CLEaR Forum

Choreographic Lab, Exploration and Research

April 17-23, 2021

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 ArtsCLEaR 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 to three choreographers and four interpreters/dancers with a skilled support team, studio space for the duration of the week, a forum for dialogue and exchange, housing with meals, and a small stipend.

NOTE: This year’s CLEaR Forum format looks a bit different than in prior years. Since our 2020 edition was cancelled due to COVID-19, instead of sending an open call for both dancers and choreographers, we are honouring last year’s local applicants and have 2 pre-set lead choreographers: Lydia Zimmer and Jacinte Armstrong, with guest creative facilitator Pamela Grundy. This said, we are looking for 2 artists per choreographer (4 in total). Since we no longer have the Atlantic bubble in place, only Nova Scotia-based applicants will be considered for this edition of CLEaR Forum.

Read the full Program Description Here (PDF)

CLEaR Forum

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


Lydia Zimmer & Jacinte Armstrong

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

Eligibility & How to Apply

Format - We are looking for 2 artists per choreographer (4 in total). When applying, candidates must indicate which choreographer they would prefer to work with (Lydia, Jacinte, or either). The nature of Jacinte’s work is open to include visual & dance artists.

Eligibility - Professional dance artists, movement-based artists and visual artists interested in movement are encouraged to apply. Interested artists should have a making practice and are recommended to have had 2 to 4 works presented publicly. Having completed a professional training program or the equivalent experience is also recommended, but not necessary. **Due to COVID-19, only Nova Scotia-based applicants will be considered.**

CLEaR Forum applications are open to artists who identify as being emerging or mid-career working in all forms of movement and dance. We welcome and encourage people from all communities and intersecting identities to apply. This includes Indigenous people, LGBTQ+ & Two-Spirit people, Black people and people of colour. Candidates who have not participated in CLEaR Forum in the past are encouraged to apply.

Selection Process - All applications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of this year’s choreographers, the Interim Artistic Producer, and the creative facilitator.

Notification results by March 19th, 2021

"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