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Monday, December 14, 2020

This Body Shows Up

Photo from This Body's live performance at Triskelion Arts. Two dancers lifting up two other dancers. Alessia Palanti

Call for performers

“This Body Shows Up:

Virtual Performances Highlighting Women/Non-Binary/Queer/BIPOC/Disabled

Movement Artists”


What: Calling all Queer/Women/Non-binary/BIPOC/Disabled movement-based artists to apply to “This Body Shows Up,” an online curated showcase, born out of the desire to provide a platform for artists to see and be seen at a time when public performance spaces are unavailable.

“This Body Shows Up” will showcase videorecorded original artistic works (polished and evolving) followed by facilitated audience response portion on Zoom. Each company (or solo artist) will present up to 10 minutes of work and will be paid a $50 flat fee for presenting their work.

When: March 6 and 7, 2021.

If accepted, you will be informed as to which of the two evenings your work will be presented.

Where: Live event with screening and talk-back hosted via Zoom. The videos will be compiled and available on Vimeo for 30 days after the live event.

Deadline for application: Friday, January 15th 11:59PM ET.

How to Apply: Apply via this Submission Form.

About This Body:

This Body is a queer and feminist dance collective based in New York City whose mission is to make movement-based art more inclusive (of diverse bodies, experiences, and training) and more sustainable by sharing resources rather than competing for them. This Body was founded when a group of friends realized the difficulty of making art as individuals in New York City. Hoping to end the constant competition for a small slice of resources, the founders decided to band together to help one another, divvying up tasks, and creating a larger community. This Body hosts a range of events including: community potlucks, workshops, performances, classes in dance, acrobatics and aerial, and Thai massage sessions. All of This Body's events are open to people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, body types, levels, and abilities.

More about “This Body Shows Up”:

“This Body Shows Up” is a showcase meant to amplify works by and with Wueer/Women/Non-binary/BIPOC/Disabled movement-based artists, choreographers, and companies. As we know, the health and economic effects of COVID-19 have had a more pronounced negative impact on queer and BIPOC individuals and communities. And performance artists within these communities whose livelihoods often rely on live performance, are especially feeling these effects. As queer and feminist performers, we are also experiencing similar hardship, so our intention is to take advantage of the online platforms available to make disadvantaged artist communities more visible and expand the possibilities for making movement-based art in today’s world.


- Applications will close on Friday, 15 January 2021 at 11:59 ET.

- Applications reviews will take place over the course of two weeks post-submission deadline.

- Number of presenters we’re looking to showcase: 3-4 artists/groups.

- Accepted artists will be notified by Monday, 1 February 2021.

- Artist meet-and-greet will take place on Thursday, 25 February 2021 at 6pm ET.

- “This Body Shows Up” will take place Saturday, 6 March at 7pm; and Sunday 7 March 2021 at 5pm ET.

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