CPL is a laboratory for early and mid-career Free State artists and creative practitioners in South Africa interested in exploring new performance practices. It is an open and intensive residency platform aimed to generate new strategies and ideas in, experimental and interdisciplinary performance practice. CPL is part of the Vrystaat Arts Festival, NATI, The Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD), UFS drama dept’s artist capacity building initiatives, in the time of COVID-19.
CPL will take place over 10 days 23 July – 1 August 2021 at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein alongside the Vrystaat Art Festival. Applications will be available online on 31 May on the Vrystaat Arts Festival website.
Up to 15 Artists from South Africa are invited to take part in the Lab, led by a team of national and international facilitators.
The opportunity is open to creative practitioners working in the visual arts, live art, performance, architecture, fashion, dance, new media, sound art, moving image cultures, film, writers, drama, technical, design community arts and other creative pursuits. Participating participants will explore various forms of expanded performance practice and gain skills in working collaboratively across different disciplines and genres.
Focus areas of the lab include concept and design development, interdisciplinary performance strategies, socially engaged art making, the body as site, audience interactivity and intercultural dialogue with an emphasis on collaborative processes and critical thinking. CPL is a nurturing, supportive and responsive space for artists and facilitators to exchange, share and explore new ideas. It is an is investment in future practices, creative networks and professional development. Successful applicants to the CPL will explore: scenography, dramaturgy, theatre and performance making, sound scaping, multilingual adaptability, site specific work, experimental theatre, core performing techniques – new and traditional, Integrating diversity, Arts and Health.
· Attend Arts Lab from 23 July – 1 August 2021 in Bloemfontein
· Participate in artist talks and forum
· Be provided with travel, accommodation and catering
Applications open: Monday, 31 May 2021
Applications Due: Midnight, Thursday 17 June 2021
Applications outcomes announced: 22 June 2021
CPL: 23 July – 1 August 2021
How to Apply
Complete the online application form.
For more information please visit: www.vrystaatartsfestival.co.za
For all programme enquiries please contact:
Lezanda du Plessis
T: +2783 410 3528
T: +2784 261 9221
*CPL is inspired by the OPENLab developed by PIAD
Eligibility: Applicants must be South African citizens or have permanent resident status in South Africa. As this is an opportunity for early and mid-career artists, applicants must be practicing artists or creative practitioners. While you may not regularly earn income from your practice, you must be identified and recognised by your peers as practicing artists or creative practitioners.
Your application will be assessed against the following selection criteria.
• Artistic calibre (primarily assessed on the basis of examples of previous work and artist CV)
• Potential for the CPL to contribute to your professional development including acquiring skills in cross-artform collaboration and creating work for the public realm
• Potential to participate in critical thinking, consultative and collaborative situations
• Assessments of applications and decisions are made primarily on the basis of the information supplied by you in your application and accompanying support material