Call for Artists: Dancers and Choreographers should consider applying to the Kern Dance Alliance with the Bakersfield Museum of Art (California)

For California artists

Kern Dance Alliance (KDA) and the Bakersfield Museum of Art (BMoA) are seeking dance artists to produce an evening of dance for Art After Dark: MUSEUM DANCES on May 31, 2018.

Art After Dark at the Bakersfield Museum of Art is an after-hours art experience featuring fine art, entertainment, and drinks at Kern County’s only accredited art museum. Art After Dark takes place on the last Thursday of the month from February through October.

Commissioned Work

Dance artists have the option of creating a choreographed work and/or a figurative display.


Dance artists are invited to create 5.00 minutes maximum of choreography to be displayed in the gallery space during Art After Dark.

Figurative Display:

Dance artists are invited to create a figurative display by posing as a dance-related statue inspired by a painting or sculpture. Figurative artists will be placed on a pedestal in a small space and move very slowly as if they were sculptures.


BMoA will unveil an exhibit by Charles Arnoldi. The exhibition will feature large scale pieces of Arnoldi's work in the Dezember/Cunningham Gallery. Dance artists are encouraged to be inspired by Arnoldi's work as they create work for MUSEUM DANCES.

Charles Arnoldi is one of the most significant contemporary abstract painters, sculptors and printmakers of our generation. Emerging out of the booming 1970s Los Angeles art scene. Arnoldi’s paintings are experimentations in color, form and structure. BMoA is honored to host an exhibition showcasing a survey of Arnoldi’s work beginning with the stick constructions and chainsaw wood relief paintings that brought him international acclaim in the early 1970s through his most recent work which is inspired by a trip to Machu Picchu. Dance artists are encouraged to be inspired by Arnoldi’s career as they create work for MUSEUM DANCES.

Event Dates + Deadlines

Event Meeting w/ BMoA + KDA

May 1, 2018- 4:00 PM

Location: BMoA Office 1930 R St., Bakersfield, CA. 

Event Rehearsal Period

April 23-May 31, 2018

(number of rehearsals and length of rehearsals are to be determined by dance artists)

Tech + Dress Rehearsal at BMoA

May 29, 2018, 8:00 -10:00 AM and 4:00-6:00 PM

May 30, 2018, 8:00 -10:00 AM and 4:00-6:00 PM

May 31, 2018, 2:00-4:00 PM

Performance at BMOA

May 31 – 6:00 PM CALL, 7:00-9:00 PERFORMANCE


  • Submit a completed Art After Dark: MUSEUM DANCES Application Form (below) which includes the following:
    • Submit dance resume- including 3 references with contact information
    • Submit an outline for proposed work: choreography and/or figurative display, song choice, props, costumes, inspiration for art)
  • Dance artists must provide their own space for rehearsals
  • Demonstrate willingness to assist KDA and BMoA with overall event theatrical and technical elements


$100 honorarium

Performance Location:

BMoA 1930 R St., Bakersfield, CA.


Submit your application by 10:00 PM on Friday, April 20 to Candidates will be notified of selection by April 23 @ 5:00 PM.

For More Information:

Event Coordinator Contact

Alli Duncan- / 661-323-7219

Kern Dance Alliance-

Deadline: 04-20-2018
Kern Dance Alliance
Bakersfield, CA

Contact: Andrea
Phone: Hansen