Call to choreographers for a commissioned work
for dusk dances 2020


Deadline: Monday, September 2nd, 2019 – at 11:59pm


Dusk Dances is inviting applications from all Canadian dance artists, for a site-specific commissioned work. One project will be selected by Dusk Dances Inc. and its licensees: le Théâtre Hector-Charland, Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Dance Theatre and Simcoe Contemporary Dancers. This new work will be performed at Dusk Dances 2020 in Toronto, Terrebonne, Hamilton and Barrie.

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 to eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park. Audiences are invited to an innovative site-specific festival which is not only an artistic event but a social and cultural one as well. Directed by Sylvie Bouchard, Dusk Dances celebrates its 25th season in 2019.



- The candidate must be a professional dance artist
- The candidate must have attended Dusk Dances at least once
- The new work proposed must be ten (10) minutes in length
- The new work proposed must feature between 3 and 6 dancers, who will be selected by Dusk Dances Inc. for the 2020 tour
- The new work will be created in Toronto, during the 2019-2020 season (schedule to be discussed with the choreographer)


Please provide the following information and support material:

- Name, address, telephone number, email and website (if applicable)
- Your impressions on the Dusk Dances event(s) you saw
- A short paragraph describing your experience with site-specific choreography, emphasizing outdoor presentations of your work.
- A paragraph describing your intentions with the new work proposed
- Two video links that represent your choreographic work
- One CV that includes your experience as a choreographer

 *Applications must be submitted as one (1) pdf or Word file.

Please send your proposal to:


Dusk Dances provides:

- a commissioning fee
- a minimum of 40 hours of rehearsals with the dancers;
- costumes creation
- travel costs (travel/accommodation/per-diem) for the creation of the work
- all logistics surrounding the festival
- technical personnel and sound equipment (including microphones and sound systems) for the presentation of the work
- all communications related to the Festival


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 regarding your submission, please email: Marketa Tokova at

All applicants will be contacted.


Dates and times of performances for Dusk Dances 2019

Repentigny: July 4 to 6 at 6:30pm and July 6 at 1:30pm
Hamilton: July 25 to 28 at 7pm
Toronto: August 4 to 11 at 7pm and August 11 at 2pm
Barrie:  August 15 to 18 at 7pm


Please let us know if you are coming to an event this year!



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