Small Season 2020


Open call
Theatre Laboratory Sfumato
Small Season 2020
June 26th– July 5th2020
Sofia, Bulgaria

Small Season festival will have its 20-year anniversary in 2020. It has been functioning as a non-profit 10-day summer observatory of the local scene where Bulgarian artists present their ideas and works in any stage of progress. To celebrate the anniversary, for the first time Theatre Laboratory Sfumato is announcing an international open call for performances to program in the festival. We are looking for artists from any discipline who work within the theatrical tradition and are interested to share their work in Sofia. Every year several of the artists are invited for residencies in the theatre and/or to become part of the programming of the regular season.

Previous international guests of the festival include Alien Express (Slovenia), Fuckhead (Austria), Dispenzza Barzotti (Italy), playwrights Angeliki Darlasi (Greece), Roberto Scarpetti (Italy), Rafel Kohn (Luxembourg), Miguel Rojo (Spain), Florian Hirsch (Austria), Marco di Stefano and Chiara Boscaro (Italy)

You can apply as a team of up to 4 people. There are no geographical or age limits.
The festival will cover flights (up to 300 euro per person), accommodation (in a hotel in central Sofia) and catering for up to 4 nights/5 days.
The theatre will provide advertising, materials and technical equipment to support the presentation and/or development of the projects.
The festival which is entirely not-for-profit, doesn't sell tickets and offers all events for free for the local audiences, is unable to pay fees but can provide artists with letters of invitation to apply for additional support from funding bodies in their countries. Additional travel funds can also be sought after in case you live beyond Europe.

The proposals can vary in format and content – theatre, new writing and dramaturgy, performance and live art, public and participatory art (we have a big park outside the theatre that can be a site of happenings and installations), (post-)dance and (expanded) choreography, as well as talks, lectures, critical conversations, theoretical proposals, workshops that can drive the artist's practice forward, while also contributing to the development of the local scene – and they can also be in any stage of progress – from finished works to initial ideas/visions that need further time and space to be developed.

Pictures and information about the three stages of the theatre here:техническа-информация_117_126

Application period: 20/12/2019 – 15/03/2020
Results of the open call: approximately 2 months after the deadline and 1 month before the festival
Festival period: 26/06/2020 – 05/07/2020
Тhis open call is for international artists only. A separate open call for Bulgarian artists will be announced later.

To apply:
1/ a short narrative bio
2/ a project proposal – 250 words max;
3/ technical rider and preferred space;
4/ one video link and three pictures of current or previous work
5/ your available days from Jun 26th to Jul 5th 2020
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