KickStart 2020

 CALL TO Ontario and Québec based CHOREOGRAPHERS

CanAsian Dance is accepting applications for its
2020 KickStart Festival commissions

Deadline: Friday, November 30th, 2018 by 11:59 pm

Mark Ikeda by Citrus Photography2Mark Kunji Ikeda | The Golden Penis
© Citrus Photography | 2017

KickStart by CanAsian, in collaboration with Tangente and Festival Accès Asie, commissions Canadian choreographers, challenging them to develop and perform a short work of up to 20 minutes, that represents a significant new direction or constructive disruption to their approach to choreography.  KickStart’s support includes mentorship, dramaturgy, and professionally produced performances in Toronto and Montreal.


  • the new work proposal must articulate a question or proposition that you plan to research, and must suggest a creative process that will expand your current dance practices, knowledge, aesthetic and/or skills. Show how this work represents a fresh perspective or investigation into your choreography;
  • it must also include an investigation into an Asian-based concept, principle or practice as an aspect of the proposal;
  • choreographers will be considered at various levels of professional experience from emerging to accomplished, provided they have at least five publicly presented works;
  • applicants of any race and cultural background will be considered.


  • a fee to help cover research and creation costs (dependent on funding support);
  • performances in Toronto and Montreal. In Montreal, the performance will be presented in collaboration with Festival Accès Asie and Tangente (Includes performance fees);
  • the support of an accomplished mentor-dramaturge to provide dramaturgical guidance and advice;
  • travel expenses for the Toronto and Montreal performances (for out-of-town artists);
  • administrative mentorship and support.

APPLICATIONS should be submitted by email at [email protected] and should include:

  • your name, address, telephone number, email address, and website;
  • a proposal for the new work that fulfills the KickStart criteria (maximum 1 page);
  • a short biography (1 page or less);
  • a digital submission of recent work.  The Selection Committee will view 20 minutes maximum. Please do not submit highly edited promotional trailers;
  • contextual information about your video; title, credits, cuing notes, how it represents your work (1 page max).

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