Open Call for Female and/or Female-identifying Dancers – for Elena Bajo’s Public Dance Performance, all levels are welcome.
Where: EFA Project Space, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, 2nd Floor- 323 West 39th Street NY NY 10018, US
“In Honor of…” part of the exhibition “As Far as the Heart can See” curated by Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful
When: October 20th, 1-5 pm, 2018
Deadline for applications: Sept 24th to October 3rd, 2018 PLEASE send your materials ASAP. Applications will be reviewed as they come in, selection will be first come first serve so there is a chance that the selection process is finished before the deadline.
Following an “*Anarchoreographic Method”, Elena Bajo’s interdisciplinary approach, selected dancers will work with improvised and choreographed movements to be determined before hand in close collaboration with the artist. Having a short text as a point of departure, a series of experiments and studies will be proposed that attempt to explore the intersection of ecologies of capital and body movement, chance and muscle memory undertaking anarchism as artistic strategy, by implementing elements of disentanglement and effects, as a point of dissidence and disruption on contemporary political choreographies. *Anarchoreographies – non-hierarchical trajectories used as a tool to articulate a sense of subjectivity and collectivity and the creation of a space in constant flux.
Selected dancers will start working one on one choreographies in a “virtual” way with the artist (Skype, WhatsApp, FB messenger, etc) and then will have “real” encounters for 5 rehearsal days.
Mandatory that selected dancers should be available for PERFORMANCE DAY: October 20th, 2018 and 5 REHEARSAL DAYS: 2h per day, there is an Open to the Public rehearsal day on October 16th, 7-8.30 pm at Open Performance Movement Research; Date/time of rest of rehearsals to be announced and specified to selected dancers between Oct 5th and October 18th.
Selected performers will be provided with a digital copy of video documentation, high-resolution digital photos of the performance and a modest stipend. Their participation will be credited in the official program and promoted in social media. Elena Bajo thanks Spain Arts and Culture for their support. This project is supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, New York.
Elena Bajo is an artist, choreographer and co-founder of the LA collective D’CLUB dedicated to climate action. Her artistic practice occurs at the intersection of anarchist thought, social ecology and metaphysics, engaging ideas of nature, and the body as a political and social entity questioning its relationship to ecologies of capital. She works both individually and collectively, using an interdisciplinary approach: architecture, life sciences, forms of movement, acting, choreography, sculpture, text and video. After obtaining a degree in Pharmacology from the Complutense University in Madrid, (Spain) she received an MA in Genetic Architecture from ESARQ, School of Architecture at International University of Catalunya, Barcelona (Spain) and a MA in Fine Arts from Central Saint Martins School of Art, University of Arts, London (UK). She has studied Laban / Bartenieff Movement Principles with Eva Blaschke, Christel Büche and Jan Burkhardt at TanzFabrik, Center for Contemporary Dance, Berlin. She was a co-founder of the temporary art project EXHIBITION 211, in New York. She has taught and lectured at Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, Berlin; Goldsmith’s College, London; Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, Providence; and Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield among other institutions.
Solo, group exhibitions and performances among others at Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles, US ;A Performance Affair, APA, Brussels, Belgium; C Room 1, Priska Pasquer, Cologne, Germany; Blue Project Foundation, Barcelona; Parallel Oaxaca, Mexico; Garcia Galeria, Madrid; Annex14, Zurich, Switzerland; Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, Brazil; Stacion, Pristina, Kosovo; Artium Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria, Spain; and group shows at 44th Salon Nacional de Artistas, Pereira, Colombia; Kai 10 Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf; David Roberts Foundation. London; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; 3rd Mardin Biennial, Turkey, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark; Performa Biennial, NY; Sculpture Center, NY; Perform now, LA; Dry Lake Desert, California and the dunes of the Sahara Desert, Morocco. Awarded residencies at Skowhegan, Maine; ISCP, in New York; Ratti Foundation in Como, Italy; Gabriel Orozco Workshop Fellowship, Botin Foundation, Spain; Goldrausch in Berlin, Germany. In 2017 she received the Audemars Piguet award for ArcoMadrid for her installation All Tangled Up in a Fading Star and in 2018 she was awarded the Botin Foundation International Visual Arts Grant, for her project Urania’s Mirror, an interdisciplinary project that investigates environmental and social impact that neoliberal economies have on the land and communities of Latin America. Recent contributions to publications include On Violence, E.R.O.S, London; Without an Object, Art Journal, Cuenca College of Arts, Spain. Recently she has released an artist monograph Critical Lexicon of Contemporary Art (KUENSTLER. Kritisches Lexikon de Gegenwartskunstliterary). She divides her time between America and Europe.
To apply, please send ASAP a link to a short video of your work (1-3 min), with preference a solo work in progress, your CV and a brief text expressing your specific interest in participating to email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The dancers will get a stipend.