Compagnie Gàara (Kenya) will host in 2004 a choreographer

Contact details Opiyo Okach ou Claire Gélineau 46 rue Servan 75011 Paris France Tel : ++ 33 (0)1 48 05 50 94 Fax : ++ 33 (0)1 48 05 50 94
Principal country concerned : Column : Dance
Release/publication date : April 2003
Published on : 11/04/2003
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This residency form part of the Unesco Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme.
Applications shall be send to artistic director Opiyo Okach before 30th of april.
The results of the final selection made by Unesco committee will be know by july.

UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme

The Programme UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists was created in 1994 to open new prospects of career to young artists in all disciplines. This programme is under the aegis of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) of UNESCO.
At the beginning of the 1960's, the Swedish philanthropist couple Aschberg, made a donation of a mansion located in Ile-de-France to UNESCO. Then the mansion was sold in 1992. In the memory of the patrons and in conformity with the spirit of their donation, the governing bodies of UNESCO decided to allocate the totality of the interests perceived from the capital of the sale to the creation of the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists. The fellowships are co-financed by the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture and an international network of partner institutions specialized in the training of artists.
Selection procedure is shared between an International Artistic Committee which meets once a year under the supervision of the ifpc, and the host institutions. The results of the final selection will be given as of the month of July every year.

Unesco internet site presents the full programme of the Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme

Residency at Compagnie Gàara, Nairobi, Kenya (6 weeks)
Discipline: New Dance / Performance
Origin of candidates: all regions of the world
Language: English, French or Swahili
Maximum age: none
Deadline: 30 April 2003
Application to be sent to: Compagnie Gàara

Download the application form

Partner institution: the Godown Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts, Nairobi and Ford Foundation, Kenya.
Host institution: the Compagnie Gàara is the first contemporary dance company in Kenya. Since its emergence on the international scene at the African Choreographic Encounters of 1998, the company has been remarked for its choreographic specificity. In collaboration with local and international institutions including Ballet Atlantique, Association Française d'Action Artistique, Centre National de la Danse and Maison Française–Nairobi, the company has built a long-term project of choreographic development, exchange and creation in Kenya.
Working/living conditions: working/ performance space in Nairobi. Opportunities are given for encounter with local artists and access possibilities to workshops, exchanges, as well as to be able to develop and collaborate towards new work or presentation of existing work.
Nature of bursary: return ticket, full board. The laureate must provide his own health insurance.
Dates of residency: to be fixed by mutual agreement between August 2003 and June 2004.
Eligibility: experienced choreographer/dancer with demonstrated ability and propensity towards new choreographic direction and performance research. Working knowledge of English, French or Swahili required.
How to apply: send the application form in this site directly to the above mentionned address, together with the following documents: a curriculum vitæ, samples of recent work (video, CD-ROM, DVD, photographs, slides), a letter in support of application and two testimonials. A copy of the application form must be sent to UNESCO-IFPC.

Read the information about Gàara (in French) on the Africultures website.


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