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Festival Phénomena 2014 — Call for Projects

Monday, December 9, 2013

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Phénomena is an interdisciplinary and bilingual festival that seeks to highlight atypical and unclassifiable artists. The festival presents performances with projections, shadow theatre, tableaux-vivants, contemporary puppets, automatons, object theatre, off-the-wall cabarets, performance dance, experimental music, high-tech in low-tech fashion, and poetic and artisanal installations.

For a glimpse of the wonderful artists we present, view the video of the Festival Phénomena 2013 (excerpts).

Festival Phénomena 2013 — Excerpts

As a festival guided by research, experimentation and risk-taking, Phénomena is interested in emerging or unclassifiable artists and young independent companies who are used to work with small budgets. The festival is also known for forging links between anglophones and francophones.

You can submit 15-minute performance projects which can be included within a cabaret, 50-minute shows which can be part of shared performance evenings, or complete shows which can be presented for one or more evenings. We also have an outdoor performance and interventions in public space section.

Our fields of interest: interdisciplinary, bold, innovative and essentially creative projects; independent, inventive anti-conformist productions and unusual approaches; artists who take risks, who call things into question, who search; potentially long-term shows that may evolve and be presented on future occasions; poetic, magical, fantastic and touching creations.

We operate with small budgets and we like to work with people who have a DIY attitude. So much the better if you already have partners with other companies, festivals or disseminators. Times are hard and we must pool the ressources of small budget creation.

We have four series that make it possible to accomodate a wide range of propositions:

  • Conductive Bodies at the Casa del Popolo, a series based on performance, music and projections. Each evening, consists of two 50 minute shows
  • The Shows at La Sala Rossa, a series based on innovative shows which combine performance, projections, theatrical approaches object or shadow theatre, cabaret, dance, music.
  • Off Site, for atypical or outdoor events and installations, for unclassifiable, unconventional projects or ones which are presented for more than one evening in a venue outside of our usual circuit. Ideallly, you already have a venue in mind.
  • Outdoor performance and interventions in public space, mainly in the Mile-End neighbourhood.

Our artistic vision

We are rooted in interdisciplinarity, which is not merely an accumulation of disciplines, but a way of doing things that involves a constant questioning, encourages the transgression of artistic norms and takes us out of our comfort zones.

We provide an experimentation platform for those who work in an artisanal manner. Proposals may include shadow theatre, new magic, puppeteering, automatons, object theatre, digital artists, creative object repurposing…and, of course, let us not forget inventions and phantasmagorias! Our source of inspiration is the great Georges Méliès, who dedicated his life to creating a fantastic world by doing everything himself: an inventor, film director, actor, stage director, decorator, magician and mechanic.

We are interested in poetry. The poetry of poets and of artists in every category, but also in the poetry of places, materials, techniques and installations. The goal is to offer hybrid, fantastic and eccentric creations, which nevertheless remain touching and authentic.

Please note: we do not present circus art or theatrical plays, nor burelsque pieces, as there are already several dissemination platforms for such productions. However, artists who come from the circus arts, theatre or the burlesque are all welcome if they wish to work in an interdisciplinary approach.

How to present your proposal

Your proposal must include a CV or a detailed biographic notice, the description of the project (2 pages maximum), in what context you want to present your work, what resources you already have secured, visual documentation of your work, and links to videos. And above all… what motivates you to take part in the Festival Phénomena.This is neither a grant application nor a lottery. Projects may be written in French or English, though we welcome performances in all languages.

Please! Think things through on your, end but also think of us. Please don’t send 40MB emails which will jam our inbox. Transfer you documents into PDF (freeware) files. Send us JPEG photos that are no bigger than 1MB (they are not intended for a print publication). Please avoid sending a 50 page manuscript (we are not a publishing house).Please outline your project in a simple and concrete way.

A pointer: be personal! That is what we are interested in. With whom have you worked, who has inspired you, what are your goals, what is your artistic process, what are your affinities with Phénomena. Sending us a form letter that you have already mailed to 50 festivals, like a message in a bottle, is not a good idea.

Our team will evaluate all projects with consideration and respect and we will personally contact everyone who will have submitted a well structured project. Your proposals must be received at the latest on March 1, 2014 by email to the attention of:

Artistic Director Festival Phénomena