8 DAYS VI: CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS | DEADLINE DECEMBER 13, 2016.
A GATHERING OF CHOREOGRAPHERS AT ARTSCAPE GIBRALTAR POINT, TORONTO ISLAND | JUNE 12 – 19, 2017.

what is 8DAYs?

8 DAYS is an intensive encounter open to all artists who place dance & choreography in the foregrounds of their artistic work. This gathering of choreographers is open to artists living and working in Canada and Canadian artists living and working abroad.

The ongoing 8 DAYS project addresses a need for peer-to-peer research and development in the field of dance and choreography in Canada. We seek to further enrich exchanges across and through communities that are difficult to access within the geographic and political particularities of our Canadian context.

Initiated in 2012 by Ame Henderson and Tedd Robinson, the subsequent encounters stem from the growing participants’ desire to continue this artistic exchange.

How dance artists work is intimately related to what they create and what is created is more than the work itself. In making dance-work we are also working on the relationships necessary for the dance-work to exist. Relationships forged in the making of dance are contingent to those methods and circumstances articulated through artistic practice. We understand that theory and practice, talking and making, doing/not doing, our choice to rely, or not, on existing systems, our choice to reflect or not, all interweave through our individual development into the political records of vibrant communities in continuous transformation.

8 DAYS is an opportunity to consider each other as individual makers and interconnected through both our similarities and differences. 8 DAYS also takes seriously the importance of time taken outside the pressures of production-driven work as a way to open space to reflect on one’s current practice and to envision – through dialogue, experimentation, and feisty conviviality – new artistic possibilities.

Selected by open call, six Canadian artists will be invited to join the participants of all the previous 8 DAYS encounters. This year’s selection committee is comprised of five past participants and one invited guest.

For 8 DAYS VI, up to 30 artists will embark on a co-authored adventure influenced by its surroundings, created by those present, and guided by their overlapping and divergent experiences and desires. Participants are asked to arrive with a curiosity and openness about what this encounter might be, a willingness to expose and share, and a rigour around intellectual and artistic exchange.

Each participant is responsible for facilitating or planning a portion of the shared time. Days are primarily structured around group meals; subsistence informs how we can function within a group.  The days also include sharing and exploring work and methods, reading, open discussion, as well as time for leisure and personal reflection.

An integral part of 8 DAYS is to respond to the concept of documentation. In broad terms we ask ourselves what is the role of documentation within the expanded fields of dance and choreography. More acutely we ask how participants will individually undertake a thinking around documentation in order to share the experience of 8 DAYS VI and as a inquisition into the role of documentation with regard to current artistic work. Participants propose and create responses specific to 8 DAYS during or immediately following the gathering. This co-authored response is then disseminated via a framework determined by the contributors in order to share the process and its outcomes.

Logistics

8 DAYS VI will be held at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island. Housed in a former school, Artscape Gibraltar Point, offers 35,000 square feet of multi-use space. Artists will enjoy private accommodations, bright and spacious studios, a shared kitchen and lounge, free

wi-fi, and bike rentals. This idyllic beachfront property has the feeling of a remote cottage getaway but is a short fifteen-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto.

The participating artists should anticipate arriving on June 12th (later in the day) and departing on June 19th 2017. Katie Ward Dance (http://katieward.org/) has applied for funding to cover travel costs and meals. Funding results should be known by the end of March 2017. Participants are encouraged to seek further funding to support their participation.

Deadline for submissions: December 13th, 2016 | midnight (24:00) – Eastern Standard time. 

Please submit your application along with a recent biography. As the jury changes each year, previous applicants are highly encouraged to re-apply. Detail your current curiosities in relation to the milieu of dance and choreography. Address how this encounter might enrich your practice and position yourself in regard to the documentation process. Propose an idea of what you would like to share with the group and what kind of activity you would like to facilitate. Your responses may take the form of a letter of intent, video response(s), audio recording or other support material (or any combination thereof). Please feel free to experiment with whichever method will best allow you to respond to the specific concerns of 8 DAYS and best demonstrate your thoughts and practice. Keep your responses brief and select any support material carefully with the aim of addressing this specific opportunity.

