Call for Community Performers in Calgary

Call for Community Performers in Calgary (No experience required. Honorarium provided.)

*Deadline Extended! If you are interested, just get in touch at alvischoi at gmail dot com. Thanks!

Deadline: Monday October 3rd, 2016


queer slow dance with radical thought is a performance project of queer and trans remembering. We curate catalogues of radical texts from our forequeers for site-responsive libraries of queer and trans remembering. Visitors take out items from the library and what they get are living, moving, dancing, whispering bodies as archives; we recite catalogue items through slow dances and other one-to-one site-specific experiences with audience members.

We are currently recruiting 2-3 Calgary-based performers to work with us on our project to be presented by Mountain Standard Time Performative Arts Festival (M:ST) on October 21 and October 23, 2016. We hope to engage the Calgary LGBTQ community in this exercise of remembering. We would like to work with folks from the Calgary LGBTQ community whether or not you have performance experience. We especially encourage applications from LGBTQ folks who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or people of colour, and we welcome folks of all ages, abilities and gender identities.

Committing to this project means meeting with the artists (the two of us) over Skype 2-3 times from October 7th to October 19th. In the first meeting, we will give you a sense of the project and ourselves as well as agree upon materials that you would perform. After that, you will go off to memorize the materials selected. In the second meeting, we will check in to see where you are at in terms of memorizing the text, and to exchange on our process.

The artists will meet with community performers in person on Thursday October 20th to stage all the pieces at the #1 Royal Canadian Legion in downtown Calgary.

Applicants should:

  • Be comfortable with leading a one-on-one experience with audience members who might be strangers to you
  • Be comfortable with negotiating with audience members the level of touch and intimacy before and throughout each performance*
  • Be able to respect audience members’ comfort level and consent
  • Commit to memorizing excerpts of text (verbatim, length varies from 3-20 minutes) by October 20, 2016**

*While we have never had unwelcome boundary-crossing experiences during our performances, the risk is there, as we slow dance/perform with strangers. The artists will be sharing with the selected performers safety parameters around doing one-on-one performances and will be supportive of performers leaving any situation that seems non-consensual to them.

**We understand that our brains function differently! If what you can do is memorize and perform three 3-minute pieces, that is great. If what you can memorize is one 15-minute piece, that’s great too! We are asking for commitment to doing your best to have something memorized for the performance.  

Time Commitment:

  • Skype with the artists twice between October 7th and October 19th.
  • Allocate private time to memorize the materials between October 7th and 19th.
  • Attend a four-hour afternoon staging workshop on Thursday October 20th at the Legion
  • Perform at the festival on Friday, October 21st (6:30-8:30) and Sunday October 23rd (9-11 pm)
  • Arrive an hour before performance times for set up and dress rehearsal


Selected performers will be offered a minimum honorarium of $300 for their participation. M:ST is awaiting word on additional funds to enable upping this fee if possible. Honoraria will be delivered post festival.

If you are interested, please fill out this application form here by Monday October 3rd, 2016. If filling out a form creates barrier for you, please send us an email at alvischoi at gmail dot com to discuss alternatives such as voice or video recordings.

Shortlisted individuals will be invited to a short Skype meet-and-greet (20 minutes) on Wednesday October 5th. Selected performers will be notified by October 7th.

Check out the description of the project on M:ST website.

And here is a video of past iterations:

queer slow dance with radical thought from Alvis Choi on Vimeo.