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The EMERGE Choreographic Award is a natural extension of our mission to connect artists to new opportunities, collaborators, and cultural organizations worldwide.

Emerging ChoreographersEMERGE Choreographic Award

Springboard Danse Montréal and Gibney Dance Company  launched the GDC/Springboard EMERGE Choreographic Award in 2018. Each year, one of Springboard’s Resident or Emerging Choreographers, past or present, is selected by the Gibney Dance Company for a new commission. The awardee is hand-selected by Gibney Dance Company Co-Directors Amy Miller and Nigel Campbell, who travel to Montréal each summer to observe the Resident and Emerging Choreographers at Springboard Danse Montréal.

The selected artist receives commissioning support to create a new work for Gibney Dance Company that premieres on a split bill program the following spring; mentorship through the creative process from a seasoned choreographer; and opportunities to teach classes and share their creative process through showings and dialogues at Gibney.

The EMERGE Choreographic Award is an extension of Springboard’s mission to connect artists to new opportunities, collaborators, and cultural organizations worldwide. With EMERGE, GDC and Springboard Danse Montréal hope to cultivate, mentor, and actualize the burgeoning visions of today’s young artists toward becoming tomorrow’s creative leaders in the field. It is a natural extension of Springboard’s mission to connect artists to new opportunities, collaborators, and cultural organizations worldwide. EMERGE highlights the continual expansion of Gibney Dance Company’s mission: from its beginning 27 years ago as a vehicle for the choreographic vision of its Founder Gina Gibney, to then welcoming re-stagings and new commissions from a wide range of guest choreographers, and now creating a platform to provide visibility, resources, and space to rising voices in the community.

This three-part opportunity for emerging artists—to create new work on world-class dancers, be seen in one of the most exciting venues in New York City, and be mentored by a dramaturge—makes EMERGE one of the most comprehensive support platforms for new choreographic talent in the field.

CONGRATULATIONS, MARK CASERTA!

Springboard and GDC are thrilled to announce Philadelphia-based choreographer Mark Caserta as our second recipient of the EMERGE Choreographic Award!

Mark Caserta will receive commissioning support to create a new work for Gibney Dance Company, which will be showcased in GDC’s Spring 2020 Season on a shared bill with Banning Bouldin and Yin Yue.

As the EMERGE Choreographic Award Winner, Mark Caserta will also receive mentorship through the creative process from a dramaturge, and opportunities to teach classes and share her creative process through showings and dialogues at Gibney throughout the year.

photo by Mikey Morado

“It is such an honor to be given this validation by people I admire most. It seems fitting that the award is called ‘EMERGE’ because I like to think I am always emerging into myself and my work, and acknowledgement for my artistic voice within this platform means the world to me!

– Mark Caserta

photo of Mark in creation at Springboard 2019 by David Gonsier

We are thrilled with the selection of Mark Caserta as our second EMERGE recipient. His creation for 17 Springboard dancers was impressive and wove their individualism in a dynamic new work. During his time in Montréal, he was a generous collaborator with not only his dancers but the Springboard community at large. We look forward to seeing how his choreographic voice will evolve with the professional mentorship offered by Gibney and its stellar team. Congratulations, Mark!

– Springboard Artistic Director Alexandra Wells &
Associate Director Merryn Kritzinger

Continuing to deepen our partnership with Springboard and its ever-growing roster of phenomenal artists, this year we celebrate Emerging Choreographer Alum Mark Caserta and his incredible ability to embed emotional and theatrical risk into superhuman physicality. Both Mark’s relentless, artistic grit onstage and compassionate culture-building offstage align with our own sensibilities for the future of the field. We’re so excited to encourage his tenacious vision moving forward.

– GDC Co-Directors
Nigel Campbell and Amy Miller

With EMERGE, GDC and Springboard Danse Montréal hope to cultivate, mentor, and actualize the burgeoning visions of today’s young artists toward becoming tomorrow’s creative leaders in the field. It is a natural extension of Springboard’s mission to connect artists to new opportunities, collaborators, and cultural organizations worldwide. EMERGE highlights the continual expansion of Gibney Dance Company’s mission: from its beginning 27 years ago as a vehicle for the choreographic vision of its Founder Gina Gibney, to then welcoming re-stagings and new commissions from a wide range of guest choreographers, and now creating a platform to provide visibility, resources, and space to rising voices in the community.

This three-part opportunity for emerging artists—to create new work on world-class dancers, be seen in one of the most exciting venues in New York City, and be mentored by a dramaturge—makes EMERGE one of the most comprehensive support platforms for new choreographic talent in the field.

ABOUT MARK

Mark Caserta, from Philadelphia, graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in 2010. He danced professionally with international touring companies Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz De Montreal and Camille A. Brown & Dancers since then. Mark was a 2018 Emerging Choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal and recently premiered his first full evening length work at Gibney Dance NY in February. In the past year, Mark was commissioned to set work on Dark Circles Contemporary Dance with partner Mikey Morado and Atlanta based company Kit Modus. Mark has presented work at Wanderlust Dance Festival, The Austin Dance Festival, The Banff Center for Performing Arts, Steps On Broadway Choreography Lab and the Brooklyn Dance Festival. He has also created work on the University of the Arts School of Dance and Pace University. He currently teaches full time while co-directing the Pre Professional Company at Dance Industry Performing Arts Center, co-directing a non profit the Thriving Artist Project and creating new work for his own project.

2018 EMERGE awardee: Mikaela Taylor

ABOUT GIBNEY DANCE COMPANY

With an unrelenting focus on artistic excellence and social integrity, Gibney Dance Company co-creates an environment where dancers are activated towards their full artistic, entrepreneurial, and socially-minded selves through rigorous physical, intellectual, and interpersonal practices.
GDC is a creation-based repertory company that performs the work of Founder Gina Gibney as well as internationally renowned guest choreographers. GDC’s full-time dancers, known as Artistic Associates, embrace a broad spectrum of activities – in the studio, on stage, within our organization, and throughout the community. In addition to performing, Artistic Associates facilitate hundreds of movement workshops each year for survivors of intimate partner violence; offer healthy relationship dance assemblies to high school students throughout the city; and each company member develops programming addressing pressing issues in the dance field, such as cultivating long-term diversity, connecting artists around the globe, and empowering dancers with financial literacy training.

GDC’s vision is to expand the current dance company model into one which acknowledges the many facets of expertise that dance artists offer our world. The uncompromising work ethic, creative problem-solving, and empathic negotiation implicit in successful dancing can create positive forward movement in the arts field and beyond. We see this comprehensive model as a way to not only cultivate the next leaders of the field, but to provide a concrete example of the wide-reaching relevancy of artists in our society.