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CLEaR Forum

CLEaR Forum 

Choreographic Lab, Exploration and Research

may 1-6, 2017 with creative facilitators

Marie Claire Forté (montreal) and Sara Coffin

Deadline to apply April 7, 2017  

Presented by Mocean Dance in partnership with the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, CLEaR Forum – Choreographic Lab, Exploration and Research Forum – is a residency-based choreographic research lab that will provide two choreographers with a skilled mentor team, studio space for the duration of the week, a forum for dialogue and exchange, 1 to 3 skilled dancers to work with, and a small stipend.

CLEaR Forum is intended as a professional development opportunity for emerging to mid-career Canadian-based choreographers seeking to hone their craft in a stimulating environment, without the pressure of producing a finished product. The lab will provide choreographers with a rigorous and engaging forum in which to question and progress their art making.

With an aim to contribute to the growth of all participating artists, both choreographers and dancers will participate in the morning programming and evening discussions. Through facilitated dialogue, led by the mentor team, discussions will be held to address the day’s work, support arising questions, and consider the diversity of art-making practices.

The Lab will take place in the picturesque setting of the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, in Canning NS. Arrival is evening of Monday, May 1st and departure is evening of Saturday, May 6.

Daily Program Schedule:
9:30-10:00 - open morning warm-up
10:00-11:30 - guided group research
11:45-1:00 - creative inquiry with researching choreographer
1:00-2:00 - lunch
2:00-4:00 - creative inquiry with researching choreographer
4:15-5:00 - end of day sharing
6:00-7:00 - dinner
7:00-8:30 - evening discussions/activities

Eligibility: applicants must have completed a professional training program and actively pursing are career in dance. Choreographers are recommended to have had a minimum of 3 to 5 works presented publicly. Participant selection will be a broad mix of both regional and nationally-based artists.



Deadline April 7, 2017

with notification by April 10, 2017

CLEAR Forum Application-2017-Choreo

CLEAR Forum Application-2017-Dancer

About the Mentors

Guest Mentor: Marie Claire Forté (montreal)

Program Director: Sara Coffin

"The flow (of the program) was carefully put together while still giving support / space to the artists allowing them enough time to learn and challenge themselves. I really enjoyed the readings and the booklet that was made which gave way to the nightly discussions; I still refer to it currently. (The morning sessions) warming up as a group sets the tone for the day and is incredibly important. 

I learned how to be critical of my own work while also being inspired by the work I created with the dancers; that failing is okay as long as you can see what can be done within the work and to never settle. I only wish the program was 10 days long.

-Emily Gaultieri, Co-Artistic Director Parts + Labour Danse

Visit Mocean Dance's Facebook CLEaR Forum album to see photos from the inaugural year and more pictures of the beautiful studios at Ross Creek. 


The CLEaR Forum program is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, Ross Creek Centre for the Arts and a portion of Mocean's Education, Outreach and Professional Development operating budget. 

Photograph by Holly Crooks