Call for Artist Submissions: Dance / Performance

Supercrawl is pleased to release its Call for Dance and Performance Artists for 2020. Supercrawl is a free annual outdoor art and music festival in downtown Hamilton, showcasing a diverse and dynamic lineup of music, art, fashion, performance, talks, crafts, food and fun. Supercrawl 2020 will take place on James Street North from Sept 4–6, 2020.

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.

Supercrawl 2017 was the festival’s pilot year of integrating performing arts as its own section in the event. In 2020, organizers are seeking 3-5 new site-specific works created specifically for Supercrawl. All performances will occur on Saturday, September 5 between 12pm and 8pm.

In 2020, 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-street in large crowds. Audiences are estimated at approximately 80,000 people over the duration of the performance day.

Artists and works will be selected based on their creativity (the artistic side of the show, the impact it can potentially achieve, etc.) and viability (the feasibility of producing the show in the unique environment of Supercrawl).

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

Fees & Resources

Supercrawl will pay each artist/artist team $1,500 for the engagement. Artists will also have access to a Technical Director to assist with staging, lighting and technical aspirations, but the expectation is that the works are low-tech.

Supercrawl will also be assigning significant resources to promotion of the event and selected artists leading up to the festival, and during the event. The festival will provide schedule signage, produce posters and handbills, and include programming details both in printed materials and on Supercrawl’s website.


Deadline for submissions: Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:59pm ET.​

Late submissions will not be considered. Successful applicants will be contacted in April 2020.

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

Top: David Hudson Dance Company at Supercrawl 2019. Bottom: Tribal Vision Dance at Supercrawl 2017

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