• For ALL Forms and Genres of dance and movement performance in New Creation

  • All established and emerging movement-based artists may apply

  • PROPOSE NOW  for 2021 program 

Proposal is for deep research into process with a work in development. Movement material must already exist so that the marathon is about development, not the earliest searching. It can be dance/movement material that has not formulated into a concept. Or a concept that has not formulated into organized material. Or a work-in- progress that the choreographer or group wants to move forward. Or a past work to be torn apart and turned into something new. Lead Creator please send a sample of this material and of past choreography with proposal. If proposed piece is still in concept stage then a description of the concept and process with video of past works is OK.

Below are guidelines. This is a Platform for Creativity.  If you feel your work will benefit from this program but doesn't seem to quite fit, please, do send your idea and tell us how you will work in this ultra-intensive time. Same if there is a logistical challenge e.g short a dancer or if you have a group work but no group to go with it.  Other ideas... All Forms are Relevant and Welcome. PROPOSE NOW!


 Due to long hours, minimum three artists in a group is recommended. 

  • Ensemble/Group: 1 choreographer/creator and 2 dancers/performers, and up to 10 dancers.

  • Duet: creator and 2 performers, or creator and co-performer

  • Solo: creator and performer:  2 and even 3 artists in the group is recommended. Still self-solo proposals will be considered.



  • Choreographer can dance but it is best if lead creator is on outside so can work directly with mentors.

  • A group can have 1 more dancer than the actual work requires: for example: a duet worked on by 1 choreographer and 2 dancers, or 1 choreographer and 3 dancers.

  • It is best if creator and performers have worked together before, be involved in the current idea’s development and have a clear understanding of the time commitment involved in the Marathon. 3-4 groups will be invited.

  • Do not hesitate to email with questions if you are not sure if your idea / project / approach / form fits into the criteria.

  • This is a platform for creativity!


City / Country: Toronto, Canada.


Venue: Pia Bouman Studios in the Sterling Road arts hub. tbc


Facilities: three (3) studios, one (1) studio theatre, lobby and lounge area, bathrooms, changing rooms



  • First night you find your own accommodation.

  • Second night we all stay overnight at the studios with meals and rest time built into the schedule.



  • Snacks: Coffee, tea and snacks available throughout the session.

  • 2 full meals will be included (Saturday midnight dinner and Sunday breakfast) (veg & vegan friendly)

  • Light Meals: Participants bring their own food/ beverages for their own light meals eaten during the process. Refrigerator , Microwave and kettle are available.


Schedule of main program
  26.2 ++hours

  • DAY 1: 4 - 5 hrs: sharing of principles; showings; goals (afternoon start time tbc)

  • DAY 2: 12 hrs: studio time, exchange, feedback, meals, start time 9am, overnight in studio

  • DAY 3: 10 hrs continuing creation and exchange, performance & wrap ( end 5pm).

  • Follow-up: individual appointments in June and beyond


Participants receive:

  • 26.2++ hours of studio time and Mentoring by senior choreographer and senior performers

  • creation time and group exchange and  support

  • documentation of the work

  • Public Presentation/show of created work

  • 2 meals, lots of snacks, and one overnight in the studios with like-minded people

  • followup between choreographer and lead mentor

  • continued mentor support for 6 months

  • Presence on international websites.



Step 1.

Email intention to apply asap. This is a soft deadline, meaning: if you need extra time to put together the full proposal let us know, ask questions, etc. but SOONER is better for us all. Invitations are made on an ongoing basis. Participation is limited to 3 - 5 groups.


Step 2. 

Send an email letter with the following information:

  • Name and bio of lead creator-choreographer

  • Names and short bios of performers-dancers

  • What work you’ve done together up to now

  • Description (about 300-600 words max) of:

    • the work to be developed,

    • the process and how far along in the process,

    • what you most want to work on

    • why you want to do it in the Choreographic Marathon

  • signed statement from every participant that they agree to participate

  • jpeg photos (1-3)

  • with proposal send $15 for admin through donation page.

  • Pay Fee by cheque, online transfer (email us to request) or send through the donation page above. (CADA/RQD discount)



  • Email proposal (see above)

  • Pay admin online at the donations page. (see above)

  • Upload a video file showing samples of the material and past choreography.

  • Upload to: “dropbox” YouTube, Vimeo or similar and send us the URL.

    • Note that sites often have maximum sizes for files so check how big yours’ are and cut them into smaller portions and send several if necessary.

    • Double check that it is readable on computers other than yours’. It must be compatible for both Mac and PC formats

  • Send docs and files by email to >

  • For enquiries: info (at) acrossoceans (dot) org


  • ADMIN FEE With Application: $20


    • Solos: 1-2 artists C$400 (CADA/RQD discount)

    • Duet/ensemble : for 2-3 artists (1 creator + 2 performers) C$450 for the group (CADA/RQD discount)

    • Each additional artist in a group $60

    • (If this sounds like a lot please consider that 26.2 hours of Just studio-time costs a minimum of about $400.)

    • Fee paid in full on acceptance to program. Payment: through website’s donation page , cheque or e-transfer.

    • letter of invitation on request if needed.

In cooperation with Pia Bouman Studios

and AcrossOceansAngels.
Also supported by the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

All information, personel, fees subject to change.