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 2021 Choreographers Showcase: Lockdown Videos

The year 2020 has been marked by unprecedented challenges for the dance world. A global pandemic has confined dancers to their homes; studios and performance spaces have been shut down; How have choreographers responded? Houses and apartments have been re-designed as home studios. Phones, computers, and tablets have become video cameras. Virtual performances, and video concerts have become the new normal.

This year the annual Choreographers Showcase, organized for more than 30 years as an opportunity for new and seasoned choreographers to present their work anonymously before expert adjudicators, will respond to the challenge. A video concert will be presented in January of 2021. Choreographers may submit their self-produced video dance compositions to a panel of three adjudicators. 

Video of theatrical performance from before the pandemic emergency is not eligible. Documentary film is not eligible. Dances should be created entirely on video, with the camera as a choreographic tool and partner. In addition to quality of choreographic expression, creativity of the camera-work will be an element of adjudication. 

Submission deadline is November 30, 2020, at 11:59 pm. 

Selection of six dances will be announced on December 21, 2020. 

Choreographers selected will be asked to submit a two-minute video artist’s statement to accompany their work in the final concert video. 

Video will be streamed starting Friday, January 22, 2021. 

Details of the concert will be forthcoming. 

Applications must be submitted online at: m-ncppc.submittable.com

  • This Call is open for all Choreographers more than 18 years old, residing in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.
  • Each Choreographer can send only one video of their own original work. 
  • The following video file formats are acceptable: MP4, MOV + download on Vimeo video platform 
  • Performance time: min 3 minutes, max 7 minutes
  • Videos can be recorded in any location, indoors or outdoors, provided local requirements of safety and social distancing are maintained. Video can be filmed by another person. 
  • Each video should contain only one dance performance and the file should be named with the name of the choreographer and the performance 
  • Nudity and/or violence may not be depicted. Such content will disqualify the submission.

Content of the video must be original. Use of another artist’s choreography is not eligible. Any music track must be credited in the application


Charles O. Anderson

CHARLES O. ANDERSON, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is associate chair of The Department of Theatre and Dance and head of the dance program at The University of Texas at Austin. He is founder and artistic director of dance theatre X, the critically acclaimed afro-contemporary dance-theatre company he founded in 2003 in Philadelphia. He received his BA from Cornell University and his MFA in Dance from Temple University. Among his achievements in afro-contemporary choreography and dance theatre, Anderson was selected as one of “The 25 Artists to Watch” by Dance Magazine and is a Pew Fellowship in the Arts recipient. His professional work has been supported by such foundations and organizations as The National Performance Network, The Pew Foundation for Arts and Heritage, The Independence Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. He is the first Texas-based independent artist to receive the prestigious National Dance Production Grant awarded by the New England Foundation for the Arts. Anderson is deeply committed to arts and education as sites for enacting social justice, his choreographic work set upon undergraduate students has twice been nationally showcased at the Kennedy Center through the American College Dance Festival Association and he has also been twice recognized for outstanding achievement in experimental dance theatre by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Professor Anderson recently founded an MFA in Dance and Social Justice at the University of Texas at Austin, a two-year program that is fully funded. Anderson also serves on the faculty of The American Dance Festival and is the president of the Council of Dance Administrators (CODA).

Gesel Mason

GESEL MASON is a choreographer, performer, educator, and arts facilitator. She is Artistic Director for Gesel Mason Performance Projects and Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. Mason was a company member of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance Projects. For over 20 years, Mason has been committed to supporting and celebrating the contributions of African American artists and communities. Her solo performance project, NO BOUNDARIES: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers, has featured the work of Kyle Abraham, Robert Battle, Rennie Harris, Dianne McIntyre, Donald McKayle, Bebe Miller, David Rousséve, Reggie Wilson, Andrea E. Woods Valdéz, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. NO BOUNDARIES, recently highlighted on NPR, Google Arts and Culture, and in Dance Magazine, is evolving into a digital humanities archive to illuminate the unique legacies and aesthetics of these choreographers. In her own work, Mason utilizes dance, theater, humor, and storytelling to bring visibility to voices unheard, situations neglected, or perspectives considered taboo. Numerous venues and festivals have presented Mason’s choreography including John F. Kennedy Center, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance. A 2019 Rauschenburg Artist in Residence, her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Map Fund, Whiting Foundation, National Performance Network, and numerous colleges and universities. www.geselmason.com

Tiffany Rhynard

TIFFANY RHYNARD is a dancer and filmmaker making work that examines social justice issues. Rhynard’s award winning documentary, Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America, received a 2018 Television Academy Honor for its airing on LogoTV in partnership by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Forbidden was awarded the first Social Justice Film Award from the Southern Poverty Law Center, received the Freedom Award from Outfest, was featured on American Airlines during their 2017 Pride campaign, and is now currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Rhynard’s dance films have screened at festivals nationwide including ScreenDance Miami where she was awarded the Jury Prize for Invisible Queens (2015) and for Black Stains (2018). A cross-disciplinary artist, she has worked with esteemed collaborators including choreographer Christal Brown, internationally renowned composer Lei Liang, real-time digital media artist Marlon Barrios Solano, and mezzo-soprano Sahoko Sato Timpone. Rhynard holds a B.A. in Dance from UNC Greensboro where she was later honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2018. She received her M.F.A. in Choreography from The Ohio State University. She has taught at colleges and universities throughout the country and is currently Assistant Professor in the FSU School of Dance where she teaches Contemporary Technique, The Body and Social Justice, and Dance and Technology.


Each video selected will entitle the choreographer to an award of $1000. If two choreographers team up to create work, they will share the award. The residency requirement must be observed, Choreographers who reside outside of Maryland, Virginia, or the District of Columbia are not eligible for this competition.


If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Christel Stevens at christel.stevens@pgparks.com 

The 2021 Choreographers Showcase is a program of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.  

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