Announcing the Alan M. Kriegsman Creative Residency

Marking the inauguration of the Alan M. Kriegsman Creative Residency, Dance Place welcomes Koma for an intensive residency to create the new, multi-disciplinary work, The Ghost Festival. Acclaimed as a member of the path-breaking duo Eiko & Koma, Koma will explore his first multi-disciplinary solo in this residency from May 3rd to May 8th, which includes dedicated studio space, housing and honorarium.

The Alan M. Kriegsman Creative Residency honors Alan M. “Mike” Kriegsman, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism in 1976, the first Pulitzer for writings on dance. Kriegsman wrote about the performing arts for The Washington Post for 30 years until his retirement in 1996, when he was named Critic Emeritus. While Kriegsman belonged to the entire world of dance, he was a special friend to Dance Place and the artists presented there.

Sali Ann Kriegsman and Dance Place established The Alan M. Kriegsman Creative Residency with contributions from colleagues, family, friends and artists, in remembrance of Kriegsman’s passionate support of artists and their commitment to research and discovery. Through a five-day residency, choreographers have the opportunity to explore the seed of a new idea away from the confines and pressures of their routines. This focused time in the studio can be used to jump-start a project or to deepen exploration already underway. Established artists from across the U.S. are eligible for support and are chosen by a selection committee. The 2015 Selection Committee comprised Suzanne Carbonneau, Sali Ann Kriegsman and Deborah Riley.

Koma’s The Ghost Festival is inspired by the Owara Kaze no Bon, a festival held annually near his birthplace in rural northwest Japan. In a mobile trailer, Koma creates a gallery of work that serves as an interactive, visual art installation and a performance space. Honoring the connection between past and present as well as life and death, Koma paints 24 panels to create a meditative, communal space for his movement solo.

Deepening Dance Place’s commitment to nurture artists in the development of their work, the Alan M. Kriegsman Creative Residency is scheduled to include two residencies in the spring and summers of 2016 and will continue in the future as a signature program of Dance Place. The residency initiative is part of a wide array of opportunities in which Dance Place supports artists, including Space Grants for local dancers, Fieldwork for Mixed Disciplines, annual Choreographers Showcase, commissioning of new works by local and national choreographers, our 46 week Performing Series, master classes with guest artists and ongoing professional level dance classes.

The Ghost Festival from Eiko and Koma on Vimeo.