The Australian Ballet

The Residency Program

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Applications now open for The Australian Ballet's Residency program

In 2022 we’re piloting a studio Residency on Kulin Country at the Primrose Potter Australian Ballet Centre, Melbourne, Victoria. Our intention is that the Residency will begin to address the shortage of opportunities for artists that specifically require extended periods of time and space to develop the depth and rigour of their practice. This paid opportunity is adaptable within the available dates 7 November – 17 December 2022 and is intended to support a mid-career or established artist/collective. The Residency supports any stage of a creative project from research, development, remounting, or the creation of a new work.

The Residency will include:

  • 161 sqm studio space, including: sprung floor, ballet barres across 3 sides of the studio, a mirrored wall along 1 side, sound system and piano. The double height studios have windows on the Western façade, skylights, overhead working lights and air conditioning/heating. Change room facilities are available.
  • A stipend of $18,000 AUD to support you during the Residency

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of Australia
  • A mid-career or established independent artist with a studio practice (minimum 15 years' experience)
  • An artist with a dance, choreographic or body-based practice

Applications will be appraised and selected by:

Key Dates

  • Applications open: 9am Monday 1 August 2022
  • Applications close: 5pm Friday 19 August 2022
  • Successful applicant notified: Friday 16 September 2022

I am an artist with a disability or a neurodivergent artist, what support can you offer through the application process?
Please email [email protected] before Friday 5 August and we can discuss your requirements and ways to support your application.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted as an attached PDF or MS Word document and emailed to: [email protected] by 5pm Friday 19 August 2022.

Your application must include:

  • CV (1 page max)
    • This document should clearly demonstrate 15+ years of practice and can include a maximum of 3 hyperlinks to relevant past work.
  • About your project (1 page max)
    • This document should outline the project that you wish to develop during your Residency. Please read the FAQs carefully including information about the success criteria.
  • Project plan how you will utilise the Residency (1 page max)
    • This document should outline how you intend to work and spend your time during the Residency. This can include both creative and practical information.

Important Information

  • We will only accept applications as a single collated document attached as a PDF or Microsoft Word format.
  • The selection panel will not assess applications longer than 3 pages.
  • Hyperlinked relevant past works must not exceed a 5 minute duration each. If the material is longer than 5 minutes, please indicate a timestamped excerpt.
  • Any Australian artist who meets the eligibility criteria may apply.
  • All Key Dates are detailed in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST, UTC/GMT+10).
Requirements of the successful artist

Pre-Residency
A conversation with relevant staff to understand the breadth and scope of the project, eg. it may be relevant to have a conversation with The Australian Ballet's Artistic Director about the aims of the project or you may wish to arrange for the stipend to be paid through an auspice body.

During Residency
A ‘sharing’ of the work created during the Residency. This can take any form and can be 5 - 25mins duration as a guide.

Post Residency
A debrief conversation with relevant staff and written reflection report (1 - 2 pages max) on your Residency to convey feedback about the pilot program. Be available for visual documentation opportunities and be open to potential publicity and media. Present a ‘showing’ of the work created during the Residency as part of the new Biennial Dance Festival on 19 March 2023.

Eligibility FAQs

How do you define a mid-career or established independent artist?
We’re looking for artists with a minimum of 15 years’ experience creating, performing, showing, researching, independently producing or collaborating in dance, choreography, or body-based practice and creating full length works for the ‘stage'.

We are an ensemble/collective, how do we apply?
Please appoint one member of the group as the key contact applying on behalf of the group. If successful, it is a requirement that all members of the ensemble/collective are paid award rates during the Residency.

We are applying as an ensemble/collective but not every member of the group meets the eligibility criteria. Can we still apply?
Yes, if the key contact of the group meets the eligibility criteria and if all members of the group are available for the Residency period between 7 November – 17 December 2022 and on 19 March 2023.

I meet the eligibility criteria but I live overseas, can I apply?
Yes, you can apply but you will need to be in Melbourne during the Residency period between 7 November – 17 December 2022 and on 19 March 2023. These dates are non-negotiable.

Application FAQs

I am an artist with a disability or a neurodivergent artist, what support can you offer through the application process?
Please email [email protected] before Friday 5 August and we can discuss your requirements and ways to support your application.

Can I apply multiple times?
No, we will only accept one submission per applicant.

Will I receive confirmation that you have received my submission?
When you email your application you should receive an automated receipt.

Who will be assessing applications and by what success criteria will they be assessed?
The selection panel will consist of The Australian Ballet’s Artistic Director David Hallberg, Pam Tanowitz and Merindah Donnelly who each have an established studio practice and extensive experience producing full scale works for the stage. The successful applicant will have clearly addressed the impact the Residency opportunity will have on the development of their practice.

The selection criteria are based on, but not limited to:

  • Choreographic development: How well does the applicant address how the Residency will allow them to develop movement language, concepts, methodologies or structures?
  • Concept realisation: Does the applicant have demonstrated experience fully executing a concept to the level of a full-scale work (even if the Residency is not focused on this outcome)?
  • Audience: How well does the applicant relate the relevance of their work to an audience (even if the Residency is not focused on this outcome)?
  • Contextual: Where does the applicants’ concept sit in the cultural landscape and how does their exploration progress languages, systems, process or traditions?

What is the process for reviewing applications?
If there's a large volume of applications received, The Australian Ballet Artistic Staff will review applications to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria and shortlist according to the selection criteria. David Hallberg, Pam Tanowitz and Merindah Donnelly will review the shortlisted applications and strive to achieve a consensus outcome.

What happens if my application is unsuccessful?
Applicants will receive notification of unsuccessful submissions via email. Unfortunately, we cannot provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

What happens if my application is successful?
You will receive notification via email on Friday 16 September 2022.

What outcomes are expected of the successful applicant?
A showing at the completion of the Residency and an additional showing of the work as part of the new Biennial Dance Festival on 19 March 2023.

Is there additional scope for funding to cover travel, accommodation or per diems?
No, the $18k stipend is intended to cover all your expenses during the Residency period and for the showing of the work as part of the new Biennial Dance Festival on 19 March 2023.

Do I have to submit a budget as part of my application?
No, but it’s expected that the stipend will support all your expenses for the duration of the Residency and for the showing of the work as part of the new Biennial Dance Festival on 19 March 2023.

Do I have to use all the time on offer from 7 November – 17 December 2022?
No, however the successful applicant will be able to demonstrate how the extended studio time will benefit the rigour of their practice.

Can I have access to company dancers of The Australian Ballet during the Residency?
No, the company dancers will be occupied delivering the Sydney seasons during the Residency period and for the showing of the work as part of the new Biennial Dance Festival on 19 March 2023.

Is there an opportunity to access other departments or personnel within The Australian Ballet during the Residency?
Potentially, subject to availability. For the purposes of your application, it’s advised that you demonstrate how your Residency will work independently and if you are successful, we can have a conversation about the availability of support staff eg. Production, Artistic or Producers on staff.

What is involved in the showing of the work as part of the new Biennial Dance Festival on 19 March 2023?
A public showing of the work produced during the Residency period that will run for approximately 20 minutes. More information will be provided to the successful applicant.

What if I have further questions about my application not covered in the above?
Please contact [email protected] if your question has not already been covered in the information provided.