American Dance Festival invites submissions from NC dance artists

Press release from the American Dance Festival:

The American Dance Festival (ADF) is seeking submissions of original choreography by North Carolina dance artists to be a part of Duke University’s RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! exhibition. 

The Nasher Museum of Art is collaborating with Duke Arts and Duke Health to present an unprecedented outdoor exhibition by Carrie Mae Weems.The project emphasizes the disproportionate impact of the deadly virus on the lives of communities of color, through large-scale banners and window clings, posters, street signs, and more.

“We’ve all been impacted by COVID-19. It’s an ecological health crisis of epic proportions – an international disaster,” Weems said, in a statement. “And yet we have indisputable evidence that people of color have been disproportionately impacted. The death toll in these communities is staggering. This fact affords the nation an unprecedented opportunity to address the impact of social and economic inequality in real time. Denial does not solve a problem. And I thought, ‘How can I use my art and my voice as a way of underscoring what’s possible and bring the general public into a conversation, into heightened awareness of this problem to better the community in which I live?'”

ADF is seeking diverse dance artists and dance genres (solos, duos, or small groups) to perform original works in front of one of five selected RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! installations. The submitted work should be no longer than one minute in length and compliment or respond to one of the chosen images/locations. Submissions may be selected to be part of a social media campaign that will compliment the exhibition. If selected, artists will be filmed performing their response in front of the actual artwork in Durham. Edited videos will be posted on social media by the Nasher and ADF. Selected artists will receive a small honorarium, a Nasher art bag filled with small art objects created by Carrie Mae Weems for RESIST COVID / TAKE 6!, and a five-class ADF online class card. 

Deadline for submissions is November 18. To view the exhibit locations and to apply visit

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