Cultural exchange opportunity for Māori dancers and writers in Canada
14 Apr 2015
One of the world’s largest arts and creativity incubators, Canada’s Banff Centre, will reserve one spot for a Māori artist in each of their indigenous dance and writing residency programmes this year.
This opportunity, funded by Creative New Zealand as part of their Cultural Exchange Programme, will see the selected Māori artists share the special experience with other indigenous artists from various backgrounds and nations.
“We formed a special partnership with The Banff Centre last year to offer contemporary Māori dancers and writers this opportunity. These residencies are a chance to develop their arts practice, to share their skills and cultural knowledge with other indigenous artists and to form valuable partnerships,” says Creative New Zealand Senior Manager Cath Cardiff.
"We have developed a landmark partnership between Creative New Zealand and The Banff Centre for Māori artists at the intersection of arts, culture and ideas. This experience will accelerate creativity and transform lives in meaningful ways," says Sandra Laronde, Director of Indigenous Arts at The Banff Centre.
Applications for this year’s Indigenous Writing Programme close on 1 May 2015 and on 4 May 2015 for the Indigenous Dance Residency.
Artists should apply directly to The Banff Centre.
The Indigenous Dance Residency is a four-week intensive programme which involves daily classes as well as creating a new choreographic work that will be performed as part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival at The Banff Centre.
The Indigenous Writing Programme comprises two weeks of writing time at The Banff Centre and 10 weeks working online from home or work space with a mentor (editor). The resident writer will receive one-on-one editorial feedback with the faculty, and present an excerpt of their work alongside award-winning faculty writers in a reading and spoken word series at The Banff Centre.
Creative New Zealand contributes to the successful Māori dancer and writer’s flights, tuition fees, meals and accommodation costs during the residencies.
Last year Māori contemporary dancer, performer and choreographer Kura Te Ua participated in the Indigenous Dance Residency and acclaimed Māori actor, director and writer Nancy Brunning participated in the Indigenous Writing Programme.
For more information and how to apply, please visit The Banff Centre website.
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Indigenous Dance Residency
Program dates: 3 – 29 August 2015
Application deadline: 4 May 2015
The indigenous dance residency is a four-week intensive programme that includes daily technique classes, improvisation classes, performance skills, and the creation of a new choreographic work that will be performed as part of the Banff Summer Arts Festival at The Banff Centre. Dancers accepted to the programme participate in an exceptional artistic process with other Indigenous artists from various nations, backgrounds and countries. In 2015, one spot will be reserved for a Māori dancer, funded by Creative New Zealand. Creative New Zealand provides NZD$10,285 to The Banff Centre to contribute towards the successful dancer’s flights, accommodation, full tuition and meals at The Banff Centre.
Indigenous Writing Programme
On-site residency: 7 – 19 September 2015
Online programme: 28 September – 4 December 2015
Application deadline: 1 May 2015
This programme offers an extended period of writing time: two weeks at The Banff Centre and 10 weeks working online from your own home or work space with a mentor (editor). This programme offers invaluable one-on-one editorial feedback with faculty, and cultivates the significant role of writers as storytellers in a dynamic reading series. Writers will have the unique opportunity to present an excerpt of their work alongside award-winning faculty writers in a dynamic reading and spoken word series at The Banff Centre. In 2015, one spot will be reserved for a Māori writer, funded by Creative New Zealand. Creative New Zealand provides NZD$12,125 to The Banff Centre to contribute towards the successful writer’s flights, accommodation, programme fee and meals. The opportunity is open to all writing genres.