Audition: Decidedly Jazz DanceWorks

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Alberta Ballet Company Auditions for the 15/16 season.

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The Alberta Ballet is holding auditions for their 15/16 season.

Alberta Ballet is Western Canada’s largest ballet company. This season, their 48th, includes the Director’s Cut of their hit collaboration with Sarah McLachlan, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, as well as the world premiere of a new Carmen by company dancer Yukichi Hattori.

Audition dates:

Saturday January 17th, 2015 at the Juilliard School 155 West 65th, studio 322. Check in begins at 16:00 (4pm).

Sunday January 18th, 2015 at the National Ballet School studio 6D 400 Jarvis Street Toronto, ON M4Y 2G6. Check in begins at 11:30am.

Sunday February 22nd, 2015 at the Alberta Ballet’s main studios 141 18th Ave SW Calgary, AB T2S 0B8. Check in begins at 14:00 (2pm).

All applicants must register by sending one headshot, at least one dance photo, resume and video link to

Only those who register will be admitted to the audition, due to maximum occupancy restrictions.

Call for Submissions: PITCH ANDY, Theatre Passe Muraille

December 15 and 16
Theatre Passe Muraille

This is our twice-a-year invitation to artists of all disciplines and backgrounds to come and make a pitch to Artistic Director Andy McKim. Releasing the bounds of a formal audition, Pitch Andy is an opportunity for artists to introduce themselves to Theatre Passe Muraille in whatever way best represents them.

Pitch Andy gives artists five minutes to showcase themselves or present an idea. Pitch an idea, pitch a show, pitch yourself! We’re on the lookout for exciting new artists to work with and remarkable artistic projects to facilitate, collaborate on, and be inspired by. Be sure to think outside the box—we are most interested in seeing artists who have something to say beyond “please produce my show”.

We are now accepting submissions for our next Pitch Andy session on December 15 and 16. Please submit only if you are available between 11am and 3pm on those days. There are NO alternate pitch times. Pitches will take place in the Theatre Passe Muraille backspace; there is no piano in the space, and no technical elements will be available. Be prepared to bring everything you need. Set-up time will be included in your five minutes. All submissions are due on December 11. To apply, simply click HERE and you’ll find all of the information you need.



The 25th Anniversary of the SummerWorks Performance Festival runs for 11 days from August 6 – 16, 2015 – application details below.

The Early Bird deadline for applications is 11:59 PM on January 19, 2015. The Regular Deadline is  11:59 PM on February 2, 2015.

NEW THIS YEAR We now have the newly-minted National, Theatre, Dance, Music, and Live Art Series. This is not only the inaugural year of the Dance Series, but also the first time we’re accepting formal submissions for the Music Series. Both musicians and performance-based (theatre, dance, etc.) artists are invited to apply separately or collectively for the Music Series.


- Application Guidelines

Click here for the Dance Series Application.

More info:


Audition: Ismailova Theatre of Dance


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Ismailova Theatre of Dance company is looking for male and female dancers or actors who can dance for upcoming shows including a new full-length dance/physical theatre production to be presented on May 2nd at 8 pm and May 3rd at 3 pm and 8 pm at Pia Bowman Studio Theatre in 2015.

Audition date: Sunday, December 7th, 2014, 6 pm, registration at 5:30
If accepted, you will need to attend call back (casting rehearsal): Sunday, December 14th at 6 pm

Rehearsals between: January 4th 2015 – April 26th, 2015.

Dancers and actors must be committed, have professional attitude and be available to rehearse 2 times a week (Sunday evening and Monday or Wednesday evening).
Any dance background is welcome, but must be willing to perform different dance styles including contemporary, contact improv, jazz, ballroom, traditional folk.

It is a paid gig.

Ismailova Theatre of Dance was founded in April 2009. It brings theatre and dance together to express sincere feelings, tell real stories and show touching characters through original choreography. The work of dance theatre is narrative and focused on filling dance with meaning.

Ismailova Theatre of Dance regularly performs on various stages of Toronto and Ontario including its sold out full length physical theatre productions Blue Lantern (2014), Wings (2012), Toyland (2011), My Last Teacher (2010) and Behind the Door (2011).

All auditionees should visit company’s blog to watch videos of it’s past work and read the information about it’s philosophy and mandate HERE.

Email with your contact information (cell number), artistic resume and a short artistic bio. We will send you the location details.

There is a separate call to dancers and actors who can dance under age of 18. Please email with the subject JUNIOUR AUDITIONS.

Contact information: Merey Ismailova, coordinator, 647-829-4839.


