An artistic research development programme that aims to support creative research in contemporary performing arts.

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Taking place in April and June 2022, the inaugural Contemporary Performing Arts Research Residency is a artistic research development programme by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, supported by the National Arts Council, Singapore.

The fully-funded residency aims to support creative research in contemporary performing arts by providing its residents the time and space for artistic inquiry, experimentation, development, research activities and opportunities for interdisciplinary and transcultural dialogues. The residency welcomes various manners and methodologies of enquiry, embracing a pluralistic approach towards research that unfolds not only through the written word, but also includes forms of experimentation with the body, performed moments, and other non-traditional systems of knowledge.

The residency offers two types of support: Artist-in-Residence and Researcher-in-Residence. There will be annual open calls held for applications to the residency and each cycle will revolve around a thematic focus conceived to respond to current critical issues in our society.

Artists and Researchers-in-Residence are chosen through a Selection Panel comprising leading international curators, programmers, artists and managers. They have been appointed based on their thought-provoking practices, dynamic networks with practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines and their invaluable knowledge of the performing arts across Singapore, Asia and beyond. The Selection Panel will also serve as interlocutors in the programme’s development and be available as consultants for all residents.

Residents of 2022

Get to know the residents of 2022 and their research: 7 independent practitioners, 2 duos and 1 collective, selected from over 300 applications across disciplines and in diverse contexts.

2022 Thematic Focus – Potential Territorialities: Body, Space and Identity in Performance

Each year, the residency is framed around a thematic focus that is conceived in response to the present states of our lived realities.

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