A DANCE CHICAGO 2016 ARTIST?
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR ALL
DANCE CHICAGO 2016 ARTISTS
Make sure these items are addressed:
To schedule a tech time for Dance Chicago:
Rehearsal Space ~ Classroom Space for Dance, Theater, Performance, Comedy Improv, Music, Musical Theatre, etc.
Entry / Application Forms ~ Forms for artists wishing to submit their work to Dance Chicago
Dance Chicago Founder/Artistic Director
John Schmitz, 773/989-0698
Dance Chicago Senior Production/Stage Manager
Josh Weckesser, 312-890-2555 - TEXT MESSAGE ONLY
Lauren Forster 716-907-1621 - TEXT MESSAGE ONLY
Dana Lynch, H+A International
Dance Chicago Social Media Director
Mary E. Albano
Your playbill information must be emailed to me 10 days prior to the performance:
Make 'em Laugh
The Dance Chicago Center
Dance Chicago video documentation for participating artists:
Dance Chicago 2011, '12, '13, '14 - Contact Split Film Productions
Prior Year Dance Chicago Orders:
Dance Chicago 2006 - 2009 please email
Stone Face Productions for specifics.
Dear Artists of Dance Chicago:
Greetings from Dance Chicago. First, congratulations to all participants of Dance Chicago 2015 for your spectacular performances. Over 5,000 audience members and press were inspired by your creativity: more premieres, higher quality performances, greater talent than ever before. Second, this notice is a request to contact me immediately if you wish to propose a work for Dance Chicago 2016. The development of new choreography of the highest artistic quality remains a major focus of the festival. The deadline for the submission of a videotape of your work is October 20, 2016. This application will apply to everyone, including Dance Slam. The new form must be emailed to me: Click Here - John In addition, we require a $25 application fee to review up to 10 works.
I will be curating each work on each program, via links (or dvds). I must see your proposed work: either a performance link or dvd or a rehearsal link. Festival positions are secured by the quality of the work submitted. Works should come from two different categories: 1) submission of a work that is finished and has been performed and can be submitted on link now, and 2) new work in process - choreographers must make commitments to music, number of dancers, cast/sets/costumes/lights and furnish a rehearsal link or dvd or arrange a live rehearsal viewing prior to October 20, 2016.
We are interested in seeing quality work from anyone, but the dances must fit into our programming structure and stages. We are designing programs for the Athenaeum mainstage (985 seats), and Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston.
If you wish to create dances for more than one program remember that the perfection of one dance is more important than the creation of two or more average ones. In addition, shorter dances are more versatile and can often be used on multiple programs. Dances longer than 6 minutes have to be exceptional to hold up to audiences and critics. The optimum time for a dance is 3 to 6 minutes. The most successful works (i.e. good reviews, audience appeal, etc.) are generally in this time range.
Because of severe funding cuts to the festival, most programs do not permit artistic fees, but we do offer a split of ticket revenue you help generate.
To encourage creativity and innovation we will be continuing the Dance Chicago Choreography Award. This cash award of $1,000 will be given to the Chicago choreographer who produces, in our opinion, the best Dance Chicago premiere in 2016. Nick Pupillo was the 2013 recipient. Kate Jablonski was the 2012 recipient.
Extended Views - FULL COMPANY SHOWS. Choreographers will be given an opportunity to produce longer works, up to evening-length works, or create an exhibition of multiple works on the same program. Many artists, particularly choreographers in the Dance Chicago Choreography Project have requested opportunities to expand their work on one program. In this program the emphasis will be on the choreographer and not the company or ensemble. Choreographers, as independent artists, often do not have the resources necessary to exhibit extended views of their work as companies do, Dance Chicago hopes that these programs will help to address that need and will help to take the choreographers to a new level. Please use the regular application process for this new show, but send a special email to:
To ensure that audiences throughout Chicagoland can enjoy the tremendous variety of dance styles that make Dance Chicago so unique and to be the best venue for showcasing your talent to interested and curious fans of dance throughout the Chicagoland area, we require your help in promoting Dance Chicago 2015 through the following efforts:
High Schools & First time Dance Chicago / Dance Slam Artists, please take note of the following:
Again, you must contact me immediately if you are interested in participating in Dance Chicago 2016. Email is the only efficient means of communicating what you are proposing: email. If we do not hear from you by October 20, 2016, we will assume you are not interested in participating. Applications are available on the website at www.dancechicago.com.
We have rehearsal space available in the Dance Chicago Center, at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 North Southport, third floor. We have 3 large dance studios for inexpensive rentals if you need space to rehearse. Rehearsing at the Center allows time to view the work’s progress on a regular basis. If you are having trouble getting your ideas performance ready, inform me as early as possible with any problems. We can often be helpful in getting you aligned with the support you need. If you do not keep us informed about the status of your dance, we may have to cut you from the program if it falls short of our artistic expectations. Exact time calculation is also very important. All did an excellent job last year.
Send Link to view or DVDs and a printed copy of your emailed application with your $25 application fee to:
Note: Please send all packages by regular United States Postal Service, do not send Express Mail, UPS or Fed Ex..