Screen Dance Mentorship Residency — Call for Submissions

Still from video animation essay by Toby Gillies with Bahay Perlas, 2021

Screen Dance Mentorship Residency — Call for Submissions

Program Runs September-December 2022, Winnipeg MB

The Screen Dance Mentorship Residency program is designed to support the choreographic inquiries of artists into the lens of filmmaking by providing mentorship and resources such as artists fees, studio space, and public presentation and discussion opportunities. The purpose of the residency is to allow for in-depth skill building in developing, creating, editing, and sharing video works.

Six (6) artists will be selected to participate in a mentorship residency with filmmakers Toby Gillies and Natalie Baird via the following application process. The Residency will take place in-person in Winnipeg, MB.

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 two (2) Black, Indigenous, or artist of colour (or artistic team-lead) will be selected of the two (6) 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.

About the Mentoring Filmmakers:

Toby Gillies and Natalie Baird are a visual art duo based in Winnipeg. Since 2014 they have shared collaborative practices rooted in drawing, photography, filmmaking, and animation. They have worked with community groups and in health care settings to collaborate with fellow creatives and unlikely artists to imagine, make, and share small and large-scale art productions. Their community-engaged work has taken many avenues, including art facilitation and immersive art experience – resulting in animations, video works, ceramic murals, photo-printed canvas tents, publications, vinyl window installations, and public exhibitions. Since 2014 they have been artists in residence at Misericordia Health Centre, making art with adults and seniors living in long-term and transitional care. Currently Toby and Natalie are co-directing a short animation, featuring elder Edith Almadi as she shares her imagination and the power it has to bring her to the stars, in development with the National Film Board. 

Over the years Natalie and Toby have had the opportunity to collaborate with dance and movement artists to inspire and co-create new works. They are excited to mentor and learn from the six participating artists.

Stedroy Crump and Tessa Rae, 2022 / Photo by Michelle Panting

Context & Outline:

Resources facilitated by YLDE during the residency:

• A budget of $4,000 for artist fee

• Access to camera equipment and editing software

• Mentorship all along the way

• Public presentations of the works created in residence

• Free access to six additional public Screen Dance Education Events with guest artists

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

• All artists involved must be available for, and share their work at the Public Screen Dance Presentation, on Sunday December 4, 2022

• Share their process with other participating artists-in-residence through cohort meet-ups

• Be available for all seven Bi-Weekly Learning sessions with Co-Mentors and cohort running September 5-November 28

1 – Meet and Greet: Introducing Artists and Projects / Getting Started: Gathering the Pieces, Putting Together a Team

2 – Pre-Production: Storyboard, Shot Lists, Shooting Schedules

3 – Cameras: What to choose? What is available? / Know Your Resources

4 – Shooting: Lighting, Locations, Composition, Style, Content, Colours 

5 – Sound: Getting the Rights to Music, Shooting with Sound, Editing Sound

6 – Editing: Deciding on Editing Software / Working with an Editor

7 – Dissemination: Presentation Platforms & Promotion

Submission Guidelines:

To apply, please submit the following information by email with the subject line: Screen Dance Mentorship Submission to younglungs.wpg@gmail.com 

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  Friday, August 19, 2022

1. Contact information: Full name, preferred pronouns, email, address, phone number.

2. A description of your dance film idea (800 words max.): Explain the inspiration for your film exploration and why you wish to make it now, as well as what sort of mentorship support you are looking for with this project (for example, three things you are hoping to learn through this mentorship residency)

3. CV (two-pages max.)

4. Biography (250 words max.): Please include any relevant dance and filmmaking experience you might have. Note: You do not need to have any filmmaking experience to participate in this program.

5.  Two items of support material: This can include recent dance/movement work, or relevant materials to provide context for your film idea. 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 for each item of support material.

For questions, including further accessibility funds information, please do not hesitate to contact us at younglungs.wpg@gmail.com.

Young Lungs Dance Exchange is a not-for-profit artist-run support organization committed to the development, creation, and presentation of contemporary dance and performance on Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

More information about Young Lungs Dance Exchange at www.younglungs.ca.

The Screen Dance Mentorship Residency is made possible with the generous support of Canada Council for the Arts.

