Call for applications for L-EST Grant #3

Where: Montbéliard, Belfort, France

Deadline for applications: January, 15th, 2017 (midnight) the latest

The 2016-17 grants are intended for interdisciplinary artistic teams (actors, writers, choreographers, developers, researchers, etc.) working in theatre, dance, site-specific arts, music, digital arts and circus or various hybrid forms. The artistic research process will take the form of an experimentation phase or a writing and conceptualisation phase granted to three companies. This phase will take place between June and November 2017, at the end of which the artistic teams will have either produced an initial model/project, or have advanced in the production of a project that was already underway.

The purpose of this grant is to give artists an opportunity to explore, experiment and subvert the various possibilities offered by the contemporary stage through the prism of transmedia.

Various approaches can be developed (non-exhaustive list): stage/media combinations (web, interactive interfaces, parallel fictions, narrative world(s), social medias,…); temporal, narrative, formal/conceptual and/or media extensions; audience involvement (co-actor, co-creator, participant, etc.) and spillover into the public space; interpenetration of real and/or virtual and the stage, and so on.

Specifically, L-EST is interested in processes developing:

  • Open and Interactive writing that involves audience participation, notably through its contribution to the deployment of the narrative, based on the understanding that transmedia seeks to create new fictional territories within the same sphere/global narration that people can appropriate, use and experiment with;
  • A multi-platform dramaturgy, staging or performance operating a convergence between “traditional” stage writing (theatre, choreography, music/sound, audio-visual, book, journalism, etc.) and interactive writing (designer, interactive designer, film maker, designer of web architecture, social media expert, community moderator, etc.);
  • Furthermore, L-EST will carefully and particularly considerate the applications developing a performing arts and transmedia project rooted in the territory of Belfort-Montbéliard.

Description of the grand

> An average of a €5,000 grant per artistic team will be awarded; this sum may be reviewed (downward or upward), project by project, based on the number of people involved and the length of requested research residency. This sum will cover travel, per-diems and salaries;

> Accommodation will be covered directly;

> A workspace (studio, black box or digital stage) will be made available at one of the three venues (per artistic team) for the duration of the experimentation period;

> The technical needs will be covered directly by L-EST (please be as specific as possible in the application form).

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