Outside of a classroom or university setting, it can be tough for aspiring choreographers to find opportunities to set and show their work in a nurturing environment. That’s why Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet has been hosting ChoreoPlan since 1998.
The school is now accepting applications (due August 1) from up-and-coming classical choreographers who want to create new work in a noncompetitive setting that values “process over product.” Under the direction of CPYB school principal Nicholas Ade, selected participants will spend two weeks (Jan. 19–31, 2015) setting new work on CPYB students. At the end of the program, dancemakers will present their pieces in a public performance. They will receive a monetary award as well as accommodations, transportation and per diem during the event.
“The setting eliminates the distraction of having their choreography scrutinized in order to be hired, or rehired, by a company,” said Ade in a statement. “It creates the opportunity for choreographers to test themselves and push their creative boundaries.”
Photo by Amy Spangler, courtesy of CPYB