Collective Thread Residency
Music: Solange's Cranes in the Sky (Kaytranada DJ Edit) [I do not have the rights nor permission to use this music.] Video Caption: Highlighting the Collective Thread Residency process with the 2019 participating artists.
The Collective Thread Residency is an extension of MADC's annual Collective Thread Dance Festival. The free residency is an incubator for women/womyn identifying dancers & choreographers of color ages 18+ to hone their technical skills and creative practices to develop new work through journaling, round table discussions, and movement based classes as a form of self-care. Artists will be invited to attend the residency based on the following criteria reviewed by a panel of their peers in the industry: 1. Willingness to grow individually while open to building community with women/womyn identifying people of color. 2. Connectivity to communities of color. 3. Artist's resume & work sample. Eight dance artists will be chosen to comply with social distancing while wearing face masks and to build more authentic relationships with the artists, teaching artists, & round table facilitator. On each Saturday for four weeks in June 2021 (6/5, 6/12, 6/19, & 6/26) 9 AM-12 PM; Location: TBA. (Please note that there is a virtual option for the residency if needed.) This residency will consist of:
30 minute Mobility class
60 minute Contemporary/Modern class
60 minutes of journaling and discussion
30 minutes of exploring whatever movement their newly discovered words or thoughts have inspired
The participating artists will develop solo work during the residency that will be recorded and live streamed on the week of June 28.
The purpose of the residency is to provide artists access to resources to assist in strengthening their creative voices. This residency will give women/womyn identifying people of color permission to heal in a safe, open space, the opportunity to share and strengthen their often silenced voices through dance, and create a platform for communities of color to have more accessibility and exposure to the kind of art that reflects their rich and varied histories and cultures.
The Collective Thread Residency is supported in part through a commission from Downtown Art.
2020 Residency Artists
Sofia Bengoa, Megan Curet, Shekoya Gordon, Sade Murray, Takiya Roebuck, Genesis Perdomo Santos, Andrea Smith, & Yasmin Venable. Click here to watch the behind the scenes of the 2020 Collective Thread Residency.
2019 Residency Artists
ChaTiqua Brown, Nia Calloway, Veronica Cheeseboro, Sara Denise, Dyandra Folks, Nikita Patel, Monica Shah, Andrea Nicole Smith, Sharayah Spruill, Courtney Stewart, Imani Michael Vieira, & Maya Simone Z. Click here for the 2019 participating artists' testimonials.