Radar Sofia: Open Call for Residencies, ‘Distance and Resistance’ (Bulgaria)

Radar Sofia


Radar Sofia is announcing an open call for artists for three fully funded residencies in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2022 under its year-long programme Distance and Resistance.

Radar Sofia is a small artist-run organisation that functions as a residency space, a production house and a platform for development of new dramaturgy. Every year Radar Sofia proposes a curatorial line with a main theme and a series of guest artists – invited or selected through an international open call – who give a lecture or workshop sharing their methods and practices, and/or create a performance involving local participants in the work process. One of the aims of these curatorial lines is to develop the local artistic field through critical discourse, free non-formal education and new experimental formats, as well as to create opportunities for Bulgarian artists to form partnerships and collaborate with international professionals.

Social distancing, border closures, postponement of plans and projects, cancellation of festivals and residencies as well as a general sense of growing isolationism have led Radar Sofia to choose the theme of Distance and Resistance. If the situation with the pandemic only intensifies and makes visible what we’ve already been living through for a long time – a migration from the physical to the digital world, increasing work insecurity, social and physical distancing – then how does our artistic practice respond to these processes, how does it resist them, how does it offer alternatives, and how does it distance itself from the ready-made solutions? Radar Sofia is the first and only residency in the Bulgarian context, focused on dramaturgy understood in a very broad sense. It asks: what can dramaturgy contribute to the world of today, how can it bring people together, and how can it help reimagine our contexts?

There are three deadlines for the three different time slots as follows:

  • 1 February 2022 for a residency starting in May, response by 15 February.
  • 1 March 2022 for a residency starting in June, response by 15 March.
  • 31 May 2022 for a residency starting in September/October, response by 15 June.

The residencies last for a minimum of one month with a possibility for extension.

Radar Sofia will provide for each resident:

  • One-off stipend of 800 EUR.
  • Up to 400 EUR for production/presentation (to be spent locally).
  • Up to 200 EUR for travel costs.

The programme accepts applicants from all performative fields, with a special focus on dramaturgical thinking (understood as wide as possible), which is at the core of practice at Radar Sofia, spanning across disciplines. The organisers welcome performing arts makers, playwrights, dramaturgs, directors, performers, choreographers, as well as visual artists and curators working with live art, performance art, relational aesthetics, interactivity, community engagement and other old and new performative practices.

How to apply?

Deadline: 1 February 2022 / 1 March 2022 / 31 May 2022
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