The annual Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival seeks innovative and experimental works to be presented in the On The Stage, In The Park, In The Street, CSA Nooner, In The Studio and Youth Moves performance series. Artists may apply to more than one series (no additional membership fee required).
All submission packages must include: 1. a completed application form (click to download PDF - 664K) with all information available 2. all appropriate C.V.’s 3. a DVD (macintosh compatible) of the proposed work (full version, no promo videos please) or youtube/vimeo link, o4. your membership fee ($25 for Regular Membership or $50 for Dance Associate Membership)
Only complete submission packages will be considered. GCDF Mailing Address
Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival 123 Woolwich Street, Second Floor Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1H 3V1
Because submissions are viewed by multiple curators, we cannot accept applications by e-mail.
Submissions to the CSA Nooner, On The Stage, In The Park, In The Street or In The Studio performances must be postmarked by September 15, 2012. Submissions for the Youth Moves performance must be postmarked by December 1, 2012.
The Central Students'Association (CSA) Nooner performance is presented on the University of Guelph campus. Three professional artists performing in other festival series will be chosen to perform in this free public event, which promotes dance to university students and professors. This series occurs in November and the end of March.
In The Studio is where dance is performed in an intimate and aesthetically friendly location, providing an off-the-beaten-path performance opportunity in a studio setting. This series attracts approximately 200 patrons. Artists will perform twice. Honoraria, travel costs, per diems and accommodations will be provided. A minimum of five years of professional choreography experience is required.
On The Stage plays host to some of the most accomplished and innovative dance artists from across Canada. Six short works, each under 25 minutes, will be chosen to be part of two distinct programs. Artists will perform once in the 200-seat Co-operators Hall at the River Run Centre. Honoraria, travel costs, per diems and accommodations will be provided. A minimum of five years of professional choreography experience is required.
In The Park will feature four to six works, a maximum of 10 minutes in length, from professional dance artists. Artists must demonstrate an ability to create works that integrate the chosen site, Exhibition Park. Exhibition Park is a beautiful and large downtown community-friendly park with trees, open spaces, and a play centre, providing many potentially exciting locations for site-specific works. Artists will perform three times for this family-oriented event, which attracts approximately 700-1000 people. Honoraria, travel costs, per diems and accommodations will be provided. A minimum of five years of professional choreography experience is required.
In The Street is open to emerging dance artists. This noon-time performance is created specifically for St. George's Square, the public area located in the heart of downtown Guelph. This free, outdoor event finds the artists interacting with a wide range of the community, from the lunchtime crowd of café patrons to those waiting for the buses that meet at the Square. Works should be under 10 minutes in length. A small honoraria is provided.
Youth Moves is open to all Southern Ontario dance companies with performers under the age of 19. Eight works, each under 10 minutes in length, will be chosen. Performances occur on the Sunday during the festival dates in the 200-seat Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre.
Other. This is the place for you to propose your ideas to enhance the festival experience. For example are you a circus performer or puppeteer wishing to lead the audience from site to site as part of our In the Park Series? Are you a Hip Hop troupe wishing to hold a late night dance party? We are always open to your creative ideas and want to know what you are working on, and are definitely open to formatting the festival to best suit the creative and contemporary work artists are dreaming about.