The artists and projects that received Creation Fund awards in FY12-FY14 are automatically eligible for Forth Fund awards.  The following artists and Creation Fund co-commissioners have received Forth Fund subsidies (link to additional descriptions follow):

OTRO TEATRO
Artist: luciana achugar
Commissioner: Walker Art Center

Full of Words
Artists: AXIS Dance Company
Commissioner:  Tigertail Productions, Inc.

River See
Artist:  Sharon Bridgforth
Commissioner:  Links Hall

MIRIAM
Artist: Nora Chipaumire
Commissioner: Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center

Placas
Artist:  Paul Flores
Commissioner:  Central American Resource Center

And lose the name of action
Artist:  Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People (MGPP)
Commissioner:  Museum of Contemporary Art

redundant, ready, reading, radish, Red Eye
Artist:  HIJACK
Commissioner:  Legion Arts

Niccugni
Artist:  Emily Johnson
Commissioner:  Performance Space 122

a quartet
Artist: Heather Kravis
Commissioner: Performance Space 122

The Legend of Ko’olau
Artist: Gary Kubota
Commissioner: Waimea Historic Theatre

City Council Meeting
Artist:  Aaron Landsman
Commissioner:  HERE Art Center

Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Artist:  Lionel Popkin
Commissioner:  REDCAT

The Queue
Artist: Lucky Plush Productions
Commissioner: Links Hall

Cordel
Artist: Augusto Soledade
Commissioner: Florida Dance Association

Where (we) Live
Artist:  So Percussion
Commissioner:  Walker Art Center

Green is the New Black
Artist: Step Afrika!
Commissioner: Dance Place

Wayfinders
Artist:  Holcombe Waller
Commissioner:  MCA Chicago

Oasis – Everything you wanted to know about the Middle East but were afraid to dance
Artist: Nejla Yatkin
Commissioner: Dance Place

Link to descriptions of projects during the FY10 pilot phase.


OTRO TEATRO

PhotobyIanDouglas

Artist:  luciana achugar (Brooklyn, NY)
Commissioner:  Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN)
Creation Fund Awarded FY13
Title of Work: OTRO TEATRO
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Match: $5,700

The Forth Fund allowed luciana achugar the time and space to develop communication techniques, artistic integration methods and relationships with local artists, who become a part of the piece as it tours. Also, the Walker Arts Center staff was able to create awareness of the artist’s process within their community and prepare the performance’s production elements for tour.


Full of Words

Artists: AXIS Dance Company (Oakland, CA)
Support for salaries for a rehearsal director and dancers, a research and grant-writer to secure future bookings.
•    Total Artist Expenses: $27,500
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    Artist Match: $22,500

Commissioner:  Tigertail Productions, Inc. (Miami, FL)
Advance advocacy, networking and support of Full of Words. Housing and travel for potential presenters to the premiere in Miami. Additional cash contribution and in-kind staff time, travel, and web design.
•    Total Commissioner Expenses: $13,000
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Commissioner Match: $8,000

Forth Fund support matches our current goals of expanding the reach and visibility of companies of excellence like Axis Dance Company – Mary Luft, Tigertail Productions

Read more in the Forth Fund profile Axis Dance Company.

back to top


River See


Artist: Sharon Bridgforth (San Francisco, CA)
Fees for documentation, dramaturge, and hiring a collaborator/“witness”
•    Total Artist Expenses: $8,000
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    Artist Match: $3,000

Commissioner:  Links Hall (Chicago, IL)
Develop “laboratory experiments” in multiple locations across Chicago, artists travel/housing, donor cultivation/hospitality, marketing, providing ASL interpreters, grant writer
•    Total Commissioner Expenses: $10,877
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Commissioner Match: $5,875

The opportunity to work with a dramaturge and witness, to document and review the work is critical in the journey of accurately developing the spiritual technology that I am building into the frame of the work. The entire world of the piece hinges on this. Forth Funds will go a long way in making the difference between being in process with a great idea and developing a mature work. – Sharon Bridgforth

back to top


MIRIAM

Artist: Nora Chipaumire (New York, NY)
Sound production residency at EMPAC and rehearsals at Joyce Soho to create a soundscore. Support covers residency fees for lighting designer, set designer, composer, director, and additional artists.
•    Total Artist Expenses: $12,520
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    Artist Match: $7,520

