Work Up puts ideas on stage.
This series supports the development of 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 are selected through a two-tiered application process including a written submission and a live audition.
The program is committed to building significant context around the work of emerging artists, from the initial submission process to the final performance experience. This is done, in part, through the development of an exhibition component in our gallery space.
Work Up artists also receive a $1000 performance fee and 30 hours of granted rehearsal space. Additionally, Work Up artists will have the opportunity to meet for classes and one-on-one consultations with Gibney Dance staff members on grant writing, marketing, and other communication strategies.
How to Apply
The Work Up 3.0 application is now closed! We have reached 100 submissions and this year’s application is no longer available. Thank you for your interest.View the full Guidelines →
Written Application Submission Period (will close when we reach 100 applications)
Monday, October 10, 9:00 am
Wednesday, December 7, 9:30 am – 6:30 pm, Studio C at Gibney 280
Thursday, December 8, 9:30 am – 6 pm, Studio C at Gibney 280
Friday, December 9, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm, Studio C at Gibney 280
Work Up 3.1: April 7 and 8, 8pm, Studio C at Gibney 280
Work Up 3.2: April 14 and 15, 8pm, Studio C at Gibney 280
Work Up 3.3: April 21 and 22, 8pm, Studio C at Gibney 280
Artists who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate university program are not eligible to apply. If you presented your work in Work Up 2015 or 2016, you are not eligible to apply for the 2017 program. If you applied or auditioned last year but did not present your work, you are eligible to apply again this year.
All works auditioned must be complete and between 10 and 20 minutes in length.
If you are not available for any of the listed audition or performance dates, please do not submit a written application. We encourage you to apply next year if you’re available!
Resources for Applicants
Work Up 2.1
April 1 - 2, 2016
Angélica Angulo Soledad, Lisa Fagan Dance Problems, and Jasmine HearnLearn More →
Work Up 2.2
April 8 - 9, 2016
Kimberleigh Costanzo, Miřenka Čechová & Collaborators, and Lily Bo ShapiroLearn More →
Work Up 2.3
April 15 - 16, 2016
Nora Stephens, Randy Reyes/Barrio Cartography, and Connor VossLearn More →
Work Up 2.4
April 22 - 23, 2016
Gabrielle Revlock, Elisabeth Motley/Motley Dance,Learn More →
and Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDproject
Past Season: Work Up 2.0
Work Up 1.1
April 9 - 11, 2015
Abigail Levine, seymour::dancecollective, and Sophie Sotsky | TYKE DANCE.Learn More →
Work Up 1.2
April 16 - 18, 2015
Evvie Allison, Ayano Elson, and Alex Romania.Learn More →
Work Up 1.3
April 23 - 25, 2015
Ni’Ja Whitson Adebanjo/The NWA Project, Elena Rose Light, and Alyssa Gersony.Learn More →
Work Up 1.4
April 30 - May 2, 2015
Lauren Ree Slone, Eli Tamondong / Projectile Imagery, and Jacob Slominski.Learn More →