Home/Body, Home/Land with Jaime Black

offering by Jaime Black, 2021 / photo credit: Niklas Konowal

Home/Body, Home/Land with Jaime Black

August 29-31, 2022

11-3pm daily

Outdoors, in Stead, Manitoba (1 hour North East of Winnipeg, near Broken Head First Nation)

YLDE will have room to transport 6 participants, leaving the city from downtown at 10am-arriving back in the city at 4pm ​daily​.​ You are ​also ​welcome to attend using your own transportation.

Lunch will be provided.

For site access info email younglungs.wpg@gmail.com

Click here to register! 

~ Pay-What-You-Can // Suggested $90 Donation ~

Limited capacity, Register by August 21

About the Workshop:

Home/Body, Home/Land is a three-day, site specific performance workshop held in partnership with and on the traditional territories of the Métis, Anishinaabe and Cree communities in Manitoba. Through our work we will explore the histories of the land we are on, creating interconnections and linkages between the land and the body through movement and physical interactions with the land and one another. We will facilitate creating relationship to the land by allowing our bodies to tap into the histories of the site and observing the cycles, changes, and movements of the land we are on, building a mimetic series of gestures that reflect the environment and embrace the land as teacher and guide. 

*As lunch is provided, when registering for the workshop, please indicate any dietary restrictions. Please also include any access needs that you have as well as transportation resources and requirements, ie. access to a vehicle and how many seats, or if needing a ride.

Jaime Black / Photo provided by artist

About Jaime:

Jaime Black is a multidisciplinary artist of Anishinaabe, Métis and European descent. Black’s art practice engages in themes of memory, identity, place and resistance and is grounded in an understanding of the body and the land as sources of cultural and spiritual knowledge.

YLDE thanks Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Arts Council, and Canada Council for the Arts for their continued funding support, thank you also to this workshop’s partners Jérôme Marchildon & Angela Fey!

Presence Action Support: Movement Workshop with Ali Robson

Presence Action Support: Movement Workshop with Ali Robson

Saturday, June 18th, 2022
10am-3pm
At The Output, 100 Arthur St, 2nd floor

The venue is wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive washrooms. Face masks required.

For building access info click here https://art-space.ca/accessibility-info/, or email younglungs.wpg@gmail.com.

Click here to register!
~ Pay-What-You-Can ~

Please register by June 10th.

About the Workshop:

This workshop is designed to reflect on how we move into presence, action and support. The day will be divided into two halves; the first half will include a group warm up and the second half will be movement improvisations in small groups. The warm up will include improvised movement pathways that are designed to physically warm up, encourage reflection and engage the imagination. The movement improvisations will be a chance for participants to respond physically to a movement score as well as observe fellow participants. This second half of the day will include group discussions and reflections.

This workshop is open to anyone interested in exploring movement as an expressive and reflective medium. The day will move cautiously into working in a shared space together and any partnering (ie: physically touching) will be at the discretion of each participant.

There will be lunch provided in between the first and second part of the day. In registering for the workshop, please indicate any dietary restrictions and/or access needs that you have.

About Ali Robson:

Ali Robson is a dance artist, parent and lifelong learner who is curious about collaborating across disciplines, in different communities and creating work with and for people of all ages. She has worked as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, rehearsal director, movement coach and collaborator since 2004. Ali is a collective member of Weather Parade Dance Theatre with Natasha Torres-Garner, and together they produce intergenerational performances in public and artistic spaces. Ali is an instructor at the University of Winnipeg and has taught creative movement and improvisation classes for children and adults throughout Winnipeg and across Canada. She is currently working towards a degree in Urban and Inner City Studies. Most recently her artistic and academic collaborations have included using arts-based research to look at social issues like housing and adult literacy.

This workshop is made possible with the generous funding support from Manitoba Arts Council.

YLDE Online Auction Fundraiser!

YLDE Online Auction Fundraiser!

Young Lungs Dance Exchange (YLDE) is a not-for-profit artist-run organization who is grateful to have the incredible support of donors. We are able to continue our abilities to be a critical network which connects, sustains, and champions dance and movement artists in Manitoba and beyond thanks to over 15-years of community-driven fundraising efforts. 