Applications can be submitted in English or French. Please note: the working language will be primarily English.

All materials must be submitted electronically. Support materials must be included as an attachment or available online. Make sure to include all necessary links and access information. Please note, applications sent by mail cannot be processed.

For more information and to apply: 8days6selection (at) gmail (dot) com

Project History

8 DAYS was held at la B.A.R.N. on Lac Leslie in the Pontiac Region of Quebec, from June 16 – 24, 2012. It was hosted and supported by 10 Gates Dancing Inc. and Public Recordings.

Selection committee: Sara Coffin, Ame Henderson, Tedd Robinson, Stephen Thompson

Participants: Justine A. Chambers, Claudia Fancello, Marie Claire Forté, Ame Henderson, Benjamin Kamino, Davida Monk, Tedd Robinson, Stephen Thompson, Michael Trent

8 DAYS II was held at ten fifteen maple and The Dance Centre from August 10-18, 2013. It was hosted by Justine A. Chambers and Public Recordings, and received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Public Recordings, The Dance Centre and ten fifteen maple.

Selection committee: Martin Belanger, Justine A. Chambers, Benjamin Kamino, Davida Monk

Participants: Naomi Brand, Justine A. Chambers, Karine Denault, Claudia Fancello, Marie Claire Forté, Caroline Gravel, Ame Henderson, Christopher House, Davida Monk, Andrew Tay, Stephen Thompson, Michael Trent, Laurie Young

8 DAYS III was held at Artscape Gibraltar Point from June 16-24, 2014. It was hosted by Public Recordings, and received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Dance Theatre and 10 Gates Dancing Inc.

Selection committee: Naomi Brand, Caroline Gravel, Robin Poitras, Laurie Young

Participants: Martin Bélanger, Naomi Brand, Justine A. Chambers, Karine Denault, Claudia Fancello, Marie Claire Forté, Caroline Gravel, Ame Henderson, Christopher House, Benjamin Kamino, Jennifer Mascall, Freya Olafson, Bee Pallomina, Tedd Robinson, Andrew Tay, Stephen Thompson, Michael Trent, Peter Trosztmer, Katie Ward, Laurie Young

8 DAYS IV was held at Artscape Gibraltar Point from June 14-23, 2015. It was hosted by Public Recordings and received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Public Recordings and Mascall Dance.

Selection Committee: Caroline Gravel , Bee Pallomina, Freya Olafson, Lin Snelling

Participants: Jacinte Armstrong, Naomi Brand, Karine Denault, Marie Claire Forté, Caroline Gravel, Ame Henderson, Adam Kinner, Christopher House, Johanna Householder, Benjamin Kamino, Liz Kinoshita, Jennifer Mascall, Nicole Mion, Freya Olafson, Bee Pallomina, Thea Patterson, Andrew Tay, Michael Trent, Peter Trosztmer, Katie Ward, Laurie Young

8 days V was held at Artscape Gibraltar Point from June 13-23, 2016. It was hosted by Public Recordings and received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Public Recordings and Mascall Dance.

Selection committee: Thea Patterson, Andrew Tay, Naomi Brand, Liz Kinoshita, Lois Brown

Participants: Jacinte Armstrong, Naomi Brand, Shannon Cooney, Karine Denault, Amelia Ehrhardt, Marie Claire Forté, Caroline Gravel, Sasha Kleinplatz, Adam Kinner, Ming Hong, Christopher House, Johanna Householder, Benjamin Kamino, Liz Kinoshita, Catherine Lavoie Marcus, Jennifer Mascall, Nicole Mion, Alexa Mardon, Freya Olafson, Bee Pallomina, Thea Patterson, Andrew Tay, Peter Trosztmer, Katie Ward