• Past BRIClabs have incorporated music, theater, spoken word, visual art, and dance—like FLUẊẊ (work-in-progress), from Courtney J. Cook and Tendayi Kuumba. | Photo: Toby Tenenbaum

  • The Church of the Alien Love Child Presents the Passion of Reverend Yolanda (work-in-progress) had a full stage and band set up for its production in the fall of 2018. | Photo: Toby Tenenbaum

  • In March of 2019, Double Yolk Moon (work-in-progress) used shadow puppetry to talk about family mythologies, histories of foreignness, and kinship as queer Chinese people in the United States. | Photo: Toby Tenenbaum

  • Climate Change: An Opera (work-in-progress) used trash and recycling to set the scene for their production discussing climate change. | Photo: Toby Tenenbaum

  • The Island of Sighs (work-in-progress) worked with visual artist Kevork Mourad, who did a live drawing during each show that appeared on the projected backdrop throughout the performance. | Photo: Toby Tenenbaum

  • Brother(hood) Dance! Afro/Solo/Man (work-in-progress) incorporated a shared meal that the audience enjoyed before the dance piece. | Photo: Ryan Muir

Applications are now open for the 2020-21 BRIClab Performance Residency! The BRIClab Performance Residency is a commissioning and residency development program for New York City-based performing artists to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater, and multidisciplinary performance.

Free and open exploration and intentional commitment to process—with the support of the staff and resources that BRIC offers—are at the heart of the BRIClab Performance Residency program. Artists receive stipends and an intensive residency in BRIC's Artist Studio with development time, opportunities for artistic mentoring, and work-in-process performances.

Hear about the program from the artists who have participated in the past, and check out photos of some of the more unique productions that have taken over our Artist Studio stage.

“The residency gave us the time to re-imagine the piece in a way proving to be more powerful in moving our story forward than what we had before … having the time to reflect in a new space gave us new energy and as a result, a new vision.”

We got SO MUCH DONE! The BRIC crew support team was very helpful and supportive. Really efficient set up, break down, installs that allowed us to play with different ideas in a short span of time. It was great to have a very clear timeline.”

“Having the space and time to work without having to move or strike, being in Brooklyn, in community where many of us live, the clean and well maintained resources of the building, the care of the staff involved, the flexibility of how we were able to work.”

It was PERFECT! Everyone was always there to support us, respond to our questions, advise us as we needed, and at every moment available to share in their expertise. It was an amazing experience!”

“The BRIClab residency was an amazing opportunity to create freely in an inspiring space with some lovely resources.”

“We were able to test run a number of design ideas – everything from audience arrangement and seating to video ideas and sound ideas.”

“This residency was a miracle. We not only were able to put our musical together in front of an audience for the first time, we were able to create a safe and empowering space for queer and non-binary performers to fully be themselves in rehearsal and in the showings. The affirming and inclusive ethos of BRIC was instrumental to making this room happen. I don't think it could have happened anywhere else.