Open call & Application
Residency Dates: September 22 - October 5, 2014
Curated by: Mary Pearson, Miriam Wolodarski, Kata Kovács.
Application deadline: 15th April
Con|VERGE offers interdisciplinary performance artists a chance to come together to make new, collaborative performance work. The intention of the residency is to make available time and space for creating new work, meeting and collaborating with other performance makers, and sharing skills, reflecting on process, and critiquing work with peers.
The residency takes place in the bucolic setting of Ponderosa Tanzland in Stolzenhagen, an hour’s train ride from Berlin. It is comprised of a period of focused collaborative creation, a weekend of workshops led by selected participants, and final showings open to the public. While the residency is primarily geared towards the making of performance, artists and art researchers of all disciplines are welcome.
An important part of the Con|VERGE mission is fostering an international networks of artists, venues, and producers that support each other’s processes. We believe in an arts-making model that is inclusive and expansive, in which artists and arts organizations learn, make, and support each other.
For the 2014 residency, you may apply to participate in one of three distinct capacities:
- Ensemble Collaborator: a format with no specified hierarchy. Artists within the group decide how to navigate decision-making and role structures. The residency curators will place artists into a group who will be put in communication with one another before the start of the residency to facilitate brainstorming and idea seeding before arrival.
- Lead Artist: for those with a specific project in mind. Projects we think work best in this context have a clear concept and vision, while also allowing enough space to truly utilize the diverse skills of the collaborators assigned by the curators, based on the information gathered in the applications. Interest and experience working in ensemble-based or collaborative process is a very helpful asset for those who want to direct a project.
- Project Collaborator: artists interested in participating in a project proposed by a Project Director by offering their skills as Performer, Dramaturg, Musician, Builder, Puppeteer, Visual Artist, Video Artist, etc. Artists are paired with a project that we think will be interesting for you. We gather a great deal of information about applicants’ interests and skills to create cohesive working groups. Project Directors will be working collaboratively with respect for the collaborator’s talents, but the definitions and interpretations of “collaboration” are wide and varied, and indeed part of our ongoing research.
Some residency artists will be invited to lead weekend workshops. Our hope is that artists will take advantage of this time for creative research, engaging one another and the public in your current artistic exploration.
Participation Fee (Subject to change): 100 € fee for the 13-day residency.
3 meals a day (Subject to change): 210 €
Accommodation (Subject to change):
Tents: 85 € Be prepared for very low temperatures!
Shared dormitory: 130€ (only 15 places available, first come first served)
Private Accommodation is also available. For more info, see
Dates & Times
Residence should plan ahead for travel.
Please arrive by Monday September 22, anytime between 14h and 19h. We will gather that evening for a welcome dinner.
Departure is on Sunday October 5th by 16h.
For information on how to arrive at Ponderosa, see:
The residency will culminate in showings of the work created during the residency on the last weekend.
All participants will assist in some cleaning and cooking chores during the residency.
Please complete the Application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with any necessary attachments.
The application form you can find on the website: http://www.ponderosa-dance.de/en/tanzland-festival/converge.html
Con|VERGE is the new European cousin of E|MERGE, a winter residency founded in 2010 at Earthdance in Plainfield, Massachusetts, after which we are modeled, and with whom we have close ties. E|MERGE is an interdisciplinary artist residency program, which takes place at Earthdance in Plainfield, MA each February. Founded in 2010 by Karen Bernard, Dan Bear Davis, Krista DeNio and Melinda Buckwalter, this year the E|MERGE development team welcomed Davina Cohen and Julia Handschuh. Part of its mission is to seed other Interdisciplinary Artist Residencies with shared organizing principles nationally, and internationally, so that multiple organizing bodies can develop, and artist networks may flourish.
The Con|VERGE Team:
Adi Brief, Kata Kovács, Mary Pearson & Miriam Wolodarski