Open Call: Mark DeGarmo Dance seeks applicants for the 2021-22 season of its Salon Performance Series

August 2021, New York, NY - 
Contact: Hannah DeGarmo
(212) 375-9214

For Immediate Release

Calling all Performing Artists: Mark DeGarmo Dance Seeks Applicants for the 2021-22 season of its transcultural transdisciplinary Salon Performance Series: a sharing of works-in-progress with a facilitated audience response curated, facilitated, and encouraged  by dancer, choreographer, writer, and researcher, Dr. Mark DeGarmo

Apply now via Google Form:
Deadline: August 31st, 2021 11:59PM ET.

*The application form will stay open as needed, but preferential consideration will be given to those artists who apply by August 31st.

Mark DeGarmo Dance seeks applicants for the 2021-22 season of its Virtual Salon Performance Series, a showcase of original artistic works-in-progress with a facilitated audience response session. Performing artists are invited to apply via the above GoogleForm by Tuesday, August 31st, 11:59PM ET. Performances may be hosted on Zoom, in the NYC studio theater, or as a hybrid experience.

Founded in 2010, MDD's Salon Performance Series provides an opportunity to view and engage with original performing arts and dance works-in-progress of guest artists. The 2020-21 season (including MDD’s Virtual International Arts Festivals in October 2020 and March 2021) featured the work of 263 artists/performers from 23 countries and 16 U.S. states in 12 live virtual salons.

Colleagues who presented and who participated mentioned the immediacy and thrill of viewing and presenting diverse live remote work performed and broadcast from a wide range of time zones, countries, cultures, and backgrounds during a shared critical global circumstance. The Salon Performance Series was an opportunity for collective sharing, joy, and refreshment during a time when artists and audiences alike needed to feel human connectivity, kindness, appreciation, and authenticity from other people around the globe.   

Mark DeGarmo, Ph.D., B.F.A. curates the series and welcomes and facilitates inclusive and positive audience response, reactions, and discourse during each evening guided by his years of experience as a transcultural transdisciplinary dancer/performer, choreographer, teaching artist, mentor, and scholar.

DeGarmo seeks to demystify for the general public-at-large in New York, the U.S., and internationally the process of creativity and creative process in the performing, dance, and movement arts. He seeks to provide language for audience members viewing and seeking to understand for themselves the nonverbal-physical art of dance. DeGarmo aims to broaden understanding and participation in the art form while providing replicable tools for creative and interpretive artists in developing their current and future audiences to support their work and professional learning goals. In these ways, he encourages the general non-specialized public to actively participate in the development of original artworks-in-progress.

MDD developed its Salon Performance Series in Mark DeGarmo Dance Studio Theater 310 at The Clemente Center where MDD has been an anchor resident nonprofit organization supporting The Clemente’s Puerto Rican/Latinx/multiculturally inclusive mission since 2001. MDD successfully pivoted its live programming out of its New York City studio theater immediately to an international online live broadcast format in 2020 at the beginning of the COVID pandemic and lock-down. 

Rent previous performances (by donation): will be available in Fall 2021.

About Mark DeGarmo Dance

Founded in 1987, Mark DeGarmo Dance is a not-for-profit dance performance organization that educates New York City communities and children; creates, performs, and disseminates original artistic work; and builds intercultural community through dance arts. Since its founding, MDD has committed its resources to serving social justice, anti-racism, diversity, equity, inclusion, sovereignty, human transformation, and peace across multiple fronts through dance arts in NYC, the U.S., and globally. The National Endowment for the Arts called MDD’s innovative interdisciplinary evidence-based dance and literacy program for New York City prek to grade 5 Title I public school students in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens “a national model.” President Barack Obama commended MDD and Dr. DeGarmo for their service to their New York City communities and the nation. Miss America 2019 Nia Imani Franklin endorsed MDD’s transformative dance education program as she accepted its 2019 Arts Education Advocate Award at MDD’s 2019 annual Dance for Dance party of the year on the Lower East Side.  

About Mark DeGarmo

Mark DeGarmo, Ph.D., B.F.A. hails from a rural New York State farming community and attended The Juilliard School and Union Institute & University. He is a New York City-based dancer, choreographer, writer, and researcher. Dr. DeGarmo is Founder, Executive & Artistic Director of Mark DeGarmo Dance, New York City; Dance Director of Crossing Bridges International Artist Residency, Michoacán, Mexico; and an Artist-Scholar with Creative Agency, Australia. New York press characterized him after an interview as “a gladiator in various arenas.” His dance company is now booking a 2022-23 tour of Mexican dance and performance festivals with his acclaimed work “Las Fridas: A Movement Installation and Offering” about the life, art, suffering, and joy of Mexican artist and revolutionary Frida Kahlo. DeGarmo’s current choreographic performance projects involve Indigenous Canadian-American music legend and social activist Buffy Sainte-Marie and Indigenous Mapuche composer Juan Namuncurá.

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We are grateful that this program is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.         

Application Deadline:2021-08-31
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