The three-year mentorship programme In Their Own Words: The Next Generation Women Artists Residency at the GES–2 House of Culture was launched this November in partnership with the CHANEL Culture Fund for game-changing Russian women artists working at the intersection of theatre, music, dance and video. The programme is designed to nurture an emerging generation of women artists, facilitating their professional development and inclusion in global culture, while also promoting gender equality.

Twelve female artists selected through an open call will take part in five-month’s long modules. From February to March, a series of intensive sessions and public lectures by prominent Russian and international dance, music and theatre practitioners will take place. After completing the preparatory phase, the residency participants will be able to pursue their own projects, preparing them for pitching. The projects that successfully pass the pitching will be implemented with the support of the V–A–C Foundation curators and producers and presented to the public at the GES–2 House of Culture in June 2022.

Programme mentors include Katherina Bakatsaki, Chaya Czernowin, Susanne Kennedy, Nina Gasteva, Sergey Nevsky, Viktor Ryzhakov.

Who Can Apply?

The selection of the participants for In Their Own Words: The Next Generation Women Artists Residency at the GES–2 House of Culture is open in three categories.

Theatre: Theatre directors and stage designers who explore artistic language and try to overcome conventional forms and approaches of the “old theatre”, referring to VR and AR technologies, video, performance and installations in their practices.

Dance: Choreographers working in various genres, whose artistic practice involves an experimental approach and openness to knowledge from the other areas of performing art.

Music: Composers and sound designers who see contemporary music as a polyphonic space for various artistic practices and want to engage with other performing arts.

The residency programme is aimed at female artists with experience of project work. Experience of collaborations with cultural institutions (museums, theatres, concert venues) will be an advantage. From February to June, the participants will receive a monthly stipend; they will also be allocated a budget for the implementation of their individual projects.

How to Apply?

To take part in the open call, please fill the application form. The application form includes a motivational letter and the project description. You will also need to attach your portfolio and CV.

The final selection will be carried out by the programme mentors and the V–A–C Foundations curators. The applications are accepted until 14 December 2021. The names of the selected participants will be announced on 30 December 2021.