NIGHT SHIFT is seeking dance works by professional Toronto artists for its second annual late-night event to be live streamed October 2020.

Application Deadline: July 16, 2020 @ 11:59PM EDT


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

Our original Call to Artists was released March 12, 2020, one day before theatres began to shut their doors in light of COVID-19. Since then, our call has remained open and we have been working hard to imagine creative ways forward, keeping the health and safety of our artists, staff and community top of mind.

And so, we are now pleased to announce that NIGHT SHIFT will be ‘shifting’ online!

Working in partnership with Fall for Dance North, NIGHT SHIFT will livestream 6 selected artists over 6 nights in celebration of the many forms being explored and practiced by Toronto movement makers. More details will be released in the months to come.

In order to facilitate a safe and efficient process and comply with social distancing protocols, NIGHT SHIFT seeks applications that fit within the following parameters:

  • Proposed works must be for solo performances only.
  • Proposed works must use original music, or music within the public domain.
  • Works are not to exceed 15 minutes in length.
  • Works should fit within a 30 x 30 ft. space and require minimal technical support.

Note: Citadel + Compagnie takes the well-being of our community seriously and moves forward with this plan with cautious optimism. In the event that The Citadel is unable to reopen in time to facilitate this proposed livestream event (due to municipal and provincial public health guidelines), selected artists will be presented the following year as part of NIGHT SHIFT 2021, in whatever form that may take.

How to apply:

Please complete the following via the google form: NIGHT SHIFT 2020 Application Form

  1. Applicant Name
  2. E-mail Address
  3. Phone Number
  4. Performance Idea or Title (if known)
  5. Description (150 words max)
  6. Length
  7. Artist Bio (150 words max)
  8. Video Link (of proposed work or recent related work)
  9. Video Link Password (if required)

Artists will be notified of results by mid-August 2020.   

Note: Applications are open to professional artists (as defined by the Canadian Artist Code) and 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 are committed to creating safe spaces for 2SLGBTQ+, women, persons of colour, Black and Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities.

What is provided:

NIGHT SHIFT will provide its selected artists with the following:

  1. $1500 Presentation Fee
  2. 15 hours of free rehearsal space at The Citadel (September 2020)
  3. Mentorship (September 2020)
    • Artistic (with Night Shift curator – facilitated online)
    • Technical (with lighting designer, stage manager and livestream/film director – facilitated online)
  4. 1 Technical Rehearsal at The Citadel (with Livestream/Film Director)
  5. 1 Livestream Performance at The Citadel (with the support of):
    • Lighting Designer
    • Production/Stage Manager
    • Livestream/Film Director
  6. Marketing / Promotion / Streaming Platform

Video by Hannah Schallert


NIGHT SHIFT 2020 is co-curated by Nova Bhattacharya (Nova Dance), Jon Drops Reid (Making Moves Creative House) and Santee Smith (Kaha:wi Dance Theatre).

For any additional questions, concerns or if you require assistance with this application, please contact 

Night Shift 2019 Featured Artists:

Mushtari Afroz, Susie Burpee, Sophie Dow, Illumina Flamenco, Rachana Joshi, Chrissy Kokiri (The New Zealand Dance Company), Bhavajan Kumar, Lukas Malkowski, Dianne Montgomery, Michael “Piecez” Prosserman, Nicholas Rose, SaMel Tanz, Kaitlyn Seibold