RAPP 2015 – Research in Artistic Practice Programme

Laboratoriet in Aarhus, Denmark

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RAPP is LABORATORIET’s experiment programme open to all performing arts professionals. The purpose of RAPP is to produce new knowledge about artistic processes and work methods through practical experiments.

Experiment period: 11-19 March, 2015.
Conference: 20 March, 2015.
Place: Godsbanen, Aarhus
Application deadline: 26 Nov, 2014

3 proposals will be selected for RAPP, and the artists are invited to conduct the experiments in Aarhus, Denmark, in March 2015.
LABORATORIET provides space, technical facilities and staff, accommodation, meals and a modest salary for the participating artists.
At the end of the experiment period, the artists will present the results of the experiments at the RAPP Conference to artists, researchers, students and theatre professionals. There will be no formal showings; the presentations are focused on process, methods and new knowledge derived from the experiment.

What is an experiment?
At LABORATORIET, an experiment is a combined sequence of questions, practice, and reflection. One or more carefully defined questions set the frame of the experiment. Practical try-outs bring possible answers to the questions, and reflection and adjusting of the investigation take you to the next step. Within this frame, an experiment can be about developing tools and ideas for a concrete performance, or it can be pure research into process and methods without a specific work in mind.
Each experiment is provided with an experienced facilitator from LABORATORIET who will assist in defining and sharpening the purpose and the methods of the experiment, and who will be following the experiment throughout the process as facilitator and/or observer. The artists and the facilitator will work out a detailed plan of the process, and will decide a relevant form of documentation.

How to apply
Please email a description of your experiment proposal to laboratoriet(at)laboratoriet.org.
You don’t need to make it very formal or use fancy layout and photos. What we need is this information:
What is the experiment exactly? What is the purpose? The key questions? What do you want to find out, discover or develop? What do you need in order to conduct the experiment – time, participants, special equipment? What actions and methods will you be using? An outline of a daily schedule may be helpful.

Check list: Experiment proposal, max 2p. Short CVs of participants, max 1p.

Links to websites or videos are welcome, but not required.

About us
Since 2005, LABORATORIET has been conducting experiments in the field of theatre, dance, performance and crossover genres, a great many of them proposed and led by visiting artists from different countries. RAPP 2015 is the second round of our international experiment programme for performing arts professionals. See all our experiments at www.laboratoriet.org

RAPP is supported by The Danish Arts Foundation (Projektstøtteudvlg. for Scenekunst), the City of Aarhus (Kulturudviklingspuljen), Åbne Scene at Godsbanen, and Tuborgfondet.