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Since its inception, PUSHfestfest has presented works by distinct choreographers representing diverse genres of dance. PUSHfest is a cross-genre dance festival launched in 2014 by PUSH Dance Company. The Festival 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.

Application Instructions, Deadlines & Fees

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY TO PUSHFEST 2018

The application period for PUSHfest 2018 will open January 1st, 2018.

STEP 1: Fill out our online application. Note that the application requires a link to a youtube or Vimeo video of your completed work, which cannot exceed 8 minutes in length.

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STEP 2: Pay the $35 application fee (subtract $10 if you apply and pay by January 22, 2018).

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APPLICATION DEADLINES

January 1, 2018: PUSHfest Application Opens

January 22, 2018: Discount application deadline

February 16, 2018: Open application deadline

March 12, 2018: Festival participants are notified

April 11, 2018: 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 2018 will take place on September 28-30, 2018 at San Francisco’s ODC Theater.

Eligibility & Requirements
  • 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 on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday tech & dress rehearsal the week of PUSHfest.
  • Program B artists must be available for a Thursday or Saturday tech & dress rehearsal the week of PUSHfest.
  • Submitted works cannot exceed 8 minutes in length
Benefits
  • PUSHfest performances typically sell out.  If invited, your choreography will be seen by a diverse audience of arts enthusiasts from the San Francisco Bay Area & beyond
  • Networking opportunities with emerging to mid-career artists and performing groups
  • An automatic finalist spot for the PUSHfest Audience Choice Awards.
  • Two performances at ODC Theater in one of two curated programs
  • Two complimentary tickets per invited choreographer
  • A professional Publicist to implement a widespread marketing campaign (i.e. print, social media and radio)
  • 30-45 minute tech with our Technical Director which includes lighting design, sound and other technical assistance
  • PUSH Dance Company covers all production costs associated with theater rental, technical staff, programming and technical direction
Audience Choice Award

The PUSHfest Audience Choice Award (PACA) was created in 2015 to give audience members the opportunity to honor their favorite choreographer from each of the Festival’s two programs. Audience members vote for their favorite work 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 a cash honorarium.

Curatorial Vision

PUSHfest showcases works from featured choreographers exemplifying different dance (i.e. modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, ethnic, multi-disciplinary) styles. The Festival also serves as PUSH Dance Company’s fall season, during which the Company will premiere a new work.

Technical Details

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 white cyc.

PUSHLab Performance Workshop

In conjunction with PUSHfest, PUSH Dance Company annually hosts PUSHLab, a performance workshop that offers pre-professional dancers the opportunity to be part of the creation and performance of a new work for PUSHfest by the company’s current choreographer-in-residence.

Previous choreographers-in-residence include:

Katerina Wong

Ashley Gayle/Noah D. James III (Visceral Roots Dance Company)

Kao Saephanh (co-director of LV Dance Collective)

Registration opens in January for the Spring and July for the Fall, for more information visit pushdance.org/pushlab.

A Complete List of PUSHfest Artists

2014 Program A
Randee Paufve
Sarah Bush Dance Project
Anandha Ray’s Quimera Tribe
Natasha Adorlee Johnson/Concept o4
Martha Zepeda/LV Dance Collective

2014 Program B
Tanya Chianese/ka.nei.see Collective
Jetta Martin
Jamie Ray Wright/DanceWright Project
Ashley Gayle
Chadi El-Khoury
Maura Townsend/Project21 Dance
Katerina Wong

2015 Program A
Nadhi Thekkek
Lindsey Renee Derry
Nina Haft
Luis Valverde
Elizabeth Shea
Martha Zepeda
Nhan Ho

2015 Program B
Katerina Wong
Ayana Yonesaka
Marika Brussel
Peter Cheng
Philip Flickinger
Lorelei Bayne
Adrianna Thompson

2016 Program A
Mary Carbonara
Amy Foley/Bellwether Dance Project
Joslynn Mathis Reed
Mariah Steele
Liv Schaffer
Shreelata Suresh
Alyssandra Katherine Wu

2016 Program B
Todd Thomas Brown & Co
Javan Wilson
Kameron N. Saunders
Amansu Eason/Red Clay Dance
Casey Lee Thorne and Dancers
Lalli Venkat
Angela Dice Nguyen

2017 Program A
Tanya Chianese
Claudia Anata Hubiak
Kendra Kimbrough-Barnes & Delina Patrice Brooks
Halifu Osumare
Agatha “Agatron”Rupniewski
Liv Schaffer & Cole Vernon
Adrianna Thompson
Lalli Venkat
Katerina Wong

2017 Program B
Adrian Arias
Lorelei Bayne
Claire Calalo
Mary Carbonara
Kathryn Florez
Jamal Jackson
Rebecca McCormac
Kao Vey Sebastian Saephanh