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Caden Manson is founder of Big Art Group (1999 to present) and Curator of ContemporaryPerformance.org (2010 to present)

ABOUT BIG ART GROUP:Big Art Group is a New York City performance company founded in 1999. The company uses the language of media and blended states of performance in a unique form to build culturally transgressive and challenging new works. Since its inception, it has toured nationally and internationally and produced critically acclaimed works including the ‘Real Time Film’ trilogy Shelf Life, Flicker, House of No More, SOS; and its reality-based theatre series The People. He is co-creator, director, video designer and scenographer on all 11 Big Art Group productions that have toured to over 60 cities thoughout North American, Asia and Europe for the past 12 years. Manson has also shown video installations in Austria, France, USA and Germany; performed his solo work,PAIN KILLER, in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; and taught workshops and masters courses in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Turin, New York, Toulouse, Montreal, San Francisco, and Bern. His ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, Theatre Garonne, Wexner Center for The Arts, and The Kitchen NYC. He is a recipient of the 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellowship, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and received a 2009 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He lives in New York City and outside Philadelphia where he maintains his studio.

ABOUT CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE NETWORK
The Contemporary Performance Network is an online community and blog with a growing roster of artists, scholars and presentering members in the field of performance. Manson founded the community in July of 2010 and today it has grown to over 12000 members and fans world wide. The term Contemporary Performance is used to describe hybrid performance works and artists that travel between the fields of Experimental Theatre, Dance, Video Art, Visual Art, Music Composition and Performance Art without adhering to one specific field's practice.
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Opportunities: Aerowaves Open Call (Europe) Deadline – 19 September 2018

Aerowaves Open Call (Europe) 2019 Deadline: 19 September 2018 Online Application: http://www.aerowaves.org/artists/opportunities-for-artists Fee to Participate or Apply: 0 Description Of Opportunity: Only a few days left to become an Aerowaves Artist, apply now! Aerowaves is a hub for dance discovery in Europe with a network of partners in 33 countries. The network is looking for the next Twenty talented emerging choreographers based in geographical Europe. You can now apply to become a Twenty19 artist with a chance of having your work programmed at Spring Forward Festival next year in Val de Marne (Paris’ region) and by our partners. Around 100 performance opportunities are guaranteed by the partners and supported by Aerowaves each year. Sounds interesting? Apply before Friday 14 September, good luck! www.aerowaves.org/artists/opportunities-for-artists How To Apply: Contact Email:marie@aerowaves.org Website: Only a few days left to become an Aerowaves Artist, apply now! Aerowaves is a hub for dance discovery in Europe with a network of partners in 33 countries. The network is looking for the next Twenty talented emerging choreographers based in geographical Europe. You can now apply to become a Twenty19 artist with a chance of having your work programmed at Spring Forward Festival next year in Val de Marne (Paris’ region) and by our partners. Around 100 performance opportunities are guaranteed by the partners and supported by Aerowaves each year. Sounds interesting? Apply before Friday 14 September, good luck! www.aerowaves.org/artists/opportunities-for-artists         LIST YOUR OPPORTUNITIES: Share your open calls, commissions, grants, workshops, classes, festivals, and more with the network. Submit here! These posts are not affiliated with Contemporary Performance Network, but are of interest to our community. We post these with the caveat to check the sources and research the opportunities or views expressed in the posts.

Opportunities: Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant For US Based Queer Women(+) Dance Artists Deadline – Oct. 21, 2018

Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant For US Based Queer Women(+) Dance Artists Deadline – Oct. 21, 2018 Application: Online Queer|Art, NYC’s home for the creative and professional development of LGBTQ artists, is proud to introduce the Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists. The new $10,000 grant will be awarded US-based artists for making cutting-edge dance and movement-based performance work. Women(+): The Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant employs an expansive definition of the word “woman.” Queer|Art strongly encourages self-identified women, gender-nonconforming, and non-binary artists to apply. The Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists is a new grant awarded to artists for making cutting-edge dance and/or movement-based performance work. The 2018 grant is administered through Queer|Art by women(+) for women(+), including an intergenerational panel of judges from New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Named in honor of visionary dance curator, critic, and educator Eva Yaa Asantewaa, the grant seeks to highlight the important contributions queer women have made to dance throughout history. Applications for the Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists are open September 6th – October 21th, 2018. Funds can be requested to support work at any stage of development, from concept to presentation. Qualifying work may be dance and/or movement-based performance work of any format. The awardee will be announced in November. “Folks who care about the art of dance—an art of the moving body in time and space—try to preserve its wonders against disappearance,” Yaa Asentewaa writes. “In a society ambivalent about, and sometimes hostile to, both the body and its artistry, lovers of dance honor the body in all of its variations, its rich stories, its wisdom and creative expression. With this award, we seek to record and honor the creative innovation and labor of queer women dance artists. To acknowledge them as full humans and artists informed and nourished by love, by experience, and by culture. To support and revere our artists for exactly and completely who they are; so they know a fierce community of peers, elders, and ancestors has got their back; and to make our world a safer, more empowering place for queer artists and, in truth, for all artists and for all people.” Eva Yaa Asantewaa is Senior Curatorial Director of Gibney, New York’s acclaimed center for dance and social activism. She won the 2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance as a veteran writer, curator and community educator. Since 1976, she has contributed writing on dance to Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, Gay City News, The Dance Enthusiast, Time Out New York, and other publications. Ms. Yaa Asantewaa joined the curatorial team for Danspace Project’s “Platform 2016: Lost and Found” and created the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds, an evening of group improvisation featuring 21 black women and gender-nonconforming performers. Her cast was awarded a 2017 Bessie for Outstanding Performer. As EYA Projects, she has begun partnerships with organizations such as Gibney, Abrons Arts Center, Dance/NYC, BAX, and Dancing While Black to curate and facilitate Long Table conversations on topics of concern in the dance/performance community. She was a member of the inaugural faculty of Montclair State University’s MFA in Dance program and has also served on the faculty for New England Foundation for the Arts’ Regional Dance Development Initiative Dance Lab 2016 for emerging Chicago-area dance artists. In May 2017, she served on the faculty for the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography’s inaugural Forward Dialogues Dance Lab for Emerging Choreographers. A native New Yorker of Black Caribbean heritage, Eva makes her home in the East Village with her wife, Deborah, and cat, Crystal. GRANT JUDGES Nora Sharp (Chicago) is a writer and performer whose work uses dance, sound, cultural analysis, and comedy, among other tools to reflect lived experience as a queer white Midwestern millennial. Nora has recently been a Co-MISSIONS Artist-in-Residence at Links Hall as well as a participant in LANDING 2.0 with Miguel Gutierrez, and has performed with and for Udita Upadhyaya, the Fly Honey Show, Bill Young, and Ayako Kato, among others. Along with offering individual process support for artists, Nora has facilitated Research Project, a works-in-progress performance and response series, since 2014. Nora has written for Full Stop and Performance Response Journal and holds a BA from Oberlin College. Julie Tolentino (Los Angeles) is a performance installation maker whose work draws from visual, archival, and movement strategies. Her work has been presented by the New Museum, The Kitchen, Participant Inc., Danspace Project, Volume, LACE, Commonwealth & Council, The Lab, Joe Goode Annex, PSi Stanford, Performa ’05 and ’13, The Wexner Center and others as well as across Europe, the UK, Philippines, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Greece. She co-authored the group essay, “The Sum of All Questions” published in GLQ Journal (Gay & Lesbian Quarterly) focused on the legendary queer space she originated in New York City’s Meatpacking District: Clit Club (1990-2002). She recently received the Pieter Women Over-40 Grant and a Boffo Fire Island Residency. Marýa Wethers (New York City) is a “Bessie” award winning performer (Outstanding Performance with skeleton architecture, 2017) and works as an independent creative producer and curator. As a curator, she conceived and created the three-week performance series “Gathering Place: Black Queer Land(ing)” at Gibney and curated for Queer NY International Arts Festival (2015 & 2016) and Out of Space @ BRIC Studio series for Danspace Project (2003-2007). Her writings have been published in the Configurations in Motion: Curating and Communities of Color Symposium publications, organized by Thomas DeFrantz at Duke University (2016 & 2015) and UnCHARTed Legacies: women of color in post-modern dance in the 25th Anniversary Movement Research Performance Journal #27/28 (2004). APPLY Who can apply and other application criteria: Self-identified women, gender-nonconforming, and non-binary artists who are U.S. based. Qualifying work may be dance and/or movement-based performance work of any format. Funds can be requested to support work at any stage of development, from concept to presentation. Information required in the application: Contact info, narrative bio, and headshot Synopsis of project and strategy for exhibition Budget Work samples (1-2 samples, no more than 7-10 minutes total) 2 professional references CV Application and info at http://www.queer-art.org/eya-grant?mc_cid=54b9c9cf8d&mc_eid=1b754656aa Source: Queer Art Email

