Deadline: 06/02/2019

Behaviour Swarm: Exploring Performative Practices

This residency offers the opportunity for visual artists to grow their performance based practice.

Imagine this residency as a hive of inventors, continuously searching for ways to make each other laugh and permuting every facet of reality. Performance artists, dancers, escapees from the theatre, experimental comedians, abstract clowns, and visual artists who have way too much energy for their own good — we invite you to this hive to exaggerate life to its fullest!  

Led by Michael Portnoy and Kira Nova, Behaviour Swarm will explore a series of different modules to continuously fracture your sense of self; behaviour, speech, ideas, your relation to your body, others, objects, and your environment.  We’ll use theatre, dance, and performance techniques to develop your tools for inventiveness, high-level nonsense, slapstick, presence, expressivity, and intuition. Participants will form a company of sorts — a collective organism functioning at times perfectly as a group while growing strength in their own individual work.  

What does the program offer?
The program will be collaborative, but will also provide time and space to develop individual work. Activities will include workshops exploring movement, physical theatre, and improvisational training techniques, as well as riff sessions and performance nights. 

What length of residency is available?
This program is designed for participation over the entire period. Variable dates will not be considered.

When applying, choose between staying in a single or a shared bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Studio/ workspace
Create in one of our specialized studios and utilize shared production facilities in printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, digital media, and more (subject to additional fees). Collaborative groups share studio space.

Fees and support
Program Fee (single room) $5 252.20 +GST

Program Fee (shared room)$4 272.66 +GST

Program Fee with Financial Aid (Single Room) $2 925.70 +GST

Program Fee with Financial Aid (Shared Room) $1 946.16 +GST

Application fee: $65 for each individual or group application. Individual group members must pay an additional registration fee of $35 on acceptance.
*Financial Aid up to 100% is available to cover tuition (meal plans and accommodations are not eligible).

Expectations towards the artist
This residency offers the opportunity for visual artists to hone their performative skills, receive critical feedback, and grow their performance based practice.

Who should apply?
This residency is for visual artists with a focus on performative practices, an exhibition/publication record, who have completed formal training in visual arts at the post-secondary level, or equivalent experience and recognition from their peers. Collaborative groups of no more than two people are welcome to apply.
*Some additional fees may apply.
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Application Deadline: February 06, 2019
Date: June 03 - July 05, 2019

Behaviour Swarm: Exploring Performative Practices

Behaviour Swarm: Exploring Performative Practices


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