Seattle International Dance Festival Artist Application
This year, the Seattle International Dance Festival will present six programs for which local artists are eligible to apply. This includes three Spotlight Series programs: Spotlight on Contemporary Ballet (SoCB,) Spotlight: The Artist Perspective (SAP,) and Spotlight On Seattle Now (SoSN); as well as festival favorites Art on the Fly (AoF) and Sanity Café (SCafe) and the new The James Ray Residency Project.
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International Artists, please email International Artist submission. – SUBMISSIONS FOR INTL. ARTISTS HAVE BEEN CLOSED! If you would like to be considered for presenting work at the 2018 festival, please submit an application at above link between August 1st and September 30th, 2017. Thank you!
Instructions for Submitting Applications (Please Read)
Please, read each event’s description below carefully as they have changed and each has different requirements. You are encouraged to apply for as many as you wish. Each is decided by different panels/individuals.
Please direct any questions regarding the application process to Constanze Villines at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spotlight Series (SOSN, SAP, and SoCB) is a series of performance evenings, featuring Seattle-based artists/companies each evening (Tue / Thu, June 13 & June 15 and Tue / Wed, June 20 & June 21). Each program will be curated by regionally/nationally recognized dance figures with a connection to Seattle. More detail is included below.
Spotlight on Contemporary Ballet is a multi-year platform to develop contemporary ballet in Seattle. This includes choreographers and companies, who see their work as being contemporary ballet or largely inspired by contemporary ballet. The platform encourages all artists to apply, who self-identify as working in the field. It is a platform to present new and developing work. The emphasis is on work in development (as the festival finds or identifies contemporary ballet work in Seattle, that can be developed.)
The curators will come into the rehearsal studio to give feedback approximately one month before the performance and are available to come into one or two additional rehearsals at any time in the process, at your request or speak by phone on matters you would like to discuss related to the work to be presented at the festival.
Spotlight on Seattle Now: Three icons of the dance world with a connection to Seattle will curate an evening of dance that reflects their vision/version of the Seattle dance scene today. The hope is to encourage intellectual diversity/differentiation and dialogue about the many aesthetics/aspects that comprise dance in Seattle at this time, foster connections with other dance colleagues, and encourage the diaspora of Seattle-based artists work regionally and beyond.
The curators will come in to rehearsal approximately one month prior to performance for a short feedback session. Upon your request, the curators may also be available to attend additional rehearsals or speak by phone for further feedback.
Spotlight: The Artist Perspective will focus on artists who use themes to create their work. This could be anything from sociopolitical to historical, to contemporary – any subject of interest that has a specific intent of communicating/reaching out to audiences.
SanityCafé is a cabaret-style event with a twist. Each artist will be given a week of free rehearsal space to create a piece based around a theme chosen by the opening night festival audience. The works will be presented in a showcase style performance at a venue (e.g. a bar, restaurant, etc.) TBD. This event is open to emerging and established artists who are interested in being challenged to create a piece in a short time frame around a theme provided on the spot.
Artists can tug at the theme as much as possible and use creative abandon in interpretation of, not only the theme but the works’ structure as well as the evenings’ presentation format. Learning the theme at the last moment and the creative license given to the artists will provide an air of excitement around the unpredictable outcome. The intent is to create an inviting, accessible and riveting fun-filled environment for audiences, showcasing creativity and imagination. Artists should take the challenge with the spirit the event is designed. Innovation and surprises are encouraged.
The only requirement is a short creation period and the provided theme. The proposed work does not have a time limit, but should be between 5-20 minutes (or if the format is altered, the whole show no longer than an hour).
Art on the Fly, during this popular site-specific event dedicated to dance outdoors, we will feature outdoor stages, in-street performance opportunities, and more.
Artists are encouraged to bring the urban features of the landscape to life, using any of the architectural aspects, pond, bridge and walkways or other self-designated sites available on within the site. Spontaneous roving events are also possible. Performances inside businesses may be arranged with festival assistance or on the artist’s own. For some interesting ideas, read this WSJ Article.
Concept: The intent is to create several types of performance events with several venue areas/types to choose from.
We welcome proposals that integrate all concepts into their premise. We hope that the longer performances would occur a minimum of 3 times during a 2-3 hour period or if fleeting, would go on a good portion of the day. Shorter and fewer times is also possible, but will be compensated accordingly.
The longer performances can be anywhere from 30 minutes up to the maximum event duration 6 hours (but as indicated should be performed repeatedly if shorter). The “fleeting” performances will last the amount of time it takes the streetcar to stop, pick up passengers and whiz by (but could also be continuous). We encourage you to be creative in the concept of your performance proposal (for instance, a performance could take place in one plaza and then draw audience to another location). The allotted 2-3 hour period could be spread between 2 locations.
NOTE: Seattle artists are able to apply for any of the Seattle International Dance Festival’s six programs. Applying to 2017’s programs of SOCB, SAP, SOSN, AOF or SCafe does not exclude them from applying for the 2017 James Ray Residency Project and vice versa.
SOCB, SAP, SOSN, and The James Ray Residency Program are open to established and emerging artists, based in Seattle.
Scafe and Art on the Fly are open to all artist, local, national & international.