The Vancouver International Dance Festival is now accepting applications for the 2021 Festival. Our 21st edition is focused on supporting the practice and visibility of diverse Canadian contemporary dance artists and companies through professional live stream presentations.
The VIDF programs work that advances the art of contemporary dance through innovation, experimentation, rigor and physical discipline. We are seeking full evening works (45-60 minutes) that can be creatively re-imagined for the camera. Performances will be captured and streamed with multiple cameras switched live, offering a unique, cinematic perspective of each choreography. Social spacing restrictions must be applied to all selected choreography until COVID-19 mitigation policies are relaxed. Artists must have the rights to the music used in their work.
Works will be presented for 4 consecutive dates, with a performance fee of $1,500 per
performance. Companies/artists will be provided with 1 week of residency and 2 days of tech rehearsals prior to the performances.
The 2021 festival will take place from March 3-27 2021. 4 selected works will be presented during these March dates, with the possibility of programming additional companies/artists extended throughout the year.
VIDF performances will take place at Vancouver’s KW Production Studio, a 32’ x 50’ black box with a sprung, dance vinyl covered floor and 40+ theatre lights. Residencies will take place in the KW Atrium Studio.
Send the following to gabrielle [at] vidf.ca by November 21, 2020:
A company, collective or artist biography (250 words max).
An artistic statement (250 words max).
A description of the work, explaining why it is ideal for the camera and how you intend to follow COVID-19 health and safety regulations in rehearsal and performance. (250 words max).
A video of the full work or full work-in-progress (limit the edits). Or, if the work is in its early stages, send up to 20 minutes of video from a maximum of 3 previous works.
Decisions will be based on how well the proposed work aligns with our programming interests and embraces the parameters of live streaming. In keeping with our mission, priority will be given to equity-seeking artists whose work fits the above criteria. For this reason, we encourage you to identify within your application if you belong to an equity seeking community. For clarification on the term “equity-seeking”, we encourage you to refer here: https://canadacouncil.ca/glossary/equity-seeking-groups .