E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency

About E|MERGE

E|MERGE is a two-week long annual creative residency that provides a fertile space for the interchange of ideas, artistic innovation, and discovery of new models of creation that extend far beyond the residency itself.

The E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency curates performance and visual artists, activists, scholars, and those interested in developing new forms across disciplines. E|MERGE works to promote the interchange of ideas, artistic innovation and the creation of new collaborative models continuing beyond the residency itself. This residency is ideal for those interested in collaborating and cross-pollinating ideas across discipline and background.  Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to cooperation and an interest in collective decision-making processes. The residency culminates in a final weekend of performances, panel discussions, writing, research, and other modes of expression.

Earthdance enthusiastically encourages participation across social differences including race, sexual identity, gender, age, class, and ability.

E|MERGE was co-founded in 2009 by Krista DeNio, Dan Bear Davis, Karen Bernard, and Melinda Buckwalter, in collaboration with Earthdance.
 
Collaborators-in-Residence participate in one of four possible collaborative roles to collectively create work over the course of this two-week residency at Earthdance.
 
The Collaborative Pool: Would you like to be curated into a group with no specified hierarchy and no predetermined project content? Participants in collaborative pools are put into communication before the start of the residency and a starting point is suggested by the curators based on the interests expressed in the applications. Group members decide how to navigate decision-making and role structures.
 
Project Director: Do you have a specific project you’d like to initiate? The projects that work best have a clear concept and vision, invite collaboration, and maximize the diverse skills of the collaborators. We select the collaborators based on the perceived needs of the project and with the intention of creating a fruitful mixture of talents and interests.  Elaborate on the project concept, the kinds of collaborative processes and structures that interest you, the skill sets you would like to see in your collaborators, and any other information relevant to your experience working collaboratively when answering question 7 of the E|MERGE application.
  
Collaborator: Are you interested in participating in a project proposed by a Project Director by offering your specific skills? As a collaborator, you'll be paired with a project E|MERGE curators think you'll find interesting; additional information is gathered about complementary interested and skills to create vibrant and cohesive working groups.
 
Something We Haven't Thought Of: Are you interested in attending as a mediator, collaboration researcher, or in another role we haven’t outlined above? E|MERGE strives to experiment with modes of collaborative participation.  Let us know your interests and relevant experience and we’ll see what’s possible within the curatorial process.

What Earthdance offers you

  • Working/ Performance spaces including:

    • 2 beautiful, large dance studios with sprung maple floors and radiant heating.
    • Several cabins and other spaces ideal for installations, video/sound editing locations, and unconventional performance spaces.
    • The great outdoors: more than 125 acres of (snow-covered) meadow and forest for art-making and respite.
    • A church and community center for site-specific work (through collaboration with a local congregation).
       
  • Highly skilled peer group for inspiration and collaboration
  • Lab time for feedback and experimentation
  • Opportunities to lead workshops and labs with and for other E|MERGE collaborators
  • 3 vegetarian meals a day (animal protein available for personal purchase nearby)
  • Dorm-style accommodations in our Gratitude Lodge
  • A wood-stove sauna nestled in the woods

What Earthdance expects of E|MERGE collaborators:

  • Workshops/Labs
    Some collaborators will be invited to lead workshops or labs within the residency and/or the public. Our hope is that participants will take advantage of this time for creative research, engaging one another and the public directly with your current exploration research and curiosity.
  • Participation Fee
    $500: This fee for the 14-day residency which includes meals and accommodations. We encourage participants to solicit private sponsors, and will happily offer a letter of participation and supplemental materials.
    Note: Limited work/trade exchange and scholarship options may be available
    • Grant resources for E|MERGE participants coming from England may be available at Arts Council England & British Council
      • We're compiling a list! Please email emerge [at] earthdance [dot] net with additional resources you are aware of, location-specific or otherwise.
         
  • Public Presentation
    We will organize an opportunity for you to share your work at some stage of development with the local community.
  • Community Engagement
    All participants assist in cleaning and cooking during the residency. This is an integral part of the community living experience at Earthdance.
     
  • Fundraising Support
    Earthdance conducts fundraising to build the E|MERGE Scholarship Fund; this fundraising campaign benefits from your support!  Tell your family, friends, and network about the positive impact of the program and direct them to: http://www.earthdance.net/support/emerge.

Here's what some E|MERGE resident participants have to say

Thank you [E|MERGE] for reminding me what it means to create from a place of joy and laughter rather than stress and frustration.  
— Gillian Chadsey, actor/performer (New York)
 
The two weeks were very inspiring. Fascinating encounters happened within the projects and workshops, but also around them in various informal exchanges - and I do not mean only with each individual, but also in relation to the kind of collective that arised from our gathering at earthdance.
— Akseli Aittomäki, dancer (Finland)
 
This residency is a wonderful dream, just keep it going...     
—Pamela Casper, sculptor (New York)
 
E|MERGE is one of the most innovative arts residencies imaginable. It is incredible to have at one's disposal, a group of exquisitely talented interdisciplinary artists who not only have skills, but also have concentrated space and time to work together. The collaborations that result are unique and surprisingly unpredictable... As an artist the Emerge residency gave me both the resources and the time to create what would not have been possible to create elsewhere. The place became as much a part of the content of what was created as the content of the piece itself.
—Kristen Greco, choreographer (San Francisco)
 
Artists are meant to learn from each other, and to defy the hierarchical relationships that have perpetuated mentor/student dysfunction, internalized oppression, isolation, etc. E|MERGE presented a model for interrogating those relationships, breaking them apart, and re-forming them in new ways.
—Emmy Bean, actor/singer/puppeteer (Chicago)
Past Events
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 5:00pm - Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 3:00pm
Uniquely, E|MERGE 2017 gathers past producers and participants to further define and galvanize the mission of this residency. After eight years of existence, this will be a time to both engage in art...
Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 5:00pm - Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 3:00pm
E|MERGE: Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency is a two-week long creative residency taking place each winter at Earthdance. Performance and visual artists, activists, scholars, and those...
Feb 20 2016 - 7:30pm - 11:00pm
February 20, 2016
Hosted by Earthdance at the School for Contemporary Dance & Thought, The...
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Feb 26 2016 - 5:00pm - Feb 27 2016 - 9:00pm
February 27, 2016
A weekend of public performances, talks, shared creative practices, and...
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Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Benefit event for E|MERGE: Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency Come learn about and celebrate a unique creative residency occuring each February at Earthdance! When: Saturday, November 14 | 7:...
Sunday, February 15, 2015 - Sunday, March 1, 2015
The E|MERGE Interdisciplinary Collaborative Residency curates performance and visual artists, activists, scholars, and those interested in developing new forms across disciplines. E|MERGE works to...
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