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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Nightswimming’s 5×25

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Nightswimming’s 5×25 is now accepting proposals for round three!

5×25 is an unprecedented national competition launching the careers of emerging playwrights, composers, choreographers and creators who were born in the year that Nightswimming was founded: 1995. It’s a 5-year creative initiative established in 2015, in which we seek out proposals from artists born in 1995, then commission one annually until 2020.

Nightswimming’s 5×25 is open to writers, choreographers, composers, designers and activists who love performance and have an idea and a project they want to create. We’re open to anything that happens in a space with an audience. Tell us what you want to create and if selected, we will provide a $5,000 commission, develop a process with you to create the piece, bring you to Toronto to work on it, and seek out producers or festivals to get it in front of an audience.


5×25’s round one and two commissions were: Montreal-based Rhiannon Collett whose work explores misogyny, sexuality and ritual, and xLq, a Toronto-based body of POP ART performance and lifestyle practiced by Maddie Bautista and Jordan Campbell. The selected artist for round three will join our roster of commissioned artists who have maintained long-standing creative relationships with Nightswimming.

We welcome applicants and projects from across Canada, in all performance disciplines and all languages. We welcome and encourage applications from LGBTQ2* artists, artists of colour, women and Indigenous artists.

5×25 has been supported through “The Collaborations – at Canada’s National Arts Centre”.

How to apply for Round three:

What do you need to apply? It’s simple. A single PDF document (maximum 4 pages) or a single YouTube video (maximum 5 minutes) answering the following questions, in this order:

1) Describe Your Project
What ideas, issues or questions are you exploring and what excites you about them?
What is the story you want to tell, or the experience you want to create?
Why do you want to make this artistic work and how do you imagine creating it?
What do you want to achieve by putting your ideas in front of an audience?

2) About You
Give us a quick bio, including your other artistic interests
A description of any past relevant experience, paid or un-paid.

3) A copy or scan of government-issued photo identification, showing your year of birth.

Please email your applications to brittany@nightswimmingtheatre.com by midnight EST on Wednesday November 15, 2017. For more information, or if you have questions about applying, contact Brittany by email, or call our office at 416.504.3898.

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We look forward to reading your application!

Brian Quirt – Artistic Director | Brittany Ryan – Producer