The goal of YLDE’s 2022 fundraiser is to strengthen our three poles of programming: Research Series, Workshop Series, and Outreach Series. The Research Series provides space, time, and financial support for selected artists to further explore critical inquiries related to dance and movement creation. The Workshop Series provides a platform wherein artists can share knowledge while exploring emergent questions related to training and form in a supportive environment with peers. The Outreach Series is a flexible approach to knowledge sharing which encompasses casual, personal encounters with dance and performance that have taken shape as movement research labs, reading groups, and artist talks. All three poles connect artists in ways that are transdisciplinary, transregional, and collaborative while bringing audiences closer to the inner workings of the creative process. 

Our online auction features a stellar collection of experiences, items, and artworks that speak to the fabulous arts and culture scene of the prairies.

Online auction extended to Sunday, June 12 at 11:59 pm

Please click here to view the auction items! You will need to login or create an account on the auction website to bid/buy.

Movement Offering & Artistic Sharing with Jeanette Kotowich

Movement Offering & Artistic Sharing with Jeanette Kotowich

May 12th 2022
6:30 – 9 pm
At Théâtre Cercle Molière (340 Provencher Blvd)

The venue is wheelchair accessible with gender inclusive washrooms. 
Face masks are mandatory.

ASL Interpretation Provided
Suggested Donation $1 – $30
Click here to register!

About the Workshop:

We gather for this workshop to connect with embodied practices related to Jeanette’s research in Métis & Nêhiyaw Cosmology that bridge movement expressions into contemporary dance and performance practices.  This is an experiential movement workshop, sharing Indigenous cultural perspectives and contemporary dance approaches. Bring your courageous hearts as we intentionally explore specific values to nourish our practices. Together we will stoke our creative fires with compassion, kindness, bravery & joy. All experiences and bodies are welcome. 

About Jeanette:

Jeanette is a multi-disciplinary iskwêw, independent dance artist, creator, choreographer and professional Auntie of Nêhiyaw Métis and mixed settler ancestry. Originally from Treaty 4 territory Saskatchewan, she creates work that reflects Nêhiyaw/Métis cosmology within the context of contemporary dance, Indigenous performance, and Indigenous futurism. Fusing interdisciplinary collaboration, de-colonial practices and embodied research methodologies; Jeanette’s work references protocol, ritual, relationship to the natural/spirit world and Ancestral knowledge. Her practice is intergenerational and vocational; it’s a living and lived experience. Jeanette resides as a guest on the Ancestral and unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) əl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ/ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories, colonially known as Vancouver. movementhealing.ca

This workshop is made possible with the generous funding support from Manitoba Arts Council, with additional support from our partners Art Holm & Théâtre Cercle Molière.

The Dancer Transition Resource Centre will be hosting A mini networking event for on the MOVE 2022 participants in this same venue from 4:30 – 6:30pm prior to Jeanette’s workshop. Learn more and register for this event here.

Open Jam: All-Styles Street Session

Open Jam: All-Styles Street Session

2022 Artists-In-Residence Tessa Rae and Stedroy Crump will lead a workshop that will host a community cypher/jam for all-styles of dancers

Friday, April 8
8:30 – 10:30 pm
At the Output, 100 Arthur Street, 2nd Floor
Gratefully accepting donations at the door

Click HERE to register!

About Tessa Rae

Tessa Rae is a Queer interdependent dance artist from the Treaty 4 Territory of Regina, Saskatchewan. She graduated from Ryerson University with a BFA in Performance Dance, working with choreographers such as Heidi Strauss, Kate Hilliard, Marie-Josee Chartier, Manuel Roque, Louis Laberge-Cote, and James Kudelka. Somewhere throughout her early training years, she fell in love with Hip Hop and Soca music, which inspired her entry into Hip Hop, Breaking, Dancehall and House training in addition to modern and contemporary dance. Tessa is now closely affiliated with New Dance Horizons where she is engaged in a long-term residency and mentorship with artists Robin Poitras and Edward Poitras. Most recently, she completed a new solo commission choreographed by Margie Gillis, supported by New Dance Horizons and SK Arts, and feels honoured to be continuing her involvement with The Legacy Project for Margie’s 50th anniversary season in 2023.

