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KCC Art Laboratory 2020-21

With the pandemic altering the world, our sense of space shifted drastically. Spaces of public gathering closed limiting us to the home space – that resulted in the exploration of known, smaller spaces as performance spaces. The physical space that we understood as performance space, got squeezed. While the small window in our telecommunication device connects us with a new space abundance named the virtual/ cyberspace – our physical enclosure stays restricted between the frames of our devices. 

On the other hand, there are conversations questioning gender, caste, religion-based ideologies and the ideas of human rights and freedom of expression. 

Recognising these phenomena Kolkata Centre for Creativity invites project applications for its upcoming multidisciplinary laboratory “Crucible” (the name does not intend to draw any association with the famous Arthur Miller play “The Crucible”). This laboratory will facilitate 2 performance projects that are negotiating the questions around these phenomena. 

KCC invites project applications for the laboratory program named “Crucible”. 

Results 

Selected projects:
1. Mindmapping the Pandemic: Spatializing Memory and More by Sanskriti Chattopadhyay
2. Magurir Baak by Maitri Das


KCC will offer the selected projects:

- A grant of INR 50000.00 towards to creation of the project. 
- Hosting of 1 grand runs and the showcase of the final creations at KCC space in Kolkata (physical performance and video screening). 
- Mention of the projects at KCC’s Website. 

NB: 75% of the grant will be given at the beginning of the project and the rest 25% will be given within a month of the commencement of the first showcase. 

Kolkata Centre for Creativity and Consulate General of Italy in Kolkata invite artistic proposals intending a confluence between of musicians (of all genre) and contemporary dances/ movement artists inspired by the chosen tragedy from the epic.

What will be offered to the selected project - 

To be paid to Collaborator 1 

Music 
Creation, Rehearsal and production cost, Artist fees, 
Technical cost of the light sound etc. 
INR 70,000.00 

To be paid to Collaborator 2 

Movement & Contemporary Dance 
Creation, Rehearsal and production cost, Artist fees, 
Technical cost of the light sound etc. 
INR 70,000.00 

Towards documentation (written and video) of final showcase (allotted only in the last stage of the project realisation)
A video documentation to be submitted of the final showcase INR 30,000.00 
* The Grant will be allotted in parts throughout the project. Detail will be given to the selected project

Application Guideline and Criteria 

- The projects must consider the chosen excerpt of “La Divina Comedia” as its primary inspiration and departure point. 
- Applications are open to a confluence group of: 
a) practitioners of Music and 
b) practitioners of movement & contemporary dance. 

Only the applicant groups that must be able to establish the collaboration, would be considered. 
- One project will be awarded for this laboratory program. 
- The performance can be pre-recorded or live in a physical space or a combination of these. (Subject to decide seeing the COVID situation while announcement). 
- The length of the piece must be at least 30 minutes and max 60 minutes. 
- The work must be a new work proposal and cannot be a film or a video/ audio recording of an existing performance by the group. 
- We encourage projects that are multidisciplinary and collaborative. 
- All the selected performance/ showcase of the project must be executed as per timelines given in ‘Important Dates’ at the end of this page. 

- This laboratory is offered for Indian Nationals only. (KCC Art Fellows for the current year of 2020-2021 are not eligible for application.) Applicants residing in West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura will be given preference. 
- The projects must be applied in Bengali, Hindi or in English. 
- Existing fellows/ grantees of KCC of year 2020-2021 are not eligible to apply for this grant. 

Things to Submit 

- Working title of the project. 
- A concept notes of the project. The synopsis of narrative can be included in this section. 
- A note on the ways that the particular excerpt of “La Divina Comedia” inspires or is related with the project. 
- A note on intention and possibilities of the collaboration between music, movement and contemporary dance practitioners collaborating in this project. 
- Bio and detailed role of the collaborating artists/groups and the team of collaborators. 
- A broad time-frame for the project. 
- An approximate breaking up of budget expenditure (in detail). 
- Everything must be submitted in one PDF to submission.kcc@akst.org.in as per timelines given in ‘Important Dates’ on Page 3. 

NB: Please mention the following at the first page of your application. 
Name of the main collaborators – 
Name of the groups – 
Working title of the project – 
Single point contact: Phone – 
Single point contact: Email – 
Name of the other collaborators/team members – 

Important Dates:

Date of Announcement - December 15th 2020, 17.00 IST         
Deadline for submission - January 31st 2021, 17.00 IST 
Announcement of selected application - February 25th 2021, 17.00 IST 

Time frame for execution of the projects 

First presentation on the progress of  project on/by- June 25th 2021 
Second presentation on the progress of project on/by- 25th September 2021 
Final presentation at KCC- November 2021 

Contact 

Email – submission.kcc@akst.org.in 
Write Application_LTE_(working title of your project) in the subject of the email 
(Without the subject we shall not be able to identify your proposal, please pay attention)
Phone - +91 – 9051038394 (Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00 am to 7.00 pm)

Bengali PDF Link:


Application Guideline and Criteria: 

- The projects must address the idea of squeezing space as the central idea of their creation. 
- Applications are open to practitioners of performing (theatre and contemporary dance practitioner) and video artists. Individuals or a group (Maximum 7 people including in-space and back-space personals to travel) may apply. 
- The performance can be pre-recorded or live in a physical space or a combination of these. 
- The length of the piece must be a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 60 minutes. 
- The work must a new work proposal and cannot be a film or a video recording of an existing performance by the individual or group. 
- We encourage projects that are multidisciplinary and collaborative.
- All the selected performance/ showcase of the projects must be executed within 31st March 2021. 
- This laboratory is offered for Indian Nationals only. (KCC Art Fellows for the current year of 2020-2021 are not eligible for application.) 
- The projects must be in Bengali, Hindi or English. 

Things to submit:

- The working title of the project. 
- The core driving questions of the project. 
- A concept notes. 
- A note on detailed treatment intended in the execution of the project. Detailed score/script and synopsis of narrative can be included in this section. 
- Bio and detailed role of the artist/group and the team of collaborators. 
- A broad time-frame for the project. 
- A detailed estimation of budget execution. 
- Everything must be submitted in one PDF to submission.kcc@akst.org.in on or before 13th December, 2020, 17.00 hours IST. 

Please mention the following at the first page of your application. 

Name of the applicant – 
Name of the group – 
Name of the contact person (in case of a group) - 
The working title of the project – 
Single point contact: Phone – 
Single point contact: Email – 
Name of the collaborators/team members –

Important Dates:

Deadline for submission 

December 13th 2020; IST 17.00 hours 

Announcement of the selected application 

December 24th 2020; IST 17.00 hours 

The time frame for execution of the projects 

December 25th 2020 – March 31 2021 

Presentation at KCC 

Within March 31st 2021(Date will be announced later) 

Contact:

Email – submission.kcc@akst.org.in  
Write Application_CRU_(working title of your project) in the subject of the email.
Phone - +91 – 9051038394 (Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00 am to 7.00 pm)