Call to Artists - Your Dance Fest 2018

Oct. 03, 2017

Your Dance Fest is continuing to create ties between artists and their audiences as it enters its second year of programming. Presented by random acts of dance performance, this three day festival aims to give artists information about what audiences want to see and give audiences a better understanding of what dance is all about. 

The biggest component that makes Your Dance Fest different is that the programming isn’t decided by artists. It is decided by the audience. We have a group of people unfamiliar with dance, but excited to learn more. With the support of our artistic team they will be selecting the festival programming. We believe that by allowing community members to have a say in what they see, we will all learn more about this awesome art form. 

Your Dance Fest will be taking place in at the Oakwood Village Library & Arts Centre from August 24th-26th, 2018. We are interested in work from all performance backgrounds and dance styles, as long as movement is the primary form of expression. We are interested in works which are engaging and accessible to audiences unfamiliar with dance but also challenging and boundary pushing both physically and thematically. 

Chosen artists will perform twice throughout the weekend and will also be asked to attend post show interactions with the audiences. Artists will receive an honorarium, a video of each performance and full technical staff and marketing support. All applicants, whether selected or not, will receive written feedback from our non-dancer curatorial team. 

This opportunity is available to artists who, at minimum, have completed a professional training program or equivalent. Proposed works must be between 10 and 15 minutes in length. Excerpts will not be permitted. Artists must be fully available from August 22nd to August 26th for technical rehearsals and performances.

Interested artists are asked to submit their application online by October 26th 2017. Paper applications will not be accepted. APPLY ONLINE 

Applications should include:
- $10 application fee
- Name of Choreographer and/or Company
- Contact information
- Name(s) of Performers
- Bios of all involved artists (max 100 words per person)
- List of props or technical requests
- Answer to the following three questions:
1. What is the proposed work about and why you think Your Dance Fest is the right place to present it? (200 words max)
2. What is important to you in your body of work and why? How does your mandate align with random acts of dance’s? (300 words max)
3. What is one question you would like to ask the audience about the work you are proposing? (25 words max)
- Video documentation. Video must be edited to 5 minutes (please do not send us longer footage with indication of time to start watching from) and must be of the proposed work. Rehearsal or performance footage is permitted. Please note that this footage will be the main way our community curators will be accessing your work, therefore visibility and clarity are important. 

When Applying Please Consider:
- What communities you believe your work is addressing.
- How you would like to engage with the community during the festival.
-Technical specifications of space: The stage only has one wing each side with no crossover between sides. Approximate stage dimensions are 30'X19'

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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About random acts of dance
random acts of dance is a charitable organization that creates, performs, produces, and teaches contemporary dance. Our performances take place in theatres, subways, parks, and other public venues. We create well-crafted, dynamic work that integrates choreography with improvisation. Within our pursuit of professional development and creativity we aim to reduce predetermined expectations and foster inquisitiveness in our audiences.

The goals of Your Dance Fest are to create access into the dance world, broaden audiences, and build community. Formed by festival director Candice Irwin, and co-artistic directors Julie Grant and Liisa Smith, Your Dance Fest was born from the question: what do audiences want to see? This inquisition lead to the formation of a festival that, though spearheaded by artists, prides itself in the intimate relationship it shares with the community from inception through to presentation of its projects.

Job Date: 
Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 7:30pm to Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 7:30pm
Job Type: 
341 Oakwood Avenue
Postal Code: 
M6E 2W1