Call for Submissions 2018


SummerWorks is a curated festival widely recognized as one of the most vital platforms for launching new performance—locally, nationally and internationally. SummerWorks is a place where artists are free to explore new territory and take creative risks. We are interested in continuously reimaging and innovating the possibilities for performance- how it is created, presented and experienced. We are currently seeking proposals for our 28th edition, taking place August 9th-19th, in Toronto, Canada. Proposals are encouraged from creators working across all disciplines and artistic traditions. Artists may apply with more than one project, and more than one category.

GENERAL CALL*
DEADLINE: Monday April 9th, 2018, 11:59pm EST
SummerWorks seeks proposals for new and experimental performance projects that will be ready for presentation in August 2018. Proposals are encouraged from both established and emerging artists working in the areas of contemporary theatre, dance, music, live art, interdisciplinary art, and hybrid forms. Works for theatre, gallery, bar, outdoor, site-specific and immersive settings are welcome. Proposed works may have previous workshop development or presentation history. Of particular interest are projects, approaches and ideas that are new territory for the artist and the medium.

SUMMERWORKS LAB CALL*
DEADLINE: Monday April 9th, 2018, 11:59pm EST
Nurturing space for creative exploration, SummerWorks invites proposals for projects to be shared in their early stages of development as well as performance experiments that seek to use the platform of the Festival as a laboratory to incubate and test new ideas. Of particular interest are projects that that will benefit from audience engagement and feedback, with the potential of this to inform the future of the work.  

SPECIAL PROJECT CALL: PUBLIC & PRIVATE REALMS*
DEADLINE: Monday April 9th, 2018, 11:59pm EST
For 2018, SummerWorks invites artists and makers of all disciplines to propose projects that consider the relationship between public and private realms, as well as ideas that experiment with the possibility of performance in unconventional spaces—including, but not limited to: sidewalks and streetcars, front porches and living rooms, as well as online platforms and mobile devices. Of particular interest are works that consider the changing landscape and architecture of the city, as well as opportunities for civic engagement.


* NEW THIS YEAR

  • NO Entrance Fee: In an effort to increase accessibility, SummerWorks is pleased to announce that artists will not be charged an entrance fee to participate in the Festival (formerly $700+ HST for performances of 60 minutes or more; $350+ HST for short-form performances; and $565 for site-specific performances).
  • Industry Activities: All project applications received will also be considered for participation in curated Industry Activities during the Festival, including pitch sessions and open studio showings for presenters.
  • Online Submission: The Festival application process has moved online. For access to the application portal and guidelines, please visit http://summerworks.ca/call-submissions-2018-app/

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(Please review and prepare all parts of the application before you begin to complete the form)

 

SUMMERWORKS MODEL & RESOURCES

Selected projects will be featured during the Festival (August 9th – August 19th, 2018).

SummerWorks supports participants with production resources and professional development opportunities while exposing them to the largest possible audiences, as well as industry professionals.

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 and administrative support.

Selected projects from the General Call (excluding site-specific works), will receive up to 7 performances in a SummerWorks venue. 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. Selected projects for the SummerWorks Lab will receive up to 3 performances in a SummerWorks venue.

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.


ABOUT SUMMERWORKS

Founded in Toronto, Canada in 1991, SummerWorks is a 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: laura@summerworks.ca