Applications for the Critical Path 2020 Responsive Program Residencies are now CLOSED.


Information for applicants including application form, eligibility requirements and assessment criteria are available to download on the links below.

2020 Responsive Residency Application Form
2020 Responsive Program Guidelines for Applying
2020 Critical Path Responsive Program Guide Booklet

Applicants will be shortlisted and interviewed by the peer assessment panel (comprising of arts workers from the performing arts sector and the Critical Path director), with outcomes announced in October.

For further questions or assistance with application materials, please contact the Critical Path team at [email protected] or 02 9362 9403


Deadline for applications: 4pm, Thursday 5 September 2019
Responsive Program Info Session: We will be holding an Information Session covering all you need to know about the Residency Program, advice on guidelines and the application process at the Drill Hall on Sunday 18 August at 11am (which will be streamed live online). Reserve a place by emailing [email protected]
Shortlist conversations: late September 2019


The Responsive Program supports self-directed, blue-sky choreographic research. Research projects may be broadly defined but generally involve the exploration of new ideas or assumptions, new methodologies or new collaborations. Research Residents at Critical Path are characterised by an openness of mind, a willingness to experiment and play, and a focus on process rather than outcome. Note that Critical Path is not able to support creative developments or rehearsal periods.


The Responsive Program consists of three categories:

Responsive Program Residencies offer a series of funded residencies each year. It is a competitive, peer-assessed funding program which supports practice-based research in the choreographic field by NSW connected choreographers. Residencies can fall anytime in the year but is dependent upon availability of space around our wider program. These residencies emphasise the value of risk-taking for future choreographic development and seek to give artists an opportunity to innovate their practice in an environment which promotes open discovery and experimentation rather than outcomes. The program calls for self-directed, ‘blue-sky’ research proposals that reflect the particular interests and goals of the applying artist. Applicants can apply for between $5,000 and $20,000. Please note around $50,000 available in total.

Space Grants offer ‘space only’ alongside its funded residencies. We understand that space is difficult to find and afford in Sydney, particularly when you wish to undertake ongoing practice research or unfunded development which will extend your choreography.

Research Room Residencies are non-financial Research Room Residencies. Residents can make use of the Drill Hall around other programmed activities. Research Room Residencies support practice-based and/or scholarly research residencies by offering up to three months of office space and equipment including video editing facilities. To be eligible for a Research Room Residency, you must be working in a choreographic practice but this can be across art forms and other disciplines. Research Room Residencies are sponsored by Woollahra Municipal Council and are open to local, national and international artists.


Responsive Program Residencies and Space Grants: Professional independent choreographers who have a permanent address in NSW and work at least 3 months of each year in NSW are eligible to apply for a Responsive Program Residency.

Research Room Residencies: Independent choreographers, dance artists inter-disciplinary artists and scholars across all cultural practices and at any stage of their professional career can apply. Research Room Residencies are open to national and international applicants however NSW artists are strongly encouraged to apply.


Applications for Responsive Program Residencies can be made till 5th September 2019.

Applications for Research Room Residencies can be made at any time. To apply please email the Director at [email protected] with a research proposal, contact details and nominate a few preferred dates (up to three months).

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