Weesageechak Begins to Dance

Applications Now Open for the 2023-2024 Season!

Deadline: Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at 11:59 PM 

View the PDF application form here.
If you cannot fill out the application form with the link below, download the PDF and email your submission to [email protected]

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 theatredanceopera 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 Indigenous performing artists of all disciplines and at any stage in their career to apply.

As we begin to plan the 36th annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance festival, we are looking to widen the submissions to include works that can be presented digitally, and are also interested in programming shorter multidisciplinary, experimental works and acts to further showcase the wide range of Indigenous Arts across Turtle Island and beyond.

Working on a new stand-up or spoken word set? Are you a singer, musician, or perhaps a clown? We’d love to hear from you!

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

To view previous Weesageechak festivals, click here.

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SELECTION CRITERIA
• Artistic Merit
• Programming Fit
• Production Capacity and Viability

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]

*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 South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Greenland.

Past Festivals