PRISMA dance festival is open for applications.

Where: Panama

When: October 2021

Deadline for submissions: Interested companies, dance groups or independent choreographers should send their proposals (video submissions) by December 31st, 2020 (12:00 am Panama time).

ONLY THE FIRST 250 PROPOSALS RECEIVED WILL BE CONSIDERED. We suggest sending proposals at your earliest convenience.

Online application: APPLICATIONS SENT VIA EMAIL WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. At the end of this page you will find the digital form button.

PRISMA is an independent project, a platform for artists of different nationalities to connect, which strives to promote and develop contemporary dance in Panama.

Besides programming a large number of presentations throughout its week-long event, including many in public spaces and state schools, the Festival offers a strong educational program with free master classes and workshops.

Basis for participation:
To be considered, participants must complete our online form and attach via our online platform the following info by December 31st, 2020 (12:00 am Panama time).

The proposals can be designed for theater settings or for public/alternative spaces (school gyms, metro stations, and museums, among others).

Online Entry Form
A video of the entire work to be presented (vimeo or youtube / no other formats will be accepted). TRAILERS OR TEASERS WILL NOT BE EVALUATED.
Information on the submitted work (choreographer, dancers, interpreters, music, length, technical requirements, etc.)
Brief bio of the choreographer as well as the company, if applicable
3 Photos (high resolution jpeg) of the submitted work
The Master Class / Workshop proposal (at no additional cost)

The length of the work must be between 20 and 60 minutes. Pieces shorter or longer will not be accepted; combining pieces to meet the required length is not an option.
Please be aware that, depending on the submissions and time allocations, the possibility exists for 2-3 works to be presented on the same night.
Each company may submit a maximum of two (2) works for evaluation by the Selection Committee.

Process of Evaluation and Response:
A 5-member Selection Committee will evaluate submissions received, and we will communicate its decisions to all participating parties on the last week of February.

The festival will cover the following expenses for the participants:

Professional fees (established by the Festival)*
Lodging (3 hotel nights in double rooms)
Per diem for meals and basic expenses for 3 days ($25 / day / participant)
Internal transportation (from and to airport, master class, rehearsals, presentations).


* Professional fees payed by the Festival to each company or dance group will be agreed upon beforehand according to the format of the work (solo, duo/trio, group work), will not exceed $4,500 (for groups of 6 or more dancers), and will be handed out as soon as the performance concludes.


Master Classes and Workshops:

Each selected company or group is requested to teach at least one master class or workshop (maximum of two) in the Festival’s available spaces, at no extra cost to PRISMA.

Co-Directors: Analida Galindo and Ximena Eleta de Sierra
Technical Director: José Alexander Morales Carvajal
Techincal Producer: Stephanie Lee
Executive Producer: Alicia Vivas

The Ministry of Culture, the National Tourism Board, and Panama City’s Mayor’s Office, as well as a large number of institutions and companies, sponsor and support PRISMA

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