Produced by Y. E. Torres, Cory Neale & Sarah Young
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 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 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 April 18th and 19th 7:30pm
We are no longer receiving applications for E|MERGE 2019
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.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.