News · 12 March 2022

Call for Proposals: MAD Dance Festival 2022

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Now closed :  Thank you for your submissions.  Visit the full festival program to see what’s on at the Mad Dance Festival 8-18 June.

Mad Dance Festival is back! After the success of the 2021 festival, Metro Arts and Mad Dance House are joining forces once again to present the second iteration of the Mad Dance Festival; a celebration of Queensland’s diverse street dance scene.

The festival is an opportunity to showcase the world-class street dance artists right here in Brisbane and across Australia. B-boys, poppers and lockers, and hip-hop heavy-weights are taking over Metro Arts for an unmissable 2-week line-up of performances, creative developments, battles, workshops, artist talks and activations.

We want you to help us continue to build and celebrate the thriving street dance community in Queensland!


There are two categories to apply for:
1. Full Length Work

For Full-Length Works there is one place available. We are seeking work that is performance ready, possibly having already gone through various development phases. This is an opportunity for artists to showcase new and exciting work.

The artist/group will receive:

• Headliner performance position in the Festival
• $12,000 cash artist fee
• 3 x performances at Mad Dance Festival in Metro Arts’ New Benner Theatre
• 24 hours (3 days) Rehearsal time at Metro Arts Studios
• 70 hours (10 days) Rehearsal time at Mad Dance House
• 7.5 hours (1 day) dedicated tech session including dress rehearsal
• Lighting Designer, to design a shared lighting rig
• Metro Arts Stage Manager/ Operator provided
• Metro Arts & Mad Dance House marketing support

Who Should Apply?
Experienced dancers, or dance groups, who have a work in progress near to completion, or a completed work ready for showing. Works that will be performed for the first time at Mad Dance Festival and completed works that have been performed at other events and festivals are all eligible for consideration.

2. Creative Development

For Creative Development Showings there are four places available. Artists are invited to begin early development of a new project. Provided with dedicated space and a public showing as a part of the Festival line up, this is an opportunity for artists to explore forms, themes and new ideas. 8-30 hours of rehearsal time can be made available to Creative Development recipients through negotiation with Mad Dance House.

The artist/group will receive:

• $2,500 cash contribution
• 1x 20 – 30 minute showing at Mad Dance Festival in Metro Arts Studios
• 8-30 hours (4 days) Rehearsal time at Mad Dance House
• 3 hours rehearsal time at Metro Arts Studios
• 2-hour dedicated tech session, plus dress run prior to performance
• Venue-standard lighting and sound rig provided
• Metro Arts venue manager/operator provided
• Metro Arts and Mad Dance House marketing support

Who Should Apply?
Any dancer or group of dancers with a background, or experience, in street dance. This can include hip-hop, breakdance, waacking, ballroom, Afrobeat, locking and popping and anything else that falls under the umbrella of street dance. Performers do not need to be formally-trained nor have previous public experience. If street-dance is your thing and you’re looking for a platform for your work, please apply!


This project is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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