecosystem in the United States and overseas over the past 20 years. As an artist, I have personally experienced the magic of his philosophy of movement and am thrilled to offer him this platform as Gibney’s first AiR,” said said Campbell.

“I look forward to collaborating in myriad ways with the Gibney community and working to create environments that are conducive to creation, risk and discovery,” Bell said.

Open Interval, a pioneering new partnership between Gibney and the New York-based company Simons Foundation is a collaborative choreographic residency that will focus on research and process to explore the connections between science and dance. A cohort of emerging and established choreographers will benefit from studio space, financial support and access to scientific researchers over a nine-month period, with the aim of conducting targeted research related to the basic elements of their practice through exchange, dialogue and collaboration. The residencies will conclude with opportunities for public presentations and dialogue. Additional details will be announced soon.

Founded and curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa, the Black Diaspora Initiative supports emerging Black and Afro-Latin identifying dance and performance artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and aesthetic traditions. Now in its third year, Black Diaspora has launched an exciting new mentorship program pairing each member with an established artist in the field.

Cohort members also receive an annual stipend and studio space. Opportunities for informal studio screenings and member-based leadership development are also planned for the upcoming year of the program.

“We are creating and sustaining space for Black and Afro-Latin artists to directly address their needs during an unusually difficult time for dance and performance. With the addition of mentorship pairings, we hope to foster cross-generational exchanges that fuel discovery, nourishment, and growth,” said Yaa Asantewaa.

The 2022-23 Black Diaspora Artists and Mentors are: Beau Banks mentored by Nina Angela Mercer; Trinity Dawn Bobo framed by Germaul Barnes; Jenny Boissière mentored by Danni Gee; Wendell Gray II mentored by Stacy Spence; Alexandra Jean-Joseph supervised by Marjani Forté-Saunders; Makayla Peterson framed by Kyle Marshall; Kendra Ross mentored by Ana “Rokafella” Garcia; Angelica Mondol Viaña framed by Maleek Washington; and Maya Simone Z mentored by Ni’Ja Whitson.

Gibney Company Artistic Associates Alexander Anderson and Jie-Hung Connie Shiau were named Choreographic Fellows for the 2022-23 season. Designed to foster the choreographic development of Company members, the program provides each fellow with 100 hours of studio space to conduct research, explore the creative process, and develop new works; access to advisors, mentors and technical assistance; allocation; and presenting and producing their work as part of the Gibney Center’s annual season. They will present their new works in November 2022 at the Gibney Center in Company Created, in a poster shared with a Springboard emerging artist.

This year, Gibney’s Residence Dance in Process (DiP) supports six mid-career New York-based dance artists who are in the process of developing a new project. DiP artists receive three consecutive weeks of access to a dedicated studio at one of Gibney’s locations, 40 hours of subsidized studio space throughout the residency year, and financial support to help complete the work in development. DiP 2022-23 artists are Ori Flomin, Vangeline, Antonio RamosStacy Matthew Spence, Kate Watson-Wallace and director Sidra Bell’s DiP/AiR recipient.

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