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CanAsian Dance Festival 25!

2022 is CanAsian Dance’s 25th anniversary!  We’re celebrating with a Festival and in two ways: 

1.  by giving Canada-based choreographers the opportunity to create new short digital/video works,

2.  by presenting recent digital/video works of Canada-based artists we have presented in the past 25 years to showcase the artistic evolution and diversity of our talented CanAsian alumni.

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New Moves - Short Digital Dance Works


Propose something you are curious about pursuing as a starting point for a short new dance film.  Tell us a burning question or an idea, and an approach to creating that will be generative in your research and dance-making.  


The Criteria

  • Propose a question/idea for a short, 3 - 5 minute digital dance work.

  • Integrate an Asian-based idea or practice* 



  • Open to dance creators from emerging to mid-career, whose choreography has not been presented or commissioned by CanAsian Dance.

  • Open to residents of Canada of all races and cultural backgrounds.


Successful Applicants will Receive

  • A fee to help cover research & creation.

  • A digital presentation as part of our CanAsian 25 online festival in March 2022. 

  • A screening fee.

  • 10 hours of dramaturgy and a facilitated feedback session. 

CanAsian Dance Alumni Invitation


Propose a recent digital creation ready for presentation. Tell us about this work and your choreographic approach to it. Tell us how your artistic work has grown since you were last featured in a CanAsian Dance program.


The Criteria

  • Propose a recent digital creation ready for presentation that is between 3 – 20 minutes.

  • Explain how that work integrates an Asian-based idea or practice*

  • Only 1 submission per artist will be accepted.



  • Open to dance artists who have created for and/or performed in a CanAsian Dance presentation.

  • Open to residents of Canada of all races and cultural backgrounds.

  • Artists must have secured the rights or permissions to use the music present in their digital dance creation.


Successful Applicants will Receive

  • A screening fee.

  • A digital presentation as part of our CanAsian 25 online Festival in March 2022. 

* ‘Asian-based ideas and practices’ are broad terms and we interpret them liberally. Think philosophically, mathematically, astronomically, ancestrally, geo-politically, paradigmatically, poetically, personally, behaviourally, socially or critically.   Consider power, processes, systems, structures, stories, objects and/or actions. Tell us about your experience, investment, practice with these ideas and practices. Integrate them with respect and perspective. 

Submission Deadline for

New Moves - Short Digital Dance Works: 

Sunday August 15th, 2021

Submission Deadline for

CanAsian Dance Alumni: 

Monday October 4th, 2021

Collage Image Credits:

Row 1 (L-R): Lee Su-Feh, William Lau, Mi-Young Kim, Berdandan Photo by Robert Majkut, Keiko and Zulu Photo by Keith Pace Asciak

Row 2 (L-R): Jeng Yi Photo by  David Hou; Devraj and Ellora Patnaik, photo by Promod C. Patnaik;  Ziya Azazi Photo by Kerem Sanliman,  Roger Sinha and company, David Flewelling and Magdalena Nowecka Photo by Michael Slobodian; Uma, Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Row 3 (L-R): Andrea Nann in INK Photo by Chris Randle; inDANCE Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann; Jung-Ah Chung in Connection Photo by Larry Du Fresne; Moving Dragon;

Row 4 (L-R): Wen Wei Wang Photo by Chris Randle; Soojung Kwong photo by David Hou; Pam Tzeng Photo by Francesca Chudnoff; Hari Krishnan Photo by Cylla Von Tiedemann, Post Ego Dance Company

Row 5 (L-R): Purawai Viyas film still by Sid Sawant; Kin Nguien film still from video by Kin Nguien, Katrina Castro, and Ian Simon; Mayumi Lashbrook film still by Henry Mak; Tanveer Alam film still by Robert Kingsbury; Elvina Raharja, film still by Phil Kim.

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