Dance Brigade's Dance Mission Theater




Just announced:
D.I.R.T. Festival 2017 Call for Choreographers! 
Accepting applications
September 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016
Deadline: Friday, September 30,  11:59pm

The D.I.R.T. Festival, or Dance In Revolt(ing) Times, is a political dance festival.  The artist as activist is as old as time and D.I.R.T. presents the work of artists that are addressing local/global challenges through their creative process. There are many ways that an artist may address such challenges - be it from the  explicit 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 any of the three 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 Holding our ground. Pieces that address this theme - be it discussions of evictions and displacement, the environment, First Nation visibility, or more - will be given greater consideration. 

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. 


Have an in-house audition. This year we will have the option of an in-person audition. Auditions will be held at Dance Mission Sunday, October 2 from 12-3pm. Please sign-up for an audition by Friday, September 23 by emailing In-person auditions will give the curators a better sense of what you are wanting to present and will give us a chance to talk about your piece.  Please note that if you opt for an in-person audition on October 2, your narrative is still due by September 30.

Please email your narrative in a word document and work sample link to by 11:59pm Friday, September 30, 2016. 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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