Alembic = 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 8 of our Alembic Resident Artist Program.
IMPORTANT: The studio research time, NOT the performance, is the core of the Alembic Residency. If you don’t need this time and space, or will have trouble using it, please do not apply. If you know you will be doing lots of traveling and/or foresee opportunities that will make it hard to use the studio time, please do not apply this year.
Three Portland-area artists or artist groups will receive 100 hours of studio time to be used between June 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. The results of the residency will be presented in a weekend of work, at any stage of completion, in February 2021, with a minimum of fee $500 paid to each project. Depending on funding, there may be more!
We also provide funding for each artist to engage a mentor/dramaturg/outside eye of their choice to visit rehearsals, give feedback, engage in conversation, or help the process along in any way the two (artist and mentor) dream up. This person will receive a minimum honorarium of $300. We will have a short-list of possible folks if you need help deciding. During the course of the residency, the artists will share the results of their studio time with each other, the panel, mentors, and invited friends during two sessions, one in October, and one in early January.
Post Residency Perks: Each artist can continue to rehearse at PWNW for a discounted rate of $7/hour in the year following their residency. In addition, each artist is eligible to be considered for an evening-length-performance during the two years following their residency as part of PWNW’s Alembic Co-Production Series.
Our vision and goals for the residency:
With this opportunity, PWNW wants to make a significant difference in the lives of artists, creating conditions to make the acts of exploration and creation easier. Through the Alembic Residency, we support artistic investigations that are movement-based, but may incorporate other disciplines and collaborations, with a focus on experimentation. In each application cycle, there are many artists who would be able fulfill the criteria in their own individual ways. However, we can only choose three. Since one of our goals is to create the grounds for a lively confluence of diverse creative ideas, artistic and personal backgrounds, the selection of a fertile mix of artists and approaches is a part of the process.
We also wish to state that PWNW seeks to engage a more diverse and inclusive participant body and strives to recognize individuality and create equal opportunities for all, regardless of race, class, gender, ability, ethnicity, sexuality or age. The demographic survey that is part of the application is a tool we hope will help us evaluate our progress towards this goal.
If you’d like to see the gamut of previous Alembic Artists, check out this link.
1- Click here to send an email by March 9, 2020 signaling your intention to apply.
This deadline has been extended to March 11!
Optional: In your email, suggest one or two panelists: Portland artists; arts writers; or curators of performance, visual or media arts. The ideal panelist is familiar with both your own work and the mission, values, and work of Performance Works NW.
2a- Preview and prepare answers to the APPLICATION QUESTIONS (see below)
2b- Use your answers to fill out our online application form.
3- Fill out our online demographic form*, also by the same deadline March 23. This information, kept anonymous, is used to evaluate the reach and access of our programs and in reporting to our funders.
*Please note: This information will NOT be made available to the Alembic Panel as a part of your application. The Panel will be provided anonymous aggregated data of the full applicant pool.
1. Your name, pronouns, and contact info including email, mailing address, phone and website if any.
2. Bio (up to 400 words)
3. Artist Statement: You and your process (up to 500 words–Please also look at the Criteria for Selection below when writing)
4. Work Sample + Info
Prepare 1 or 2 samples of a selection from a previous or in-progress work, 5-7 minutes total. It doesn’t necessarily have to be finished work, but can be a work-in-progress, or a video sketch of work in the studio.
No short clips as in promo reels. Please make sure each cut or section is at least 2 minutes continuous, not jumping around from high point to high point.
Due to the volume of applicants, we cannot guarantee that the panel will watch more than 2 minutes of your sample. So choose cue point(s) with that in mind. However, having a longer section available, in case the panel wants to view further, is a good idea!
YouTube or Vimeo links preferred–or possibly some other online platform. The work should as best as possible represent your current areas of investigation.
INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WITH EACH LINK
Criteria for Selection: based on evidence from writing, work sample and knowledge by the panel of the artist’s work.
In addition to the above Criteria, the panel will also consider the makeup of of the group as a whole, looking for a group that is heterogeneous in terms of qualities such as background, aesthetic approach, stage of artist’s career, etc.