Artists in Residence Research Series: Call for Submissions

Artists in Residence Research Series: Call for Submissions

Dates: The Research Series runs January-March, 2021


A residency program designed to support the creative processes of artists from all disciplines engaging in dance and/or movement-based research by providing resources such as artists fees, rehearsal space, and public presentation opportunities. The purpose of the residency is to allow for in-depth research, critical thinking, risk-taking, professional development, skill enhancement and an exchange of ideas.

Four (4) artists or artistic teams will be selected to participate in the 2021 Research Series via this application process. No less than two (2) of these teams will be Manitoban-led, and up to two (2) of these teams will be out-of-town-led. We encourage applicants from local, national, and international contexts with access to wifi to apply.

Young Lungs Dance Exchange (YLDE) is committed to the principle of equitable access and strives for a fair, cooperative, respectful, and safe environment that protects and promotes human rights and affirms the dignity of all persons. A minimum of one (1) Black, Indigenous, or artist of colour (or artistic team-lead) will be selected of the four (4) projects. We encourage you to self-identify.

YLDE has funds set aside to support a portion of accessibility-related costs. We are happy to work together with artists to secure the appropriate and necessary budgeting requirements.

Applications will be reviewed and chosen by a selection committee.


Resources facilitated by YLDE during the residency:

• A budget of $3,500 for artist fees and additional labour and/or materials
• Access to an accessible studio space (up to 40 hrs)
• Access to technical support for virtual-based projects (up to 15 hrs)
• Access to YLDE workshops throughout the residency period
• Concluding roundtable discussion regarding the research undergone during the residency (online format)
• Public presentations of the research (online format)
• Presentation of your work will be documented
• Research will be considered for both written and visual essays published on the Young Lungs website

Each artist/group is required to adhere to the following:

• Adapt research format to meet Covid-19 safety protocols. We also encourage exploration with the parameters which physical distance has provided for the fields of performance and embodiment.
• Demonstrate/share their research at the online Research Series presentation. This event will be open to the public
• Participate in public discussion/talk back sessions on the artist’s research
• Develop an online workshop based on their research. This event will be open to the public
• Share their process with a commissioned writer, photographer, and other artists participating in the Research Series (ie. virtual studio visits, phone conversations, etc.)
• Submit a final report at the end of the residency detailing activities and feedback


To apply please submit the following information by email to

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Sunday, November 29, 2020.

  1. Contact information: Full name, preferred pronouns, email, home address, phone number
  2. A description of the research project (800 words max.): Explain the inspiration for your project and why you wish to undertake it at this time. Discuss your proposed research process, including a brief explanation for how your process will work well within restrictive Covid-19 safety protocols
  3. Artistic statement (400 words max.): For collaborations, this can be a combined statement or include the statements of each applicant
  4. CV (two-pages max.): For collaborations, please include one CV per collaborator
  5. Biography of the lead artist(s) (each 250 words max.): If you are selected, this text could be used for promotional purposes (press release, website, social media, etc.)
  6. Brief description of a proposed workshop based on your research (150 words max.)
  7. Two items of support material: This can include recent dance or movement work/research, or relevant materials to provide context for your research proposal. Support material can be sent in the form of weblinks or attached documents with your emailed application. The jury will be asked to spend no more than 8 minutes on each submission’s support material. Please provide information on what you would like the jury to focus on if you are providing material that is longer than 4 minutes/1 written page/5 images each.
  8. Budget: This is a critical part of the application. Make sure you are allocating enough funds towards maintaining a professional rate for all collaborators. YLDE suggests using the following guideline for dance artist fees – The CADA/West recommended MINIMUM for an hourly wage is $26.00/hr for professional artists. Materials, mentorship/consultation, and specific requirements should also be considered in the budget.

For questions, including further accessibility funds information, about our residency program, please do not hesitate to contact Zorya Arrow at

Photo credit: Deanna Peters and Less San Miguel, Research Series (2019), Photo by Omid Moterassed.

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