Belluard Festival CALL FOR PROJECTS

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The Festival Belluard Bollwerk International and Migros Culture Percentage are looking for new or nascent artistic projects on the subject ‘Fortress Europe’ to show in the festival’s main venue, a medieval fortress. Any form of artistic expression is admitted, the more interdisciplinary, the better. An international jury will select the projects that will receive a production grant of 5.000 CHF to 10.000 CHF and will be produced in the frame of Belluard Festival (June 25th to July 4th 2015) in Fribourg, Switzerland.

Applications can be sent in by artists or practitioners from other fields working interdisciplinary; from Fribourg or the rest of the world; individuals or groups; with performative or installative projects or interventions connected to the thematic.

DEADLINE: DEC. 15th, 2014.
Only applications sent in per email to will be accepted.

See the application guidelines HERE.

Ballet Creole – Performance Opportunity for Youth



LOCATION: St. Mary Catholic Elementary School, 20 Portugal Square, Toronto

Seeking youth dancers aged 12 – 18 years old to perform in two sections of “The Nutcracker” choreographed by Ballet Creole in collaboration with Stewart Goodyear.

The performance will be part of the Royal Conservatory of Music’s new series of Family Concerts at Koerner Hall.
Performance date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014. at 2pm
Tech date: Friday, December 5th – 3pm – 5pm TBC
Rehearsals: Every Saturday: Nov 1st – Nov 29th 12:30pm-2pm
Rehearsal at Koerner Hall – Tuesday, December 2nd


Seeking dancers aged 16+ (male & female) to be part of a new section of the critically acclaimed holiday show, Soulful Messiah part of Ballet Creole’s 25th anniversary season. Gain professional experience working with one of Toronto’s main stream dance companies!

A chance to perform at Fleck Dance Theatre with the Ballet Creole Dance Company

Performance dates: Nov 28 – 8pm, Nov 29 – 2pm, Nov 29 – 8pm
Tech date: Nov 27 – 4pm – 10pm: time TBC
Rehearsals: Every Saturday: Nov 1 – Nov 22nd 12:30-2pm
*Some Tuesday nights may be added

- Male or Female 12-18 years old
- 1-2 years of dance training
- Passion for dance and good sense of rhythm and movement
- Must be available for all rehearsals and performances

To register for the audition or for more information:
416-960-0350 ext 0



JUNE 14-23, 2015

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8 DAYS is an intensive encounter open to Canadian contemporary choreographers. The gathering values curiosity, questioning and reflection on how we work in order to deepen choreographic practices.

The ongoing 8 DAYS project addresses a need for peer-to-peer choreographic development in Canada, insisting that this mode is crucial to the continued relevance of the art form. Originally instigated in 2012 by Ame Henderson and Tedd Robinson, 8 DAYS IV stems from the desire to continue this artistic exchange. How dance artists work is intimately related to what they create. Theory and practice, talking and making, doing and reflecting, and the systems we do and don’t rely on are understood as interwoven threads of creative development. 8 DAYS is an opportunity to share artistic practices and concerns and to challenge, invigorate and inspire each other. This is an occasion to contextualize oneself within a larger frame. 8 DAYS escapes the pressures of production-driven work. It creates
space to reflect on one’s current practice and through rigorous dialogue and experimentation encourages new artistic possibilities.

SIX Canadian choreographers working in Canada or abroad will be invited to join 20 past participants of the three previous 8 DAYS encounters. A cohort of 26 artists will embark on a co-authored adventure influenced by its surroundings, created by those present, and guided by their overlapping and divergent experience. Participants are asked to arrive with an openness about what this encounter can be, a willingness to expose and share, and a criticality around intellectual and artistic exchange. As the number of participants grows every year, we ask that everyone be open to new ways of being together in this ever-evolving constellation. The selection committee is comprised of three past participants and a guest.

Each participant is responsible for planning a portion of the time spent together. Days are primarily structured around preparing, cooking and facilitating group meals, which becomes a fundamental way of thinking about shared work.

Subsistence informs how we can function within a group. The days also include sharing research and exploring methods, reading, open discussion, as well as time for leisure and personal reflection.

It is imperative that 8 DAYS engages with the community at large. To this end, each participant will be asked to respond to the concept of documentation in order to share the experience. So far 8 DAYS has self-produced two books financed by the personal contributions of the participants. Each artist proposes and creates responses specific to 8 DAYS during or immediately following the gathering. This co-authored documentation is then distributed via a framework determined by the contributors in order to share the process and its outcomes.

Logistical Details
8 DAYS will be held at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island. Housed in a former school, Artscape Gibraltar Point, offers 35,000 square feet of multi-use space. Artists will enjoy semi-private accommodations, bright and spacious studios, a shared kitchen and lounge, free wi-fi, and bike rentals. This idyllic beachfront property has the feeling of a remote cottage getaway but is a short fifteen-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto.

The participating artists will arrive on Sunday, June 14th, and depart Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015. Public Recordings has applied for funding to cover travel costs and meals. Funding results should be known by the end of March 2015.

