Join Dancemaker Resident Kimberleigh A. Holman and her Boston Dancemakers Residency showcase collaborators Wanda Strukus and Frank Criscione, for a discussion on their work and process with Director of Dance and Interdisciplinary Arts, Andrea Blesso. Together the dancer, dramaturg, scenic designer, and program director will answer your questions and give you insight into Holman’s upcoming Dancemakers Residency Showcase, Common Circus, which premieres October 7, 2022 at BCA Plaza Theatres.
Kimberleigh A. Holman: Common Circus
Common Circus is a three-ring exploration of the mundane, in which common tasks and notions will be shown through a lens of performance and spectacle.
As a pandemic’s worth of at-home time passed, Kim Holman found herself focusing on the tasks and motions she repeated regularly, fantasizing about the site of utmost spectacle—circus—and questioning what it would be like to throw such rote tasks as making a simple cup of coffee into the three-ring environment.
Throughout this immersive work, audience members are invited to notice and celebrate the mundane bits of their own lives in the midst of a high performance environment.
Boston Dancemakers Residency
The Boston Dancemakers Residency supports Boston-area dance artists who are striving to develop, adapt, or reinvent their creative process. Produced through a partnership between Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) and Boston Dance Alliance (BDA), the residency serves as a laboratory for ideas that are in the exploratory phase and needed dedicated time and space to be fully realized.
Designed to promote artistic growth and the development of original ensemble work, dancemakers will be offered support for research, development, rehearsal, financial and production phases of their project. Resources include a regional three-day retreat, six weeks of intensive studio time, discounted rehearsal space, dancemaker and collaborator stipends, and rehearsal pay for up to six dancers.
The residency must be used to develop new work and the majority of rehearsal time should be dedicated to the proposed project. BCA and BDA encourage dancemakers to take risks, invest time and focus in working with their dancers, build the skills to develop and advance original ensemble work, and dive deeply into their creative process.