eMerge Dance Festival
SUBMERGED: Moving in the Tulsa Tunnels
Performance DATE: April 12, 2014
Call for Submissions: eMerge Dance Festival
SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: December 20, 2013
The Living Arts Dance Committee seeks submissions for works to be presented at the eMerge Dance Festival. The goal of this year’s festival is to re-imagine community spaces and serve to utilize dance to benefit a community of people. The theme of “emergence” is a direct connection between the type of dance project and helping this chosen community EMERGE into a creative vision. The primary goal of eMerge Dance Festival is to promote a revival of dance’s culture-bearing and connective function by reintegrating it into communal settings. Our community becomes aware of the vibrancy of its various member groups and promotes experience/viewing/participation in art/dance as a vehicle for promoting renewal and emergence of community connection: who are we and how do we fit together?
Site-specific dance/performance is work created in response to a particular place, site, inspired by its architecture/design, the history and current use1.
This year’s focus is on Tulsa’s underground tunnel system.
A Short History of the Underground Tulsa Tunnel System written by Urbane Chaos
Buried beneath downtown Tulsa, a system of secret underground tunnels was built to connect many of Tulsa’s early skyscrapers. Construction of the Tulsa tunnels began in 1929 with an 80-foot underground tunnel running between the Philtower and the Philcade. The tunnel was originally designed as a way to transport materials between the two buildings, however due to the rash of kidnappings of wealthy businessmen in Chicago at the time, Waite Phillips felt secure in being able to move freely between the two buildings.
The Philtower, one of Tulsa’s most prominent skyscrapers, was completed in 1927. The “queen of the Tulsa skyline” is a great example of neo-gothic and art deco architecture. It was designed by Edward Buehler Delk and financed by renowned oilman, and dedicated philanthropist Waite Phillips. The Philtower is easily recognizable by its green and red polychrome tile roof.
The Philcade, also financed by Waite Phillips to compliment the Philtower, was completed in 1929, two years after the Philtower was completed. The building housed plenty of commercial space on the ground floor, mezzanine, and the second floors, serving as headquarters for many developing oil companies and individuals connected with the oil industry. When the Philcade opened, it offered 259 office suits and 28 shops, making the fifth and Boston Avenue area the most popular business location in town.
In all, the Tulsa tunnels connect eight buildings, three parking garages, a world-class hotel, and numerous café’s and small businesses. It’s possible to go from Fifth and Boston to First and Main while staying indoors the entire time.
The 2014 eMerge tunnel path will run mainly under the MidContinent & Kennedy buildings in downtown Tulsa. For more history on these two buildings, see the following links:
The mission of eMerge Dance Festival is to support and promote community, interactive dance art and civic participation through the creation and performance of site-specific dance works. For our purposes, interactive dance art means art that generates social participation. The process whereby this art is created, the means by which it is displayed, and the character of the work itself should inspire immediate interactions that connect people to one another in a larger communal context and within the given site context.
Performance Date: Saturday, April 12th at 7pm
Location: Tulsa Underground Tunnel System
Description of pathway: From the Tulsa Performing Arts Parking lot entrance at 2nd street (also Hyatt Regency Parking lot) to the Atlas Life Building Lobby at Boston (also Marriott Hotel lobby)
Description of spaces:
Start (no pieces will be selected for the beginning of the performance tour):
End (no pieces will be selected for the end of the performance tour):
Performance points (in order), number of dancers/groups suggested but not limited to:
- (2-4 perform)/(solo)
- (up to 6 performers)
- (2-4 perform)
(this carpeted hallway is near the escalator site and may be utilized for audience placement, etc.)
*Note that lighting and other technical needs will be limited unless you make your own arrangements; however, permissions must be obtained through Living Arts Dance Committee personnel.
Eligibility: Open to choreographers, must be an Oklahoma premier, works may be up to 15 minutes in length. You are required to attend the performance dates, dress rehearsals and technical rehearsals that will be scheduled prior to the performances.
1. Send an online video link or DVD that is representative of your company and dancers.
2. Attach a biography and brief description of what the piece will entail, including length, number of dancers and technical requirements.
3. Select preferred site location:
3. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you would like your materials returned to you.
4. Contact information, email and phone number.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 20, 2013
decisions made by January 10th
Acceptance carries a $300 honorarium to be distributed to each group contact leader or artistic director.
Please note: Incomplete applications will not be considered or evaluated.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 307 E Brady Tulsa OK 74120 Attn: eMerge Dance
Festival Selections will be notified the second week of February via email
For further information please contact email@example.com
This program is made possible in part with assistance from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
1 Description taken from Stephan Koplowitz.