The 30th annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival is a celebration of new works and works-in-development produced by Native Earth Performing Arts, Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous theatre company.
Each November, Native Earth selects dance, theatre and interdisciplinary works reflecting Indigenous performing arts to be presented, or to receive development support and a workshop production or reading during the two-week festival. We encourage national and international performing artists of all disciplines and at any stage in their career to apply.
We are now accepting submissions for all festival programming. Curated by a committee, select pieces will receive dramaturgical/directorial support, rehearsal time and a public showing. In order for a submission to be eligible, the primary artist or artists must identify as Indigenous.*
Once again, we are proudly partnering with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre to include the 2-Spirit Cabaret in the Weesageechak festival. 2-spirit, trans and queer-identified Indigenous artists are encouraged to apply with short (5-10 minute) works. Both presentations and works-in-development will be considered this year, with any desired development support to be discussed with selected artists individually.
• Artistic Merit
• Programming Fit
• Production Capacity and Viability
PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must be available between November 6th and November 25th, 2017 for rehearsals and performance dates.