HOW IS THIS A RESIDENCY?
By removing oneself from a familiar environment there is a freedom to examine the boundaries of one’s own practice and to find new ways to navigate through these challenges. Buoy believes in teamwork. In order to be a participant of the BuoyRR, you must apply as an artist duo. Your duo can either be preexisting with a history of performing together or two individuals interested in working on a new collaboration; no previous dance or performance experience is required.
Structured as an intensive, the residents will develop choreography in various landscapes ranging from an open field to a fern gully to a pond to a densely wooded area culminating in an interactive public performance on the afternoon of Sunday July 9th.
The piece will be created through gaming tactics created by the facilitators. Part summer camp, part boot camp- these games include loaded prompts, physical challenges, movement and improvisational workshops. There will also be cerebral workshops that stimulate critical inquiry about your process as an individual, a duo, and a team.
Note there is no technical support of any kind; each duo must use only their bodies in order to create.
HOW IS THIS A RETREAT?
In addition to creating a work of art and reexamining one’s process, BuoyRR is committed to restoring balance in the artist’s self and honoring the work that is being done everyday on a path to becoming more complete. The entirety of BuoyRR will be scheduled around healthy and restorative practices. Each day will begin with yoga and end with meditation. At night there will be varied event programming that revolves around relaxation and creativity.
A full menu of vegetarian food will be cooked fresh daily by local catering. The week is bookended by an opening and closing ceremony to unify and reflect. No detail will be left unattended in order for duos to be fully immersed in their work, a luxury that life rarely allows.
WHAT IS THE PERFORMANCE?
This year’s site-specific performance is entitled I AM YOUR ITCH: an examination of our current political horror, womyn as historically haunted vessels, and power through self-activation. The piece will be sculpted through cerebral, physical, and spiritual workshops.
I AM YOUR ITCH will premiere on the afternoon of Sunday July 9th. A bus will transport our New York audience to and from The Peace Barn. The performance will be ticketed and open to the public including a locally-sourced meal, followed by an artist talkback.
WHERE IS THE PEACE BARN?
Deep River is approximately three hours north of New York City and an easy ride on the Metro-North. Buoy will provide transportation to and from the train station. There is also parking on the property. The address of the Peace Barn is 337 West Elm Street, Deep River, Connecticut 06417.
From New York City, take Metro-North, located at Grand Central, to New Haven. At New Haven transfer to the Shoreline East Commuter Rail to Old Saybrook. Round trip tickets to Old Saybrook can be purchased at Grand Central Station.
Unfortunately, the majority of terrain where our daily activities and final performance are held is uneven and unsafe for anyone with a debilitating handicap. At this time, we encourage people with movement impairments to contact us before applying.
WHERE WILL I SLEEP?
All duos will camp on the land and procure their own camping equipment. Due to space restrictions, it is highly recommended that duos camp together. There are portable toilets and functioning outdoor showers on the property for use throughout the week. Proper footwear (sneakers, boots, or hikers) is required at all times to protect you from Poison Ivy, ticks, and injury. Participants will be asked to refrain from all drugs and alcohol during their stay.
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
WHO AM I WORKING WITH?
Directors: Bailey Nolan and Viva Soudan
Spiritual Facilitator: Wesley Flash
Artistic Facilitators: Ellen Donnelly and Georgia Sanford
Documentation: Anna Beeke and Charley Parden
Catering: Gillian Davis
Provider of The Peace Barn, Yoga: Daya Soudan
Caretaker: Terry Anderson
HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST AND WHY?
BuoyRR wants you to have the best experience possible. At this time we are a fully self-funded operation; your fee is what helps make this season special. Our team is working as hard as possible to offer you an ideal experience from beginning to end. A payment plan is possible on a case-by-case basis; additionally this year's application includes The Anchors Aweigh Scholarship: a partial financial scholarship awarded to one duo in need.
An all-inclusive fee of $700 per person provides:
-Eight days of locally-sourced vegetarian meals
-Daily wellness practice of yoga and meditation
-A week in nature
-Critical analysis, conversation, and guidance of your work
-A focused environment dedicated to your mind, body, and spirit
-A vast array of event programming ranging from analytic discussions to artist talkbacks to special guest workshops
-A personalized BuoyRR survival kit
-Documentation of the public performance
-A professional portrait of your duo
-An eager audience and a platform for your performance
-Opportunities within the BuoyRR alumni community
-A lifetime bond to fellow residents and artists
WHAT’S OUR ACCOUNTABILITY AND WHAT’S OUR COURSE OF ACTION?
The leadership of BuoyRR is all too aware of the lack of diversity in our current community. It is our primary focus this year to expand our outreach, connect with individuals of demographics not currently in our immediate networks, and make our program welcoming to womyn of diverse identities, backgrounds, and abilities. Especially considering this year’s themes, we believe it is extremely important to give artists with differing perspectives a safe space to explore difficult topics, and to dialogue openly about their political realities.
In an effort to fight this system and broaden our accessibility, we are now offering The Anchors Aweigh Scholarship: a partial financial scholarship awarded to one duo in need. Applicants from diverse racial, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds and with diverse gender expression will be given special interest in the selection process. We are in a 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. Diversity, like creativity, is always a work in process.
APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED