Dance, Open Call

Dance Open Call

Organised by: Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay
  • Date:
    6 - 20 Sep 2021
  • Venue:
    Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay & Online
    Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay & OnlineEsplanade - Theatres on the Bay & Online
  • Admission:
  • Advisory:
    Participants aged 26 – 36 years old only


What's This?
Kalaa Utsavam Dance Stage LIVE aims to discover promising talents of Indian classical dance background (bharatanatyam, kathak, odissi, mohiniyattam & kuchipudi). The open call will encompass compulsory mentorship sessions prior to final performance, with established local dancers & choreographers Ponnamma Devaiah and Sreedevy Sivarajasingam.
The open call is for ensemble work comprising a minimum of 3 dancers and maximum of 6 dancers. Selected groups will present a 15-minute performance based on any Indian classical dance form at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre between 19 – 21 Nov during Kalaa Utsavam, Indian Festival of Arts 2021. Technical support will be provided at the venue.

Who Can Apply
Participants aged 26 – 36 years old residing in Singapore, with at least 7 years of training in the classical dance forms (bharatanatyam, kathak, odissi, mohiniyattam & kuchipudi).
Entries should have a minimum of THREE (3) dancers and maximum SIX (6) dancers.

How to Qualify
Submission of video entries will begin on 6 Sep 2021, Mon, 9am and close on 20 Sep 2021, Mon, 9am. Submissions received after 20 Sep 2021, 9am will not be considered.
Please upload and submit your video link entries through one of the following platform – YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, Dropbox.
Representatives of the groups will be notified via email on 24 Sep 2021, Fri. Representative must confirm the participation by 29 Sep 2021, Wed, 12pm.
The final list of selected ensembles for Kalaa Utsavam Dance Stage LIVE will be announced on Kalaa Utsavam's Facebook page on 4 Oct 2021, Mon. The ensembles will also receive an email informing them of the exact date and time of the performance as well as other relevant details.
The Organiser reserves the right to amend the rules and guidelines pertaining to the audition and/or submission of entries without prior notice.

Performance Guidelines
Shortlisted dance ensembles will present their 15-minute performance in the slot/s allocated by Esplanade between 19 – 21 Nov. They are also required to attend a mandatory sound check which will be advised.
Each ensemble is limited to minimum THREE (3) dancers and maximum SIX (6) dancers.They must prepare and perform a 15-minute routine set to recorded music appropriate for the bharatanatyam, kathak, odissi, mohiniyattam & kuchipudi dance styles.
It is compulsory for each ensemble to complete THREE (3) sessions with mentors prior to performance day. Schedule will be advised.
All recorded music and audio materials for the performance must be submitted by 5 Nov 2021, Fri. Any use of vulgar, sexually explicit, obscene, violent, or otherwise offensive language is strictly prohibited. All performances are subject to review and final approval by The Esplanade Co. Ltd (the "Organiser").
Each performance should not exceed 15 minutes in duration inclusive of announcements.
All recorded music and/or audio materials for the performance must be provided by selected participants in a pre-approved digital format (MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, FLAC or AIFF) no bigger than 30 MB in file size and stored on a FAT16- or FAT32-formatted USB flash drive or portable hard disk on the day of the performance. All audio materials must be DRM Selected participants are advised to bring back-up files. A technical crew comprising a sound engineer will be on site to assist with any requirements.

Code of Conduct
All ensemble participants must present themselves at the venue 30 mins before their time of performance. Lateness may result in the performance being withdrawn from the event.
The dance ensembles are responsible for making all necessary arrangements to inform their employers, educational institutes or any other relevant party and securing their permission if required before confirming their participation in this event.
All participants must dress in appropriate costume for the dance style e.g., bharatanatyam, kathak, odissi, mohiniyattam & kuchipudi (All costumes must be age appropriate and all routines presented on stage must be appropriate for general public viewing.)
All participants are expected to observe proper, sportsmanlike behaviours. Any offensive, obscene, abusive, and/or violent behaviours including but not limited to actions causing damage to equipment or property or the use of illegal drugs and substances will not be tolerated by the Organiser. No consumption of alcoholic beverages by selected participants is allowed during the event. Any violation will result in immediate withdrawal of the performance and the participant(s) will be escorted from the premises.
An honorarium of S$200 will be paid to each dance ensemble for the 15-min performance.
Participants will be held liable for any loss or damages to equipment and/or property provided by the
Safe-distancing measures have to be observed as set out by Ministry of Health (MOH) by all participants at all times.

Terms & Conditions
All participants consent to have the use of their names, voices, likenesses, audio and visual materials including but not limited to photographs by the Organiser and its sponsors and/or partners for purposes of publicity, broadcasting, advertising and or trade without any compensation or prior notice.
All participants consent to take part in promotional activities, including but not limited to media interviews, promotional appearances and events arranged by the Organiser and its sponsors and/or partners or publicity and/or promotional purposes for which no additional fees shall be paid.
All performances will be filmed and broadcasted on platforms or channels owned or operated by the Organiser. The Organiser reserves the right to use the footages in part or in whole for promotions and other non-commercial purposes.
The Organiser reserves the right to amend the open call rules and guidelines without prior notice, including the cancellation of the event due to lack of registration, inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. The Organiser also reserves the right to change an event's location, venue and/or dates. The Organiser will not be held responsible for any costs, loss or damages involved in this change, including but not limited to transportation costs. The Organiser is not responsible for any personal injury/property loss before, during or after the event.
The decisions of the Organiser in all matters relating to the event shall be final. No reasons shall be given for the acceptance or rejection of any submission and no correspondence there on will be entertained. By performing in this event, selected participants agree to abide by all rules, regulations, terms and conditions, and decisions made by the Organiser.

Dance Open Call