At the start of each calendar year, Northwest Dance Project announces a call for entries for their Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition and each year two emerging choreographers are invited to travel to Portland, Oregon, to create an original work during the Project's annual summer LAUNCH project.
This year Banning was selected one of the winners!
Yoshito Sakuraba is the other winner and Bryan Arias is the LAUNCH project's residency award winner.
As Northwest Dance Project states, they are "committed to working with artists of diverse experiences and backgrounds, and [we] utilize our Pretty Creatives Project as a way to help develop voices in dance.
Selected choreographers will participate in a six-day summer residency during our LAUNCH: 10 project. During the residency period, selected choreographers will be offered two 3-hour daily creative periods with each of the two groups of dancers during which they will have an open forum to create and develop new choreographic material. An informal presentation of the resulting "works-in-progress" or completed works will be shown at Lincoln Performance Hall on July 18 / 2015 at 7:30PM and is open to the public. Choreographers will be asked to work with all our LAUNCH dancers, but the developed piece can be set on a smaller group of dancers. Northwest Dance Project's Artistic Director, Sarah Slipper, will help guide this residency."