Between the Seas Festival: Call for Submissions

January 25, 2011

Between the Seas Festival is now inviting submissions for artistic performances and scholarly papers from emerging and established artists, researchers and academic practitioners. The deadline for submissions is March 30th 2011. Please see below for information and submission guidelines in each category.

PERFORMANCE

We invite full and short length works, fully developed or works in progress, original or previously presented, in the fields of theater, dance and music. Selected applicants will perform alongside a group of curated artists in a total of approximately 15 different performances during one week. Some of the themes that the works may address are:

-Mediterranean identity/ies: Works that explore or are inspired by life, identities and histories in or across Mediterranean societies

-Living in-between: Works exploring or inspired by diasporic Mediterranean identities

-Contemporary works and adaptations: Performances of existing and new works by contemporary Mediterranean playwrights/choreographers/composers. Adaptations or new interpretations of the classics in ways that highlight contemporary Mediterranean realities or explore new aesthetic, techniques and interpretive models emerging in the region.

Submission Guidelines for Performances:

Please submit

–       A brief cover letter explaining your interest in the festival

–       A detailed project description [not longer than 3 pages]. Please specify your technical needs. We advise you to keep your technical requirements very simple as all performances will be staged in the same theater space using the general festival lighting plot. [To find out more about the theater space and its technical specs, please visit: http://www.thewildproject.com]

–       Work samples [photos, script experts, video samples of past work or of previous presentations of the proposed project]

–       Resumes of the primary artists involved and company information

–       A non-refundable application fee of $50 [USD]. The application fee can be paid online on our website or by check – please visit www.betweentheseas.org

All applicants will be notified of the results by May 15th 2011. Selected applicants will be required to pay a $300 participation fee to offset the cost of space rental and publicity [selected applicants will be notified of payment deadlines and details].

Artists will receive:

-A minimum of two performances of their work during the festival week in a fully equipped theater. Festival participants must provide their own cast, crew and technical staff- we do not produce individual shows.

-Approximately four hours of rehearsal time in the space.

-Inclusion in all of the festival’s publicity and promotion materials

-50% of the box office earnings from the performances of their work. [The Wild Project is a 87-seat theater and ticket prices will range between $10-$20].

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Adjacent to the main festival, this mini-conference seeks to bridge academic research with performance practice, provide the theoretical framework for the festival and engage the audiences in a broader discussion of the various parameters of Mediterranean history and identity and how it has been shaped over time. The conference will be organized in thematic panels held in different days during the duration of the festival.

We invite short papers [15-20 minutes] by researchers, graduate students and academic practitioners from across the Humanities and particularly from the areas of: Performing and Visual Arts; Cinema Studies; Comparative Literature; Cultural Studies; Mediterranean, European and Middle Eastern Studies; Diaspora Studies; Postcolonial Studies; History, Political and Social Sciences; Classics. Themes that the papers may address include but are not limited to:

-Arts in the Mediterranean: theater, dance, music, cinema, visual arts. Contemporary trends and creators; reception and impact of specific works; artists, works, the creative process and their sociopolitical milieu; representation of identities in contemporary Mediterranean works.

-Transcultural exchanges in the Mediterranean region from antiquity to present: historical connections in the region; transculturalism: arts, food, religion, environment, customs and social practices, commerce; contemporary policies and exchanges.

-Beyond the Mediterranean: Diasporic Mediterranean identities and their representations; immigrations from/to the Medieterranean; European Union and the Mediterranean.

Submission Guidelines for Conference Participants

Please submit:

-A 250-word abstract

-Author’s resume

Applicants will be notified by May 15th 2011.

While the festival cannot guarantee at this time financial support for out- of-town and international applicants, we will make any effort to assist applicants with their travel arrangements and whenever possible with their costs. However we strongly encourage international applicants to start looking for funding resources through institutions and sponsors in their countries early on. Feel free to contact the organizers at lesmanouchestheatre@gmail.com for advice and information.

Deadline for performance and paper applications: March 30th 2011. Application materials can be emailed to lesmanouchestheatre@gmail.com [please indicate PERFORMANCE or PAPER submission in the subject line] or sent by mail to the following address:

c/o Aktina Stathaki

152 West 131st street

New York NY 10027

For questions contact lesmanouchestheatre@gmail.com.

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