For the past three years, BuoyRR has invited duos onto the land. This year, we are accepting applications exclusively from individual performing artists. In lieu of a public performance, 2018 will culminate in a short film.
HOW IS THIS A RESIDENCY?
This is not a traditional residency. Alongside the BuoyRR team, residents work together to create a poetic score through critical inquiry about this year’s theme: impermanence. Structured as an intensive, residents develop choreography in various natural landscapes. Dance is explored through embodiment practices, prompted games, movement workshops, and creative writing. Confronting how dance is experienced, BuoyRR challenges liveness posing the question: How can the excavation of personal truth inspire commitment? Portrayed through a surrealist lens, this year’s piece will be captured as a dance film. This residency aims to unify your artistic agency with a collective consciousness.
HOW IS THIS A RETREAT?
The retreat pillars of this program are spiritual and physical restoration. Each day begins with yoga and ends with meditation. A full menu of vegetarian food is cooked fresh daily. Infused with the joy of summer camp, evening programs revolve around recharging and creativity. One-on-one sessions are available for onsite bodywork and tarot readings. The retreat is bookended by an opening and closing ceremony to unify and reflect.
Residents are asked to refrain from all drugs and alcohol during their stay.
HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST AND WHY?
BuoyRR is a non-profit arts and education organization supported by a staff of two to eight, dependent upon the time of year. The labor of producing BuoyRR begins months before you arrive and continues after the summer session has ended. Artists and core staff members, Bailey and Viva, plan and develop BuoyRR throughout the year and additional staff join this effort as the summer season approaches. On the land, a team of eight artists and educators are present to provide daily programming.
We value our collective labor to provide you the best experience possible as an artist resident. Your tuition enables compensation for our work throughout the year as well as the art materials, accommodations, and daily meals provided during your stay. The all-inclusive fee of $1000 per person provides:
-critical analysis, conversation, and guidance of your work
-digital copy of the film
-daily yoga and meditation
-locally-sourced vegetarian meals
-week in nature
-opportunities within the BuoyRR alumni community
The Anchors Aweigh Scholarship, a partial financial scholarship, will be awarded to one person in need. All are eligible to apply. A payment plan is possible on a case-by-case basis.
WHAT IS THE PEACE BARN?
BuoyRR is currently hosted at The Peace Barn, a spiritual sanctuary located in Deep River, Connecticut, three hours North of NYC. Spanning over fifteen acres of land, it is owned and operated by Daya Soudan and has been home to sisterhood gatherings for four decades. As a spiritual leader and healer, Daya has dedicated her life to sharing her knowledge of medicinal herbs, Yoga, dance, and meditation in order to help others find their own path to joy. Immersed in the land, artists will be able to commune with Mother Earth and return to a holistic state of creation.
WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS?
All residents will camp on the land and procure their own camping equipment. Very limited camping gear is available upon request. There are portable toilets and an outdoor shower on the property. Meals are served in The Peace Barn. Workshops are led throughout the property and on the newly constructed outdoor stage. Residents have 24-hour access to the studio as a recreational space.
Due to the terrain, we encourage people with movement impairments to contact us before applying.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
The visual landscape of the piece is guided by the directors. Aesthetics are addressed through costume workshops and discussion. A clear packing list is included upon acceptance. BuoyRR encourages wearing blue throughout the week. This action marks our moment in time and instills a metaphorical buoy in each of us.
WHAT WILL I DO ALL DAY?
Here is a sample schedule of your average day at BuoyRR:
8:00 am Yoga
9:00 am Breakfast
10:00 am Workshops
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Workshops
4:00 pm Free Time
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Evening Programming
8:00 pm Meditation
HOW IS BUOYRR WORKING TO ENABLE GREATER ACCESSIBILITY?
It is our primary focus this year to expand our outreach, connect with individuals of demographics beyond our immediate networks, and make our program welcoming to women of diverse identities, backgrounds, and abilities. We believe it is extremely important to give artists with differing perspectives and experiences a space to explore difficult topics, and to dialogue openly about their political and social realities. Combatting the elitist standards of the art world, BuoyRR uses an unconventional application process and focuses on the collective experience in order to rewrite the traditional concept of a residency.
In an effort to be accountable to systems of privilege and increase financial accessibility, we offer The Anchors Aweigh Scholarship: a partial financial scholarship awarded to one artist in need. Applicants from myriad racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds and transgender expression will be given special interest in the selection process. We are in constant conversation about how to better the program both within our administration and amongst participants on the land and welcome your suggestions for making BuoyRR more accessible to all.
WHAT DO ALUMNI HAVE TO SAY ABOUT BUOYRR?
This is some of the most important work we can do as artists, women, and creatures on this earth.
Being given the time and space to connect and explore is such a gift.
This will stay with me for the rest of my life.
I believe that it is so giving for every woman to meet yourself in the reflection of other women.