Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Call for submissions: the 34th Rhubarb Festival, Young Creators Unit

A call for submissions has been put out for the 34th annual Rhubarb Festival, which takes place in the late winter at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 7. This includes both general submissions as well as submissions to the one-to-one performance category and mobile works.

Buddies in Bad Times has also put out a call for submissions for their Young Creators Unit (YCU). The program provides training and mentorship for four queer-identified artists (age 25 and under) to develop and perform their own original, 25-minute, solo performance piece. Participants will present their finished works at The Rhubarb Festival.

The program runs on Monday afternoons from 12-4 pm from October 22nd, 2012 to Jan 28th 2013. Participants are required to attend all YCU meetings as well as additional rehearsals in January and February. They will also receive an honorarium of $700 as part of the program.

The deadline for the Young Creators Unit is Friday September 21, 2012 at 5 pm.

Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto
Festival Director Laura Nanni

Rhubarb invites artists into a critic-free environment where bold, thought-provoking and boundary-pushing works can thrive. Over two weeks, hundreds of artists from Toronto and beyond transform Buddies into a hotbed of creativity and experimentation, sharing new ideas in contemporary theatre, performance art, dance and music with adventure-loving audiences. We are currently seeking proposals for our upcoming festival (February 20 - March 3, 2013) Selected projects will be featured during the festival and will receive technical, production, promotional and artistic support. In addition to an honorarium, festival artists also receive an unlimited artist pass, allowing them to attend all special events and see work for free by local, national and international artists in our programme.

DEADLINE: 5PM, Friday September 7, 2012
Rhubarb seeks proposals for new, not previously produced performances (30 minutes or less). Submissions are encouraged from both established and emerging artists working in the areas of theatre, performance art, dance, music, interdisciplinary and hybrid forms. Of particular interest are projects, approaches and ideas that are new territory for the artist and the medium.

Rhubarb seeks proposals for short works crafted for one performance and one audience
member at a time. Building on the success of last year, The One-To-One Performance Series returns to The 519 Church Street Community Centre, with performances taking place throughout the building and around the site. Of particular interest are projects investigating sensory experience, ritual in performance and everyday life and audience as the co-author/participant.

MOBILE WORKS DEADLINE: 5PM Friday September 7, 2012
Reaching 10,000+ viewers annually in public spaces across Toronto, Rhubarb invites a new round of proposals for performances that move through the city and converge at Buddies (12 Alexander Street, Toronto). Performance interventions, audio led experiences, performances that intersect public and private space, flash mobs, etc. that eventually end at Buddies are encouraged. Participatory projects and online performances that are developed in the lead up to Rhubarb and culminate in another form of presentation at Buddies are also welcome. The proposal should take into consideration not only the festival audiences but also the general public, unsuspecting and accidental audiences who may stumble upon or intersect with the work.

Please see the Submission Guidelines and Application Form at for more information.

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