Our Flagship Residency, Convergence
As an artist, you want agency, freedom of expression, and time. While these might seem like lofty ideals, what we understand is that these outcomes are the result of increased confidence. Although confidence can grow from praise and success, ultimately, the root of confidence is overcoming challenges.
The residency was imagined and designed to be an annual event to give artists time, space and materials to develop their own projects alongside other artists. Artists also truly explore and practice what it means to collaborate. The goal is for artists to push themselves to a new level of work, and develop new skills that will help them in their creative careers.
When we say our residency is challenging, we aren’t kidding. The days are long. You will feel tired and vulnerable. You might doubt your work one day, but make an incredible discovery the next. That’s why we are here. For artists to explore, fail, try again, build relationships and keep creating.
During the residency, this is what happens:
- Each attendee brings with them an in-process “side project” and is given 8 hours of rehearsal time and a small budget to develop their work using the skills of the group.
- We also sponsor a larger “umbrella project” that incorporates contributions from every resident over 20 hours of rehearsal. Residents work across disciplines. Choreographers might create costumes, while designers play the drums, and painters try their hand at dance.
- We begin each morning with a shared warm up and check-in, followed by workshops, and rehearsals, and the residency culminates with a presentation of each independent project, as well as the larger, collaborative effort of the “umbrella project.”
- In 2020 there will not be an application fee, and the residency is free to attend.
- Every participant teaches a workshop in the area of their expertise.
When you’ve completed our program, when you’ve taken the time to collaborate, to share, to learn, and to teach, you’ll walk away ready for the next step. You can fail here. But we know, and you know, that failure isn’t the final step. It’s one dysfunctional lightbulb closer to the real, hairy thing.
How do we choose participants?
As Indy Convergence has grown so has the quantity and caliber of applicants. The selection process is based on balancing a few key elements:
- Diversity of discipline
- Accommodating the needs of the side project proposals we receive. For example: one year might need more actors or opera singers.
- The unique ideas or talents that a particular applicant brings to the table
- Keeping a balance of out of state and local artists