Applicants are encouraged to seek further funding to support their participation.


Please submit a letter of interest and a recent biography in addition to any work samples that are relevant to contextualize your application. As the jury changes each year, previous applicants are encouraged to reapply. Detail your current choreographic concerns in relation to the milieu, address how this encounter might enrich your practice and position yourself in regard to the documentation process. Propose an idea of what you would like to share with the group and what kind of activity you would like to facilitate. Please keep your responses brief and select any support material carefully with the aim of addressing this specific opportunity.

Applications can be submitted in English or French. Please note: the working language will be primarily English.All materials must be submitted electronically. Support materials must be included as an attachment or available online. Make sure to include all necessary links and access information. Please note, applications sent by mail cannot be processed.

For more information and to apply:

Project History
8 DAYS was held at la B.A.R.N. on Lac Leslie in the Pontiac Region of Quebec, from June 16 – 24, 2012. It was hosted and supported by 10 Gates Dancing Inc. and Public Recordings.

Selection committee: Sara Coffin, Ame Henderson, Tedd Robinson, Stephen Thompson
Participants: Justine A. Chambers, Claudia Fancello, Marie Claire Forté, Ame Henderson, Benjamin Kamino, Davida Monk, Tedd Robinson, Stephen Thompson, Michael Trent

8 DAYS II was held at ten fifteen maple and The Dance Centre from August 10-18, 2013. It was hosted by Justine A. Chambers and Public Recordings, and received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Public Recordings, The Dance Centre and ten fifteen maple.

Selection committee: Martin Bélanger, Justine A. Chambers, Benjamin Kamino, Davida Monk
Participants: Naomi Brand, Justine A. Chambers, Karine Denault, Claudia Fancello, Marie Claire Forté, Caroline Gravel, Ame Henderson, Christopher House, Davida Monk, Andrew Tay, Stephen Thompson, Michael Trent, Laurie Young

8 DAYS III was held at Artscape Gibraltar Point from June 16-24, 2014. It was hosted by Public Recordings, and received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Dance Theatre and 10 Gates Dancing Inc.

Selection committee: Naomi Brand, Caroline Gravel, Robin Poitras, Laurie Young
Participants: Martin Bélanger, Naomi Brand, Justine A. Chambers, Karine Denault, Claudia Fancello, Marie Claire Forté, Caroline Gravel, Ame Henderson, Christopher House, Benjamin Kamino, Jennifer Mascall, Freya Olafson, Bee Pallomina, Tedd Robinson, Andrew Tay, Stephen Thompson, Michael Trent, Peter Trosztmer, Katie Ward, Laurie Young

Toronto Arts Council introduces NEW Cultural Leaders Lab.

Toronto Arts Council is introducing a new Cultural Leaders Lab

This pilot program has been created by TAC and The Banff Centre to enhance leadership capacity in Toronto’s arts and culture sectors. The program is designed for arts professionals (artists and administrators) who have demonstrated the potential to lead change in their organizations, communities or arts sectors.

Participants will be selected in a competitive process managed by TAC. The ideal candidate will share a deep desire to elevate Toronto’s arts sector and will embrace the open exchange of ideas in a cross-disciplinary environment.

TAC Cultural Leaders will make a commitment to attend a one-week intensive leadership retreat in Banff in April, 2015. Following the retreat, the Leaders Lab will be engaged in a series of activities and exchanges in Toronto over a minimum period of one year.

For more information, and to access the application, click HERE. Application deadline: November 10, 2014.

Call for Contemporary Circus Artists

Produced by Femmes du Feu and CCAFT in partnership with Harbourfront

Call to artists opens September 15th and closes November 1st, 2014
The Circus Sessions, part of NextSteps 2014/15, is a weeklong creative laboratory and think-tank that will offer 15-20 contemporary circus artists the opportunity to work with an internationally renowned mentor (mentor still in negotiation) in one of Toronto’s best venues. This initiative is open to the diverse forms of practice that span the five families of circus: Aerial, Acrobatics, Balancing, Object Manipulation and Clown. The Circus Sessions looks to encourage artists to engage in a creative dialogue that examines their evolving form, cultivates experimentation in performance, as well as networking, advocacy and audience development and engagement strategies.

Circus Sessions is free to all participants. Participants will be responsible fortravel costs.

Date and Location
Workshops and shows take place in The Harbourfront Centre Theatre (Toronto)

Workshop takes place May 11-17th from 10am-5pm
Show on Friday May 16th and 17th at 8pm

Submission guidelines (Please send submissions electronically to
• Name
• Bio (max 250 words)
• Primary discipline and training background
• Artist statement/ inspirations & investigations
• Why Circus Sessions interests you
• Link to video of your work

More information can be found at