About The Program

CAC Dance ShootDance: A Moving Canvas

“Dance: A Moving Canvas” is a new program that seeks to expand dance audiences in Chicago by enabling select participants to deepen their understanding of the choreographic process. The year-long program aims to implement the initial findings of the Doris Duke Foundation’s Engaging Dance Audiences (EDA) research mission.  Significantly, the EDA Round 1 report found that the most successful dance engagements create:

“Meaning Making, whereby audience members ground their understanding of dance in a deeply personal and unique fashion.”

Further, audiences are most transformed by the “transmission of curatorial insight,” whereby audiences are given opportunities to understand the “how” and the “why” of the choreographic process.

“Dance: A Moving Canvas” will provide select audiences with guided methods to deepen understanding of choreographic principles, learn how those principles relate to similar constructs in the creation of visual art, and then in moderated dialogue, participate in real time in the choreographic process.  By lifting the veil that separates audiences from the act of choreography, attendees will reach a greater understanding of the complexity, and the exhilaration of dancemaking.  Additionally, by working with select participants who are demographically inclined toward dance appreciation, the program seeks to build dance audiences for the Chicago dance community.

For the series, Audience Architects (AA) is bolstered by supporting partnerships with the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC), the Arts & Business Council of Chicago (A&BC), and FlySpace, serving as lead choreographic collaborator. AA will develop, manage, and co-curate a series of events and companion activities for a targeted and specific group of 50-75 culturally curious participants who will be invited to deeply engage. “Dance: A Moving Canvas” offers participants first-hand experiences to delve inside the process of making dance via interactive gallery showings, and then furthers the deepening of this new knowledge, both online and at subsequent, complimentary post-performance discussions. Program activities include the following:

  • Moving Canvas is a highlight component, and will take place four times per year in the  Chicago Artist Coalition gallery in the West Loop neighborhood. Moving Canvas events will cross pollinate and engage dance and visual art audiences and artists to explore and understand the commonalities and unique aspects of each art form in an intimate, moderated, and highly participatory setting.
  • Musings is a collection of educational material, videos, and critical essays, collected/edited by Chicago Tribune chief dance critic Sid Smith. Material will be housed online on a dedicated section of the SeeChicagoDance.com website and CAC’s Chicago Artist Resource (CAR) website.
  • Dance Tribe  engages 10-15 of the most active program participants in deeper dialogue. This distilled group will collectively attend a concert performance by one of the choreographers previously experienced at a Moving Canvas night.

UPDATE: Audience Architects Announces Awardees For Dance: A Moving Canvas 

Audience Architects is thrilled to announce that three artists/organizations have been awarded grants to create work for its new program, Dance: A Moving Canvas, part of the multi-year Dance/USA national project, Engaging Dance Audiences: Round II (EDA), made possible with generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Dance: A Moving Canvas features live, interactive gallery showings of visual art and dance works augmented by audience participation, educational materials and lively post-event discussions. The selected artists were chosen from 22 applications through a rigorous review by a national peer panel.

AWARDEES include:

  • RAPHAELLE ZIEMBA with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre  (January 22)
  • THE NEXUS PROJECT; work by Benjamin Wardell and Michel Rodriguez (April 16)

Each artist has been awarded a grant of between $2,800-$3,500 to fund their creative endeavors, plus marketing and promotional support.  Read more information about the awarded artists and their projects HERE.

TICKETS: https://movingcanvas.eventbrite.com/

National Announcement, Engaging Dance Audiences Round Two
Dance: A Moving Canvas Announcement
Artist Awardees Announcement