Call for Dancers: The Body as a Fever Dream

Xpace Cultural Centre is seeking artworks from student and emerging artists for a group exhibition tentatively titled The Body as a Fever Dream, curated by Dallas Fellini. The exhibition will run from July 10 – August 8, 2020.

The Body as a Fever Dream explores ideas of presence and absence of the body. The exhibition addresses and explores the moments in which our understanding of – and presence in – our own bodies is fluctuating, and how this experience holds particular pertinence to bodies that are routinely scrutinized by society: trans bodies, women’s bodies, disabled bodies, racialized bodies, and fat bodies. 

The Body as a Fever Dream additionally explores how a gallery setting can reformat dance performance as something intimate and honest that directly relates the bodies of dancers to the bodies of the audience members – challenging the notion that dance performance should be elevated and executed on a stage, without inviting the audience to form part.

Interested dancers are asked to submit a CV, a short statement of interest (50-100 words), and a short improvisational dance video (maximum 3 minutes). This video can be documentation of a past performance or it can be filmed specifically for this call, but it must be improvisation-based. Applicants will be assessed solely on their styles of movement and improvisational skills and will NOT be assessed on the videography or setting of their video.

Dancers must be available to perform on the scheduled performance date, July 16th, 2020, and to attend some rehearsals in June and early July. While we hope to be able to stick to this schedule, the set exhibition and performance dates may be subject to change depending on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. All applicants will be notified by May 2020. Artist fees will be paid to the selected dancers in accordance with the original exhibition dates.

DEADLINE: APRIL 28TH, 2020 at 11:59pm 


If you have any questions please contact programming coordinator Philip Leonard Ocampo at [email protected]