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New Biennial Dance Festival

A call for dance festival projects

31 May—27 June 2022

Call Out open: 3pm Tuesday 31 May 2022
Call Out close: 9am Monday 27 June 2022

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A new biennial dance festival 1—31 March 2023 is coming. This will be the festival’s pilot year; an experiment.

This is a call for dance artists to propose ideas and projects for the festival to be supported, presented, and realised by up to 11 Festival Partners.

The festival will feature all kinds of dance projects: shows, talks, films, public programs, sharings, workshops, labs, dinners, publications, gatherings, installations — both in-person and digitally. Dance projects must be led by independent dance artists and small to medium dance companies based in Australia. International collaborators are welcome.

The festival will comprise programming from multiple Festival Partner organisations. Each Festival Partner also commits to programming works by independent artists, selected via this Expression of Interest and reviewed by a centralised festival Curatorium.

March 2023 is very soon. Considering the timeline and resources available, the festival and its projects will be small-scale. All festival projects must be able to be realised by the festival partner’s existing resources — there may be no additional grant funding available to you.

This call for projects is a short (1 page) submission but please consider your dance project carefully. Read this document for some prompts and information about the Festival Partners, what sorts of projects they seek, and the resources they can make available for projects.

Your project will be appraised by an independent artistic Curatorium of 20 artists who may encourage Festival Partners to meet you and consider producing and presenting your project.

All ideas and projects remain the intellectual property of the submitting artist.

Members of the festival Curatorium will hold Zoom briefings to answer your questions on 5pm, Monday 13 June; and 5pm, Monday 20 June. Register to attend those briefings or receive the recordings here.

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