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Call for Artist Submissions: Dance / Performance

What Are We Looking For?

Every year, Supercrawl issues a call for artist proposals that create creative, compelling and unique environments and experiences for festival-goers. Projects by local, regional, national and international artists are selected based on artistic merit, originality, and ability to integrate within the festival's scale, spirit and energy.

In 2019, Supercrawl organizers are seeking proposals for dance and site-specific performance works created specifically for Supercrawl. Proposed works may be short (5-20 mins) or works performed repeatedly throughout the day. (Any style of dance is welcome to be submitted. No restrictions will be imposed, but companies are advised to consider the possibilities of performances that will take place on a street in large crowds).  

Submission Package Requirements

• CV/Biography of Artist or Artist Team (maximum 2 pages);
• Description of your practice or approach to developing site-specific works (maximum 2 pages). Please include whether you would perform a short work multiple times, or a long-format work over a full day;
• 2-3 links to examples of your work (e.g. video/photo documentation, written reviews, etc.);
• Project Proposal: A brief pitch for the kind of show you would like to do at Supercrawl — a quick summary about what you would want to bring to the festival; and
• Project Details: Practical explanation of the work (i.e. scale, materials, methods, etc.), installation plan including time required and technical/logistical requirements


Deadline for submissions: Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11:00pm ET.​

Late submissions will not be considered. Successful applicants will be contacted by March 15, 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Committee to receive clarification and/or additional information as needed to develop proposals.

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About Supercrawl

A driven team of Hamilton artists and community builders founded Supercrawl in 2009 with a view to showcasing great music alongside an entire street of cultural experiences — a diverse and dynamic lineup of music, art, fashion, performance, talks, crafts, food and fun (local, regional national and international).

Since its inception, Supercrawl has captured the imagination of culture lovers far beyond the city, drawing visitors from across Canada and around the world. The event has gone from a one-day celebration on a single block to a weekend-long experience encompassing almost two kilometres of downtown streets, with attendance growing steadily from 3,000 to 250,000 in that time. In 2018, Supercrawl expanded the festival’s physical footprint (covering 18 city blocks) as well as its programming and production ambitions, and will build upon that foundation yet again in 2019. 

Supercrawl was shortlisted for a 2017 Canadian Tourism Award for Event of the Year, received the 2015 Ontario Tourism Award of Excellence for Tourism Event of the Year, and has been recognized as one of Festival and Events Ontario's Top 100 Festivals/Events (2015-2018).

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