Commissioner:  Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) (Troy, NY)
Rental cost for additional instruments. Additional accommodation for composer; travel, housing and per diem for performer. In-kind support for 80 hours of audio engineer staff time, access to equipment and space during residency.
•    Total Commissioner Expenses: $15,373
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Commissioner Match: $10,373

We are extremely excited for this opportunity to partner for the first time with the National Performance Network – Johannes Goebel, EMPAC

back to top


Placas

Artist: Paul Flores
Artist fees, travel, housing for script development with dramaturge and cast, flights to invite five presenters to premiere
•    Total Artist Expenses: $7,300
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    Artist Match: $2,300

Commissioner:  Central American Resource Center (San Francisco, CA)
Rent for additional rehearsal space, providing an assistant director and documentation; in-kind staff time, venue rental, housing
•    Total Commissioner Expenses: $37,120
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Commissioner Match: $32,120

Expanding the presenting theaters to include audiences outside of the Latino community (by inviting them to the work’s premiere with Forth Funds) would definitely extend the life of the piece, as well as confirm the message that the story is universal, thus exposing the larger community to the issues that Central American immigrants face. – Paul Flores

back to top


And lose the name of action

Artist: Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People (MGPP) (Brooklyn, NY)
Artist fees, set transport, per diem, lighting rental for technical residency
•    Total Artist Expenses: $10,795
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    Artist Match: $5,795

Commissioner:  Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL)
Cash support to hire theater technicians, flight and hotel for technical residency; in-kind access to fully equipped facility and production manager
•    Total Commissioner Expenses: $12,000
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Commissioner Match: $7,000

It is essential to have time to fully discover the perceptual function of these elements throughout the work. Having a full week to set up and explore the parameters of what MGPP has been imagining will be invaluable to the success of the production. –Ben Pryor MGPP

back to top


redundant, ready, reading, radish, Red Eye


Artist:  HIJACK (Minneapolis, MN)
Commissioner:  Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids, IA)
Creation Fund Awarded FY13
Title of Work: redundant, ready, reading, radish, Red Eye

•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Match: $9,300

HIJACK reframed “redundant, ready, reading, radish, Red Eye” (“rrrrRE”) with a smaller ensemble for tour and was able to produce effective video documentation of the production’s evolution. Legion Arts was able to bring HIJACK to a different community, via the Forth Fund, for their growth while simultaneously expanding their organizations ties within their broader geographic arts community.

back to top


Niicugni

Artist: Emily Johnson (Minneapolis, MN)
Develop and hone the technical rigging system during a post-premiere production residency at MASS MoCA and subsequent tech and performance residency at Baryshnikov Art Center to adapt the piece for touring
•    Total Artist Expenses: $16,080
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    Artist Match: $11,080

Commissioner:  PS 122 (New York, NY)
Developmental residency support: company housing, technical crew fees at rehearsal theatre, travel costs, over 200+ hours of staff time for consultation and administrative support
•    Total Commissioner Expenses: $10,940
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Commissioner Match: $6,9400

Creating “Niicugni” involved creating fifty fish-skin lanterns with volunteers in Vermont, Minnesota, Alaska, California, and Arizona. People gathered with me for days to fillet, feast, scrape skins, and sew. As we made the lanterns, we talked about “Niicugni.” We also talked about their work and lives: we had computer system analysts, singers, students, kids, knitters, weavers, tribal attorneys, writers, and people just plain interested in learning how to work with salmon skin. The hours and hours spent dedicating time, energy, and labor to these lanterns is as important as the content of the work I developed with my collaborators. I want to be able to hang and fly these lanterns as I envision. The system we created works, we just need time to hone it. The Forth Fund will help this integral part of “Niicugni” be a success as we tour to many different venues. – Emily Johnson

back to top


a quartet

Artist: Heather Kravas (Seattle, WA)
Commissioner: Performance Space 122 (New York, NY)
Creation Fund Awarded FY13
Title of Work: a quartet
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•   Match: $8,746

The Forth Fund provided Heather Kravas support for salaries during rehearsal time, allowing for technical enhancement and deeper artistic exploration post premier and in advance of touring a quartet. The Fund also allowed PS 122 to commit to their goal of increasing internal resources for artists by providing subsidy for in-kind staff time, travel, and space. (Photo by Paula Lobo/NY Times)

back to top


The Legend of Ko’olau

Image from www.legendofkoolau.com

Artist: Gary T.Kubota (Wailuku, HI)
Commissioner: Waimea Historic Theatre (Waimea, HI)
Creation Fund Awarded FY13
Title of Work: Legend of Ko’olau
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•   Match: $10,250
Expanded rehearsal time allowed for the artistic team to integrate new technical elements, video and lighting design, within the performance and provided the opportunity for the show to be re-thought of towards filling larger performance spaces. The Forth Fund allowed Waimea Historic Theatre to support the growth of a Hawaiian work and enhance its potential touring market reach with video documentation.

