The National Dance Project (NDP) virtually convened a 2020 panel of Advisors to complete the first stage of the two-stage application and review process for the Production Grant program – selecting 38 Finalists out of 168 applications. One of the essential sources of funding for dance in the U.S., Production Grants provide funding for the creation and touring of 20 new dance projects by choreographers and companies through a package of support including:
- $45,000 to create a new work;
- $10,000 in unrestricted general operating support;
- up to $35,000 in tour subsidies that go to U.S. organizations that bring the new work to their communities;
- $11,500 to a support a Production Residency for Dance and additional community engagement work.
The only artist from Philadelphia who has won this prestigious award for 2020 is Meg Foley for Blood Baby.
Blood Baby is an iterative performance project exploring gender performance, queer motherhood and parenthood, queer sexuality, and belonging through the use of choreography, sculpture, and drag, woven together by an original queer creation story, written by Sylvan Oswald. Supported by participatory queer/artist parent community convenings, collective readings, and somatic workshops, Blood Baby is made in collaboration with Michèle Steinwald as dramaturg and with text and facilitation by Oswald. Blood Baby will be supported by partnerships with Chocolate Factory Theater, NCCAkron, and Kinsey Institute. It will have multiple premieres beginning in 2022-23 at Velocity Dance Center.
Meg Foley has been presented locally by the Philadelphia FringeArts Festival, Vox Populi Gallery, Moore College of Art & Design, Pilot Projects, Bowerbird, Thirdbird, and Icebox Project Space, throughout the U.S., and in Canada, Germany, and Poland. Her research has been supported by grants from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Independence Foundation, and the Polish Cultural Institute and through residencies with Art Stations Foundation and Dancemakers Centre for Creation. She sometimes teaches at University of the Arts and is creative co-director of The Whole Shebang, an interdisciplinary arts space and studio in South Philadelphia that hosts workshops and classes and provides studio rental to artists at affordable rates.