Deadline: Tuesday, January 9th - 11:59pm

Dusk Dances’ 2018 Guest Curator Michael Caldwell is inviting applications for dance works, to be presented at Dusk Dances Withrow Park, in Toronto, from August 6 -12, 2018.

We are specifically looking for proposals for a remount/re-imagination/adaptation of an already existing work -or- the completion of a work already in process.  We will not consider applications for commissions -or- new works not yet in development, at this time.  Dusk Dances mostly presents dance works that are ten (10) minutes in length.

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience - which invariably includes children, dog walkers and local residents - to eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park.

Choreographers from various backgrounds are invited to perform a ten (10)-minute piece 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.  2018 will mark the 24th season of Dusk Dances, and will be programmed by Guest Curator, Michael Caldwell.


Applicants must:

- have recently presented three (3) choreographic works.
- be a professional dance artist, who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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


Please provide the following information and support material:

- contact information (name, address, phone, email, website);
- a biography, which includes information about your choreographic experience (recent works, residencies, commissions, awards, etc.);
- a one-paragraph piece description of the proposed work;
- a short paragraph re: your previous experience with creating works in site-specific venues, highlighting any outdoor presentations;
- a brief statement, describing your interest in adapting this proposed work for a 10-minute presentation in an outdoor setting, and how you will accomplish this;
- an online link to a full-version of your proposed work.*

*If you are proposing an excerpt of a longer work, please submit the full-length video, and identify the section (s) that you plan to remount (include time code markers).

*If you are proposing a work that is not yet finished, please submit as much video documentation of movement development as possible.

*Please do not include additional video documentation for other choreographic works - we will only view video of your proposed work.


Dusk Dances provides:

- a presentation fee;
- travel/accommodation/per-diem for out-of-town artists only;
- outside eye services from the Festival Director Sylvie Bouchard and the Guest Curator Michael Caldwell;
- all logistics for the festival;
- technical personnel and equipment (including microphones and sound systems);
- marketing and publicity (posters, postcards, newsletters, social media, house programs, etc.)


Dusk Dances is an equal-opportunities employer. We encourage applications from all cultures and backgrounds, with specific attention to marginalized communities.

If you have any questions re: your submission, please email Michael Caldwell (Guest Curator) at Artists will only be contacted if the proposed work is being considered for presentation.



Future seasons

If you would like to apply to Dusk Dances as a choreographer for future seasons, please send us a proposal that includes:

. A description of your piece
. A CV
. Support material (DVD, VHS, Youtube)

Choreographers can apply to adapt an existing piece to a park environment. If you are applying in this category, please include the piece you would like to remount in your support material.

Choreographers can also apply for the commission of a new work. If you are applying in this category, please include as much information as you can in your piece description (number of dancers, music, site, theme, etc.) Please note that it is always preferable to include a variety of pieces in your support material. This allows us to get to know you as a choreographer.

Programming is normally completed a year and a half in advance, with commissioned works being submitted for our grant proposals in the fall, for the following summer’s festival. (ie. we submit our grant proposals in fall 2018 for the 2019 festival).

We encourage you to see the event before applying, and to let curator Sylvie Bouchard know about your upcoming performances.

If you would like to apply as an opening band, or opening group (live music and dance), please send us support material as well as a description of your proposed half an hour opening act.

If you would like to apply as a host, please contact Sylvie Bouchard directly by e-mail.

All proposals should be mailed to:

Sylvie Bouchard
Dusk Dances
84 Ashburnham Road
Toronto, ON M6H 2K5

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