Solar One Call for Emerging Choreographers

Solar One is now accepting submissions for its fourth annual 2008 Solar-Powered Dance Series as part of the 2008 Green Energy Arts Festival. Emerging artists are strongly encouraged to submit materials for consideration by the festival selection panel. Please see submission guidelines below or download an MS Word version here: Call for Submissions 2008.DEADLINE: April 1, 2008

After last year’s successful season, Solar One is pleased to announce its fourth annual Solar Powered Dance Series. Over the course of our 2007 series, hundreds of visitors and artists appreciated and enjoyed the richness of the arts experience at our unique solar-powered venue in Stuyvesant Cove Park, located on Manhattan’s East River waterfront. This year, we will again provide a much-needed new venue for dance and produce an exciting line up of performances by emerging choreographers.

Solar One’s 2008 Solar Powered Dance Series will be held over two weekends in Summer 2008 and will be divided into two three-day programs (Program A: July 24-26, Raindate July 27; Program B: July 31-August 2, Raindate August 3).

Performances will take place in the evening on our 20-foot by 24-foot eco-outdoor stage, made from recycled materials and overlooking the East River. (Please note that the stage design does not include curtains, wings or lighting equipment.) As with our 2007 festival, the sound system for the Solar Powered Dance Series will be powered entirely by energy collected on the solar-paneled roof of the Solar 1 building. Each soloist or group will perform three evenings and is expected to contribute pieces ranging anywhere from 6 to 10 minutes in length. Performances should be accessible to a general audience and appropriate for all age groups. Ten hours of free rehearsal time on stage will be allotted to each individual or group, and each choreographer will receive an honorarium.

In accordance with our energy philosophy, we would prefer that you send us electronic materials only, to the extent possible. Please provide a link to a video segment of your work, preferably the work you intend to present in the series, along with contact information and a brief bio. If a new work is being created especially for the series, please provide links to a completed work and to the work in progress and/or notes. Text may be attached as MS Word documents, and all electronic materials may be submitted online to tamar@solar1.org no later than April 1, 2008.

Those unable to provide electronic submissions should send in a complete piece of work, cued to a five-minute segment, on DVD or video, preferably the piece they intend to perform for the festival, along with contact information and a brief bio. If a new piece is being created especially for this series, send a completed work, and a DVD of the work in progress and/or notes. Please refrain from sending extra materials, including publicity materials and extraneous packaging. Submissions may be delivered to Solar 1, located at East 23rd Street and the East River in Manhattan (10am – 5pm, Monday – Friday) by April 1, 2008. Submission materials, postmarked no later than March 28, 2008, may also be mailed to:

Solar One

2008 Solar Powered Dance Series

24-20 FDR Drive, Service Road East

New York, NY 10010

If you would like your materials returned to you, please include a self-addressed stamped mailer with submission. (Materials may also be picked up at Solar One during the second week of April.) For additional information regarding this year’s Solar Powered Dance Festival and Solar One’s summer arts programs, please contact Artistic Director Tamar Rogoff at (212) 533-8589 or tamar[at]solar1[dot]org

Through unique green energy, education and arts programming, Solar One has dedicated itself to inspiring New Yorkers to embrace energy-conscious and environmentally responsible lifestyles.

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