East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Open Call: Coaching Residency for Choreographers (Prague, Czech Republic)


Centre for Choreographic Development SE.S.TA invites choreographers to participate in our annual coaching residencies.

The residence’s priority is to question choreographers’ own research and lead them to look for new ways for their choreographic approach within their own work as well as to deepen their own artistic direction. The residency is conceived as a dialogue between choreographers and experienced coaches who guide them through the whole process. The workshops offer space for intense individual work while their community aspect is not to be forgotten. This is a great opportunity for networking on an international level for all.

Concept :

Participating choreographers will prepare a new choreography draft or will elaborate on an extract of already existing choreography (15 minutes maximum) that will serve as a foundation for the work during the training course. The coaches will see the basis material on a video recording beforehand so they can get acquainted with the inner world of each choreographer and understand their way of perception before the beginning of the training course. During the workshop participants will analyse individual elements of their choreographies. Furthermore they will try to define these, andtogether with their coaches re-identify what is important and what could be further developed. The results of their work will be presented to public as work in progress. The goal is to present a phase of creative process rather than a final product or whole choreography.

Coaching Residency for Choreographers is a concept that aims to enrich professional development of individual artists. It offers new opportunities to choreographers who want to profile their personal direction and helps to clarify the new paths of the artist's research. All this is achieved through a performance on the specific choreographer's extant project with his group through his cooperation with a supervising professional coach.

The role of the coach is to lead a dialogue with the artist, help formulate questions, which will get answers, and encourage the discovery of the optimal responses and also suitable choreographic tools for their oncoming job.
The coach, therefore, is not in a position of a lecturer, but of a smart mirror for the artist.
Workshop Schedule:

-Morning training session (open for the public)
-Group work in the studio with the coaches (4 – 6 hours daily)
-Two-hour discussion in the evening
-One-day seminar with lectures and video screenings
-Public presentation of the choreographic project

The organisers offer:

- Dance studio of sufficient capacity for their interpreters
- Supervision of a professional coach
- Peer-to-peer cooperation with other choreographers
- Constructive discussion and feedback
- Conferences and lectures by experts from various fields
- DVD records of the work of progress
- Meeting with the audience
- International networking
- Sharing know-how and possibilities leading to actual results

Workshop Fee: 150 EUR (the cost of accommodation is not included)

As of this year our invitation kindly accepted following coaches:
Jean Gaudin (FR), Rivca Rubin (NL/GB) and Jean-Christophe Paré (FR)

The deadline to apply is 15 May. More information available here.