Open Call for @Dublin

Application deadline: 17 November 2014, 12noon

Can dance get into a dialogue with urban planning?

Mind your step is a weekend of events from 06 to 08 March 2015 which aims to explore the connection between choreography, live performance, walkscapes and urban planning.

Endeavouring to enlarge the audience for dance and raise awareness about the development and regeneration of urban areas, Mind your step will comprise a conference/think tank and performances.

This project is conceived and curated by Giulia Galvan and will be delivered in collaboration with Eleanor Creighton and Argyris Argyrou. Mind your step is a Dance Ireland project funded by Creative Europe and the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon under the umbrella of Léim, a dance leadership project.

Dance Ireland announces an open call for artist proposals to participate in the site specific element of Mind your step in Dublin Docklands on Sunday 08 March 2015. A selection of dance performances will be chosen for presentation in unusual indoor locations within a specified area of the Docklands (see map below). These spaces can be empty warehouses, vacant shops, derelict or high-tech buildings, with a view to reflecting the multifaceted fabric of the area.

The performances will be linked by a guided walk through the designated area in the Docklands. The audience will be guided through a journey aimed at enhancing the connection with this rapidly changing part of the city.  In proposing a work/performance idea, choreographers should think about whether their performance might: address or query a sense of belonging in this area, or might raise awareness of the shifting memories and associations of the place. All proposals should demonstrate consideration of the changes this area has undergone in terms of urban development in recent years.

Two provocations inspire this project:

– Movement creates centres – the importance of places is determined by the understanding that people move through them or gather around them.

– A space only begins to exist, with all its possibilities, when occupied.

Application Criteria:

Applicant must be performer/choreographer member of Dance Ireland
The proposed work can be either a new production or a revisited version of previous work
Maximum duration of the performance is 15 minutes
Technical requirements should be limited. Artists are encouraged to work within the confines and parameters of the proposed venue.

What we will offer:

Fees for the artists;
Accommodation and travel costs;
Rehearsal space;
Appropriate technical support and limited equipment will be provided.

On selection, the exact location of the performance will be agreed between the curator and artist.

How to apply

Applicants must submit:

A proposal (400 words) demonstrating your awareness of the project and an outline of your proposed idea detailing your preferred venue (if already identified) and how it will be used;
A short (max. 5 minutes) video teaser on vimeo, with password;
A draft budget including indicative notes about number of artists involved and required technical support;
Biography (100 words) and contact details;
Pictures in low resolution – or compressed jpeg, sent as an email attachment (optional);
All application documents must be submitted by email only (no Wetransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive etc.)

All applications must be submitted to by 12 noon on Monday 17 November 2014.

For queries please contact Giulia Galvan,

Please note: The event will take place in the daytime and under any weather conditions. The audience will be mostly standing. Due to the nature of the project and limited capacity in venues/on the walk, it is anticipated that performances will be repeated up to three times on the day of the event.