Dragon Dance Theatre –France

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Here is your opportunity to do an artist residency focusing on theatre, dance, music and mask-making,

The NEXT RESIDENCY IS PLANNED FOR SUMMER 2019 – August 4 to September 02.

Dragon Dance is organizing an intense, experimental and improvisational theatre lab, plus a plastic arts workshop, where we will make masks, sets and costumes. It will be a fully integrated intense experience, working with other artists from different parts of the world, as well as with local people.

Together we will imagine, and realize our own creative Utopia. We will make a peaceful, historically relevant, community art event based on a myth. We will dance and sing, make music, break bread, laugh, and inspire one another, while working in our chosen fields, to make a memorable public performance. We will have fun. We will work. We will create our own world of cultural exchange, cooperation and creation.

This is a fully integrated, in depth, immersion a working environment, shoulder to shoulder with other artists from around the world, musicians, dancers, actors, puppeteers.
We work together in all aspects of the production, from choosing the story to creating the masks, improvising the scenes and inventing the music.
This is a 4 week project (some exceptions can be made for people who can only attend 2 or 3 weeks). At first, in the mornings, we work mostly on the plastic arts building the armatures and sculpting the forms of the masks with clay. After a few days, we can start to cover the first masks with paper-mach??, while other armatures are being built.
In the afternoons and early evening, we work on the story itself, studying the characters, defining the conflicts, and improvising the scenes. Everyone participates and enriches the group with their ideas and input. We use a method of socializing the roles as we study the stage, the scenes and the story.
As the weeks unfolds, we will start to use the finished masks on the stage and learn to manipulate these giant puppets. We will spend more and more time developing the story, while creating and integrating the music.
At the end of the workshop we will perform the show 3 times for the local public. By the end of the project, you will have gained a working knowledge of how a theatre works using the ideas, the strategies and theories of collective creation to develop and mount a performance.

The registration fee is 250 euros (approx 250 USD). This is non-refundable. Once you register, your place is reserved. Also, once you register, we can write an invitation letter which you can use to look for funding.

The 4 week residency fee is 1500 Euros (1700 USD) . This covers your tent space and meals, plus workshop fees as well as local transport between Toulouse and Launaguet (for arrivals and departures between 08:00 am and 09:00 pm).
Payments are made using PayPal or via bank transfer depending on your location.
(note that accommodation is tenting in a field there is water, solar showers and facilities available we will arrange for breakfast plus the main meal which is lunch, and a light evening supper.

Residency Programme since: 1976
Description of Organisation:

Dragon Dance Theatre has been doing cultural exchange projects since 1974. We have given workshops in Cuba, Nicaragua, Argentina, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, Slovakia, Guatemala… We work along the lines of offering a theatre laboratory in which we will conceive, create, and mount a cross-cultural, collective creation, with all the resident artists.

Organisation founded in: 1974
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: N/A
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Application process: Project based
Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
Expenses paid by the artist:
  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Food
Expenses paid by the organisation:
  • Other
Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
  • Other
If other, please specify: participate in all aspects of the production process – participate in the public performances
Other activities happening at the space:
  • Workshops
  • Exhibition
Selection process: By committee
Setting: Rural
How to reach by plane: The project will take place in Launaguet, France. This is on the outskirts of Toulouse.
Street & Number: chemin boudou
Postal Code: 31
City: Launaguet // Toulouse
Country long: France
chemin boudou
Launaguet // Toulouse 31 FRA
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