Calling all Performing Artists: Mark DeGarmo Dance Seeks Applicants for the 2020-2021 season of its Virtual Salon Performance Series: a sharing of works-in-progress with a facilitated audience response curated and facilitated by dancer, choreographer, writer, and researcher, Dr. Mark DeGarmo. 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 2019-2020 season featured 51 artists/performers in 9 salons, the final 3 of which were held virtually on Zoom.

Mark DeGarmo - Photo courtesy of Mark DeGarmo Dance

Mark DeGarmo – Photo courtesy of Mark DeGarmo Dance

Mark DeGarmo has created, performed, and produced over 100 dance-theater works. His company, Mark DeGarmo Dance, was founded in 1987 and has toured nationally and internationally, traveling to over 13 countries. Based in New York City, Mark DeGarmo Dance is a nonprofit organization that educates that city’s “communities and children; creates, performs, and disseminates original artistic work; and builds intercultural community through dance arts”. The company has always been dedicated to serving social justice and equity in New York City, the U.S., and internationally.

Apply now via Google Form

Deadline: August 1st, 2020 at 11:55PM.*

*The application form will stay open as needed, but preferential consideration will be given to those artists who apply by August 1st.

The series highlights artists and performing art and dance forms underrepresented in traditional and commercial performing arts venues nationally and internationally. Artists from these underrepresented groups, genres, and spaces are especially encouraged to apply.

Dr. Mark DeGarmo curates the series and facilitates audience response sessions during each installment by adapting Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process. DeGarmo guides discourse among the artists and audience members and encourages the public to actively participate in the development of original works-in-progress.

9.2-June-25th-Group-Shot Interview Series, Ep. 4 Ronald K. Alexander Kameron Chatman in MDD's VSPS 5 28 on Zoom La'Toya Latney + Sloka Iyengar 3 2020 SPS, photo by Hannah DeGarmo rsz_group_shot_edit-1440x960 Zjana Muraro in 6 11 2020 VSPS with MDD
JoAnna Mendl Shaw, Mark DeGarmo, with Rachel Keane, Taylor Ennen, Maddie Warriner Clement Mensah, & Kathryn Reese - Photo courtesy of MDD

Originally housed in Mark DeGarmo Dance Studio Theater 310 at The Clemente Center, where MDD has been an anchor resident member nonprofit organization since 2001, MDD’s Salon Performance Series works to support the Clemente’s mission, and its determination “to operate in a multicultural and inclusive manner, housing and promoting artists and performance events that fully reflect the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and the city as a whole.”
Ticketing will be available at at a later date.

To visit the Mark DeGarmo Dance website, click HERE. You can also follow Mark DeGarmo Dance on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

To see video recaps of the 2019-2020 Virtual Salon Performance Series, click HERE.

To watch an interview with Ronald K. Alexander for the Mark DeGarmo Interview Series, click HERE.

Compiled by Jeff Slayton for LA Dance Chronicle.

Featured image: José Maria with Mark DeGarmo Dance – Photo courtesy of Mark DeGarmo Dance