The festival has two distinct programs. WestFest Top Floor at the Martha Graham Theater present visionary artists in a traditional theater setting. All over Westbeth is the site-specific program showing a variety of unconventional and unique approaches to dance and space.
What are we looking for?
Dance artists with strong artistic vision, high level of artistry and performance quality. Choreographers man apply either or both programs: Top Floor and All over Westbeth. Please check below for specific information regarding each program.
Recent Artists to present their work at WESTFEST are: David Parker, Madboots, Claire Porter, Dash Ensemble, Bryn Cohn and more.
Who is the curatorial team?
The curation of WestFest is made by Founder and Artistic Director Carol Nolte, and Production Manager Carol Mendes. Check more about them HERE.
What is the application process?
STEP 1 - Pay the $25 application fee via PayPal. Note that one application fee is required for each application you submit. Choreographers can apply with as many works for Top Floor, and projects for Site Specific as they want.
STEP 2 - Complete the application form in reference to the program you want to apply TopFloor or All over Westbeth. Please include a link to a video sample via online source (such as Youtube or Vimeo). Work Samples must be at least 3 continuous minutes in length and be of the proposed work. Minimal cuts/edits are preferred, and rehearsal video of the proposed work is acceptable.
Photo Credit: Darial Sneed
WestFest Top Floor
(April 30- May 3 at 8PM)
A series of fully produced dance concerts held in Westbeth’s legendary top floor studio currently home to the Martha Graham Dance Company and formerly to Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Each artist will have the opportunity to show a new work or revision of recent piece (8 minute max) in two nights of shared performance.
We are happy to announce that this year each artist who is accepted will receive free production costs. The rental fee of this historic venue as well as production expenses are on us!
WestFest All Over Westbeth
(May 2-3 from 2PM-4:30PM)
Calling creative choreographers interested in investigating possibilities of modifing dance through the use of alternative spaces. Each artist will be assigned a unique space in and around the Westbeth building in which they will have the opportunity to rehearse and build a dance. We ask that artists create 3-4 minutes dance that can be performed multiple times for groups of audience. On the day of the show groups of audience members will be guided from site to site to see the dances all over the building. Past sites have included Westbeth’s inner and outer courtyards, long hallways, spiral staircases, the gallery space, the rooftop and the Martha Graham Studio Theater.
We require choreographers to be at all of the following meetings, rehearsals as well performance dates listed bellow. Please note that as Westbeth is a residential building you may only rehearse in your site during designated rehearsal times.
WestFest is a cutting edge curated festival presenting emerging and established movement artists in the historic Westbeth Artists’ Residence at West Village, NYC.
Applications to WestFest are currently closed.
Check back in November 2015 for our next year season!
In the meantime engage with us via social media and come to the festival April 30-May 3!
Interested in helping us out? We need volunteers/ ushers for our performances.
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