artist-in-residence program

Ballet Des Moines announces appointment of two artists to kick off year two of their Artist-in-Residence program

Ballet Des Moines is pleased to launch the second year of its artist-in-residence program by choosing two artists to take the position.

Jack Meggers, a filmmaker from Des Moines and recently announced 2017 Iowa Arts Council Fellow, will utilize his medium to capture the grace and complexity embodied by the professional dancers within the company, telling a story that transitions “from documentation to avant-garde exhibition.”

"I am a filmmaker: a cinematic narrative storyteller, and as such, I seek to create catharsis in my audience.  My work combines cutting edge cinematography with traditional cinematic storytelling technique.  It places emphasis on truthful, authentic performance."  

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Sarah Jae, a visual artist, dancer and choreographer from Des Moines, seeks to engage the community in her effort, creating bite-sized moments of contemporary choreographed dance, proving both the personal expression and accessibility the art of ballet can provide.

"Dance is for everyone.  Dance is a healer.  A lover.  A friend.  I want everyone to feel comfortable to express themselves without words.  I want everyone to feel strength in their beauty and individuality.  I want people to be pleased with themselves and feel free to take up space, always unapologetically."

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The artists will work with Ballet Des Moines through the fall performance of Triple Bill: Redefined, October 20-22 at Hoyt Sherman Place. A one-night exhibition will be slated for the week prior to the performance to showcase the artists-in-residence completed projects.

 

An image from the dancer portrait series created by our inaugural Artist-in-Residence Jami Milne during her fall 2016 residency.

An image from the dancer portrait series created by our inaugural Artist-in-Residence Jami Milne during her fall 2016 residency.

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE program OVERVIEW

The artist-in-residence program at Ballet Des Moines exists because we believe inspiration comes from both within our walls and outside of them. This innovative program provides an opportunity for local artists to be inspired, explore and create projects which we believe, will create inspiration to the artist, our ballet and our city.

 

Program Details

The artist-in-residence (AIR) is a six week program, consisting of four weeks to work on their personal project, a fifth week to hold a one-night exhibition, and the sixth week concluding with the Ballet’s production. In addition to a personal project, artists are asked to submit an idea for a community project. Activation of the project will be dependent on time and resources, to be determined between the AIR and Executive Director.

Artists will have workspace located within the Ballet Des Moines studio during their residency. This space is located within the upper costume and prop loft where the artist can observe the dancers’ practice space below. If additional time with the dancers is required/requested, access outside of dedicated studio practice is up to the artist/dancer to coordinate. 

The artist-in-residence has no specific hour requirements as part of the residency, other than the time it creates to produce their personal and community project. Weekly check-ins will be scheduled to help support the artist as needed.

The artist-in-residence will receive $500 for their time, which is also to be used for supplies. Work produced during the residency exists as shared, non-exclusive rights, so that the work and images can be used by Ballet Des Moines. Proceeds from work sold during the residency exhibit is split 50/50 between the artist and BDM.

While all types of artists will be considered for the residency, we do have to be mindful of studio space restrictions. However, we’re eager to explore all types of artists and artistry and find a solution that will work.

 

Application Process

The application process includes an artist’s statement, initial idea for a personal project as well as a community project. Three samples of artwork are required for submission along with a $25 application fee.

 

Residency Periods

Fall: September 6 – October 20

Application period: July 24 – August 18

Artist Announced: August 23

Winter: October 30 – December 10

Application period: September 18 – October 13

Artist Announced: October 17

Spring: February 19 – March 31

Application period: January 3 – February 2

Artist Announced: February 6

 

For questions regarding the residency program, contact the Ballet Des Moines Executive Director, Laurel Knox.

The Raven and the Queen, created by Spring 2017 Artist-in-Residence Amenda Tate Corso and her robot Manibus.

An image from the body of work Heirloom Anthology at the Ballet, created by Christine Hilbert, the Winter 2016 Artist-in-Residence.

An image from the body of work Heirloom Anthology at the Ballet, created by Christine Hilbert, the Winter 2016 Artist-in-Residence.