Center for Ballet Arts and National Sawdust Toulmin Fellowship ’20

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Founder and Director Marisa Michelson, and interdisciplinary artist Miriam Parker, have been chosen as Toulmin Co-Fellows ’20-21. The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation announced the creation of a new program to foster collaboration between women composers and choreographers with the aim of creating new works in the virtual medium. The $300,000 gift supports a one-year partnership between National Sawdust and The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU (CBA).

The five Toulmin Fellows will spend the winter in residence at The Center for Ballet and the Arts and the spring at National Sawdust, building toward participation in National Sawdust’s Digital Discovery Festival (DDF). They will receive financial support, office and studio space, and access to videographers, sound engineers, AV equipment and marketing support. Each fellow will be paired with a carefully selected mentor who will support their creative processes throughout the year.

Marisa Michelson and Miriam Parker have been paired with Yuval Sharon, founder and Artistic Director of The Industry in Los Angeles and the newly appointed Gary L. Wasserman Artistic Director of Detroit’s Michigan Opera Theatre.

Michelson and Parker’s work-in-progress, their first collaboration, will premiere in National Sawdust’s Digital Discovery Festival on April 22nd, 6PM EST, which will include sound by Michelson and Constellation Chor, and visuals by Parker.