How to Apply

Applications for the 2017 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.
2017_CriticalPath_Responsive Booklet

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

If you have further questions, please contact Laura Osweiler, General Manager at or 02 9362 9403.

Important Dates

Information session: Sunday 31 July @ 2.30pm in the Green Room @ Critical Path: The Drill Hall 1C New Beach Rd, Darling Point (Rushcutters Bay), Sydney
to register, please email:

Deadline for applications: MIDNIGHT, Wednesday 14 September 2016

Shortlist interviews: late October and early November 2016

What is Research?

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.

Program Categories

The Responsive Program consists of three categories:

Responsive Program Residencies offer space and funding for blue-sky research projects. Projects may be conducted at our home at the Drill in Rushcutters Bay or at the University of New South Wales. It is a competitive, peer-assessed funding program which supports practice-based research in the choreographic field by NSW connected choreographers. Responsive Program Residencies emphasis 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.

Space Grants support choreographic research by providing studio space in which to undertake practical research. Space Grants are non-financial. We try to offer space ‘grants’ to some applicants who we cannot support financially. We sometimes have space available for short periods either around other activity or because of a cancellation at relatively short notice (between one month and one week in advance).

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. Residents can make use of the Drill Hall around other programmed activities. Research Room Residencies are non-financial. 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. Research Room Residencies are offered year-round (subject to availability).

Who Can Apply?

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.

How to Apply?

Applications for Responsive Program Residencies will open in the middle of the year.

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


The Responsive Program is extended through a partnership with the Creative Practice and Lab at the School of the Arts and Media (SAM), University of New South Wales.
2017 is the tenth anniversary of the partnership!

Critical Path and Creative Practice and Lab work in partnership to provide dance research residencies in the Io Myers Studio at UNSW. The Creative Practice and Lab supports practice-led research across a diverse range of discipline and the residencies provide invaluable opportunities for academic staff and students to engage with the creative practice of the artists.