Since 2005, the Dance Omi International Dance Collective has brought together ten accomplished dance artists from around the world for three weeks of creative exchange each summer. Though the program culminates in informal showings on the Omi campus, the emphasis is not a performance product; rather, a gently facilitated process of experimentation and collaboration.
This exploration is enhanced by providing resources that dancers and choreographers often lack: space, time and other artists with whom to work. Under the direction of the Dance Omi Director and an alumni Guest Mentor, residents learn from each other's creative process and the freedom to play. The result is a model of creative process and community building that envisions consequences for the participants beyond the sphere of art making.
Professional Dancers/Choreographers of ALL styles (Modern, Ballet, Improvisation, Ethnic Dance forms, etc.) who have the desire to share ideas and process with dancers from around the world are encouraged to apply. It is recommended that applicants do not have specific projects in mind, but come open to working with others on jointly conceived projects. It is imperative that all applicants have a genuine openness to collaborating with artists of different dance backgrounds.
All awarded fellows commit to remaining for the entire residency and to participating in the concluding showings. Everyone accepted to Dance Omi receives full room and board during his or her stay at Omi (note that Omi is unable to provide travel funds).
If you are interested in applying to Dance Omi for the 2016 residency please see the "How To Apply" section below.
The deadline for the 2016 session has expired on January 4, 2016.
Residency Dates: July 19 - August 8, 2016
About Dance Omi
Dance Omi is a unique opportunity for a collection of international dance artists to explore the process of collaboration through dance. The Residency consists of three weeks of artistic process and sharing. Uninterrupted by the constraints of lack of space, time, or other artists with whom to work, the richness of this residency is that it is an exploration. Residents are encouraged to collaborate with each other, without the pressure of having to create a performance product. It is a model for artistic process and international community building.
Who Should Apply
Applicants active as both dancers AND choreographers, who work within any style of dance, are encouraged to apply. It is recommended that applicants do not come with specific projects in mind, but that they are open to working with others on jointly conceived projects. Applicants must have a genuine openness to collaborating with multi-national artists of diverse cultural, socio-political, linguistic and dance backgrounds.
All awarded fellows must commit to staying for the entire residency and receive full room and board during their stay at Omi. Please note that Dance Omi is unable to provide travel funds
In order to apply, you will need to:
1. Fill in your contact information.
* PLEASE NOTE, uploading the videos or utilizing Vimeo are the only acceptable means of sharing video files.Youtube links will not be accepted as we must be able to download the files for the panel review process.
The facilities, situated on three hundred acres of open land, include a large two-story barn with indoor studios; contemporary residence buildings designed with a vernacular reference to local barns, surrounded by abundant perennial beds, expansive lawns dotted with fruit trees, adjacent to The Fields Sculpture Park.
A Federal Period farm house serves as a gathering center, providing a full kitchen, television room and library; while the front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access and several state of the art computers are available on the premises.
Columbia County, and the nearby Berkshire Mountains, are popular destinations because of their historical, natural and cultural riches. From bird sanctuaries to modern dance, presidential mansions to farmer's markets, the environs offer a singular blend of rural quiet and cultural stimulation. Staff and friends in the neighborhood are often available for excursions of interest to residents. The local library has a modest collection, but is a member of the Mid-Hudson group, calling on the resources of libraries within much of eastern New York.
2015 Dance Omi Residents
The International dimension of performance today is upon us whether we like it or not. As an artist and a teacher Ben has worked in such places as Latvia, Brussels, France, Germany, Scotland, The U.S., and The Republic of Korea. This international experience has provoked Ben to ask serious questions of how we are brought into collaboration with each other. Given that no art happens 'out of the blue' and that each work is always immediately in dialogue with the political constellation of its context Ben also works, as a writer, to try to understand our current situation and to try to imagine a way out of it. www.benvanburen.com
Dance Omi Sponsors:
Omi's residency programs are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts
Gus Solomons, Jr.