Performance Space New York Announces Fall Season – Posthuman

Performance Space New York has announced their fall season and for the next three months artists and audiences will be exploring worlds that extend beyond human perspective, disrupting traditional conceptions of humanity. Rather than positioning human consciousness as the primary source and content of all art making, the contributions to the Posthuman Series often blur the distinction between ‘the human’ and its other: namely nature, technology, animals, and gods. In light of dramatic technological and scientific developments such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering, the idea of an autonomous human being with agency over the world is rapidly becoming obsolete. Are you really more in charge of your communication than the algorithms and language programs in your smartphone? Is the artificial organ that keeps you alive not a part of your body? From a political point of view, too, the concept of the human demands revision. As an invention of Renaissance humanism, the classification ‘human’ has implicitly always been reserved for white heterosexual men, and has therefore rationalized the exclusion and oppression of those who don’t fit into that narrow category. Likewise, the reckless dominance exerted by homo sapiens over nature and all other life forms has paved the way for the ecological crisis we are presently facing—tragic proof that humans are not entirely independent from their environment after all. Theater and performance are by definition anthropocentric. Shakespeare has been lauded as the inventor of the human, and we go to the theater to watch human bodies perform, reflecting our own humanity back to us from the stage. In that respect the Posthuman Series envisions an alternative space for a theater that reacts to the changes of its time by challenging the very idea it is based on—the human—and embraces the nonhuman, alien, and unexpected. Annie Dorsen The Slow Room Sep 27 – 29 Mette Ingvartsen 21 Pornographies Oct 3 – 5 Mette Ingvartsen The Permeable Stage – Reimagining the Social Oct 7 American Artist, Caitlin Cherry, Nora N. Khan and Sondra Perry A Wild Ass Beyond: ApocalypseRN Oct 19 – Dec 16 Underground Resistance Man Machine Oct 20 Donna Haraway Story Telling for Earthly Survival Oct 21 keyon gaskin and sidony o’neal DEAD THOROUGHBRED Oct 26 – 27 Ron Athey Acephalous Monster Nov 14 – 17

Opportunities: Residency Program In Italy (Domicella, Naples) Deadline – November 2018

