Work Up is a residency, professional development program, and performance opportunity that supports emerging dance and performance artists whose work demonstrates risk, relevance, and research.

Emphasizing the articulation of a choreographer’s ideas in both movement and language, Work Up artists will be selected through a two-tiered application process including a written submission and a live audition. Nine works will be selected for presentation on three shared programs, each featuring three artists. Each program will receive two performances in Studio C at Gibney Dance 280 Broadway in March 2018

Work Up artists receive a $1,000 performance fee and 30 hours of granted rehearsal space. Additionally, Work Up artists will meet as a cohort for three informal showings between November 2017 and February 2018. They will also have the opportunity to participate in professional development workshops.

Work Up is committed to building context around the work of emerging artists, from the initial submission process to the final performance experience. Gibney staff will work with the selected artists to consider the ways in which they can work with an institution to contextualize their artistic practice and articulate their ideas. This will happen through conversations at the informal showings, engagement with the Dance Technology Initiative, and the development of a visual art piece to be exhibited as a group show in the gallery space at 280 Broadway.

View the full program guidelines and application below.

Work Up has been made possible with generous support from the Howard Gilman Foundation and with additional support from the SHS Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.

 


Guidelines & Important Dates

Please review the Application and Audition Guidelines thoroughly before submitting your application.

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Important Dates

Work Up Info Session
The Learning & Leadership Studio at 280 Broadway
Tuesday, August 15, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Tuesday, August 22, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Work Up Application Submission Date
Wednesday, August 30, 10:00 am

Audition Notifications
Tuesday, September 26

Live Auditions
Studio C at 280 Broadway
Wednesday, October 25, 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Thursday, October 25, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, October 25, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Performance Dates
Studio C at Gibney 280
Work Up 4.1: March 2 and 3, 8 pm
Work Up 4.2: March 9 and 10, 8 pm
Work Up 4.3: March 16 and 17, 8 pm

Informal Showings
Location TBD
Monday, November 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Monday, December 11, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Monday, February 6, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Professional Development Workshops
The Learning & Leadership Studio at 280 Broadway
Tuesday, November 14, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, DEEP: Get Stable / Financial Literacy
Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, DEEP: Social Media
Tuesday, January 9, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, DEEP: Get Healthy
Tuesday, January 30, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, DEEP: National Dance Project Info Session

Gallery Exhibition
Install dates: Monday, February 12 – Thursday, February 15 (Exact dates TBD)
Exhibition Dates: Friday, February 16 – Saturday, March 17 (Exact dates TBD)
De-Install Dates: Monday, March 19 – Friday, March 23 (Exact dates TBD)

 

How to Apply

The Work Up application will open on Wednesday, August 30 at 10:00 am EST. At that time, we will accept a total of 100 applications. You may view the application now, but submissions before 10:00 am on Wednesday, August 30 will not be considered.

View the Application →

 

Resources for Applicants

Info Sessions

Work on your application and learn more about Work Up in two Info Sessions:

Tuesday, August 15 from 1 – 2:30 pm
Tuesday, August 22 from 6 – 7:30 pm
Gibney Dance 280 Broadway

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Rehearsal Footage Best Practices

Work Up Application Video Tutorial from Gibney Dance on Vimeo.

    Past Season: Work Up 3.0

  • Work Up 3.1
    April 7 - 8, 2017

    Kareem Alexander & Company
    Rachel Sigrid Freeburg in collaboration with s.lumbert
    Millie Heckler and Samantha Lysaght 

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  • Work Up. 3.2
    April 14 - 15, 2017

    effie bowen
    IV Castellanos and Amanda Hunt
    Veraalba Santa 

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  • Work Up 3.3
    April 21 - 22, 2017

    Fana Fraser
    Beth Graczyk
    zavé martohardjono 

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    Work Up 2.0

  • Work Up 2.1
    April 1 - 2, 2016

    Angélica Angulo Soledad, Lisa Fagan Dance Problems, and Jasmine Hearn

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  • Work Up 2.2
    April 8 - 9, 2016

    Kimberleigh Costanzo, Miřenka Čechová & Collaborators, and Lily Bo Shapiro

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  • Work Up 2.3
    April 15 - 16, 2016

    Nora Stephens, Randy Reyes/Barrio Cartography, and Connor Voss

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  • Work Up 2.4
    April 22 - 23, 2016

    Gabrielle Revlock, Elisabeth Motley/Motley Dance,
    and Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDproject

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    Past Season: Work Up 1.0

  • Work Up 1.1
    April 9 - 11, 2015

    Abigail Levine, seymour::dancecollective, and Sophie Sotsky | TYKE DANCE.

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  • Work Up 1.2
    April 16 - 18, 2015

    Evvie Allison, Ayano Elson, and Alex Romania.

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  • Work Up 1.3
    April 23 - 25, 2015

    Ni’Ja Whitson Adebanjo/The NWA Project, Elena Rose Light, and Alyssa Gersony.

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  • Work Up 1.4
    April 30 - May 2, 2015

    Lauren Ree Slone, Eli Tamondong / Projectile Imagery, and Jacob Slominski.

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