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CALL FOR CHOREOGRAPHERS
D.I.R.T. Festival 2019 is here!!
Dance In Revolt(ing) Times  
Now accepting applications
Deadline: Friday, August 31, 2018 at 11:59pm


Now a biennial event, we are excited to announce our theme for the 2019 D.I.R.T. Festival: storm SURGE

The D.I.R.T. Festival, or Dance In Revolt(ing) Times, is a social political dance festival in its 4th year.  D.I.R.T. presents the work of artists that explicitly addressing local/global challenges through their creative process. There are many ways that an artist may address such challenges - be it from the content of their choreography, to looking at who has a voice, to their process. 

What we are looking for:
The D.I.R.T. Festival seeks to present dances that are rooted in social justice. In addition to artistic excellence, we are interested in ways that art can be used as political/social action, ways that art can be a vehicle and catalyst for positive change. We are looking for choreographers that will bring new work (i.e. a premiere) that is content-driven. There are many ways to tackle political and social issues via dance. Promoting and securing cultural traditions that might otherwise be threatened may fall under this category. All dance genres and points of view are accepted. Before applying please make sure that you/your company are available to perform either of the two weekends. Both mid-career and emerging choreographers are encouraged to apply and we welcome both those that are seasoned and those that are new to making socially relevant work. Artists that have previously been presented in the D.I.R.T. Festival may apply again. 

This year's theme:
The theme to this year's festival is "storm SURGE." Pieces that explore ideas and concerns surrounding Global Warming and the displacement that is happening as a result of environmental change  will be given greater consideration.  Artists from island nations are especially encouraged to apply. 

The Details:

How to apply:
1) Please write a short one-two page narrative that includes: 2) Include a link to your work sample on youtube, vimeo etc (3 min minimum). The work-sample should show your choreographic voice and vision and be similar to the piece that you are proposing (i.e. do not submit a sample of a ballet you choreographed, if you are proposing a tap piece). If you can submit an example of the piece you are proposing, the better.  Please submit the work sample and the narrative at the same time. 


2) In addition to the narrative, choreographers must also have a work sample.
In the body of your email, please include a link to your work sample on youtube, vimeo etc (3 min minimum). The work-sample should show your choreographic voice and vision and be similar to the piece that you are proposing (i.e. do not submit a sample of a ballet you choreographed, if you are proposing a tap piece). If you can submit an example of the piece you are proposing, even better.  Please submit the work sample and the narrative at the same time.  

Please email your narrative in a word document and work sample link to Stella@dancemission.com by 11:59pm Friday, August 31, 2018 , subject line "D.I.R.T. application." You will receive an email confirming that your application has been received. Please allow up to 48 hrs for confirmation before calling to inquire.    

A panel that includes Dance Mission staff and other Bay Area artists will review the applications. Announcements will be made in mid October via email.

Questions? Call 415-826-4441


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