(Boston, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has awarded $470,000 through the National Dance Project (NDP) to support production residencies and touring of contemporary dance companies in 2013-14. NEFA’s National Dance Project fuels the creation of new dance works and brings the work of the most compelling dance artists of our time to audiences across the nation.

Seven U.S.-based contemporary dance companies were awarded grants ranging from $18,000-$22,000 each for late-stage, technical residencies with institutional partners. The highly collaborative residencies provide access to technical facilities and staff as well as artistic, directorial, and/or dramaturgical input to support the production of works. Invitations to apply for these grants are extended to recipients of NDP’s Production Grants, which support the creation of new work. “We know that this additional dimension of support can make an enormous difference to artists in the realization of work prior to touring, and we are delighted to extend NDP’s impact in this way,” said NDP program manager Sara C. Nash.

2012 Production Residency in Dance Recipients

Artist Residency Partner
Adele Myers and Dancers (CT) Connecticut College CT)
Armitage Gone! Dance (NY) Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (IL)
David Roussève/Reality (CA) REDCAT (CA)
Ralph Lemon/Cross Performances (NY) EMPAC (NY)
Stephen Petronio Company (NY) Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (AZ)
Susan Marshall & Company (NY) BAM (NY)
Tere O'Connor Dance (NY) MANCC (FL)

In addition to the production residency grants, eight dance companies received NDP Touring Awards of up to $40,000 each to support their U.S. tours in 2013-14.  Projects were selected from a highly competitive pool of U.S. and international applicants. These Touring Awards complement 24 other projects available for touring support in the 2013-14 season announced in summer 2012. A catalog of all projects with NDP touring support is available to download here. Organizations interested in presenting any of these artists should contact the Tour Coordinators listed prior to March 1, 2013, in order to be considered for an NDP Presentation Grant.

2012 Touring Award Recipients

Artist Project Title
Aparna Ramaswamy (MN) Sadhana
BJM - Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal (Canada) Harry
Bridgman | Packer Dance (NY) Voyeur
Dallas Black Dance Theatre (TX) The Nina Simone Project
Gregory Maqoma/Vuyani Dance Theatre Project (South Africa) Exit/Exist
Lionel Popkin (CA) Ruth Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Tickle the Sleeping Giant/Trajal Harrell (NY) Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church
Wendy Whelan (NY) Restless Creature

About NDP
NEFA launched the National Dance Project in 1996 to encourage the creation of new work in dance and the sharing of that work with audiences in communities throughout the United States. Since then, the program has distributed more than $24.3 million in grants and remains one of the few sources for dance funding in the country. NDP is supported by lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, with additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Visit www.nefa.org or call 617.951.0010 x521 for more information.

About NEFA
NEFA creatively supports the movement of people, ideas, and resources in the arts within New England and beyond, makes vital connections between artists and communities, and builds the strength, knowledge, and leadership of the region’s creative sector.  NEFA is a 501 (c) 3 that operates with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England state arts agencies, and from corporations, foundations, and individuals.

NEFA currently administers grantmaking programs of regional, national, and international scope that support the performing arts, public art, and Native American artists. NEFA also leads projects and initiatives that range from the analysis of the impact of the creative economy to the creation of online tools which link and advance the cultural community. For more information on NEFA’s grant programs and services, please visit www.nefa.org or call 617.951.0010.