Produced by Cory Neale, Sarah Young & Mira Treatman
The E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency is a two-week long creative residency where performance and visual artists, activists, scholars, scientists, and more come together as curated Earthdance Creators-in-Residence to explore methods of creation and collaborative decision-making through structures that allow for risk-taking—horizontal organization, collective decision-making, cross-disciplinary collaboration, nonlinear process, and more. 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.
The residency culminates in a final weekend of public installation, performance, and discussion called E|MERGE Presents March 6 & 7, 2020.
Participants share access to Earthdance's beautiful dance studios and 125+ acres of forest, alternate on-site locations for installations and performances, and engage with the extended Hilltown community. Participants stay in communal-style housing and work together to prepare meals and care for the space.
Earthdance enthusiastically encourages participation across social differences including race, sexual identity, gender, age, class, and ability.
E|MERGE 2020 Application is closed.
Read: Earthdance's Pledge to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Earthdance's buildings are ADA accessible. More info here.
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.