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How to submit your choreography to PUSHfest 2017

The application period for PUSHfest 2017 is now CLOSED.
Thank you to all those who applied. Check back with us in April 2017 when this year's Festival choreographers are announced.

Application Deadlines

January 28, 2017: Discount application deadline
February 28, 2017: Open application deadline
March 28, 2017: Festival participants are notified
April 11, 2017: Festival participants are publicly announced

Performance Fees

If your work is accepted into the Festival, you will be responsible for the following performance fee:
$35 - for works under 5 min. (total of $70 including the application fee)
$105 - for 5 - 8 min. works (total of $140 including the application fee)

Performance Dates

PUSHfest 2017 will take place from September 22-24, 2017.

  • Only completed works are eligible for submission to the Festival. No works-in-progress will be considered.
  • Applications must be submitted under the name of the choreographer of the work
  • No planned public performances in San Francisco of the selected work within 3 months prior to or 3 months after the festival
  • Meet all deadlines for promotional materials made by PUSHfest administrative team
  • Program A artists must be available for a Wednesday or Thursday tech & dress rehearsal
  • Program B artists must be available for a Thursday or Saturday tech & dress rehearsal
  • Submitted works cannot exceed 8 minutes in length
  • Access to a broad audience of arts enthusiasts from the San Francisco Bay Area & beyond
  • Networking with emerging to mid career artists and performing groups
  • Automatically assuming a finalist spot in the PUSHfest Audience Choice Awards
  • Two performances at ODC Theater in one of two curated programs
  • Complimentary tickets for the Choreographer and their cast to their respective program
  • A professional Publicist to implement a widespread marketing campaign (i.e. print, social media and radio)
  • 30-45 minute tech with Technical Director which includes lighting design, sound and other technical assistance
  • All production costs are covered including theater rental, technical staff, programming and technical direction
  • Outside performance opportunities like ODC’s Take 5

The PUSHfest Audience Choice Award (PACA) was created in 2015 to allow audience members the opportunity to honor their favorite choreographer from each of the Festival’s two programs. Audience members are asked to vote for their favorite at the end of each program. At the close of the Festival one choreographer from Program A and one choreographer from Program B will receive a PACA award which includes an honorarium.

PUSHfest is a cross-genre dance festival launched in 2014 by PUSH Dance Company. PUSHfest grew out of a critical need to provide a platform for dance to be appreciated as a diverse and culturally relevant entity within the San Francisco Bay Area. This unique festival showcases a wide range of dance styles that inspire dialogue and innovation among artists and audiences alike.

Each year, PUSHfest invites 14 emerging and mid-career choreographers to present their work alongside PUSH Dance Company in San Francisco’s state-of-the-art ODC Theater. Since its inception, PUSHfestfest has presented works by 28 distinct choreographers representing diverse genres (modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, ethnic, multi-disciplinary).

Tech Details

Choreographers will receive 30 minutes (for 5 minute works) - 45 minutes (for 8 minute works) to tech, space and run their piece on stage.
A maximum of five lighting cues will be allotted to each choreographer. As a result, please keep your lighting and technical wishes simple!

Stage Specs

The stage dimensions are 30’ deep x 43’ wide. There are no side wings (leg drapes). Crossovers are possible behind the cyc. The cyc will be covered by a black scrim through the entirety of the performances.

PUSHfest showcases works from featured choreographers exemplifying different dance styles. The Festival also serves as PUSH Dance Company’s fall season, during which the Company will premiere a new work.