This year, we are seeking artists who are interested in investigating migration and movement. Atlanta is a transient city. And whether forcibly or freely our communities are rooted in movement. This year’s residency will privilege the narratives of people who have been displaced. People migrating as a means of finding home or safety or something else entirely. Choreographers are asked to question or maybe find answers to questions they have already asked
• Who has access to spaces? What does movement (in all senses) mean in our communities? Who has the freedom to move, migrate, and create place?
This thematic concept is inspired by Danielle Deadwyler’s current installation FOR(E)RUNNER on view at Atlanta Contemporary as part of the Virtual Remains exhibition curated by TK Smith. FOR(E)RUNNER is a multimedia installation that incorporates performance, video, and sculpture to intervene on the histories of the Atlanta railway corridor by unearthing the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of the Black laborers who worked to construct it.
Atlanta Contemporary occupies the land of the Mvskoke (Muscogee/Creek) Nation. These individuals were forcibly removed against their will, and we reap the benefits of their turmoil. Our occupation of this land is an act of privilege. We acknowledge this land and their legacy. It is important to reflect that acknowledgement in the art that is created through this residency. We are interested in the stories and art of BIPOC and marginalized communities and encourage artists of the diaspora to use this residency for storytelling and creation.
Learn more about the program and guidelines on the Dance Canvas website.