Bindlestiff First of May Award & First of May Creation Residency

The Bindlestiff First of May Award is a $500 to $2,000 development grant for full-length variety arts productions. Submissions 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).

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’s 2022 First of May Creation Residency is offered in collaboration with Circus Culture in Ithaca, NY, and will take place from September 6–18, 2022. Circus Culture will host creation time in its Ithaca studio for an ensemble of 2–8 people working together on a common project. This residency is best suited for work in its earliest stages and will be awarded to ensembles who demonstrate a need for space and time to explore the formation of new work and creative relationships. First-time producers are strongly encouraged to apply, as are former First of May Award Winners, participants in other residency programs for circus work, and ensembles or companies newly forming or changing direction. A requirement of this Residency Award is a component of community involvement, which might be an open rehearsal, a workshop for community members, or a performance.

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, 2022
  2. A progress report is due by December 31, 2022
  3. At least one public performance of the production must be presented in New York City before May 1, 2023 (a work in progress performance and/or segment of complete production is acceptable).

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

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

This residency is not limited to residents of NYC or NY State, however all applicants are responsible for travel to and from Ithaca, as well as local travel during the residency period. A cash stipend of up to $3,000 toward housing and per diems will also be a part of this Award, in an amount to be determined based on the size of the ensemble.

Circus Culture’s offer is inclusive of access to one of two studio spaces (36×36 ft, and 30x24ft) which have 16ft – 18ft ceilings. The Awardee can select the space which best suits their needs. Spaces are equipped with

– Aerial rigging points on 1:1 pulleys
– Access to blocks, rollers, therabands, etc.
– 2-inch carpet bonded floor mats, panel mats, 8 inch and 12 inch landing mats
– Access to freestanding Unicycle brand highwire and other circus props and equipment (aerial, cyr, unicycles, juggling props, etc.)

Circus Culture is open to artists bringing their own equipment and working together to equip the environment as needed, and discussing additional equipment needs with applicants.

Submissions 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 clearly stated goals for the residency.

DEADLINE: Submissions must be received by 11:59PM ET on April 1, 2022.

REQUIREMENTS:

PROPOSALS MUST INCLUDE:

  1. Project description
  2. Milestones: Where in its development is your project so far? If applicable, Include dates of any workshops, readings, public performances, other residencies, past support, etc. If none of these things apply, please provide a brief narrative on how your collaborative team has formed.
  3. Goals: What are your specific goals for this residency? How will you use this time and space?
  4. 1-3 links to videos showing earlier versions of the proposed project, if applicable, or other past work
  5. Resumés and/or bios of participating artists

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

  1. A progress report is due by December 31, 2022
  2. A final report is due by May 1, 2023

Deadline:

Submissions must be received by 11:59pm ET on April 1, 2022.

SUBMISSION FORMS:


Bindlestiff First of May Award Submission Form

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 clearly stated goals for the residency.

First of May Creation Residency Award Submission Form

Submissions 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 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
2021: Kinetic Cabaret Productions/The Brides’ Pixie Grit; Claire Davison’s Crash Test Dummy; Joel Jeske’s Some Clown; and Mark Lonergan/Parallel Exit’s Sunset Circus