Call for Choreographers for Small Plates Austin, two performances on October 4 and 5, 2024 at Ground Floor Theatre in Austin Texas.

Where: Ground Floor Theatre, Austin TX, USA

When: October 4, 2024 at 8:00 p.m. and October 5, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.

Deadline for applications: June 1 2024

Applications are open for Small Plates Choreography Festival, a series of two curated dance performances to be presented on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 at Ground Floor Theatre located in the nationally renowned eclectic artistic community of Austin, Texas.

Dance works of any dance genre up to 10 minutes in length will be considered for inclusion in one of two performances.

Small Plates welcomes the applications of all genres of dance. We are most interested in work that explores the intimate nature of this performance, the uniqueness of the venue (more below), and the impact on the community and our audience members. Accepted applicants are expected to perform the piece with which they applied.


Ground Floor Theatre is a black box theatre venue that seats up to 114 audience members. It is fully equipped with wings, backstage and a green room with a bathroom. The floor is smooth cement and is not sprung. Shoes are welcome to be worn during performances, but barefoot dance is possible and commonly seen in this venue. Performers will remain backstage during the entirety of the show.

Technical Support:
Basic stage lighting and a video projector will be available. Choreographers will provide three lighting cues with basic looks (no specials) and any sound and video files relevant to their work within one week of acceptance. Technical rehearsals will take place on Thursday, October 3 for local artists, and the day of the performance for out of town artists. Each artist will be given 20-30 minutes for their tech, and call for all performers is two hours prior to showtime.

Post-Performance Talkback:
Small Plates creates a growth environment by facilitating feedback sessions with the audience after each performance. All performers and choreographers are expected to remain on-site after the performance to engage with the audience in dialogue about their work. The artist/audience interface is what makes Small Plates truly special, and the arts-infused community of Austin, Texas will undoubtedly bring thought-provoking inquiry. Please consider this discussion as part of the performance when considering your travel needs.

How to apply:
Please complete the application at

Please submit a video link for the work you would to present in your application. Applications without a video link will not be considered (please do not email the video) and montage videos cannot be adjudicated. Studio footage is acceptable. Completed work will be given preference over work-in-progress.

If your piece exceeds our time limits, please edit it to show how you will alter the piece to fit within the time constraints, also provide information about your costuming if you are not costumed in the video. Feel free to provide any information regarding the work within the application, and if you have any questions please email

Costs for participants:
Fees: An application fee of $50.00 per piece is required. Choreographers who have their work chosen will be responsible for their own travel and accommodations and will be supported with a per-company stipend of at least $100. Choreographers will receive one complimentary ticket to the performance in which their work appears, and will be given a video and photographs of their performance after the show.

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