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OPEN CALL: Spring Blooms

posted January 19th, 2024

Seeking short dance works for a performance opportunity

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday, February 5, 2024 - 11:59pm ADT
NOTIFICATION DEADLINE: the week of February 12, 2024

Mocean Dance is looking for two short dance works (up to 15 mins each) to share the evening program for a showcase performance this spring. Works can be in-development, using frameworks of improvisation, or fully completed. The intention is to provide more sharing platforms and opportunities for performance. The evening will include a talkback, moderated by Co-Artistic Director Sara Coffin, to create exchange and dialogue between artists and audience to share insight to creative practices and inspirations for each work

About the event:
Spring Blooms | The Dance of Life is a celebration of dance through life’s stages featuring the premiere of Mocean's Communities in Mocean - Older Adult Dance Project, and guest performances by Halifax’s professional dance community. Partnering with the Central Library, the performance will take place Wednesday, March 27 at 7pm at the Paul O’Regan Hall.



Theme: We are looking for dance works that align with the event’s theme of Spring Bloom, Dance of Life. These themes could include (but are not limited to): cycles, celebrations of life, closing and opening, tender possibilities, rising anew, and with joyful tones.

Technical information: Please note: this is an informal, low-tech performance setting. Only works with minimal set-up and low technical requirements can be considered.

Venue Information: Paul O’Reagan Hall has a smooth, unsprung floor. We will be covering it with a dance marley. Selected artists will be given a short time (approx. 30 mins) to run the piece in the space before the show. Sound and ambient lighting will be provided; no special lighting available.

Presentation: Selected dance works will be presented at the Communities in Mocean showcase, Spring Blooms | The Dance of Life at the Halifax Central Library, Paul O’Regan Hall on Wednesday, March 27 at 7pm. 

Fees: Selected works will receive an honorarium of $1000.00.

Studio Hours and Mentorship: Selected artists can access 15 hours of studio time at Halifax Dance through Mocean’s Company-in-Residence status. Outside-eye support and artistic/choreographic discourse opportunities are also available with Mocean’s Artistic Leadership team.

Eligibility: This opportunity is open to professional dance or movement-based artists/choreographers working in all dance forms. Artists can submit up to two (2) works for consideration. Works or excerpts should be no longer than 15 minutes. We welcome and strongly encourage people from all communities and intersecting identities to apply including Indigenous people, LGBTQIA+ & Two-Spirit people, Black people and people of colour.



Applications are now closed. Up to two works/groups will be selected.

PLEASE NOTE: If the Application Form is not an accessible format for you or for any further information or application assistance please email Sara Coffin at saracoffin@moceandance.com

Submission Deadline: Monday, February 5, 2024 - 11:59pm ADT
Notification: The week of February 12, 2024