CLEaR Forum

Choreographic Lab, Exploration and Research

Held annually in the Spring (April-May), open via Application
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Ross Creek Centre for the Arts in Canning, NS

Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Photo Credit: Kevin MacCormack

Presented by Mocean Dance in partnership with the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts

CLEaR Forum – Choreographic Lab, Exploration and Research is a residency-based choreographic research lab that takes place in rural Nova Scotia. The program provides opportunities for two choreographers and four interpreters/dancers with a skilled support team, studio space for the duration of the week, a forum for dialogue and exchange, and a small stipend.

CLEaR Forum

A variety of mediums and approaches are used to interrogate practices and discover new ways of making. Photo Credit: Kevin MacCormack

CLEaR Forum is intended as a collective artist residency focused on exchange and community, suitable for emerging to mid-career dance artists. The lab will provide choreographers the opportunity to question and progress their art making in an intimate, yet rigorous and engaging forum to work within.

All participants take part in the morning programming of shared practice and evening discussions. Through dialogue, led by the facilitation team, discussions will be held to address the day’s work, support arising questions, and consider the diversity of art-making practices.

The Lab is held annually in the picturesque setting of the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, in Canning NS.

Daily Program Schedule:
9:30-10:00 - open morning warm-up
10:00-11:30 - guided group research
11:45-1:00 - creative inquiry with researching choreographer
1:00-2:00 - lunch
2:00-4:00 - creative inquiry with researching choreographer
4:15-5:00 - end of day sharing
6:00-7:00 - dinner
7:00-8:30 - evening discussions/activities

"The flow (of the program) was carefully put together while still giving support / space to the artists allowing them enough time to learn and challenge themselves. I really enjoyed the readings and the booklet that was made which gave way to the nightly discussions; I still refer to it currently. (The morning sessions) warming up as a group sets the tone for the day and is incredibly important. I learned how to be critical of my own work while also being inspired by the work I created with the dancers; that failing is okay as long as you can see what can be done within the work and to never settle. I only wish the program was 10 days long.

-Emily Gaultieri, Co-Artistic Director Parts + Labour Danse

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed a professional training program and actively pursuing a career in dance. Choreographers or artists with a making practice are recommended to have had a minimum of 3 to 5 works presented publicly. Participant selection will be a broad mix of both regional and nationally-based artists.

CLEaR Forum applications are open to all dance artists who identify as being emerging or mid-career working in all forms of dance. We welcome applications from all including gender non-conforming/trans, LGBTQ+, racialized people and Indigenous artists.

The CLEaR Forum program is made possible through Mocean's Education, Outreach and Professional Development division of the company and a treasured partnership with the Ross Creek Centre for Arts.