GHENT — Art Omi: Dance will host ten international dance artists for a four-week residency this July and August on its idyllic campus in Ghent. The residency program begins and culminates with public events, which present an opportunity for exposure to contemporary dance from a variety of traditions and styles.
Now in its fourteenth year, Art Omi: Dance fosters artistic and cultural exchange through collaborative residency in a relaxed and rural setting. Under the direction of Art Omi: Dance Director Christopher K. Morgan, along with guest mentor Gerard Van Dyck (2016 alum of Art Omi: Dance), this diverse group of dance artists will gather to experiment and collaborate from July 17 to August 6 2018.
On Saturday, July 21, the Art Omi: Dance Salon is a forum for the residents to share their individual work with the public before exhibiting their collaborative projects later in the month. It is an intimate evening of live performance set in the studio spaces, and gives context to individual artist’s work at the start of the residency program. The event is free and open to the public, with no RSVP required.
On Saturday, August 4, The Art Omi: Dance Residents will share works created in collaboration with each other at the Dance Showing. As the residency emphasizes process over product, the artists will present the fruits of their exchange in the form of unique pieces. The Showing features site-specific performance events situated across The Fields Sculpture Park. The Dance Showing is free and open to the public.
The 2018 Art Omi: Dance artists-in-residence are: Margi Cole (United States), Ryuichi Fujimara (Japan/Australia), Yunkyung Hur (South Korea), Amanda Kirsche (United States), Chiharu Mamiya (Japan/France), Jean-Baptiste Matondo (France), Katrin Schafitel (Germany), Babacar Top (Senegal), Sara Tolosa (Mexico), and Robin Stiehm (United States).