Open Call: Audition Announcement for Choreographers’ Evening 2021
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Open Call: Audition Announcement for Choreographers’ Evening 2021

triptych of curator Valerie Oliveiro
Valerie Oliveiro. Photos courtesy the artist.

The Walker Art Center and guest curator Valerie Oliveiro invite Minnesota makers to propose dances as part of Choreographers’ Evening on November 27, 2021, at 4 and 7 pm.

Choreographers’ Evening is an annual event celebrating Minnesota’s dynamic dance and performance communities. Begun in 1972 as a showcase of independent choreographers’ work, this local tradition continually evolves thanks to its guest curators. Presented virtually in June 2021, the program returns this fall to the McGuire Theater stage on its long-standing post-Thanksgiving date, November 27.

About the Curator

Valerie Oliveiro is a queer artist in the performance field, based in the Twin Cities and born in Singapore. She embraces complexity and transdisciplinarity in her practice and creates work using dance and movement as the primary motor for expression. Her current research excavates notions, realities, and imaginations of vastness. Oliveiro has performed for Jennifer Monson, Morgan Thorson, Rosy Simas, Pramila Vasudevan, and Emily Gastineau at venues across the Twin Cities, including Fresh Oysters, Red Eye Theater, Walker Art Center, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, MOVO, and Cowles Center for Dance. She has also performed at national venues such as Danspace, New York Live Arts, MANCC, Portland Art Museum, BASE Seattle, ADI, Fischer Center for Performing Arts, Vermont Performance Labs, and Maui Arts and Cultural Center. She maintains a long-term creative practice with Jennifer Monson. Oliveiro is one of seven artistic directors of Red Eye Theater, an ensemble member of Lighting Rod, and co-runs MOVO SPACE, an incubator for dance and performance.

Note from Curator Valerie Oliveiro

I am interested in dances that create conferences around / with / about / and speak to all that is this last year in Minnesota, with complexity. I am particularly interested if the site / location / space / energies / spirits / expressions of dance have shifted for our makers.

• Choreographers must live in Minnesota.
• Works typically range from 3 to 6 minutes in length and should not exceed 7 minutes.
• Works-in-progress are accepted. This can include a live sketch, video viewing at audition, images, fabrics, or other materials to communicate the work in its completion.
• Please audition with the same work that you would like to present.
• Live auditions are strongly preferred; however, video submissions will be accepted.

• The deadline to sign up for an in-person audition was Friday, August 6, 11:59 pm.
• Audition time slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Auditions are held in 15-minute intervals.
• Masks and social distancing are encouraged in public spaces and inside the theater, except when you are auditioning.

Audition Dates:
• Thursday, August 12, 3–5 pm; 6–9 pm
• Friday, August 13, 3–5 pm; 6–9 pm
• Saturday, August 14, 11 am–1 pm; 2–5 pm

Audition Location:
Walker Art Center, McGuire Theater, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

• The deadline to submit video auditions was Friday, August 6, 11:59 pm.
• Video submissions must provide a URL link and passcode, if protected.
• Videos will be viewed up to 10 minutes. If the video is longer, please include start and end times.

The selected artists must be available to participate in the following event activities:
• Two-hour group photo shoot in October. (Date/time to be determined when artists are selected, based on everyone’s availability.)
• One-hour technical rehearsal with artists’ full company on Monday, November 22, or Tuesday, November 23, between 12 noon–10 pm. (Individual dates and times to be determined.)
• Dress rehearsal at 10 am, through performances at 4 and 7 pm, on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

The curator will contact artists directly with any questions during the audition process. Artists will be notified of final decisions from the curator by mid-September 2021.

For details on the tech support provided to artists by the Walker for the in-person auditions and performance event, please review the Tech Support Guidelines 2021.

For more information about the auditions, please contact Valerie Oliveiro at Additional questions can be directed to Julie Voigt at