back to top


City Council Meeting

Artist: Aaron Landsman (Urbana, IL)
Artist fees: residency to return to studio to refine artistic and community engagement aspects and adapt work for travel
•    Total Artist Expenses: $12,450
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    Artist Match: $7,450

Commissioner:  HERE Art Center (New York, NY)
Design, administrative and production consultants, creation of marketing and publicity strategy;  in-kind rehearsal space and staff time
•    Total Commissioner Expenses: $10,700
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Commissioner Match: $5,700

City Council Meeting is a complicated project to take on the road. The piece is re-created locally in each community where we work and demands a very hands-on local partnership; because of this, we are looking for ways we can offer presenters the leanest tour package we can, without sacrificing the depth of community engagement or impact. Part of our Forth Fund Residency will be focused on how to both fully realize the work in many kinds of spaces, via flexible set, lighting and sound design elements, and how to do so efficiently in terms of tech staff and equipment. – Aaron Landsman

back to top


Ruth Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

Artist: Lionel Popkin (Santa Monica, CA)
Travel, housing, per diem and artist fees for a full technical residency in the theatre
•    Total Artist Expenses: $5,060
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    Artist Match: $6o

Commissioner: REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA)
Access to theatre space for one-week residency, technical crew, parking; in-kind theatre space and technical equipment, staff photographer, and administrative staff time
•    Total Commissioner Expenses: $11,930
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Commissioner Match: $6,930

It is impossible to describe the impact that this residency would have on the project. We would enter our premiere week with a clear sense of how the lighting, projections, costumes, set, choreographer, and music all integrate. We would have the opportunity to actually investigate these elements nearly two and a half months prior to the premiere so that we could learn from our experiments and then make adjustments prior to entering the show run. As a direct result of this residency, we would also be able to develop necessary touring materials such as a lighting plot, a technical rider, and a publicity packet. Additionally, with a number of presenters planning on attending the initial tour of the work, this residency would also allow us to be more prepared for those first few performances, thereby increasing the chances of the project’s further touring. – Lionel Popkin

back to top


The Queue

By Benjamin Wardell

 

Artist:  Lucky Plush Productions (Riverside, IL)
Commissioner:  Links Hall (Chicago, IL)
Creation Fund Awarded FY13
Title of Work: The Queue
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Match: $13,631
Lucky Plush Productions utilized the Forth Fund to create sound composition and design between existing dancer dialogue and addition of live musicians. Additionally, Links Hall facilitated crafting and presentation of a performance excerpt of The Queue at area fundraisers and a regional showcase to increase Lucky Plush’s financial stability and The Queue’s touring potential.

back to top


Cordel

Artist:  Augusto Soledade (Miami, FL)
Dancer’s salaries for rehearsals and work-in-progress showings
•    Total Artist Expenses: $10,000
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    Artist Match: $5,000

Commissioner:  Florida Dance Association (Miami, FL)
Studio time and housing for developmental residency; in-kind consultation and direction, additional in-kind studio time and housing
•    Total Commissioner Expenses: $10,000
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Commissioner Match: $5,000

The impact of the funding, not just through the cash, but also through the required presenter partnership, has had an unprecedented impact on my career at this point. It has allowed me to hire dancers full time for the first time for an entire season and to have access to a state-of-the-art dance studio. In addition, it has given Brazz Dance Theater the opportunity to tour, and potentially to increase our touring activity through networking possibilities with other NPN partners. I have been diligently pursuing such opportunities for the past five years. – Augusto Soledade, Brazz Dance

Read more in the Forth Fund profile “Cordel Brought Into Being With NPN Funds.”

back to top


Where (we) Live

Artist:  So Percussion (New York, NY)
Bring work back in studio to develop “concert version” of work for touring: rehearsal fees, space, development and sound design consulting, purchase of new equipment
•    Total Artist Expenses: $7,200
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    Artist Match: $2,200

