2013 Choreographic Commission


The Dance Department at Temple University invites choreographers to submit proposals for its 2013 choreographic commission that speaks to the theme of Reflection:Response.

As dance artists, our embodied learning and creative practice demands that we are able to think and react through multiple intelligences and we invite you to explore this through the concept of Reflection:Response. Whether you locate your work in somatic investigation or socio-political inquiry, we welcome dance-makers from all backgrounds. For further information about the Reflection:Response series, please see the accompanying sheet.


The Commission Brief:

You are asked to create a new work that speaks to the theme of Reflection:Response that will be presented on October 25 & 26, 2013.

Although it is not obligatory, we welcome any opportunities to include Temple students as part of this choreographic commission. Students may be selected through audition and numbers included are entirely at the discretion of the choreographer.

You will be given a $5000 grant towards this and you will have regular access to rehearsal space throughout June-August 2103.Unfortunately, we are not in a position to offer travel, accommodation or per diems.

You have the option to stage the work in the Conwell Theater at Temple University Main Campus or at an alternative site within the Main Campus or North Philadelphia area. We can provide stage management, lighting and sound technicians if you choose to present the work in Conwell Theater.

In addition to the performance, you will also be asked to offer a master class and lecture-demonstration to students in the Dance Department in mid October 2013.

Proposal Guidelines:

Please submit a 2-page application as an email attachment (with the email subject heading Reflection:Response 2013 Commission) that states:

  • Name, address, telephone and e-mail address
  • A short performance biography
  • A brief description of the artistic aims of your proposed work with a clear articulation of how it speaks to the theme of Reflection:Response
  • A breakdown of your budget
  • Anticipated technical requirements

In addition to the written application, you are asked to provide a 10-minute sample of your work (please send a link to You Tube or Vimeo) outlining why you would like us to look at this particular section.

Deadline for proposals: MARCH 15, 2013


Please send your proposal to:

Dr Sherril Dodds:

Please note that the Selection Committee will meet to review applications in late-March and you will be notified about the outcome of your application by: April 8, 2013.

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