Call For Proposals - Toronto Dance Theatre Creation Residencies 2019

Toronto Dance Theatre invites proposals from Toronto-based dance artists wishing to pursue a short Creation Residency at the Winchester St. Theatre, Toronto. The residency is open to professional artists working in any movement form.

The theatre will be made available to successful applicants, free of charge, for the purpose of creative rehearsals during the weeks of June 17-21 and June 24-28, 2019 (full schedule below). This is a great opportunity to research and create work in a large, bright theatre space.

NB: This is not a production residency. Artists will have use of  rehearsal sound system and work light (the studio is very bright in June) but will not have access to theatre lighting or other technical elements or support.

These creation residencies are part of TDT's commitment to supporting the professional development of Toronto's dance artists. We welcome applications from gender non-conforming/trans, LGBTQ+, visible minorities and indigenous artists. The Winchester St. Theatre is unfortunately not barrier-free. The theatre grid cannot support rigging for aerial work and marking or damaging footwear cannot be worn on the dance floor.

Applications must be submitted electronically. To apply, please submit the following to (subject line: Creation Residency 2019) by Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 at 5 PM:

·        A brief description of the project you will be working on (100 words max);

·        A link to an online example of your work;

·        The times and dates, in order of preference, that you would use the space. Projects can request multiple time blocks, which may be allocated to selected proposals according to availability.

o   Monday June 17 - Friday June 21, 2019 from 9 AM - 1 PM

o   Monday June 17 - Friday June 21, 2019  from 1 PM - 5 PM

o   Monday June 24 - Friday June 28, 2019 from 9 AM - 1 PM

o   Monday June 24 - Friday June 28, 2019 from 1 PM - 5 PM

Artists will receive notification by Friday, Oct 26, 2018. Any questions should be directed to

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From 1987 – 1992, I was a Toronto Dance Theatre company member and performed the works of founders Peter Randazzo, David Earle, Patricia Beatty, and then Resident Choreographer Christopher House. In the fall of TDT’s 1991 season I was pregnant. Still wanting to dance, I took company classes and was cast to perform James Kudelka’s Fifteen (15) Heterosexual Duets (1991) in New York at the Joyce Theatre, and in Patricia Beatty’s Mandala during the winter season of 1992. In the meantime, I watched rehearsals and coached the dancer who replaced me in the roles I could no longer perform. The choreographers asked me to write notes for them during rehearsals. Occasionally they would inquire if I had noticed other things amiss with the run-through. I often did and commented on elements such as spacing, musical phrasing, or virtuosic dancing.

Throughout my training and career as a dancer I have had an eye for detail. I closely watched my teachers Magda Lakihazi, Billyann Balay, Randazzo, Earle, and Beatty. I observed how they coached or directed the dancers during rehearsals, how they said a particular phrase, demonstrated movement, provided counts or musical phrases. I realized a similar process happened in new choreography as well as with existing repertoire.

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Through intuition, experience and practice I have developed a useful approach towards rehearsal direction and have applied it over the past twenty-five years in my work with Christopher House, his repertoire, with STDT where I am the Training and Performance Associate, and in the creation of new work with guest choreographers. The ability to direct a rehearsal requires organizational skills, several hours of preparation and patience. I believe there is something magical about restaging past choreography, delving into the choreographic
structure, the imagery, movement, and musicality. I also enjoy being a part of the creative process and watching choreographers venture into new territories with the dancers. TDT’s new initiative, Reimagining Repertoire, will take the company in both these directions.

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...a stirring fusion of motion, space and sound
— The Globe and Mail

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