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Eyes On Beginnings
A Works-In-Progress Series

November 2023 & April 2024

It is always an inspiring moment when a new creative idea sparks, and with our new Works-In-Progress Series, you can be in the studio where it happens. Occurring once in the fall and spring, Toronto artists have the chance to share 10 minutes of new material followed by a facilitated audience feedback session. Come to discover fresh choreographic propositions and play an important role in the development of artistic works in our community by offering your perspectives! This is a free event, RSVP is recommended.

Call to Artists: Eyes On Beginnings

Eyes on Beginnings is not a presentation platform in the traditional sense. It is designed for artists who are experimenting with something new and are in the beginning phases of development. Selected artists will have up to 10 minutes to share their explorations followed by a feedback session with the public, led by Artistic Director Andrew Tay and Metcalf Intern Artistic Director Meryem Alaoui. Artists will be consulted before the presentation on the type of feedback that would best support the development of their work.

Eyes on Beginnings is meant to be casual and low tech. Each participant will be provided the same general lighting wash and basic access to the theatre’s sound system.  

Applications for Spring 2024 are now closed.

Selected artists will receive a $300 honorarium for their participation.

Please be advised that the Winchester Street Theatre is unfortunately not barrier-free. You can visit TDT’s accessibility webpage for further details.

  • If you require an alternative format to help complete the application process, please email meryem@tdt.org and we can provide the application questions in an email, Word document or PDF

Inquiries about Eyes on Beginnings or the application process? Please contact meryem@tdt.org

2023/24 Artist Participants

Artist headshot in baseball cap and orange t-shirt.

Photo by Drew Barry

Rumi Jeraj

(Spring 2024 )

Black and white photo of artist headshot over a table

Photo by Kirthikumar Barik

Ranganathan Rajan

(Spring 2024)

Two friends take a mirror selfie while sitting at a booth table.

Photo by Arin Aron

Juliette Coleman

(Spring 2024 )

Dancer poses for headshot as she swings her dress over her face with arms in motion.

Photo by Alex Usquiano

Angela Déiseach

(Spring 2024 )

Barbara Simms

Photo by Aidan Tooth

Barbara Simms

(Fall 2023 )

Mackenzie Mccallum-Mallory

Photo by Dahlia Katz

Mackenzie Mccallum-Mallory

(Fall 2023 )

Shivani Joshi

Photo by Abhav Photography

Shivani Joshi

(Fall 2023 )

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