Dance Place Launches 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 performance 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.

WHAT: The Launch of the Alan M. Kriegsman Creative Residency

WHEN: May 3 – 8, 2015  

WHERE: Dance Place, 3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017

About Koma
Koma is an acclaimed choreographer and visual artist, whose installations and performances have been featured in prominent theaters, festivals, museums and public spaces throughout the world. In collaboration with Eiko, Koma has been creating sui generis movement theater since 1972. The pair have been recognized for their contributions to the development of modern dance by awards including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Samuel H. Scripps Award, the Dance Magazine Award, a “Bessie” Award, the United States Artist Fellowship and the Doris Duke Performing Arts Award. Eiko & Koma were recently the subject of a career retrospective by major cultural institutions including The Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Wesleyan University and the Clarice Smith Center. The retrospective culminated in the publication of a catalog of their work by the Walker Art Center.

About Dance Place

Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences and students through high quality performances, commissions and training. Since 1986, Dance Place has been a cultural anchor in Brookland, Northeast, DC bringing vibrancy to our neighborhood through daily classes and weekly performances for people of all ages.

Our rich history of service and innovative programming has earned Dance Place a national reputation as a leading dance presenter, youth development center and catalyst for neighborhood development. Dance Place has been heralded as “the hub of dance activity” (Washington Post) and in 2011 was awarded the DC Mayor’s Arts Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education.” Funding for the Alan M. Kriegsman Creative Residency is provided by a leadership gift by Norman Fields and the generosity of other individual donors.

About Alan M. (“Mike”) Kriegsman (1928-2012)

Alan M. Kriegsman wrote about the performing arts for The Washington Post for 30 years until his retirement in 1996 when he was named Critic Emeritus. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism in 1976, the first Pulitzer for writings on dance. A native of New York City, educated at M.I.T. and Columbia University and a Fulbright scholar, he taught and lectured at such institutions as Columbia, Barnard, Harvard, Juilliard, George Washington University, Bennington, the American Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow. After retiring from the Post, he served on the boards of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, the Dance Institute of Washington and the Choo-San Goh & H. Robert Magee Foundation. Among his many honors, in 2004 he was awarded the first special recognition Dance/USA Trustees Award for “his unique and significant contributions to dance journalism and American dance spanning the last third of the 20th century.” Their tribute included these words: “Of all critics, he has the keenest eye and deepest heart.

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