Bindlestiff First of May Award & First of May Creation Residency

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is now accepting submissions for the 10th Annual Bindlestiff First of May Award – a $500 to $2,000 development grant for full-length circus and variety arts productions. For 2021, Bindlestiff introduces another level of support for new works in our medium – the  First of May Creation Residency. This year, we are thrilled to launch the First of May Creation Residency at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

The First of May Creation Residency at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts will offer 2 to 3 weeks of creation time for up to 14 people, inclusive of studio time, theatre time and housing, plus technical assistance and personnel. This Residency will be awarded to artists or companies whose new, original work is based in circus/variety arts and is in an advanced stage of development; who state specific goals for their use of residency time in relation to the work; and who will be able to offer a public viewing of the work at the completion of the residency period. Former First of May Award Winners and participants in other residency programs for circus work are encouraged to apply.

Submission Guidelines for Bindlestiff’s First of May Award:

Projects should be new, original, full-length productions.

Proposals must include:

  1. Project description (3,000 characters maximum)
  2. 1-3 links to videos of past work
  3. Resumés and/or bios of participating artists

Proposed productions must be at least 40 minutes in length.

Productions may be either solo or troupe-based projects.

  • If submitting as a solo artist, you must be a NYC resident.
  • If submitting as a troupe, at least 50% of troupe members must be NYC residents.

By submitting a proposal, applicants acknowledge that if the award is granted:

  1. Development of the proposed production must begin prior to June 30, 2021
  2. A progress report is due by December 31, 2021
  3. At least one public performance of the production must be presented in New York City before May 1, 2022 (a work in progress performance and/or segment of complete production is acceptable).

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Submission guidelines for Bindlestiff’s First of May Creation Residency:

Qualifying projects include new, original work that is in an advanced stage of development. 

Proposals must include:

  1. Project description (3,000 characters maximum)
  2. Milestones: Where in its development is your project so far? Include dates of any workshops, readings,  public performances,  other residencies,  past support, etc. (2,500 characters maximum)
  3. Goals: What are your specific goals for this residency? How will you use this time and space? (2,000 characters maximum)
  4. 1-3 links to videos showing earlier versions of the proposed project and/or other past work
  5. Resumés and/or bios of participating artists

Proposal must state specific goals for use of residency time in relation to the finalization of the work.

Productions may be either solo or troupe-based projects.

  • NY State residency is required. If submitting as a solo artist, applicant must be a NY State resident.
  • If submitting as a troupe, at least 50% of troupe members must be NYC residents.

Project should include plans for a public viewing of the work (to be determined re: COVID-19 safety) at the completion of the residency period at Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

If these requirements are not met, the award must be returned.

Deadline:

Submissions must be received by 11:59pm on April 1.

SUBMISSION FORMS:


Bindlestiff First of May Award: https://forms.gle/NFEqyopMZq6AJZsW9

First of May Creation Residency: https://forms.gle/HwtKmHSnGF7RGtjb7

Submissions for the First of May Award will be evaluated based on artistic merit, originality, and variety arts relevance. Other criteria taken into consideration include the quality of the proposal itself, the project’s impact (social, community, etc.), and its stage of development (with preference given to projects not previously presented). 

Submissions for the First of May Creation Residency will be evaluated based on artistic merit, originality, and variety arts relevance. Other criteria taken into consideration include the quality of the proposal itself, the project’s impact (social, community, etc.), its stage of development (with preference given to projects at an advanced stage of development), and clearly stated goals for the residency.

The selected grantees will be announced on May 1.

Past Awardees:

2012: Unmasked, created and directed by Lady Aye and Mistress B
2013: Solomon the Perplexer, created and written by Tanya Solomon and directed by Corn Mo
2014: Clown Baggage, created by Matt Wilson
2015: Wacky of Wallabazoo, created by Justin Weber; and Dandy Darkly’s Trigger Happy
2016: TruDee’s “Dances for Lovers” by Deborah Lohse; Ellia Bisker and Adam Kuchler’s Cupcake Show; and Jennifer Harder’s The Wild Party’s Over
2017: Kyle Driggs’ ENSO; Bennett Santora’s Seasons; and Angelo Iodice’s A Cowboy From The Bronx?!
2018: Shane & Collin Miclon’s The Preconceived Notions of Dr. Pellucida; Christopher Scheer’s [n]Gender; and Paris the Hip Hop Juggler’s juggling comedy show
2019: Maia Ramnath’s The Conference of the Birds; Mariko Iwasa’s Shout and Feel It; Becca Bernard’s The Fainting Room; and Jeff Seal’s Jeff and Buttons
2020: Loki Circus Theater’s COLORED GRRLS; Brianna Kalisch’s {IN}TANGIBLE a circus play; Stav Meishar’s Barbette at the Circus: Performing Gender; and Montana Miller’s untitled solo show