Weesageechak Begins To Dance

Application Deadline:
Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Native Earth Performing Arts’ annual 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 dance, theatre and interdisciplinary 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.

We are now accepting submissions for Weesageechak Begins to Dance 30. Curated by a committee, select pieces will receive dramaturgical/directorial support, rehearsal time and a public showing. In order for a submission to be eligible, the primary artist or artists must identify as Indigenous.*

Once again, we are proudly partnering with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre to include the 2-Spirit Cabaret in the Weesageechak festival. 2-spirit, trans and queer-identified Indigenous artists are encouraged to apply with short (5-10 minute) works. Both presentations and works-in-development will be considered this year, with any desired development support to be discussed with selected artists individually.



• Artistic Merit
• Programming Fit
• Production Capacity and Viability

All applicants must be available between November 6th and November 25th, 2017 for rehearsals and performance dates.

If you experience difficulty submitting materials through this form, please send your application and all required materials by email to:

Sue Balint, Weesageechak Festival Producer

Submissions will not be accepted by mail. If you have questions about your Weesageechak 30 submission or need additional assistance with your application, please call 416-531-1402.

*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.

Meegwetch to the Supporters of
Weesageechak Begins to Dance

The Chawkers Foundation


Past Festivals

Weesageechak 29 | Weesageechak 28 | Weesageechak 27
Weesageechak 26 | Weesageechak 25 | Weesageechak 24

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Featured Photo from W29
L-R: Ed Roy,  Chelsea Rose Tucker, Jeremy Proulx, Cheri Maracle, Samantha Brown, Jesse Nobess, Kristopher Bowmen;
All Photos by Ed Maruyama Photography