HOW IT WORKS
While the Rhode Island Women’s Choreography Project was initially founded to address the imbalance between male and female choreographers, we support and welcome applications from any choreographer who feels underrepresented, regardless of their gender identity. We also welcome professional dancers of all gender expressions.
New choreographers often start as freelancers and are faced with the full brunt of upfront costs such as studio rental, dancer stipends, costumes, and more. Our choreographers are relieved of these logistical and financial burdens and are provided with studio space, dancers, and three weeks of rehearsal time. The rehearsal period culminates in a public performance presented in Providence, RI in August.
One feature that makes RIWCP different from other dance festivals is that choreographers do NOT have to have prior experience to apply. We look for a strong vision and an ability to think critically about the quality and depth of work to be presented. Applicants will be asked to submit a full choreographic proposal and a 30-60 second video clip of planned movement. Past performance reels are not accepted. Our goal in this application process is to lower the barrier to entry and provide an opportunity for any artistic voice that wishes to set a new work.
We are proud that past RIWCP participants have gone on to choreograph for Festival Ballet Providence, New Bedford Ballet, North Atlantic Ballet, Youth America Grand Prix, and more as a direct result of getting their start in choreography from this project.
Important for Applicants:
Choreographers are split into two categories: local and remote. If you are able to get to Providence, RI for weekday rehearsals and need studio space and/or dancers, you may apply as a local choreographer. If you already have dancers and studio space and want to take advantage of RIWCP's performance platform and mentorship program, or you can't get to Providence every day, you may apply as a remote choreographer. RIWCP will not be responsible for your cast of dancers. All participants must be available the entire weekend of the performances.
Dancers who apply to perform in the Rhode Island Women's Choreography Project will be cast based on their movement quality as well as their availability to rehearse on weekdays in Providence, so please be very detailed about your scheduling conflicts when completing your application. Casting will be announced prior to the beginning of the project and is subject to change at the directors' discretion.
All choreographers and dancers that apply to participate through RIWCP will receive small stipends. Travel allowances are available for choreographers. Please note that lodging for those coming from out of town is not covered. Expenses incurred by remote choreographers, such as studio rental and dancer stipends, are also not covered.
All choreographers will have the opportunity to participate in RIWCP's mentorship program, launched in 2021. Mentorships are tailored to each individual choreographer and include private feedback sessions and a deepened perspective on the choreographic process.