Research & Findings


NEFA Abroad: Dance in Havana, Cuba

In October 2013, I was invited by The Joyce Theater to join a research trip to Havana, Cuba, organized through a Road Scholar people-to-people exchange. The trip was supported by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Cultural Exchange Fund and was part of The Joyce Theater’s cultural exchange initiative that has received major funding from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. Our group from the U.S. was led by The Joyce Theater’s Executive Director Linda...Read more »


Call for Proposals: TAAC's Open Dialogue 13, Deadline 3.25.13

As a part of the TAAC/Rhode Island Planning Committee, I am excited that this year’s conference, OPEN DIALOGUE 13, will be here in New England.  This is an exciting opportunity bringing The Association of American Cultures to Providence, RI, August 2-4, 2013, at the Providence Biltmore.

Open Dialogue 13 will focus on significant and pivotal people, places and policies impacting cultural democracy in America. Through panels, keynote presentations...Read more »


NDP’s PRD Program Evaluation and Lessons Learned

Since 2010, NDP’s Production Residencies for Dance program has undergone an extensive evaluation led by M. Chris Dwyer of RMC Research Corporation. Our goal for the evaluation was to use the experiences of the pilot year grantees to refine the program and better meet artists’ need for access to technical facilities and staff and additional time for artistic, directorial, and/or dramaturgical input. Each pilot year residency evaluation included: 

  • an orientation session with each grantee where NEFA staff introduced the evaluation materials and discussed the artist
  • ...Read more »

Production Residency: Emily Johnson, Catalyst/MASS MoCA

For the last National Dance Project Year 2 PRD, Alaska-native and Minneapolis-based dance artist Emily Johnson (Yup’ik) spent ten days in November 2012 in residence with her company at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA). This PRD followed the premiere of Emily’s work Niicugni and was focused on preparing the work to tour. 

Much of the company’s residency in North Adams, MA, was focused on refining the rigging for the piece...Read more »


Production Residency: Brian Brooks Moving Company/DANCEworks Santa Barbara

In March 2012, New York-based dance artist Brian Brooks took his company to sunny Santa Barbara for a four-week residency at the Lobero Theater to work on his National Dance Project-supported work Big City with residency partner DANCEworks. The first PRD of the program’s second year, Brian’s time at the Lobero epitomized a particular type of residency that the PRD program supports, namely a pre-premiere residency where artists are able to spend an...Read more »


Production Residency: Palissimo/Wexner Center for the Arts

Palissimo’s PRD residency at the Wexner was an example of a post-premiere/pre-tour residency and the residency’s goals were extremely ambitious. The NDP-supported work, Strange Cargo, is the third part of Pavel  Zuštiak’s Painted Bird Trilogy. In addition to some post-premiere tweaking of Part III, Palissimo used their time at the Wexner—and its spacious facilities and “highly-skilled and enthusiastic” staff—...Read more »


Production Residencies: Pilot Year Case Studies

This second post in the PRD series includes two summaries of residencies from the program’s pilot round. Though very different in experience and focus, these residencies (and the profiles from Year 2 that will follow) give valuable insight into the impact of different models of production residencies.

Dean Moss/Yale Rep
Yale Repertory Theater and the World Performance Project hosted Dean Moss for a production residency for the NDP-...Read more »


Lessons from NDP’s Production Residencies for Dance Pilot Phase

Over the next few weeks, the NEFA blog will feature a series of posts highlighting the National Dance Project’s (NDP’s) Production Residencies for Dance (PRD) program. The program was created with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation following a 2009 study’s findings that late-stage residencies are the least developed and most under-resourced residency opportunity in the field. This important and evolving part of NDP supports intensive residencies where dance...Read more »


NEFA's CultureCount Cue: Summer 2012

Check out the summer edition of NEFA’s CultureCount Cue!...Read more »


NEFA's Winter Newsletter

Check out the latest on NEFA’s upcoming events, deadlines, and more in our winter newsletter!...Read more »


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