RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! Call for Submissions

Photo by Robert Zimmerman


The American Dance Festival (ADF) is seeking submissions of original choreography by North Carolina dance artists to be a part of Duke University’s RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! exhibition. The Nasher Museum of Art is collaborating with Duke Arts and Duke Health to present an unprecedented outdoor exhibition by Carrie Mae Weems.The project emphasizes the disproportionate impact of the deadly virus on the lives of communities of color, through large-scale banners and window clings, posters, street signs, and more.

ADF is seeking diverse dance artists and dance genres (solos, duos, or small groups) to perform  original works in front of one of five selected RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! installations*. The submitted work should be no longer than one minute in length and compliment or respond to one of the chosen images/locations. Submissions may be selected to be part of a social media campaign that will compliment the exhibition. If selected, artists will be filmed performing their response in front of the actual artwork in Durham. Music may be used in your video submission, but music will not be used when filming the final chosen videos. Edited videos will be posted on social media by the Nasher and ADF. Selected artists will receive a small honorarium, a Nasher art bag filled with small art objects created by Carrie Mae Weems for RESIST COVID / TAKE 6!, and a five-class ADF online class card. 

Deadline for submissions is November 18.

For more information on the full RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! exhibition visit here.

“We’ve all been impacted by COVID-19. It’s an ecological health crisis of epic proportions — an international disaster,” Weems said, in a statement. “And yet we have indisputable evidence that people of color have been disproportionately impacted. The death toll in these communities is staggering. This fact affords the nation an unprecedented opportunity to address the impact of social and economic inequality in real time. Denial does not solve a problem. And I thought, ‘How can I use my art and my voice as a way of underscoring what’s possible and bring the general public into a conversation, into heightened awareness of this problem to better the community in which I live?’”


installation locations to choose from:

(1) American Dance Festival’s SHS Studios: 721 Broad St, Durham, NC 27705

(2) Sarah P. Duke Gardens: 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708

(3) Nasher Museum of Art: 2001 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27705

(4) Rubenstein Arts Center: 2020 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27705

(5) Lincoln Community Health Center: 1301 Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27707


submit video, contact info, bio, and headshot here

*Collecting video files through google will require the artist to have and sign into a gmail account as the file uploads through their Google Drive. 



Is Carrie Mae Weems, the artist behind RESIST COVID / TAKE 6!, comfortable with dance artists responding to her work?
Yes, this response program was vetted and approved, with enthusiasm, by the artist’s team.

 “Your personal power is your ability to critique it, your ability to see exactly what’s going on and to name it, to name it. I think naming things is really quite important.”—Carrie Mae Weems, as told to The Philadelphia Inquirer

If my submission is selected, is that the final video that will be distributed on social media?
No. Selected submissions will be filmed by the Nasher team on location at a RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! installation of choice by the choreographer / dancer.

I do not have access to a high-def camera. Can I record my submission from my phone?
Absolutely, you may record your submission with your phone.

Does it have to be a solo work?
No. We just ask that group work be safely / responsibly recorded. 

Do I have to film my submission at one of the RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! locations?
No. If you can record your own submission at one of the locations, that is great. If not, that is also fine. Recording your submission at a RESIST COVID / TAKE 6! location does not raise or lower chances of being selected.

Should I include music in my submission? Will there be music for the final filming?
You are welcome to record your submission with music included, however the final film will only include ambient sounds. The final filming will be one camera and one-angle as the post-production resources are limited and cannot accommodate editing multiple camera angles and syncing audio.

Please record your submission in the wardrobe you imagine wearing for the final filming.  

Timeline: when will we find out if our submission was selected? When will the final filming take place?
Deadline to submit is Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
Selections will be made by Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
Submitters will be notified (either way) by Wednesday, December 2, 2020.
Final filming: December TBD