Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE presents New Traditions 2016
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Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE 

New Traditions Festival 2016

Call for Choreographers


What is the Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE?
Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE is a representative body that promotes Caribbean Dance, Caribbean Dancers and those that present Caribbean content through their work. Our aim is to show a side of Caribbean culture that is not a part of the mainstream narrative. 

What is the New Traditions Festival?

The New Traditions Showcase is a platform for dance artists working experimentally with movement, content and aesthetic choices to present stories of who we are today. New Traditions is so named due to the evolving nature of our culture and how we chose to represent ourselves. The New Traditions Festival 2016 will be a performance dance festival celebrating contemporary expressions of Caribbean Culture, running from June 11-12, 2016 that includes Masterclasses/Community Dance Classes, Artist Community Exchange with Schools, 2 evening performances and a post-show reception and discussion.


The artists participating in the festival will be primarily early and mid career dance artists in addition to a featured choreographer who will be specially curated by the committee.


What are we looking for in our selected artists?

DCC is looking for artists who present contemporary Caribbean dance works that:

  • tell stories of our experiences today as a largely migrant body 
  • push the boundaries of Caribbean Diasporic movement and performance practices
  • layer Caribbean cultural aesthetics within other forms or frameworks
  • address or present uniquely Caribbean issues or narratives 
  • center the Caribbean voice within larger global issues
We are looking for DCC artists that:
  • Are committed to making work in/for the Caribbean Diasporic Community (focused mainly but not solely in Brooklyn)
  • Are willing to share their audiences with DCC
  • Can teach 1 workshop/lecture demonstration within community space (i.e. school, community center)
  • Support the organizing team for the showcase
  • Sell 10 tickets (artists receive commission on each ticket sold)
  • Can submit a proposal for their workshop/lecture demonstration
  • Perform work of 7-10 minutes at the festival

What is the benefit of participating in the New Traditions Festival?

Artists receive:

  • $200 stipend
  • Residency opportunity to continue the development of their work for New Traditions
  • Advertising and marketing by DCC brand/social media machine (in collab with other Caribbean American Heritage Month organisations)
  • Feedback sharing at a mandatory in-process showing facilitated by panel of seasoned artists/advisors
  • A place on our roster of artists for 2016/2017. As part of our roster, DCC will market all artists’ events on our social media/ mailing list, provide assistance at the artist’s own events, and will be presented video/photo documentation from New Traditions. Artists will also receive first priority for presenting opportunities, and will be featured in master classes leading up to and after New Traditions

How does the application process work? 
Send information below to by February 17
  • Name 
  • Contact information
  • Letter of intent 
  • Performance/Choreography Resume
  • Title of work
  • Brief description of your piece
  • Length (7-10 minutes)
  • Number of performers
  • Props or specific tech needs 
  • Online link to view entire work

If you are planning to present something new, please send: 

  • Name 
  • Contact information
  • Letter of intent 
  • Performance/Choreography Resume
  • Title
  • Brief description of what you are investigating
  • Approximate length (between 7-10 minutes)
  • Number of performers
  • Props or specific tech needs 
  • Online link to view previous work

Replies go out February 22 
Invited auditions on February 28
Artist orientation on March 13
New Traditions Preview May 22
New Traditions Post-Mortem/Celebration June 15 

Thank you, we look forward to your application!

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