Commissioner:  Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN)
Production residency in Walker theatre including tech staff labor, all rental items, and the associated costs to operate the theater for the week; all costs related to the documentation of the residency activities and performances, artist fees for local artists
•    Total Commissioner Expenses: $16,592
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Commissioner Match: $11,592

In addition to giving the Walker some much needed budget relief on a tech-heavy project, the Fourth Fund will support professional documentation and expert guidance that will take an innovative work and residency make it richer, more accessible, and contextually deeper with the hope that many more people in other cities will get a chance to experience the singular effort and vision of this group of artists – a worthy goal to be sure. – Doug Benidt, Walker Art Center

Read more in the project profile “So Percussion: Where (we) Live”

back to top

 


Green Is The New Black

From Step Afrika!'s website

 

Artist: Step Afrika! (Washington, DC)
Commissioner:  Dance Place (Washington, DC)
Creation Fund Awarded FY13
Title of Work: Green is the New Black
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Match: $18,100

Step Afrika used the Forth Fund to spend additional time honing the choreography and its integration with energy capturing, green technology. Dance Place was able to provide their space for longer than usual and technical crew resources in support of this exploration.

back to top


Wayfinders

by Zoe-Ghertner
Artist:  Holcombe Waller (Portland, OR)
Commissioner:  MCA Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Creation Fund Awarded FY13
Title of Work: Wayfinders

• NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
• NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
• Match: $15,032
The Forth Fund allowed MCA Chicago to provided space and resources for the integration of complex technical elements towards completion of Wayfinders in advance of the world premier.

back to top


Oasis- Everything you ever wanted to know about the Middle East but were afraid to dance

Artist:  Nejla Yatkin (New York, NY)
Two-week residency in D.C. for development of set design, video design, and lighting design in a fully equipped theatre, artist fees, and studio rentals.
•    Total Artist Expenses: $73,600
•    NPN Subsidy to Artist: $5,000
•    Artist Match: $68,600

Commissioner:  Dance Place (Washington, DC)
Support for two-week residency:  housing, travel support for company, lighting and equipment purchase; in-kind donation of theater space, three Dance Place technicians, lighting designer and stage manager.
•    Total Commissioner Expenses: $10,000
•    NPN Subsidy to Commissioner: $5,000
•    Commissioner Match: $5,000

NOTE: This project also received an additional $5,000 of support through the US Projects micro philanthropy site.

Often times dance productions don’t have this opportunity to be in the theatre to really develop the production value of the work. –Nejla

back to top

Link to profiles of Forth Fund and other NPN-subsidized projects

Awards During Pilot Phase (FY10)

NPN selected six Creation Fund projects to participate in the pilot program of the NPN Forth Fund.

FY10

The Crazy Cloud Collection
Artist: InkBoat (San Francisco, CA)
Commissioner: Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA)
Forth Fund Support: Music development, set design and fabrication, documentation costs, development of residency activities and community engagement component

Let us think of these things always. Let us speak of them never.
Artist: Every House Has a Door (Chicago, IL)
Commissioner: Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL)
Forth Fund Support: Artistic and technical development through a 3-week residency, work-in-progress show, rehearsal fees, rehearsal space lighting designer fees, documentation costs

World Headquarters
Artist: Charles Anderson/Dance Theatre X (Philadelphia, PA)
Commissioner: Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia, PA)
Forth Fund Support: Development of residency activities and community engagement component, rehearsal fees, rehearsal space, creative development residency costs, documentation costs

Gloria’s Cause
Artist: Dayna Hanson (Seattle, WA)
Commissioner: On the Boards (Seattle, WA)
Forth Fund Support: Production coordinator fees, sound designer fees, rehearsal assistant fees, documentation, rehearsal space, technical staff fees, project management, rehearsal stipends, dramaturgical support

Women of Calypso
Artists: “Singing Sandra,” Shereen Caesar, and Kizzie Ruiz (Trinidad)
Commissioner: Cultural Odyssey (San Francisco, CA)
Forth Fund Support: Creative development residency costs, rehearsal fees, technical costs, work-in-progress performance, production management, rehearsal space

Go Ye Therefore
Artist: Artspot Productions (New Orleans, LA)
Commissioner: 7 Stages (Atlanta, GA)
Forth Fund Support: Redesign of work post premiere- artists fees for redesign, rehearsals, research, development and travel to future performance site, rehearsal space, fundraising activities, artistic guidance, technical staff fees, developing community engagement component.

back to top




Past Issues