Residency Program In Italy (Domicella, Naples) / Live Performance Artists,  Music,  Video Artists  from July 2019 Deadline: November 2018 Online Application: kultursciok@gmail.com Fee to Participate or Apply: 70 each Description Of Opportunity: About us / art residency Kulturscio’k is not-for-profit company dedicated to producing, discovering, supporting international contemporary artists working in performance, new forms, art, music, film, literature, architecture, theater, fashion and other creative disciplines and fostering opportunities for multi-disciplinary dialogue.  Innovation and development of new forms The element of collaboration and exchange is one of the founding principals of the company and factory-residency is a new way to host artists, with the hope that by bringing together different areas of practice, we will generate new creative outlooks, unparalleled research, and exciting new impulses. The goal of the residency is to create a dialogue a new way to form and perform. To choose work that has as an objective to experiment and to explore unknown paths. To meet new collaborations. to create a new event /festival in the area inviting artists to come back to create site-specific works to collaborate in the art factory development. The artist residency co-exists with the guest accommodation and interesting workshops that time by time coexist and can be attended by the selected artist. The resident artists become part of the community life. The small village of Domicella has one restaurant one bar one shop, no ATM. And a very intimate and small community living close to the most beautiful ancient archeological sites in the entire world Pompei, Naples, amalfitan coast Local life and artists /art factory Artists Are welcome to integrate the community. The kitchen can be run from different local people bringing local products to eat but normally each artist prepare his food and lunchtime or break is a moment where people can talk exchange or discover new forms of collaborations Residency program This is a call to select 18 artists. They will be hosted in the house in groups of maximum 8 people /10,  and have availability of rehearsal space and external spaces A residency program that runs from July to December each year in Campania , Italy. First season started in july 2018 with great response. Located in the Vallo di Lauro Campania countryside, but less than 40 Minutes away from the unique sites of Pompei and Ercolano We strongly suggest renting a car . The location Villa Santa Maria in domicella, sits in between Vesuvio and Vallo di Lauro , a site with old roots and a land rich of history and Culture. It is the ideal Place to develop an artistic project and to change cultural system. The company offers artists a 6 /7 days / stay providing onsite accommodation and rehearsal space or studio . Residents are invited to live in the nineteenth century villa, a magnificent building just renovated belonging to a prestigious italian family which makes the place full of memories and real history . Food and travel are at artists charge at least until we do not find public fundings to finance the space. A program of regular workshops and other events are run by the company there in collaboration with the residents to promote interaction and exchange of ideas both among the residents and with the wider community. Further facilities include free wifi throughout the place, a huge rehearsal space a library normally workshops are run with artists that come to the residency two or three times because reinvited by the company. More about this place that is not like other places The residence of Kulturscio’k in Domicella is located in the Santa Maria’s Property belonging to the prestigious neapolitan family Siniscalchi It is an ample construction marvellously restructured in 2014 and built in the beginnings of last century. Domicella is a small country situated in a woody basin to the borders of the Vallo of Lauro and Nola, almost 35 km from Naples (40 minutes by car). Dipped in the green, Domicella is also characterized by a particularly mild climate. Fresh and windy air in summer, sweet in winter. Displaced on 3 floors and absorbed in the light with 7 bed rooms , 6 baths, and an ample kitchen, the residence can arrive to host up to 13/15 people. More about artists not like other artists …. The residence has wireless, apple tv, airplay in the rehearsal room. From the great garden that surrounds the house characterized by fruit trees it is possible to relax enjoying the view of Vesuvius Vulcan and on the Valley of Lauro. In the last floor, a room of 35 square meters with parquet can be used for stretching, meditation, watching videos etc.. Rehearsal room is a huge room of 110 square meters, 6 meters high, with linoleum on the floor, heater, dehumidification system. Particularly pleasant to work in the summer season in which the temperature of the room doesn’t overcome 25 degrees. That is the reason why normally artists are lodged with other artists unless it is a rental request Leaving us with a possibility to keep going the dialogue … Artists are all requested to donate a work or a memory at the end of residency And to mention the name of residency in each future exhibition or conversation around the work and regular présentations And open doors to locals curators or guests The objective is to keep a dialogue with selected artists to help them to find a network and to find a new form of collaboration That is why once the artists are going to be invited to come back if there is a special reason to continue the dialogue with the company and with us during the residency artistic directors and members of the company are in touch with artists, they will dialogue about possibilities to develop the work and they will try to be available for an artistic exchange with selected artists If an artist is invited to come back, then there will be a possible public showing of the work and we will try together to build a site-specific performance out of the rehearsed work. More information on www.kultursciok.com And http://www.kultursciok.com/kulturfactory.html Contact Email:kultursciok@gmail.com Website: http://www.kultursciok.com/index.html How To Apply: The Application and Selection Process Application to the Kulturfactory Residency program is made through an email request including examples of work and CV information, as well inviting applicants to detail what they hope to achieve. We suggest each document one page with five to six pictures. so: one-page cv , one-page artist statement, one-page project, and up to six jpg pictures that we will use in our social communication if selected. Promising applicants are then going to be in touch with  the company  resident artists are selected through the application process Contact Email:kultursciok@gmail.com Website: kultursciok.com/index.html           LIST YOUR OPPORTUNITIES: Share your open calls, commissions, grants, workshops, classes, festivals, and more with the network. Submit here! These posts are not affiliated with Contemporary Performance Network, but are of interest to our community. We post these with the caveat to check the sources and research the opportunities or views expressed in the posts.

Call for Choreographers – Dance Canvas’ 2018-19 Choreographer Career Development Initiative (Atlanta, GA) 2018-19 Season (Beginning September 2018; Performances March 2019)

