Weesageechak Begins to Dance

Applications Closed.

Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival is a celebration of new works and works-in-development which fosters the development of Indigenous work and artists from across Canada and around the world.

Each November, Native Earth selects theatre, dance, opera and multidisciplinary works reflecting Indigenous performing arts to be presented, or to receive development support and a workshop production or reading during the two-week festival. We encourage national and international performing artists of all disciplines and at any stage in their career to apply.

Curated by a committee, select pieces receive dramaturgical support, rehearsal time and a public showing. In order for a submission to be eligible, the primary artist or artists must identify as Indigenous.*

To view previous Weesageechak festivals, click here.


• Artistic Merit
• Programming Fit
• Production Capacity and Viability

All applicants must be available between October 28th and November 23rd, 2019 for rehearsals and performances.

If you have any questions, please email keith[at]nativeearth.ca

*Native Earth Performing Arts uses the term Indigenous to encompass the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit of Turtle Island (North America). We also include Indigenous peoples from other regions including Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Greenland.

Past Festivals

Weesageechak 31 | Weesageechak 30 | Weesageechak 29
Weesageechak 28 | Weesageechak 27 | Weesageechak 26


Header image: (L-R) Tyler J Sloane, Kathleen MacLean, Brendan Chandler
in Smith Purdy’s “Pouin” (Animikiig Creators Unit); photo by Kaytee Dalton