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About the Festival

dance: made in canada/fait au canada (d:mic/fac) Festival, is a biennial contemporary dance repertory festival that will be running from August 13 to 17, 2025 in Toronto. d:mic/fac Festival presents both new and existing works by established, mid-career and emerging choreographers working in Canada, a screen dance series and related activities.

This call is for artists wanting to present their stage work in a shared program – MainStage and/or WYSIWYG. Choreographers can apply to present a short work or an excerpt of a longer work. Performers can also apply to present a choreographer’s work with their permission.

d:mic/fac Festival celebrates contemporary dance in Canada today. We nourish meaningful relationships with audiences, community, and artworks, presenting short works in shared programs and presenting each program more than once.

The Festival was founded in 2000 by Yvonne Ng, with Co-Festival Directors, Janelle Rainville and Jeff Morris. Fourteen festivals of dance: made in canada/fait au canada (d:mic/fac) have been produced featuring the work of 114 choreographers and 504 performing artists.

What we call contemporary dance:

Contemporary = now. Dance = movement. We are interested in presenting excellent art work that takes place in our world today. Modern, street dance, tap, contemporary ballet, aerial dance, capoeira, folk, pre-colonial and cultural fusion, experimental; the list of dance forms goes on. We look forward to receiving proposals from professional dance artists of all genders, ethnicities, abilities and dance disciplines who would like to take part in our festival.

There are two platforms:

  • Mainstage Series: This is curated by three artists from Canada’s dance community, including Artistic Director Yvonne Ng and two guest curators, and
  • What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG): a lottery-based platform of short works.

Choreographers may apply for either a Mainstage presentation, a WYSIWYG presentation, or both.

What we provide.

d:mic/fac will provide the venue, festival publicity, festival marketing, a festival production team (including Stage Manager and Lighting Director) and other support (to be determined based on the needs of applicants and artists) for applicants selected by the curators for presentation. MainStage choreographers will receive a guaranteed performance fee for their work, and WYSIWYG choreographers will receive a guaranteed honorarium. Our biennial Festival venue has been at the Betty Oliphant Theatre since 2011.

Applications must be received by 11:59 P.M. EST, Monday, March 4, 2024 to be considered for the August 2025 festival.

Applications are only accepted online. Adaptations and/or accommodations will only be accepted with approval from d:mic/fac Festival prior to February, 22, 2024. If you require an adaptation or accommodation, please email info@princessproductions.ca.

Artists working in all genres and cultural aesthetics are encouraged to apply, within the following criterion:

For Mainstage presentation:

  • A choreographer must have had a minimum of five of their works professionally presented and have been professionally active for a minimum of six years. Workshop, process-based showings and academic settings do not qualify as professionally presented.
  • Existing or proposed new creations must be between fifteen (15) minutes and twenty-four (24) minutes in length. The curatorial team will consider excerpts of longer works. The festival format cannot present works with run times over 24 minutes. Many works presented in past festivals are excerpts of longer works.

For WYSIWYG presentation:

  • A choreographer must have had a minimum of three of their works professionally presented and have been professionally active for a minimum of four years. Workshop, process-based showings and academic settings do not qualify as being professionally presented.
  • Existing or proposed creations must be between five (5) minutes and ten (10) minutes in length.

Information that we need from you if you are proposing a NEW work:

  • A statement that summarizes your choreographic intention (500 words or less)
  • A summary of any anticipated technical requirements (e.g. lighting, sound, scenery, rigging, effects, props, makeup, video)
  • A video recording of no more than two previous works created within the past five years. A link (company website, Vimeo, Dropbox, YouTube ect.) to the complete recording is the only acceptable format. Please note: if your video is password protected, the password must be working till August 2024.

Additional information that we need from you if you are proposing an EXISTING work:

  • A link to a video recording of the work.
  • If the proposed work is an excerpt from a full length – please describe how you intend to distill your full length into an excerpt and in your video indicate which sections you’re intending the draw from to make into an excerpt.
  • A summary of your technical and production requirements (lighting, sound, scenery, rigging, effects, props, makeup, video) and/or a tech rider, which covers all the aforementioned elements.
  • A performance history of the work (i.e. date of premiere, subsequent performances including dates and locations/venues).

Please note: New or existing works may not have been presented in a completed state within a 400 km radius of Toronto for 4 years prior to the 2025 performance date to be eligible for the Festival.

