Call to choreographers – Kaeja d’Dance presents Porch View Dances

In Call to Artists on July 5, 2011 by danceumbrella

Kaeja d’Dance presents

Porch View Dances

An Urban Landscape Performance Initiative


DEADLINE: August 22, 2011  |  FESTIVAL DATES: SUMMER 2012

Kaeja d’Dance welcomes Canadian established, mid-career and emerging choreographers, inclusive of all cultural and stylistic backgrounds, with a minimum of 2-5 years of professional experience, to apply. These commissions are for 10-minute works as part of Porch View Dances, an inaugural outdoor festival for Summer 2012 in Toronto’s Seaton Village (West Annex) and Jane/Finch areas. Created with and performed by local non-dancers of all ages from all walks of life, on the front porches and courtyards of their own residences, it involves full participation of “real people in real time dancing in real spaces”.

Since 1991, Kaeja d’Dance has created critically acclaimed choreography and opportunities for stage and site-specific platforms bridging professionals and the general public in Canada and across Europe.


a)  Seaton Village Schedule

  • Pre-planning Meetings
    •  Sept 25, 2011: 12:30 to 3:30 pm, choreographer & general community info session
    •  Dec 11, 2011: 3:30 to 5 pm, choreographer & selected participant info session
  • Community Participant Workshops/Choreographer’s Creation Time
    • Feb 5, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, June 3, 2012 (12:30 to 2:30 pm)
  • Creation & Rehearsal
    •  Jun 1 to July 10, 2012.  Choreographers and participants will determine their rehearsal schedule for in-studio and on-location times.
    •  Additional rehearsal times on Sunday afternoons and Friday evenings from January to June are available.
  • Performance Dates

Jul 11-15 2012 – tech and performance week

NOTE: Kaeja d’Dance sponsors 20 hours of studio time for the project. Additional studio time is the responsibility of the artist. The artist and participants are responsible for organizing on-location rehearsals. There will be approx 10 hours of meetings. Choreographers are expected to be present at all sessions above (please indicate on your application if there are specific times you cannot attend).

 b) Jane/Finch

The schedule for Jane/Finch (including pre-planning, creation, rehearsal and performance activities) will be similar to the Seaton Village schedule outlined above, but is still TBC.  Meetings will begin in December 2011.  Major activities span April to July 2012, creation in July & August 2012 and performances in late August 2012.



Please submit in hard copy and electronically, the following information, support material and this checked off sheet.

a) Application Materials

Please submit the following information, support material and this checked off sheet.

–   Name, email, address, and phone #

–   Maximum 1-page bio or 2-page curriculum vitae.  Highlight whether you have experience in community-based / site-specific creation and performance and/or creating dances on non-dancers (including a mix of children, youth, adults and seniors) including educational settings.

–   Indicate whether you are interested in creating work for:

–   Seaton Village

–   Jane/Finch

–   Both Seaton Village & Jane/Finch

–   Submit support material of 2 works, not exceeding 10 minutes total. Submit 1 professional group work and 1 community-based work (or choreography for non-dancers). Only include education-based choreography if no other is available.

–   Submit NTSC DVD only (no VHS tapes) or provide a link to viewing material online via Vimeo, YouTube, BlipTV or other similar video sharing website.  The link(s) must be active from the application deadline until September 30, 2011.   Provide cue information if submitting excerpts of larger works. Materials retuned only with SASE.

–   Submit hard copy of a short written statement (maximum 1 page) describing choreographic intention to create a community-based work described in this call.

–   Please note Porch View Dances will not be able to incur expenses for out of town artists.

–   Include $15 processing fee made payable to Kaeja d’Dance.

–   Successful applicants will receive a commissioning fee and basic production support (sound, tech personnel, etc.). Kaeja d’Dance is responsible for publicity and marketing.

b) Deadlines

  • The deadline to apply is August 22, 2011
  • Choreographers selected to participate will be notified by mid-September 2011

 c) Application Process

Submit hard copy application materials to:

Porch View Dances Selection Committee

Kaeja d’Dance, 734 Euclid Avenue, Toronto, ON M6G 1T6


Email electronic applications to:

d) More Information

General Manager: Jessa Agilo-Copeland at 416 516 6030 or

Conceived by Karen Kaeja, developed with Allen Kaeja and presented by Kaeja d’Dance, Porch View Dances is an Urban Landscape Performance Initiative created in partnership with St Alban’s Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Porch View Dances is funded by the Ontario Trillium, Hal Jackman and Carolyn Sifton Foundations. Kaeja d’Dance is supported by Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council & Creative Trust.

Email if your wish to enquire about volunteering or mentorship opportunities for Porch View Dances.

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