Our website is currently undergoing a small redesign that we anticipate will be friendlier for mobile devices. We are also doing some archival work that will soon mean online access to video content from past festivals. Watch for these updates, plus an announcement of the full schedule and list of artists for this year’s festival, coming in early August of 2016.
Call for submissions (Canadian artists) 2016
Deadline: February 15, 2016
The 11th edition of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art will take place in Toronto from October 13 to 22, 2016. Curated and organized by a non-profit artist collective, the festival presents innovative and progressive contemporary performance art by local, national and international artists. This call for submissions is an invitation restricted to artists from Canada. We are looking for emerging, mid-career and established artists in Canada alongside international artists to showcase the breadth and depth of current contemporary performance art practice.
We pay artist fees that meet or exceed CARFAC guidelines, accommodation, and travel. We cannot accommodate dance, theatre, or circus troupes/companies. No email submissions please.
Application Guidelines: Please complete the following form and save it as a single PDF, and submit 10 images of your work and/or 5 minutes of video documentation on Vimeo or YouTube. Upload your materials to www.dropbox.com (you can set up an account for free) and send the links to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: email submissions will not be accepted.
Upload the following information on a single .pdf to Dropbox. Submissions must include:
DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED WORK
Provide a detailed description of the proposed work. Include:
-title (if applicable)
-type of venue (indoor, outdoor, proscenium, etc)
-technical Requirements (500 words max)
-description of performance (500 words max)
-please provide a description of how the proposed work fits into your overall practice. 300 words max.
-please provide a short CV, 2 pages max.
-please provide a short biographical statement. 200 words max.
-please attach 10 images of your work and/or a link to 5 minutes of performance documentation on video. Images should be jpegs, saved at maximum 800 x 600 pixels. 5 minute video, linked through Vimeo or YouTube, with a password if needed. Caption document (include the title, dimensions, medium, date and other applicable information for each image)
7a*11d acknowledges the support of the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and numerous artist-run organizations, private and business sponsors for our previous activities.
Festival fans may be interested in article by Ben Portis recently published by The Dance Current that mentions several performances from the 2014 edition of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. You can read “Dance and Objecthood” here: http://www.thedancecurrent.com/feature/dance-and-objecthood
From the article: “A biennial exposition of the legacies and politics of performance, the festival gathers legends and upstarts, sages and jesters, masters and mavericks. Night after night, the performances were packed. A frequent motif was the irreverent or iconoclastic retrospective critique of the personal, reframing the inherited legacies of prior generations.”
Performance Art Daily 2014 now online
Since 2010, 7a*11d has hosted Performance Art Daily, a lunchtime artist “talk show” series during the festival featuring discussions with and among many our visiting artists and organizers. Videos of the 2014 festival talks have now been uploaded to our YouTube channel, and can be found along with the 2010 and 2012 installments at https://www.youtube.com/user/7a11dfestival.
Coverage in MARPA’s Bloc-Notes
French-speaking followers of 7a*11d may want to check out the February and March 2015 editions of Bloc-Notes, the monthly publication of MARPA (Maison Arts Plastiques Rhône-Alpes), which features reviews by Sylvie Ferré of several performances that took place at our 2014 festival.
Terrance Houle makes Canadian Art top 3
Terrance Houle’s 7a*11d performance is number 2 on Alison Cooley’s Top 3 picks for the year for Canadian Art. She writes “The performance was a demonstrative embodiment of trauma—not simply the kind inflicted upon Indigenous bodies in violent and visible ways, but the kind inflicted by complicity, by the academy and by arts institutions.” See the full review here.
After the festival
For those consulting the printed schedule, please note the following changes. The starting time for Nathalie Mba Bikoro’s‘s performance on Saturday has been changed to 5 pm, running until 8 pm.
For those consulting the printed schedule, please note the following changes. John Court‘s performance will begin at 4 pm rather than 2 pm on Thursday. Aidana María Rico Chávez, originally scheduled for Sunday afternoon program, will now be presented as part of the Saturday night program. Roberto de la Torre, originally scheduled for Saturday night, will now be part of the Sunday afternoon program.
7a*11d rated a “must-see”
Canadian Art has included the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art as a “must-see” Toronto event for the coming week. Check out the listing here.