Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Nothing Without a Company and The Living Canvas Seek Submissions by Trans Artists for New Devised Work: [Trans]formation.

The Living Canvas in partnership with Nothing Without a Company (NWaC) is developing a new work of theatre created and devised by trans voices titled [Trans]formation. As such, they are reaching out to the trans community for submissions; stories, paintings, poems, allegories, songs, or any work of art that explores the naked truth of being trans. These works may be happy, heartbreaking, funny, tragic, uplifting, or any other kind of story so long as it is honest and explores transformation. Trans stories told by trans voices. Your story, told by you, at the level of participation you feel most comfortable with. Join as a contributor, an advisor, a performer, or any/all of the above.

The Living Canvas is an exploration of the expressive power of the human form. They make works of theatre actualized by nude performers under projections of photographs, paintings, or beautiful light. Their venture is to highlight the beauty in every body and tell stories that encourage body acceptance and love. For this particular project, they are adjusting our performance model to be better inclusive of trans/intersex/genderqueer performers: the definition of “nude” will be adjusted to prevent potential instances of gender dysphoria. http://www.thelivingcanvas.com. Nothing Without a Company is planting theatre around Chicago with all forms of media to empower self and community through immersive and revolutionary acts of art in site-specific and reclaimed environments. http://www.nothingwithoutacompany.org.

Pieces should not exceed three (3) minutes or five (5) pages in length. If you are submitting a video or song, please do not exceed five (5) minutes in length. Attach written works as a Word Document or PDF, visual art and photography as .jpeg, and for videos please include a link to an Unlisted YouTube video link. If you would like to be considered as a performer, please attach your Headshot and Resume and include “PERFORMER” in the title of your e-mail, along with your name.

Please e-mail your submission or questions to thelivingcanvas.nwac@gmail.com no later than March 31st, 2016. Questions may be addressed to NWaC Literary Manager, Kevin Sparrow at this address, though other members of our selection committee may review and respond to your e-mail.

Although they would love to use every submission, they are only given a limited amount of stage time to perform [Trans]formation. The companies plan to use every submission as a part of the larger discussion that this production will inspire: anything that does not end up on our stage will be included in their dramaturgy/lobby display and/or be featured in our program booklet. If your work is selected as a part of the final production, we will notify you and discuss casting preferences for your piece.

Submissions will be reviewed and selected by Kevin Sparrow (NWaC Literary Manager and Company Member), Gaby Labotka (Director/Deviser, The Living Canvas Company Member, and NWaC Company Member), Ronen Kohn (Lead Deviser, The Living Canvas Company Member), and Romeo Green (Dramaturg, NWaC Company Member).

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