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Returning live to The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance, NIGHT SHIFT is seeking dance works by professional dance artists for its fifth annual late-night event taking place October 5 – 7, 2023.

Application Deadline: March 21, 2023 @ 11:59PM EDT

NIGHT SHIFT is a late-night event that showcases innovative and thought-provoking dance by today’s dynamic movement makers. Initiated by Citadel + Compagnie in 2019, NIGHT SHIFT is a unique platform that provides performance opportunities for artists exploring within and across any and all forms of dance.

Working in partnership with Fall for Dance North, NIGHT SHIFT will present 3 artists, collectives, or companies per night. Providing a total of 9 unique performance opportunities. 

Night Shift artists are selected through a peer review process in which each application is evaluated by a selection committee and reviewed and scored based on artistic merit, originality, and viability within a multi-artist event.

The 2023 selection committee is comprised of 3 distinguished dance artists: Penny Couchie, Christine Friday, Dedra McDermott.

For support with this application (including writing assistance and alternative audio or visual submission formats) please contact:

Sierra Chin Sawdy at

  • Proposed works must use original music, or music for which the artist has received express permission from the owner for its use
  • Works are not to exceed 15 minutes in length
  • Works should fit within a 30 x 28 ft. space and require minimal technical support
  • Applications are open to all professional artists* residing within the Province of Ontario.

*Applications are not open to full-time students.

The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance is an accessible space. We welcome applications from all artists, inclusive of all forms of dance and their expressions, and are committed to creating safe spaces for 2SLGBTQIA+, women, Indigenous and Black persons, persons of colour, and persons with disabilities.

Composite image of performances by Kieran, Mushtari, Christine and Ana.
  1. $1000 Presentation Fee (+HST if applicable)
  2. Live and Livestream Showcase Performance (with the support of):
    a) Lighting Designer
    b) Technical Director
    c) Stage Manager
  3. Pre-lighting Consultation/Tech Time with Lighting Designer
  4. Technical Rehearsal (1 minimum) at The Citadel (week of October 2)
  5. Rehearsal Space at The Citadel (week of September 18 and 25, available upon request and dependant on availability, 4 hours maximum)
  6. Photoshoot at The Citadel (May 22)
  7. Marketing & Promotion
  8. 2 Complimentary In-Person Tickets
  9. Access to high quality video footage of their Night Shift performance 


  • Further support may be provided for out-of-town artists, upon request.
  • Pieces do not need to be complete prior to application. 
  • Night Shift Applicant must be available for the Photoshoot. It is not necessary for the entire cast to be present.  
Stuti, Samantha, and Maria in composite image dancing.

Please provide the following information via the form below: 

  1. Applicant Name
  2. Email
  3. Phone Number 
  4. Artist Bio (150 words max) 
  5. Performance Title (if known) 
  6. Description/About your work (150 words max) 
  7. Length of proposed work (15 minutes max) 
  8. Video Link (of proposed work or recent related work) 
  9. Video Link Password (if required) 

Artists will be notified of results in April 2023.

Application Form
Carleen, Vania, Kiyo and Candace in one composite image.