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Artist Call (Calgary) – Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre

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Artist Call (Calgary) – Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre

fdgchSwallow-a-Bicycle Theatre invites emerging artists of all disciplines to participate inSite-Specific Performance Tours (title TBA) in the Calgary Tower complex, as part of Sage Theatre’s Ignite! Festival in June 2015.

Production Information:

Swallow-a-Bicycle and Sage Theatre are seeking emerging 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 Let Down Your Hair at the 2014 Ignite! Festival, and 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.

Accepted artists will be asked to create an original 5-7 minute performance / experience working with a site within the Calgary Tower complex. Through a series of weekend workshops, artists will work closely with mentors to create dynamic performances, combined into a compelling tour led by two tour guides.


April 13, 2015 – Application deadline

April 17, 2015 – Successful applicants announced

May 2-3, 2015 – Performance workshop #1

June 13-14, 2015 – Performance workshop #2

June 16-17, 2015 – Rehearsals

June 18-20, 2015 – Performances at Ignite! Festival

* Artists will be expected to schedule their own creation & rehearsal times outside of these mandatory dates.

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. 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: April 13, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Send submissions to
[Subject line: “Site-Specific Performance Application”]

Call 403.616.3801 or e-mail for more info.

General questions about Ignite! 2015 and inquiries about applications for other aspects of the festival can be directed to

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