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Dance residency in New York, USA – Movement Research

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A residency offers the space and time for artistic immersion, international encounters and knowledge exchange.

Description of the residency programme

The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Dance offers a four-week residency in New York in partnership with Movement Research. This residency is open to dance professionals who want to deepen their artistic practice and grow their global network.

Movement Research is a leading venue for contemporary dance and choreography in New York. This artist-led organisation offers a space for daily training and workshops, and hosts several festivals. They also have a well-developed research and exchange programme, with a substantial international flow. Movement Research focuses on artist initiatives and offers a space for critical dialogue and discussion in the field of dance.

The residency programme includes studios, classes and workshops at Movement Research.

  • Accommodation, which is paid for by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, is available at the Invisible Dog in Brooklyn. Alternatively, you can receive a standard compensation amount for self-arranged accommodation.

  • The residency period is four weeks. You decide the exact time and layout of the residency in consultation with Movement Research, based on your needs. During the summer there is the opportunity for a lot of studio time and a rich range of classes at Summer Melt. During the rest of the year, the dance scene comes alive and more performances are shown, a continuous range of classes is offered, but the artist has less access to his own studio time.

  • The grant is aimed at professional artists in the field of dance who have their main activity in Sweden.

  • SEK 35 000. This tax-free grant is intended to cover travel and living expenses. The grant does not include insurance.

  • Movement Research webpage (Öppnas i ett nytt fönster)
  • 2023 Fredrik Quiñones, Elinor Tollerz Bratteby
    2021 Sandy Ceesay, Sindri Runudde
    2020 Caroline Byström
    2019 Elisaveta Penkova
    2018 Bambam Frost
    2017 Anna Westberg
    2016 Pontus Pettersson
    2015 Rosalind Goldberg
    2014 Björn Säfsten
    2013 Malin Elgán
    2012 Stina Nyberg

Application and reporting requirements

  • You must be a professional artist in the field of dance, such as dancer or choreographer.

    To be considered a professional artist, you must earn a living entirely or partly from your artistic activities and regularly present your art to an audience or in an artistic context.

    You must be a resident in Sweden or practice most of your art here.

    You can be a foreign citizen and apply for our stipends and grants, but you must be a resident in Sweden or primarily practice your art here. If you are a Swedish citizen but live abroad, you must be able to demonstrate that most of your artistic activity takes place in Sweden.

    You must not be a student for more than 50 per cent of your time when an award decision is made.

    This means being enrolled in any type of studies, from undergraduate studies to doctoral studies and post-graduate education. You can be studying when you submit your application, but when a decision is made you cannot be enrolled for more than 50 per cent for a course or programme.

    You must not owe any unpaid Swedish taxes or fees to the Swedish Enforcement Authority or be declared bankrupt.

    This means that you cannot owe a debt on your Swedish tax account that has been passed on to the enforcement authority. This does not apply to other types of debts or charges from public organisations or private companies.

    You must not have received de minimis aid exceeding a total of 300,000 euros during the last three-year period.

    Stipends and grants from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee are subject to the provisions of the European Commission Regulation (EU) 2023/2031 on state funding, also known as de minimis aid.

  • The application for the residency is open once a year. See the application deadlines.

    You apply by logging in to “My pages”.

    In order to submit an application, you need to answer all the questions marked as mandatory in the form and attach work samples.

    Applications must be submitted by 14.00 CET on the application deadline.

    Work samples are mandatory

    Work samples should give a clear picture of your artistry. Samples should not be older than three years. It is important that you can be identified in the sample if it is from a group performance. You can provide links to Vimeo, YouTube or a website as a supplement in the application form. Make sure the links are working and specify passwords when needed.

    Number of files: 1-2
    File format: mp4 or mov.
    Total size of files: 250 mb

    You can submit your application on paper

    We recommend using our e-service to submit your application. It makes it easier for you to ensure that your application was registered and it allows you to follow your case via “My pages”.

    Application on paper

  • When we receive your application, we verify that you meet all the formal requirements. Members of the desicion-making group for dance and circus will then read your application. The members are practising artists or experts in the field of dance and circus. At least three people read each application. The decision is made by desicion-making group for dance and circus.

    If a member has a conflict of interest in relation to an applicant, that member is forbidden from participating in the review process or award decision for that application.

    How is your decision made?

    We select grant recipients based on the quality of artistic activities and the applicant’s financial need. This means that we assess the quality of the work samples and reference material that you submit. At the same time, we make an assessment of your financial need. This can mean, for example, that we do not prioritise an applicant who has a high income or has recently received other grants or stipends.

    In our selection, we aim to distribute the grants to artists in different parts of the country and across a variety of artistic expressions.

    How we avoid conflicts of interest

  • The grant does not need to be reported financially, but the grant holder report about the visit after returning home.

  • If you are awarded a residency grant, you must state in all communications about your residency that it was carried out with the support of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. Please use the wording “with support of the International Dance Program – the Swedish Arts Grants Committee”.

    Use the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s logo in the appropriate contexts.

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Anneli Strömqvist

Head of International Dance Programme, Head of International Circus Programme

+46 8-506 550 70 (Opens in a New Window)