Call to Artists

Series 1 - A Woman's Work (online edition) * See our COVID-19 section for important safety protocols

November 29, 30th, Tech and filming sessions on both days - 4:30-10:00pm

Venue: The Citadel

Deadline: September 25, 11:59pm EST

COVID-19 - Important Information

*These will be recorded sessions, edited and posted online following the above dates. Each artist will tech and run their piece with lights and sound and be recorded in their individual 2hr time slot. Masks are mandatory in the building and during the rehearsal period. Dancers, when performing for the recording will be allowed to remove masks for the run of the piece. Multiple runs of the piece are allowed with breaks between for ventilation. Please keep your artists, choreographer and outside eye guests to a maximum of three people total per performance group. We will provide someone from our crew to light walk where required. Our crew will be wearing masks and physically distancing, and cleaning of surfaces will occur between each group. There will also be additional building controls and rules required and these will be communicated in advance.

A Woman's Work

This series explores topics related to women’s rights and roles in society, women’s individual stories related to their heritage, culture or experiences and issues related to gender.

If selected you will receive an honourarium of $500, a video of each performance, full technical staff and marketing as well as a fantastic opportunity to show your work and meet other artists! We offer a travel stipend for out of town artists. This opportunity is available to artists who, at minimum, have completed a professional training program or equivalent and professional choreographers as defined by The Canadian Artist Code.

To apply please send the following via email to info@dancematters.ca by the deadline (no exceptions):

  1. Choreographers’ CV, contact information and biography
  2. Performer biographies
  3. Piece description
  4. A paragraph explaining how the proposed work relates to the theme presented in the series. Interpretations are encouraged. *This is an important aspect of your application. Please give this aspect of the proposal considerable thought.
  5. List of props, or special technical requests.
  6. A video of the proposed work or a recent work or work-in-progress. You may send the video via Youtube link or vimeo (with password), or web link. *Please ensure your privacy settings are turned off where necessary.

Works of a minimum of 5min up to a maximum of 20min will be considered. You may propose an excerpt of a longer work, a remounted work, or a new piece. This series is meant to showcase finished works/well-developed pieces and NOT works-in-progress.

If the work you are proposing is not finished as of the application deadline, please show video excerpts of rehearsal footage of the work and clearly dictate with description and video your ideas/rough rehearsal footage to provide an indication as to how the work will be completed.

Curatorial Criteria


Dance Matters’ rotating curatorial committee makes its decisions by upholding the following criteria:

  • Works of clarity in form and idea
  • Works of strong artistic integrity
  • Works showcasing spirited performances
  • Works from artists who are not presented frequently in other platforms
  • Works from a range of artists - from emerging to senior
  • A range of solo, duet or group work
  • A range of dance aesthetics and viewpoints

Photo by: Craig Chambers

Featuring: Denise Solleza and Justine Comfort, Choreographer: Tracey Norman