CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
SUMMERWORKS PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL 2017
DEADLINE: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16th, 2016
We are currently seeking proposals for our 27th Festival, taking place August 3rd-13th, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. Proposals are encouraged from creators working across all disciplines and artistic traditions.
GENERAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
SummerWorks seeks proposals for new and experimental performance projects. Submissions are encouraged from both established and emerging artists working in the areas of contemporary theatre, dance, music, live art, interdisciplinary art, and hybrid forms. Proposals for short-form projects (30 minutes or less), 60 minute projects and 90 minute projects will be accepted. Of particular interest are projects, approaches and ideas that are new territory for the artist and the medium.
SPECIAL CALL: EXPERIMENTAL ENVIRONMENTS
Building on the Festival’s history of presenting immersive concerts, site-specific projects and live art in unconventional spaces, SummerWorks invites proposals that experiment with performance outside of conventional stage and gallery settings. This includes, but is not limited to, performances within immersive environments, site-specific projects, projects in public space and performances designed for online or virtual reality contexts. Of particular interest are projects that encourage the audience to be physically engaged and/or mobile. Proposals from artists and creators of all disciplines are encouraged to apply.
SPECIAL CALL: CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS-HOW DO WE COME TOGETHER?
For 2017, SummerWorks invites artists to propose collaborative projects that are inspired by and consider the question, “How do we come together?” Projects that investigate this idea as it relates to the concept of reconciliation, how we come together for social gatherings and rituals, how we can connect across cultural and geographic divides, as well the nature of collaboration and the performer-audience relationship, are encouraged. Of particular interest are projects that involve collaboration with groups, organizations and creators outside of the artistic realm.
SUMMERWORKS PRESENTATION MODEL & RESOURCES
Selected projects will be featured during the Festival (August 3rd-13th, 2017).
SummerWorks supports participants with production resources at a subsidized cost, while exposing them to the largest possible audiences. Entrance fees are $700+ tax for 60 minute and 90 minute performances; $350+ tax for short form performances (30 minutes or less); and $500+ tax for site-specific projects.**
Participating artists and companies receive 70% of their box office revenue. The Festival provides a complete framework, which includes a venue, technical staff, a lighting designer, festival publicity and marketing, technical and performance scheduling, box office, front of house management, artistic and producing support.
Selected projects will receive 7 to 8 performances in a SummerWorks venue. Larger venues (100–200 seats) receive 7 performances. Smaller venues (50-80) seats receive 8 performances. Short-form projects (30 minutes or less) will be considered for curation within double-bills, providing the opportunity for audience cross-over and greater attendance.
In addition to the support of the Festival’s presentation model, SummerWorks artists also receive access to free workshops from industry leaders in the areas of producing, marketing, production, audience engagement and accessibility, and also receive an artist pass, providing them with highly discounted rates for all performances, events and workshops during the 11-day Festival.
**Please note, for small-capacity performances (i.e. one-to-one projects) and non-ticketed performances (i.e. in public space) the Festival will develop an alternative entrance fee, performance schedule and/or compensation model (i.e. honorarium instead of box office split). These elements will be negotiated between the Festival and the artist, and will depend upon the scope of the work.
Founded in 1991, SummerWorks is Canada’s largest curated performance festival of theatre, music, dance and live art; widely recognized as one of the most vital platforms for launching new work—locally, nationally and internationally. SummerWorks is the place where artists are free to explore new territory and take artistic risks. Rather than getting larger, we strive to get better. We are interested in continuously reimaging and innovating the possibilities of performance- how it is created, presented and experienced. We are committed to programming that represents a diversity of cultures, perspectives and levels of experience. We look to introduce artists and audiences from diverse communities to each other and be inspired by our similarities and differences. www.summerworks.ca
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT
Laura Nanni, Artistic & Managing Director: firstname.lastname@example.org