Performing Arts Centre Finland (ESKUS)
The Performing Arts Centre – Eskus is a meeting place and cooperation platform for performance artists, founded in 2009. It is a nationwide cultural community of 21 member groups with over two hundred member artists. Eskus promotes the conspicuousness and internationalization of live and performance art.
In 2023, 3–5 curators from the field of live and performance art will be selected for a residency. The residency will take place from September 3-10th, 2023.
The focus of the residency is to offer emerging curators, with less than approximately 5 years of working experience, a chance to attend the festival, learn from other curators, and to grow one’s own professional networks. The curators are also expected to attend pitch sessions, panel discussions, and workshops organised by Eskus and NPT during the festival, as well as preparatory Zoom meetings before the residency. Finnish and Finland-based curators are also eligible to apply for the residency.
Eskus has been running summer residencies since 2013. At first, Eskus offered free rehearsal space to performing artists as a residency in its property in Suvilahti, Helsinki, every July, when we normally do not engage in rental activities. The residency was aimed at both Eskus member organizations and other performing artists of the free field in the capital region.
In recent years, the search for a summer residency has been aimed not only at domestic artists but also at the Nordic countries and the Baltics. In the summer of 2021, the Residency was realized in cooperation with HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Program and it included, in addition to the practice space provided by Eskus, accommodation at Villa Eläintarha in Helsinki's Tokoinranta managed by HIAP. In addition to his own summer residency, Eskus offered practice facilities to the artists of the Reality Research Center's Impossible Performance Residency.
In the summer of 2022, the Residency took place over two weeks in June, when artists from Helsinki and Riga, Latvia participated in it. HIAP offered residency accommodation for Latvian artists.