Call for Choreographers – Dance Canvas’ 2018-19 Choreographer Career Development Initiative (Atlanta, GA) 2018-19 Season (Beginning September 2018; Performances March 2019) Deadline: August 20, 2018 Online Application: https://www.dancecanvas.com/copy-of-programs-2 Fee to Participate or Apply: No fee to apply; $150 tuition for selected choreographers Description Of Opportunity: CALL FOR CHOREOGRAPHERS Dance Canvas is kicking off our 11th season and we are looking for Emerging Choreographers or movement based artists who are interested in creating new works for our 2018-19 Choreographer Career Development Initiative. For this year’s program, we will select up to 10 choreographers to work with Dance Canvas to be presented in our 2019 Performance Series at the Ferst Center for the Arts on March 22nd & 23rd 2019. Choreographers will spend 5 months conceiving, work-shopping concepts, and receiving feedback/mentorship with the end goal of presentation in our performance series. We encourage choreographers from all genres of dance to consider applying. In the past, we have presented ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, aerial, and tap choreographers, as well as multimedia and dance filmmakers. Don’t be afraid to pitch something unique…Originality is a factor in our selection process. Applications are open to Atlanta-based and out-of-state choreographers. (*Scholarships available for out of state choreographers) We define “emerging professional” as: – Artists with professional credentials in dance/art industry (*If applicant does not have professional experience, we encourage collaborations) – Less than 10 years of experience choreographing for professional companies – An artistic transition for an experienced choreographer (*ie. An experienced Hip Hop choreographer, transitioning to dance filmmaker) – A new dance company or collaborative – An established dance company that is supporting the work of a resident emerging choreographer Emerging Professional applicants must be at least 18 years old, and not currently enrolled in an undergraduate college, university or conservatory program (*Exceptions: Kennesaw State University or Georgia Tech student choreographers should contact their department heads for more information on our collegiate partnership opportunities). Graduate/Doctoral candidates can apply. Selected Choreographers receive: – Discounted/Free Studio Rehearsal space – Access to professional dancers (assistance with dancer casting/auditions) – Professional photography and video of the performance – Marketing/Promotion of your project – Workshops and Mentoring opportunities – Performance (rehearsal/tech time) at the Ferst Center for the Arts – Industry network connections (Complimentary tickets) – Teaching/residency opportunities (*based on request from partner institutions) How To Apply: Application DEADLINE 11:59 pm on August 20, 2018 For more information and to APPLY: https://www.dancecanvas.com/copy-of-programs-2 Contact Email:aharris@dancecanvas.com Website: www.dancecanvas.com             LIST YOUR OPPORTUNITIES: Share your open calls, commissions, grants, workshops, classes, festivals, and more with the network. Submit here! These posts are not affiliated with Contemporary Performance Network, but are of interest to our community. We post these with the caveat to check the sources and research the opportunities or views expressed in the posts.

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At 1:08pm on July 31, 2016, rosa mesa said…

Thanks a lot

At 6:04pm on March 20, 2016, Hasan Özovalı said…

Thank you for the welcome

At 3:02am on June 24, 2015, ALEXANDROS MICHAIL said…

Thank you Caden! Excited to be here!

All the best

Alex

At 8:22am on September 30, 2014, Muta Imago said…

Hey Caden! Great to be part of this project! We also compiled the form for the festival, is everything ok with it?

best,

Riccardo

At 6:59am on July 26, 2014, Lonneke van Heugten said…

Thanks for the welcome!

At 5:06pm on July 14, 2014, Syniva Whitney/Gender Tender said…

Thanks for the warm welcome! Happy to be a part of this network

At 10:56am on June 21, 2014, Fenia Kotsopoulou said…

Thank you very much!

At 10:01am on April 28, 2014, Margot Bloemen said…

Thank you for the welcome!

At 9:22am on April 28, 2014, Pier Giorgio De Pinto said…

Dear Mr. Manson, thanks for your welcome.

Cordially, Pier Giorgio De Pinto

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2014 May - INACT Festival 2014. Le Hall de Chars. Strasbourg (D)


2014 May - ENDinNATION | Andata e Ritorno. Palazzo Ducale, Genoa (I).

2014 April - Creatures #3. [.BOX] Videoart Project Space. Milano (I).

2014 March - ENDinNATION | ENDinSIDE. Palazzo Medici Riccardi. Florence (I).

2014 February - Late at Tate Britain. Animated 3D gif image for the event Art meets film: Moving image. Tate Britain, London, UK.

At 12:51am on December 29, 2013, Jochi Muñoz said…

Thank you, Mr. Manson, already solved the matter of customizing my page.

At 11:10pm on December 28, 2013, Jochi Muñoz said…

Thank you very much, Mr. Manson, for accepting me. I am excited. I can't find the icons to be able to customize my page (color change, photo of cover, etc.). Could you guide me in this regard?

 

At 2:30am on December 11, 2013, Anthony W Johnson said…

Thanks for adding me. I am excited to be a member!

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Thank you so much! Paola

At 5:40pm on November 26, 2013, Anna Lindemann said…

Thank you for the welcome! I'm glad to connect with this community! 

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Thank you! This comunity is awesome! Congratulations!

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At 12:25pm on November 19, 2013, Ivan Re said…

Thanks for the welcome!

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At 4:33am on November 19, 2013, Αικατερίνη Κωστακάκη said…

Nice to meet you all   :)

At 11:41pm on November 18, 2013, Xris Reardon said…

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