About Stedroy Crump

Stedroy has been in love with Hip Hop ever since he was young. He was enrolled in dance classes at 8 years old, but really fell in love with the craft at 12 as he started to compete in local dance competitions. Meeting his cousin- Naquan – at this age made him hungry as ever to keep learning and growing since Naquan was far better than him and had never taken classes! This hunger helped Stedroy become the recipient of the Manitoba Dance Festival Scholarship(x2), taking home Gold at Dance World Cup (Niagara Falls), while being undefeated in all local dance competitions. Wayne Santos was Stedroy’s mentor growing up and he was fortunate to have met him at Marquis Dance Academy.  Stedroy currently teaches at Muse Studios, Kids Etc Youth Movement Company and Masterworks Dance Studio.

2022 Research Series: Endnote Roundtable Discussion

2022 Research Series: Endnote Roundtable Discussion

Young Lungs Dance Excahange is excited to present the 2022 Research Series! Join us as Chiamaka Barbara Ukwuegbu and David Oro present their written and visual essays as a response to the 2022 Artists-In-Residence.

Sunday, April 10, 2022
2:00 – 4:00 pm
At The Output, 100 Arthur St, 2nd floor
This is a FREE event

Click HERE to register!

Event will be held in-person. Masks are mandatory, and space will be limited.

For building access info, click here https://art-space.ca/accessibility-info/, or email younglungs.wpg@gmail.com.

About Chiamaka

Chiamaka Barbara Ukwuegbu (She/Her) is a storyteller of Nigerian descent who resides on Treaty 1 Territory & The Homeland of the Metis Nation. Her writing work includes opinion pieces, book reviews, short stories, essays, and poetry which she reluctantly shares on her blog and her Instagram page. For her, storytelling means returning home to her body, holding on to joy, unlearning silence, and giving herself permission to own her voice.

About David

David Oro is the Co-Founder & Art Director of U N I Together Productions and Founder & Creative Director of studiosarisari, a visual development studio for books, film, video games, and digital media. David has 25+ years of expertise in illustration, conceptual design, storyboarding and motion & graphic design. Born in Manilla, now based in Winnipeg, he has worked with Electric Monk Media and Complex Games to create work which can be found on Games workshop, SONY, Disney, CBC, Bell MTS and Shaw Media. Most recently, he storyboarded for an episode of Tales from the Loop, from Amazon prime directed by Jodie Foster.

Young Lungs Dance Exchange’s Research Series is generously supported by Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council.

2022 Research Series: Research Presentations

2022 Research Series: Research Presentations

The 2022 Artists-In-Residence will present their creative research from their time in residence with Young Lungs Dance Exchange.

Saturday, April 9, 2022
7:00 – 9:00 pm
At The Output, 100 Arthur St, 2nd floor

Click HERE to register!

For building access info, click here https://art-space.ca/accessibility-info/, or email younglungs.wpg@gmail.com.

Event will be held in-person. Masks are mandatory, and space will be limited.

Payment is sliding scale $5-30 
This event includes ASL Interpretation

About Angela’s Research

You Are Her(e) was originally created as a live performance piece exploring the relationship between the perceived imperfections in my body and the more laudable imperfections that one finds in the natural world, and which are described as “natural beauty.” This research will directly influence my next steps in furthering You Are Her(e) – re-envisioning the project as an Augmented Reality app.

The pandemic’s forced pause on this work has provided me with time to become curious around the bigger themes and ideas posed in this work – the role of eco-feminism and how colonialism has affected the way we speak about and interact with both land and women’s bodies; how crippling the creation process affects our relationships to each other, to the work and to our self; when colonial land stewardship practices and Indigenous knowledge are presented side by side, how do we, as artmakers, embody this information and allow it to affect our personal storytelling? Finally, I have made a commitment to making work with a low to no carbon footprint. I believe this research is integral to the creation of an interactive app that can engage users without the need for travel, sets and tickets!


In this exploration, I also hope to affirm that the physical differences which the fashion and beauty industries try to fix and change are in fact the key important elements in our individual personal beauty. Using my personal story of reclaiming my body as a positive thing through the metaphor of national parks and natural beauty, I want to explore adding the stories, ideas and personal experiences of other female identifying folks to create a collage of personal histories where we are encouraged as a community to embrace our own and others’ unique personal beauty. 

About Stedroy and Tessa’s Research

Stedroy and Tessa find they are connected through their love of Hip Hop dance and culture. Having both been raised in the prairies with vastly different histories, they are excited about this opportunity for creative research as it allows them each to work outside their respective communities. In the spirit of exchange and reciprocity, they intend to create solos for one another with a focus on the role freestyle/improvisation plays in their performance and choreographic practices.

