The Vancouver International Dance Festival programs work that advances the art of contemporary dance through vigorous innovation, experimentation, and physical discipline. We are calling Greater Vancouver-based choreographers and companies with full-evening, finished works that are ready to be re-imaged through cinematography and live streamed as part of the VIDF’s extended programming.


Selected artists and companies will come with a clear vision of how to enhance their choreography with the camera. They will receive 4 days of technical rehearsals with 4 cameras and a 5-person technical team. This for-camera performance will then be streamed LIVE for 2 presentations and made available for 1 week of on-demand streaming. Artists and companies will receive a total artist fee of $5,000.


All rehearsals and live stream performances will take place at the KW Production Studio, a 32’ x 50’ black box with a sprung, vinyl-covered dance floor and 40+ theatre lights.


The Livestream Series will run from September 2021-February 2022.


To be eligible, your proposed project must:

  • Be 45-60 minutes in duration.

  • Be able to comply with Provincial Health Orders.

  • Be a finished choreographic work.

  • Be suitable for presentation at the KW Production Studio (refer to the technical specifications).

  • Define itself as contemporary, for example, for work that is based in traditional forms, having the sense of experimenting beyond and/or innovating upon those traditional forms.

  • Use original music that has not previously been published. (If the project uses music that has previously been published, please contact us to discuss eligibility before applying).

To apply, send the following information to gabrielle@vidf.ca by June 30th, 2021.

  • A company, collective or artist biography (250 words max).

  • An artistic statement (250 words max).

  • A description of the work including total running time, number of performers and how you intend to direct the cameras (250 words max).

  • A list of technical requirements or a tech rider.

  • A video of the full work, or, if no video is available for works currently in development, a video showing past productions.

Decisions will be based on how well the proposed work aligns with our programming interests and embraces the creative challenge of live streaming with multiple cameras. In keeping with our mission, priority will be given to equity-seeking artists whose work fits the above criteria. We invite you to self-identify if you belong to an equity-seeking community. For clarification on the term “equity-seeking”, please refer to: https://canadacouncil.ca/glossary/equity-seeking-groups