Guilford, Vermont – In 2015 Vermont Performance Lab (VPL) launched the SEED Program in response to a growing need for more comprehensive support for dance artists working in New England. Now about to embark on year two, VPL’s SEED Program will deepen its commitment to Vermont artists by offering support to professional dance-makers residing in the state of Vermont who are seeking to develop new performance projects for small scale touring. VPL is now accepting applications for SEED – artists can apply online at vermontperformancelab.org/seed and applications are due December 1, 2016.
For ten years, VPL has provided artists with residencies and support to research and develop new work in dance, theater, film and music. “The SEED Program was designed to cultivate a stronger ecology for dance in our region by connecting artists with tools and resources that build their work and capacity,” says VPL Director Sara Coffey. The pilot SEED Program was rooted in a dance-residency exchange with Studio 303 in Montréal, and it supported the development of four performance projects (two from New England, and two from Québec), fostered cultural exchange, and built visibility for local choreographers by launching their work into other communities.