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Call for Submissions (Calgary): Artists – 2014 Site-Specific Performance Tour at Sage Theatre’s Ignite! Festival

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Call for Submissions (Calgary): Artists – 2014 Site-Specific Performance Tour at Sage Theatre’s Ignite! Festival

Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre invites artists of all disciplines to participate in a Site-Specific Performance Tour (title TBA) in the Calgary Tower complex, as part of Sage Theatre’s Ignite! Festival in June 2014.


Production information:
Swallow-a-Bicycle and Sage Theatre are seeking artists with an interest in the creation of new work, and who wish to challenge their current creative practice via artistic experimentation with site-specific performance. We are proud to offer artists, from any discipline, an opportunity to create original work in unusual spaces, both public and private, throughout the Calgary Tower complex in downtown Calgary. Similar to the Freak Show and Site-Specific Spectacular productions that have previously taken place at the High Performance Rodeo, audiences will be taken on a walking tour between several short performances.

The Swallow-a-Bicycle team will select a well-known story – likely a fable or folk tale – to use as a backbone for the tour. Accepted artists will be asked to create an original 5-7 minute performance / experience that contributes to the narrative. Through a series of monthly weekend workshops, artists will work closely with mentors and fellow artists to create dynamic performances that will combine into a compelling, cohesive tour.

February 17, 2014 – Application deadline
Late February, 2014 – Successful applicants announced
March 29-30, 2014 – Performance workshop #1
May 3-4, 2014 – Performance workshop #2
May 24-25, 2014 – Performance workshop #3
June 13-17 – Part-time rehearsals
June 18-21, 2014 – Performances at Ignite! Festival

Application Information:
Applications are open to both individuals and groups. You can apply to A) create a 5-7 minute performance, or B) to be a “tour guide”, leading the audience and creating cohesion between performances. (Please indicate whether you are interested in option A, B or both.)

To be considered for this project, please submit a description (maximum two pages) of:

• Your creative practice
• Your experience with performance creation
• Your reasons for wanting to participate in the project
• Your interest in site-specific performance / creation

You may also submit additional materials, including: CV, video, reviews, surprises.

NOTE: These tours are a platform for new, original performances inspired by the site in which they are performed and contributing to a larger narrative. In your application, we are interested in your overall artistic practice, not in the details of the performance you hope to do.

Participating artists will receive an honorarium.

Application deadline: February 17, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Send submissions to &
[Subject line: “Site-Specific Performance Application”]

Call 403.397.8559 or e-mail for more info.

General questions about Ignite! 2014 and inquiries about applications for other aspects of the festival can be directed to Michelle Brandenburg at

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