Request for Proposals
2017 Alembic Resident Artist Program
Deadline: Feb. 11, 2017
Residency Period: April 1, 2016-Feb 28, 2017

Note: this deadline has passed. Next RFP will appear in late 2017.
 = apparatus used in alchemy or distilling. The word “alembic” is also used metaphorically for anything that refines or transmutes, as if by distillation (as in “the alembic of creative thought”). 

PWNW || LAD invites artists working in original and contemporary time-based performance, whose work engages a strong movement, body or dance-based component, to apply for year 5 of our Alembic Resident Artist Program. 

The Alembic Residency

Three Portland-area artists or artist groups will receive 100 hours of studio time to be used between April 1, 2017 and February 28, 2017. Additional time once the 100 hours is reached can be rented at $5-6/hr during the residency period.

NEW! There is funding for each artist to engage a mentor/dramaturg/outside eye of their choice to visit rehearsals, give feedback, engage in conversation, help the process along in any way the two (artist and mentor) dream up. This person will receive an honorarium of $350.

During the course of the residency, the artists will have the opportunity share the results of their studio time with each other, the panel and invited friends. A weekend of work in any stage of completion will be presented in February 2018, with a minimum of 80% of the proceeds from the door divided among the artists. Depending on funding, there may be more!

Post Residency Perks
Each artist can continue to rehearse at PWNW for a discounted rate of $7/hour daytime and $8/hour prime time in the year following their residency. In addition, each artist is eligible to be considered for an evening length-performance during 2018 or 2019 as part of PWNW’s Alembic Co-Production Series.


  • Your work may involve other disciplines, but is rooted in movement and/or the body.
  • You should not be enrolled in an academic program.
  • Former Alembic Artists are not eligible at this time.
  • You need to realistically be able to take advantage of the 100 hours of rehearsal and have enough flexibility to meet with your fellow Alembic Artists once every 3 months.
  • You need to be here in Portland most of the year. You need to be in Portland in February 2018, available to perform or otherwise share your work


First, send a quick email ASAP signaling your intention to apply. Then, assemble all the following into a single document. Save it as a PDF and email to THIS LINK.

1. Bio (up to 400 words) Include any website, blog or other links where you virtually reside/create/live

2. Artist Statement: You and your process (up to 600 words–Please also look at the Criteria for Selection Below when writing)

  1. How does your work align or intersect with PWNW’s mission to advance experimentation in contemporary performance?
    • You might include any interest in the questioning of artistic form, hybridity, open-endedness, exploration, how your process addresses the unknown.
  2. What are your personal and artistic goals and what are your goals for the residency period? You will be sharing your work in some form near the end of the residency, but it does not have to be a finished product.
    • Include any motivations, intentions, or inspirations that are a critical part of your artistic process as a whole or for the proposed residency.
    • Describe any concepts, materials, subjects, processes, structures, or questions central to your work.

3. Work Sample–1 or 2 samples of a continuous selection from a work (no short clips as in promo reels) of previous or in-progress work, 8 minutes total. YouTube or Vimeo links preferred–or possibly some other online platform. No DVDs.


Link to a specific portion of a YouTube video:

Link to a specific start point in Vimeo:  Simply append #t=0m0s to the URL to point 0 minutes and 0 seconds past the start of the video. Replace the 0 with your desired values and the link will scrub forward the specified amount in your browser. Example:  starts 6 min and 5 sec into the clip.

4. Work Sample Info Sheet with
  1. Year of Premiere  + Year of Performance, if different
  2. Title and URL (Vimeo or YouTube link)
  3. Credits including your role in the production
  4. Viewing points if needed – For example: “Please watch minutes 8-12 of this sample
  5. Length of sample & length of complete piece, if an excerpt. Also where in the piece this was. For example: This excerpt begins 30 minutes into a 55 minute piece.
  6. How does this video relate to anything you have written about in your Artist Statement?

5. Recommended panelists [optional]: Feel free to recommend a Portland artist, arts writer, curator from performance, visual or media arts.

Criteria for Selection: based on evidence from writing, work sample and knowledge by the panel of the artist’s work. 
  1. The artist’s work aligns with PWNW’s mission to advance experimentation in contemporary performance and media arts
  2. The artist demonstrates a keen investigative spirit and a self-aware intelligent questioning of her or his own process.
  3. The time spent at PWNW has potential for significant impact on the growth and process of the artist.

Choreographer, performer, co-founder and director of Performance Works NW

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