Experimental Choreographic Residency

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Brooke Stamp, ECR 2022, photo by Gabriel Gwynne
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Experimental Choreographic Residency with Rebecca Jensen, 2021.


The Experimental Choreographic Residency (ECR) supports the development of innovative, bold and experimental approaches to choreography. Established in 2016, the residency supports an artist or collaboration to spend two weeks developing their experimental choreographic practice with financial, production, technical and creative support from both organisations. This residency is offered in partnership with Critical Path, Australia’s leading centre for choreographic enquiry, research and development.

Devika Bilimoria

Performance Space and Critical Path are very excited to announce the recipient of the 2023 Experimental Choreographic Residency, Devika Bilimoria.

Based in Naarm, Devika is a multi-disciplanary artist working across performance, video photography and installation. They utilise chance, participation, and practices of listening to reveal socio-cultural formations of separateness, hierarchies, and gesture. Trained in the South Indian dance from Bharatanatyam, as well as Media Studies at RMIT and Fine Arts (Honours) from the VCA, Devika creates works that are shared in galleries, on stages and in digital and site-specific contexts, with an aim to reorient what is given and stimulate unexpected encounters and temporalities.

Devika will be in the Drill Hall from 11-21 April, collaborating with a number of POC artists, developing a new work based on the these of "Gesture-share" - a large-scale live performance installation that surges their practice-based research of chance and ritual, through the framework of a task-based game with tactile material engagement.

The work builds on Devika's recent durational performance-installation 'Offerings' and explores randomisation as a key choreographic agent to disorient, jumble, and reveal embodied hierarchies and social prescriptions of dominant worshipping patterns archived within the Artis bodies-to reimagine what is given.

"I use chance-based methods such as randomisation, event scores, improvisation, gravity, and the entropy of duration to facilitate an explicit and implicit witnessing of shifts within the performing body. This experimental practice of indeterminacy, play and disorientation creates an unorthodox approach not only to choreography but to the access of cultural and historic embodiments that shimmer in a diaspora body, while embracing the absurdity and failure of the unknown through chance methods", Devika Bilimoria



Key Dates
Residency dates: 11 - 22 April 2023
Call out opens: Weds 1 Feb 2023
Call out closes: 5pm Mon 27 Feb 2023 
Artists notified: Mid March

What are we looking for?
We are seeking to support a period of creative development for an artist or collaboration that explores experimental and/or interdisciplinary approaches to choreography and movement practice in innovative, rigorous and engaging ways. Applications will be assessed for clarity and integrity of concept and process, the form the project takes, and the urgency and relevance of the project to experimental performance practice in Australia today. We welcome applications from artists living and/or working in Australia and the Asia Pacific region, or artists that have a meaningful connection with this region.

What are we offering?
The successful project will receive:

• Up to $8,000 towards project expenses: artist and collaborator fees, equipment and materials costs, and travel and accommodation if required.

• 2 weeks of space at Critical Path, Drill Hall.

• Production and technical support, producing support, and administrative support from Performance Space.

• Creative advice and feedback from Performance Space and Critical Path.

• If desired, a facilitated feedback session or small showing at the conclusion of the residency.

• Photographic documentation of the work-in-progress.

We prioritise diverse perspectives and voices. We especially encourage submissions from First Nations artists, artists of colour, culturally diverse artists, women, LGBTQIA+ artists, and artists living with disability. Please let us know if you would prefer to apply in a different format or if there is any barrier for you in the submission process. And please note that additional support to assist with access requirements is possible within our programs - get in touch to find out more.

Need anything else clarified?
Feel free to get in touch with us: zoe[at]performancespace.com.au

Past Artists in Residence
2022: Brooke Stamp
2021: Rebecca Jensen
2020: Nat Randall and Anna Breckon 
2019: Ivey Wawn
2018: Rajni Shah 
2017: Atlanta Eke
2016: Justin Shoulder and Vic Hunt

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