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The Democracy Cycle: Commissioning Programme for Performing Arts Works 2024

Text of the title of the call with the deadline of 15 April.

The Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC) and Galvan Initiatives (Galvan) have launched The Democracy Cycle, a new commissioning programme designed to support new works that illuminate the promise, practice, imperfection, and opportunity of democracy. Proposals are requested from USA citizen and international artists for new performing arts works in theatre, dance, music, opera, and multi-disciplinary performance.

Over a five-year period, The Democracy Cycle will commission and develop 25 new performing arts works across the fields of theatre, dance, music, opera, and multi-disciplinary performance. The aim is that projects commissioned as part of The Democracy Cycle will enrich and expand the discussion around and participation in democracy – be it in the national, state, regional, or hyperlocal community realm – as it is practiced both within the United States and worldwide.

The first round will explore themes relating to the nature, practice, and experience of democracy. Eight commissions will be awarded in this first 2024 Open Call.

Applicants must propose a new performance project that is meant to be developed and performed live, and planned to be completed in 2025, 2026, or 2027. Works may be interdisciplinary and can include collaborators in other artistic forms. At the time of application, a work may be in an early, mid, or late stage of development so long as it is not planned to premiere before 1 November 2024.

Each commissioned artist will be provided 30,000 USD to create a new performance work. An additional 30,000 USD will be provided in support of each commissioned project’s development process (research, readings, workshops etc.).


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