Call out for Artists to join: Re-Imagining Liveness

Entidade promotora
Yorkshire Dance/ Gracefool Collective

(image: Esther Siddiquie in piece for a large room, photo by Emma Pratte)

Dance Transports presents Re-Imagining Liveness by Gracefool Collective – 4 biweekly sessions for 6 artists, to explore the concept of “liveness” in performance.

The sessions will take place on: 2nd September, 4th September, 9th September and 11th September (all 2.30pm – 4.30pm).

“Re-Imagining Liveness” responds to the changes we have witnessed in the past months – not just as artists working in an industry which relies on live performance, mass gatherings and physically being together, but also as individuals who rely on closeness and coming together for our wellbeing, creativity and playfulness.

We find ourselves in a new reality that relies on working, creating, moving and communicating through a screen. With the oversaturation of online content and overwhelming screen-time, the experience of performance can feel very similar, despite how wide the online offer is.

With this, what happens to liveness as we know it? –  to the work that exists in the non-digital world and to the human relationships that come with it.

This project is part rejection, part refusal and part call to action. We recognize that digital work has proved itself to be a source of innovation, joy and knowledge – a powerful connecting force in these uncertain times. We believe this is not the time for going backwards, but an opportunity for utopian thinking. In reimagining liveness we hope to also reimagine the structures it exists within – rebuilding, questioning and challenging what the arts is for, who gets to engage with it and how.

We want to bring together a wide group of artists and create a space for conversation. We want to discuss, provoke, innovate and create. We want to respond to the question; how do we continue to create, cultivate, curate and experience liveness in these times?

The project will consist of 4 sessions – 2 of these being facilitated by guest artists/scholars Rebecca Schneider and Zinzi Minott, and 2 hosted by the project’s team, where participants can check-in, discuss and reflect.

Each artist will receive £200 each as a contribution to attend all 4 sessions.

-An interest in artistic enquiry.
-A desire to talk, share and exchange ideas.
-Artists with an existing practice that includes live performance.
-Artists who engage in work which confronts agency and power
-Artists who acknowledge and question their own position within current social and political structures
-Available for all dates.
-Be aged 18 or over.

We are actively seeking artists from a wide range of backgrounds, various perspectives and practices. The artist/ scholars presenting will be discussing urgent and challenging issues in the arts sector and it is crucial to these conversations that the participating artists are representative of a wide range of experiences within this. We would like to invite artists from multiple backgrounds and perspectives that can help us challenge the ways in which we can re-imagine liveness on our own terms.

We will prioritise artists within the Yorkshire region but national and international applications are welcomed too.

All you need to do is to answer 4 questions which help us get to know you a bit and find out why you want to take part. We encourage you to look at the work of both artist / scholars before applying and hold this in in mind whilst filling in the form.

Online application form:

If you’d prefer not to fill in our online form, you can send us a voice recording or film that responds to the questions. If you’d like to discuss any other alternate way of applying that feels more appropriate to you, please email

Deadline: Mon 24th August

A small team of people will look through the applications. These people will include members of Gracefool Collective (a Northern-based interdisciplinary performance collective) Joao Maio (Leeds-based independent artist and producer) Esther Siddique (New York based artist working through performance, family archives, writings and technologies) and Yorkshire Dance. We will also invite an independent producer to join us.

We will then contact everyone who has applied to let you know if you have a place. We will contact you by email no later than Friday 28th August.


We are hoping to open up 2 of the 4 online sessions for a wider group of artists so that you can hear from some of our guest artists/scholars. We will let you know about this when we contact you.


We will be using the Zoom online platform for the artist talks – but will also be undertaking some practices away from the screen in the reflection sessions. If you have not used Zoom before, we can talk you through this over the phone before the first session. Codes for sessions will be sent to you via email.


Data limite
24th August


Data de realização
2nd, 4th, 9th and 11th September



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