What do YOU think the Chicago Dance Community needs?
What do you think think the Chicago Dance community needs most to continue to grow, remain sustainable, and produce outstanding dance works?
Replies:  | Author: CDF
my chime in~
-Continuation of the CDF Lab Artist Award and Greenhouse grants and all the workshops and salons CDF offers
-A center where there could be performances, rehearsals and contemporary dance classes on a daily basis so that people could interact in the intertice between these things
-An organization that helps broker performance space rentals and has an up to date list of performance space availability in town
-An organization that assists with how to tour work outside of Chicago
Posted by: Julia |
Updated: 2011-05-03 15:33:40
I agree with Julia! A center, or hub, for Chicago contemporary/modern dancers, where classes are frequent and on going is necessary and certainly wanted by the community, A performance space that could function for performances of a ranging scale housed within the same educational center would be phenomenal. I think this would help unify and energize the Chicago dance scene.
Posted by: Adriana |
Updated: 2011-05-12 09:38:39
completing the loop
a component that would be immensely helpful to the flourishing of a larger more vibrant dance scene would be for the VENUES and service/support orgs to do MORE towards generating AUDIENCES. WE all need to do more towards this end, and to encourage broad involvement of audiences, not just cult-like clans of allegiance.
Perhaps venues/certain orgs should derive more of their income from ticket sales RATHER than charging certain artists fees and using grant funds towards material expenses (not people) and administrators (also not people--HAHA joking!!). Individual artists and smaller groups have more limited means and limited reach, exposure, persuasion. It seems a shift in the income streaming for venues and certain orgs would incentivize their efforts to bring in more and broader, active audiences.
Many people--even within the industry--identify arts/dance as basic navel-gazer, insular, special-interest group--so how can we together implement more effective measures for expanding interest and demonstrating value. Perhaps better branding/marketing strategies, perhaps more fluid partnerships with larger venues/orgs sharing audiences with smaller venues/orgs. Etc.