Building a Sustainable Life as a Dance Artist

A full day workshop for dancers and movement makers lead by Andrew Simonet
Date: Wednesday, October 28, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Target Education Studio, The Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN
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“I want a new conversation.

Too many brilliant, mission-driven dance artists are exhausted, broke and overwhelmed.

I am a choreographer. I ran a dance company for 20 years. For the past decade, I’ve been working with artists in my community and nationally to ask: how can we build balanced, productive, sustainable lives?

In this workshop, I will share tools and principles artists have used to thrive, everything I’ve learned over the past ten years. And we will build a conversation, a realistic, un-complainy conversation that sees the challenges but also acknowledges that our skills are more than up to the task. We will do some specific, practical work (planning, writing about our work) and some big picture thinking. And we will look at the specific challenges facing dance artists: the demands of creating and producing the work, funding and touring cycles, and a supposedly embodied life that too often ends up in front of a laptop for eight hours.” – Andrew Simonet

Building a Sustainable Life as a Dance Artist is sponsored by Springboard for the Arts and hosted by the Cowles Center for Dance & The Performing Arts’ Monday Night Grant Writing Circle.

Andrew Simonet (Artists U Founder and Director) founded Artists U in Philadelphia in 2006. He is the author of Making Your Life as an Artist and works wth artists nationally to build sustainable lives. He was, from 1993 to 2013, a founding co-director and choreographer of Philadelphia’s Headlong Dance Theater, along with his collaborators Amy Smith and David Brick. Headlong created collaborative dance theater in Philadelphia, and toured nationally. Andrew’s projects included CELL, a performance journey for one audience member at a time guided by your cell phone, and This Town is a Mystery, performances by four Philadelphia households in their homes, followed by a potluck dinner. Headlong’s work was funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts, The Creative Capital Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Japan Foundation, and The National Endowment for the Arts. Headlong’s work was produced by The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), P.S. 122 (NYC), Central Park Summerstage, The Jade Festival (Tokyo), The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Andrew is currently the writer and producer for The Way Up, a documentary film about the community based anti-poverty work of Mauricio Miller. Andrew lives in West Philadelphia with his wife Elizabeth and their sons Jesse Tiger and Nico Wolf.
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