February 24–March 8
The E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency is a two-week long creative residency at Earthdance. Curated participants from many different disciplines come together to explore new modes of creation and collective decision-making processes.
Through structures that allow for risk-taking and alternate methods for creation—horizontal organization, collective decision-making, cross-disciplinary collaboration, nonlinear process—E|MERGE provides a fertile space for pushing the boundaries of collaboration and leadership, undoing assumptions about creative processes, and exploring how creative practices transform our relationships.
Participants live, work, cook, and create together with a with a sense of sharing and support for each other's work. Residents are encouraged to engage and test their own creative boundaries in a way that serves their own personal processes and explorations, and also contribute to the creative pursuits of their fellow residents, weaving a fabric of immersion and discovery. The residents, facilitated by the E|MERGE curators and Earthdance staff and community, determine the daily structural aspects of the residency, beyond time necessitated in order to facilitate the communal living experience.
Participants share access to Earthdance's beautiful dance studios, alternate on-site locations for installations and performances, as well as engage with the extended hilltown creative community and over 125 acres of (snow-covered) meadow and forest. Participants stay in communal-style housing and work together to prepare meals and care for the space.
The residency culminates in a final weekend of performances, panel discussions, writing, research, and other modes of expression called E|MERGE Presents.
The fee for the residency is $650 which covers vegetarian meals, dorm-style housing, and access to Earthdance facilities.
Earthdance, in producing E|MERGE, recognizes that we, collectively and individually, exist within a society of interlocking forces of oppression: racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, settler privilege, and species privilege. These forces of oppression live inside of us. Thus, we strive to create spaces in which we can all bring awareness to the way they manifest in us and our creative work. By experimenting with the way these forces, and we ourselves, enter into our creative processes, we aim to move towards greater equity & liberation.
How can we bring attention and intention to: the positions of privilege and oppression we each inhabit; what voices & perspectives are valued, when and why; how power gets distributed within a group; and the implications of our creative process over a wide spectrum of cultures, histories, and experiences?
Whatever your background or interest, if you're interested in helping us build this collective awareness and liberation, we invite you to apply.
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Application Deadline for E|MERGE 2020 extended to November 15, 2019.
E|MERGE 2020 is produced by: Cory Neale, Sarah Young & Mira Treatman