Young Lungs Dance Exchange’s Research Series is generously supported by Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council.

Workshop: DIY Solo Creation & Dance Improv

Workshop: DIY Solo Creation & Dance Improv

A workshop for all performers and improvisers. 

February 17, 2022
6:00 – 9:00 pm
At The Output, 100 Arthur St, 2nd floor

For building access info, click here https://art-space.ca/accessibility-info/, or email younglungs.wpg@gmail.com.

Venue will be at reduced capacity to ensure physical distancing, limited spots are available. Payment is sliding scale $5-$50.

Click HERE to register!

As per the current Provincial Health Orders, proof of vaccination is required upon entry. Participants who are not able to provide proof of double vaccination will not be given entry to the facility. Face masks are mandatory.

About the Workshop:
Meagan O’Shea teaches DIY Solo Creation and Ensemble Improv throughout North America, Europe and beyond.

This workshop will focus on generative improv strategies, working with each individual’s source material.  Moving together in-person with physical distancing in place, we will expand the exploration to the social body and practice composing together in real time. We will also work on solo sourcing and developing material that we will share with each other at the end of the workshop.

Meagan fuses contemporary dance and performance practices with theatre, storytelling, clown, comedy, DIY spectacle in her interdisciplinary, interactive solo works. Using some of her favourite tools, we’ll play with extrapolating from a theme to generate material and about it in interesting ways.

Meagan has developed her Oblique/Switch creative methodology through her training and work with Keith Hennessy, Ruth Zaporah, Nina Martin and voice work with Katherine Duncanson, Fides Krucker, Allessio Castonelli (The World is Sound), John Turner, Karen Hines, devised theatre with One Yellow Rabbit, and countless other workshops and trainings. Her work is supported through her dance, somatic, pilates, and yoga practices. 

About Meagan O’Shea (she | her) Canada/Germany

Working across forms and borders, queer, contemporary dance+ artist Meagan O’Shea devises “Uplifting, energetic and totally out of the ordinary” performances for real and imagined spaces. 

Working with Oblique/Switch as a generative research method to reach beyond the Obvious/1st Impulse and Opposite/2nd Impulse to discover The Oblique/3rd Impulse; the potential to disrupt dominant paradigms, and offer an alternative to binary systems, she creates content-driven, problem-finding, contemporary solo work, treating the process like a science experiment, she uses body and the interaction with the audience as test site.

Meagan’s award-nominated solo work has been presented across Canada, in New York, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Ireland, Finland, Austria, Greece and Germany. Meagan has also refined an ensemble improv practice through the ongoing “dance like no one is watching” performance project, which animates/disrupts public space, has included over 200 dancers and reached 30,000 incidental audience. She is currently working on Anatomalia (anatomy+anomaly+femalia), 7 choreographies set in immersive, installed environments tracking the transformation in healing trauma to find joy.

Meagan teaches DIY Solo Making and Ensemble Improv in North America and Europe. In 2007 Meagan founded Stand Up Dance as a platform to amplify her vision and support her work and that of other artists and communities. She is co-founder of hub14 in Toronto, was International Associate Artist at Dance Ireland for three seasons, Associate Artist at Theatre Direct, BIDE Artistic Collaborator (12-14), and has created much of her work through international residencies. She is a recipient of the KM Hunter Award in Dance and twice been shortlisted for the Guggenheim Fellowship. 

This workshop is made possible with the generous support from Manitoba Arts Council. Thanks also to our partner Video Pool Media Arts Centre.

2020/21 YLDE Annual Report

2020/21 YLDE Annual Report

Thanks to all those who came out to our AGM on November 21! We are so pleased to welcome Yuri Karube, Neilla Hawley, and Ella Steele to our board of directors! You can see our full board list HERE. If you missed the AGM and would like a summary, please check out our 2020-2021 Annual Report by clicking the link below.

Photo Credit: Emily Solstice Tait, 2021 Research Series Artist-In-Residence by Michelle Panting

ID: Emily is lunging forward, gaze forward to the right of the camera, one arm on the earth, one out to the side, hand pressing against the open air, she is outside in the late fall in a lightly wooded area, no leaves are on the trees or bushes behind her.