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Kinetic Studio invites artists to submit works for consideration for the 2021/2022 Open Studio Series in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. Kinetic is looking for innovative new work from emerging and established choreographers and movement artists working across Canada. Nova Scotia-based artists are also invited to submit to Kinetic Explorations [more information below].

Kinetic Studio is grateful to work in Kjipuktuk, on the ancestral and unceded traditional land of the Mi'kmaq people.


The Open Studio Series offers choreographers the opportunity to show short in-progress or finished works in an informal, flexible setting. Performances are held over two weekends each season, at our home venue, DANSpace.

We are looking for innovative pieces from emerging and established artists working in Nova Scotia, the Atlantic region, and across Canada. We seek works where questioning and experimentation are alive, and welcome a wide spectrum of approaches, including multi-disciplinary works that create dialogue and intersection. Traditional and alternative uses of space, time and genre are invited.

We warmly invite applications from underrepresented communities. We are committed to programming work from artists who represent a diversity of gender identities, races, sexual orientations, physical or mental abilities, and ethnicities.


In the 2021/2022 season, the Open Studio Series will feature the work of 10-12 choreographers over two weekends:

  • Weekend of November 12-13, 2021*

  • Weekend of April 22-23, 2022**

* Due to Covid and the rescheduling of artists from the 2020/2021 season, we are    

only programming artists based in the Atlantic region for this weekend of shows.​

** Open to artists from across anywhere in Canada.

Both weekends will feature both emerging artists and established artists.


Presenting artists receive an honorarium, access to local rehearsal space, and documentation of their work. Limited travel funding is available. 


All artists will be notified of the results of this application process by August 15, 2021.


Complete & submit the Google Form Here

Form Questions - Download Here


The Kinetic Explorations programme provides support to a Nova Scotia-based artist to explore new or developing dimensions of their choreographic process over the course of a season. The program is custom-tailored to the needs of the artist. Support generally includes access to rehearsal space, a stipend, documentation, and the opportunity to show work in both weekends of the Open Studio Series.

In the 2021/2022 season, Kinetic is particularly interested in supporting artists who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of colour, including newcomers, immigrants, and/or otherwise racialized people), artists with disabilities, and/or artists with other experiences of marginalization and under-representation.


Our home venue, DANSpace, is a third floor studio located at 1531 Grafton Street, in the heart of downtown Halifax, Nova Scotia. The space is equipped with:

• A Technician
• A large, flexible performance area which is approximately 30' wide and 25' deep when set-up proscenium style
• Marley flooring
• Black side and back 8' and 10' masking flats that allow for a back crossover when set-up proscenium style
• A simple sound system
• Approximately 16 lamps (fresnels & lekos)
• Audience seating on risers for up to 70 people

Each choreographer is allotted 1 hour of tech rehearsal time.

All presenting artists are expected to work with Kinetic Studio to make sure work is as accessible as possible. This includes captioning of videos where applicable, communicating with an ASL interpreter, and other relevant practices.


Kinetic Studio is a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation, development and presentation of contemporary dance. Based in K'jipuktuk/Halifax, we support professional dance artists by providing workshops, classes, artistic residencies, a seasonal program of finished and unfinished works, and more. We aim to foster a supportive, responsive and flexible environment that allows dance artists at all levels to develop to their full artistic potential.

Kinetic Studio is grateful to work in Kjipuktuk, on the ancestral and unceded traditional land of the Mi'kmaq people. 

If you have questions about any of the above information or about the application process, please feel free to reach out to the Artistic Director, Liliona Quarmyne, at or 902-872-1355.

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