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Dance Documentation Initiative: Apply now!

Program Overview

In conversation with presenters, programmers, funders and artists, BCA’s Director of Dance—Andrea Blesso Albuquerque—noticed a consistent need for clear, high-quality documentation of dance. Whether applying for funding and creative opportunities, or updating promotional and archival materials, high-quality documentation of artistic work in this digital media-heavy time is essential.

In response to this need, Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) launches the Dance Documentation Initiative—a subsidized video documentation program.

This initiative provides artists with an opportunity to adapt their work for the camera, working with the documentation team to create specific light and sound settings in an affordable and schedule-friendly environment.


Movement artists at any level of their career are welcome to bring dance works at any stage of creation to be filmed. However, this initiative is first come, first served.


$300 for each 2-hour session


  • Applications Due: Sunday, October 20, 2019
  • Participation Confirmed: Friday, November 1, 2019
  • Filming: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 and Thursday, December 5, 2019 (Exact time slots can be selected in the Application Form)

Resources Included


  • Consultation one month prior to filming with documentation team—Lighting Designer (Deb Sullivan), Videographer (Ernie Galan), and Director of Dance (Andrea Blesso Albuquerque)—to discuss the work and vision for documentation

Two hours in BCA Plaza Theatre

  • ~30 minutes to consult with documentation team and space the piece(s)
  • ~ 1.5 hours to run the piece(s)
    • Could be broken up differently within the 2-hour slot if agreed upon in advance

Video Documentation

  • Raw footage from multiple cameras
  • Edited run of the piece(s) with compiled camera views
    • Ernie Galan will provide both a wide shot and mobile shot to capture close-ups and more intimate moments within the work, and will edit both shots together
    • All footage will be shared via a password-protected web link within one month of filming

Technical Design and Support

  • Lighting specifically for film

Apply Now!

This special opportunity is made possible in part by the Aliad Fund at The Boston Foundation.