Motion Pacific Presents
Community Choreography Residency
August 2018

Choreographers are invited to apply for Motion Pacific’s inaugural choreographic residency. The selected artists will be offered three weeks of studio space, technical support, housing, and administrative assistance. Peer support will also be provided by a local Santa Cruz artist associated with Motion Pacific. This support will initiate and facilitate deeper connections into the community and bring prospective participants and audience members to the residency. A small panel, consisting of the Director, several Board Members, and a community member will review applications and choose the artist.

We are looking for artists who are open to engaging with our community. Choreographers have the opportunity to work with local community dancers during their residency. In addition to a possible performance at the end of the residency, options to hold an open rehearsal or showing with Q&A are available. Choreographers may also be invited to teach classes during their residency. Presenting site-specific work outdoors or a piece that focuses on engagement with the community in a public space available and encouraged.

It was amazing. I truly feel appreciated and nurtured as an artist. It is like a second home to me now. I hope to create more there in the future. – Christine Suarez, 2016 Summer Resident

Photo by Beau Saunders

Cid Pearlman Performance Photo by Beau Saunders

What we provide

-Studio space for rehearsals
-Housing in Santa Cruz
-Local community dancers willing to experiment with visiting artists
-Technical support (opportunity to explore technical ideas in our studio theater)
-Administrative assistance before and during the residency
-Peer support and mentorship
-Access to community through open rehearsals, a showing, and/or by teaching a class


Applicants must have at least three years professional experience in producing/performing. We are looking for artists whose primary interests are in movement-based forms that have a live performance element. Choreographers may bring dancers with them (although the housing provided will be limited to one person, choreographers may seek housing for additional dancers).

To Apply

-A one-page project narrative that describes what you will be creating/researching during the residency – including how you will engage the local community
-Video links to current work (no more than 5 min. long)
-A 2-page resume/CV detailing your professional and/or artistic experience
-Contact information for (2) references
-Reviews or feature articles are optional
-$20 application fee (checks made to ‘Motion Pacific’ can be sent to 131 Front Street, Suite E, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 or paid online through the paypal link below.)

Applications are due April 10th, 2018. Please send all materials to Abra Allan

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