CALL FOR GRANTS 2013-2014

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS ARTISTIC RESEARCH GRANT AWARD FOR CONTEMPORARY STAGE WRITING AND TRANSMEDIA

WHAT IS THE CONTEMPORARY STAGE WRITING AND TRANSMEDIA GRANT?

By creating this grant, the three partners of the European Performing Arts and Transmedia Lab Pilot Scheme are continuing their joint reflection on contemporary stage writing practices. These practices include theatre,
dance, music and digital arts can also be crossed and hybrid forms. Specifically, the laboratory would like to see the artistic teams use transmedia as a means of approaching so-called “stage” writing in innovative ways. Transmedia storytelling is primarily practiced in the audiovisual and gaming sectors, with very few experiments in the performing arts to date.

The purpose of this grant is to give artists an opportunity to explore, experiment and subvert the various possibilities offered by the contemporary stage through the prism of transmedia. Various approaches can be developed (non-exhaustive list): stage/media combinations (web, interactive interfaces, parallel fictions, narrative world(s), etc.); temporal, narrative, formal/conceptual and/or media extensions; audience involvement (co-actor, co-creator, participant, etc.) and spillover into the public space; interpenetration of real and/or virtual and the stage, and so on.

This initial phase of artistic research will take the form of an experimentation period granted to several companies and selected artists. It will take place between January/February 2014 and April 2014, at the outcome of which the artistic teams will have produced an initial draft of an artistic project.

In the course of the experimentation and/or at the end of it, particularly in the months immediately after, the laboratory partners may jointly call on the artistic teams to offer their recommendations and state their views through the presentation of their draft project. The presentation may cover the artistic and aesthetic relevance of transmedia in their artistic research on contemporary writing for the stage, the question of audience participation and involvement, the technical and/or technological feasibility and requirements, and anticipated or proven impact on the artistic teams’ methods and practices of production, creation and dissemination.

A specific transmedia-related documentation and bibliography can be sent to grant applicants on request.

DESCRIPTION OF THE GRANT

> A €7,000 grant per artistic team will be awarded, re-assessed based on the number of people. It will cover:
• participants’ wages
• expenses
• travel
• technical resources and equipment rental.

> Accommodation costs will be covered directly.

> A workspace (studio, black box or digital stage) will be made available at one of the three structures
(per artistic team) for the duration of the experimentation period.

TERMS OF ELIGIBILITY

> YOU ARE a company, a collective or an artist

> FOR COMPANIES AND COLLECTIVES, limited to 6 persons

> The research must take place in one of the three structures (in Montbéliard or in Belfort). A period of 7 days availability is required for one of the following periods:

  • 27 January to 1 February 2014 (CCNFCB, Production room and/or rehearsal studio)
  • 18 February to 7 March 2014 (MA, Bains-Douches)
  • 24 February to 14 March 2014 (MA, Digital stage)
  • 3 to 8 March 2014 (CCNFCB, Production room and/or rehearsal studio)
  • 13 to 22 March 2014 (Le Granit, La Coopérative)
  • 24 to 31 March 2014 (MA, Digital stage)
  • 27 March to 4 April 2014 (Le Granit, La Coopérative)
  • 14 to 26 April 2014 (CCNFCB, Production room and/or rehearsal studio)

Documents to be included:
> Fill in the attached application form
> Attach a file on the research project being submitted for this grant including an overview of your past productions.
Send complete application by email only (pdf) before 6 December 2013 to the following address:
ccnfcmagranit@gmail.com

>> DOWNLOAD THE TERMS OF ELIGIBILITY AND THE MANDATORY APPLICATION FORM

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Following the deadline for receipt of applications, each partner will make an initial shortlist, then the three partners will meet in a plenary session to reach agreement on the selection of three research projects. In the course of this procedure, companies may be asked to provide more information about their artistic research project in the form of an interview.