Information that we need from ALL APPLICANTS PLEASE SUBMIT:

  • The Applicant Information Form
  • Names of artistic collaborators, e.g. performers, designers, composer, dramaturg, mentor, et cetera.
  • The number of performers traveling (Please note: we can only cover the travel costs of performers + applicant).
  • Which series are you applying for? Mainstage OR WYSIWYG OR both. If you meet the criterion for presentation (i.e. record of professional presentation, length of work), you may apply for both Mainstage and WYSIWYG presentation; however, separate applications must be submitted for each presentation.
  • A biography of the choreographer (250 words or less).
  • A biography of the applicant, if the applicant is not the choreographer (350 words or less).
  • A detailed list of the choreographer’s choreographic work for the past five years, please include professional choreographic work only; no process-focused or workshop presentations, academic/educational work. In addition, if the applicant is not the choreographer, a detailed list of the performer’s performance work for the past five years.
  • If the applicant is not the choreographer, you must submit a signed letter from the choreographer stating that you have permission to perform the work in the festival. The letter must state that you have come to an agreement regarding royalties / payment for rights and that the applicant is responsible for these costs and not d:mic/fac.

Some notes to help you with the application:

  • The festival welcomes applications in both official languages, English and French.
  • Curators may not review all the video material, so please provide notation/timings for specific excerpts if you are submitting more than fifteen minutes of material.
  • Please do not send press kits or other promotional material not directly related to the application.
  • You have the option to submit up to three letters of reference or support.
  • Material that is not in electronic format will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. We are doing this so we can stay focused on the work rather than the administrative tangle. However, we appreciate that there may be circumstances that merit an exception.
  • Please use PDF format for all text-based.
  • Do keep an offline copy of your application for your records.
  • If you do have any technical trouble with your application, please contact us at info@princessproductions.ca

Some notes on the terms that a successful applicant can expect:

  • New or existing works should not have been presented in a completed state within a 400 km radius of Toronto for 4 years prior to the 2025 performance date.
  • d:mic/fac will endeavor to provide the highest possible level of technical production support. Works with technical demands that exceed the possibility of festival-format presentation will either have to be re-imagined or the applicant will have to support the incremental costs associated with their work in order for them to be considered.
  • The applicant will be responsible for all fees and expenses related to the creation and or remounting of their work: choreographer, dancers, other artistic collaborators and design fees (i.e. lighting, costume), royalties, costume/set/prop construction, shipping and transport, insurance of Artist’s equipment/set etc. d:mic/fac does not pay for your dancers’ rehearsals or performance fees, or Lighting Designer fees or Royalties, or Composer’s fees or music royalties etc.
  • d:mic/fac will provide festival-format lighting and sound equipment. Please NOTE: Providing any technical equipment or resources outside of standard theatrical gear (i.e. video projectors, different colour dance floor or specialized rigging) will be the responsibility of the successful applicant. d:mic/fac will endeavor to help applicants share additional equipment and rental costs where possible. As each shared program is presented several times over the course of the festival, artists may need to adapt their production design to limited technical resources.
  • Applicants selected for presentation will receive contracts and detailed information about deadlines, schedule, technical parameters, etc.
  • Application materials will NOT BE RETURNED. Do NOT send original video material or other valuable documents.

Submitting your application

Deadline: Applications must be received by 11:59 P.M. EST, Monday, March 4, 2024 to be considered for the August 2025 festival.

Who we are

princess productions is an award-winning Toronto based contemporary dance company, headed by Yvonne Ng|黄碧琬. The company has two divisions: tiger princess dance projects and the biennial dance: made in canada/fait au canada Festival. The focus of the company is the creation and dissemination of art and is invested in building a platform for culture to be built, established and sustained within communities. We value dance and movement as an important component of communication and sharing culture that allows us to understand ourselves, share with each other, and express ourselves as multifaceted beings. princess productions does this by housing the creative initiatives of tiger princess dance projects and dance: made in canada/fait au canada.

princess productions aspires to be an organization where artists of all ages can see themselves reflected in art, whether its on stage or our arts education programme or where our artistic and administrative activities take place.

We are committed to equality, diversity, and accessibility across all facets of our organization. We warmly encourage applications and ideas from people who identify as IBPOC, LGBTQ+, and persons with different abilities. Our ability to meet diverse community needs begins with communication. If you have a need that is not being heard, please let us know.

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