Call for Lead Curator, Dusk Dances 2022


Deadline: Wednesday, February 13, 2022, at 11:59pm

Dusk Dances is inviting applications for a Lead Curator to program its 2022 season,
to be presented at Withrow Park in Toronto from August 6 - 14, 2022.

The position will be part-time, from February 21 to September 16, 2022.

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Dusk Dances is seeking a Lead Curator to program its 2022 season in Withrow Park. Throughout the contract, the Lead Curator will engage in conversations about programming dance works, and the curation of outdoor dance events, alongside Festival Director Sylvie Bouchard, and Michael Caldwell, who curated Dusk Dances in 2018. This project is the pilot phase of an initiative that Dusk Dances plans to implement in 2023 and beyond, to widen conversations about dance curation and to offer opportunities to those who are interested in curating and programming dance.

For this 2022 contract, only applicants from Toronto and the GTA will be considered. No accommodation or per-diem will be provided.

Dusk Dances welcomes and will prioritize hiring a Lead Curator who self-identifies as being part of underrepresented groups including IBPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, and disabled.

Sylvie Bouchard, Michael Caldwell, and the Lead Curator will work together to implement Dusk Dance’s JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) policies.

NOTE: The Lead Curator will program three dance works, the fourth piece is a commissioned work that has been in development since 2020 and we look forward to finally presenting this work to a live audience.



Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings dance to public parks. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience to an array of unique dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park.

Choreographers are invited to perform ten-minute pieces inspired by the park’s natural environment. Audiences are invited on a pay-what-you-can basis to an innovative site-specific festival, which is not only an artistic event but a social and cultural one as well. 2022 will mark Dusk Dances’ 28th season with, we hope, a return to Withrow Park after two years of pandemic pivots.



- applicants must have at least 3 years of experience with dance (as an artist or other affiliated work);

- experience in curating dance is an asset but is not necessary;

- applicants must be able to legally work in Canada.

*Dusk Dances will not accept proposals from students currently enrolled in a post-secondary college, university, or conservatory institution.

*Decisions will be made by February 18, 2022.



- contact information (name, address, phone, email, website);

- a biography (maximum 350 words), which includes information about your experience with dance, and with curation;

- a C.V.;

- a letter of interest describing why you are interested in this position, the reasons why you are a suitable candidate, and what you would bring to conversations about programming dance, and about curating outdoor dance events;

- your overall availability during the contract, i.e. times when you might be away, or unavailable.

NOTE: Video and/or audio applications are welcome.



- a fee of $7,000 CAD (If additional funding is received, the fee might be increased);

- ongoing programming and curatorial conversations and administrative support throughout the contract;

- a list of all the choreographers who have proposed works for Dusk Dances’ 2022 season and access to all artistic proposals and material;

- all logistics for the festival including the venue;

- technical personnel and equipment (including microphones and sound systems);

- marketing and publicity (posters, postcards, newsletters, social media, house programs).

NOTE: As part of this contract, the Lead Curator will be able to also reach out to, and consider, choreographers who have not sent a proposal to Dusk Dances.



Kindly send your application to Marketa Tokova at (with “Call for Lead Curator 2022” in the subject line) by February 13, 2022, at 11:59pm. Applications must be submitted as one (1) PDF file.



- Download this posting as a PDF.

- Download this posting as a PDF in black font here.

- Download this posting as a Word in black font here.

- Listen to the audio recording of this Call for Lead Curator.

If you need accommodations to make this application happen, please reach out to, and a staff member will be able to support you through the application process via email, phone call, and/or video chat.

All applicants will be contacted.


Photo credits:
Left: Kevin A. Ormsby in Moving Scores, Ritual Presence… Never Ends by Kevin A. Ormsby | Photo by Omari ‘MarZ’ Anderson.
Right: Sierra Chin Sawdy and Irvin Chow in RElaps by Aria Evans | Photo by Dahlia Katz.


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