Call for Choreographers, Dusk Dances 2023


Deadline: Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 11:59pm

Dusk Dances is inviting proposals for dance works to be presented
at Dusk Dances 2023 at Withrow Park in Toronto from July 30 - August 6, 2023.

Send your proposal to: marketa@duskdances.ca



We are inviting unique proposals of solos, duets and trios, for a remount / re-imagination / adaptation of an already existing dance work. Applications for commissioned works, or for new works still-in-development, will not be considered at this time. Dusk Dances is looking for dance works that are ten (10) minutes in length.

Dusk Dances welcomes and will prioritize hiring choreographers and artists who are Indigenous, Black, persons of colour, persons of any sexual orientation, any gender identity or gender expression, persons with visible and/or invisible disabilities, persons from diverse communities of practice and from language minority communities.

Only artists and companies from Toronto and the GTA are eligible to apply.

Two (2) dance works (solos, duets and trios only) will be selected for Dusk Dances 2023 at Withrow Park by Festival Director Sylvie Bouchard, with Supporting Curator Sofi Gudiño, who was Dusk Dances’ Lead Curator in 2022.

Please note that the total number of performers (3 maximum) must include all artists who are performing live in the work (e.g. musicians etc.).



Dusk Dances, founded in 1993, is an outdoor festival that brings dance from various communities of practice to public parks. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience to an array of unique dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park.

Choreographers are invited to perform ten-minute pieces inspired by the park’s natural environment. Audiences are invited on a pay-what-you-can basis to an innovative site-specific festival, which is not only an artistic event but a social and cultural one as well. 2023 will mark Dusk Dances’ 29th season and the very last season with Sylvie Bouchard as Festival Director.



- applicants must be a professional dance artist / company that can legally work in Canada;

- applicants and their performers must be available for all the performances (from Sunday, July 30 to Sunday, August 6, 2023), as well as for a technical rehearsal on Saturday, July 29, 2023. Performances commence at 7pm.

*Dusk Dances will not accept proposals from students currently enrolled in a post-secondary college, university, or conservatory institution.

*Decisions will be made by March 30, 2023 at the latest.



- contact information (name, address, phone, email, website);

- a biography (maximum 350 words), which includes information about your choreographic experience (recent works, residencies, commissions, awards, etc.);

- the title of the proposed work and a one-paragraph piece description;

- the length of the proposed work (must be between 9 and 11 minutes in length);*
*Please note that the proposed work can be an excerpt from a longer work.

- a paragraph regarding your previous experience with creating site-specific works, highlighting any outdoor presentations. If you do not have previous experience with creating site-specific / outdoor works, tell us about why you are interested in site-specific / outdoor presentations;

- a brief statement, describing your interest in adapting this proposed work for a 10-minute presentation in an outdoor setting, and how you will accomplish this;

- an online link to watch a full-version of the work you are proposing.*

*If you are proposing an excerpt of a longer work, please submit the full-length video, and identify the section (s) that you plan to remount (include time-code markers).

*Please do not include additional video documentation for other choreographic works - we will only view video of your proposed work.



- a presentation fee that covers rehearsals, a performance fee for the artists and a fee to the choreographer; *

- all logistics for the festival, including the venue;

- technical personnel and equipment (including microphones and sound systems);

- marketing and publicity (posters, postcards, newsletters, social media, house programs).

*For reference, Dusk Dances pays a fee of $3,500 for a solo, $5,500 for a duet and $7,500 for a trio. These fees include the remount and the presentation of the work.



Kindly send your application to Marketa Tokova at marketa@duskdances.ca (with “Call for Choreographers 2023” in the subject line) by January 5, 2023 at 11:59pm. Applications must be submitted as one (1) PDF file.



Dusk Dances will organize the following activities to support those interested in submitting their application for Dusk Dances 2023:

  • Zoom conversation about the Call for Choreographers

    • On Monday, December 5 from 4pm to 6pm, you can join us for a Zoom call with Festival Director and Curator Sylvie Bouchard, facilitated by Artist Advocate and Social Alignment Advisor Fanny Ghorayeb. The Zoom conversation is open to anyone from the community who would like to learn more about the call, the selection process, the participation in the festival etc.

    • In order to participate, register HERE.
  • Walk through Withrow Park

    • Festival Director and Curator Sylvie Bouchard is offering two opportunities to those interested in applying to get to know the location where Dusk Dances takes place. Walk through Withrow Park (Toronto, ON) and get inspired by its magical setting.

    • There will be two one-hour long walks:
      • Saturday, December 10 at 2pm
      • Friday, December 16 at 10am

    • To register for either of the walks, please click HERE.



- Download this posting as a PDF.

- Download this posting as a PDF in black font here.

- Download this posting as a Word in black font here.

- Listen to the audio recording of this Call for Choreographers.

If you need support through the application process, please reach out to marketa@duskdances.ca.

Video and/or audio applications are welcome.

All applicants will be contacted.


Photo credits:
Left: Antoine Turmine in Three Turtles in the Park by Lina Cruz | Photo by John Lauener.
Right: Nickeshia Garrick in To My Past, Present and Future… by Nickeshia Garrick | Photo by Dahlia Katz.


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