Battery Dance Festival Application FAQ

Frequently Asked Application Questions

-How do I apply?

Applications will be open on January 15th. Please check the Battery Dance website, Facebook and other social media platforms, or subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page to get updates. Applications will be accepted only via the online application form.

-When is the deadline for applications? 

March 1st

-How do I submit my materials?

An electronic form will be available on Battery Dance’s website where materials can be sent digitally. Only electronic applications will be accepted.

-What are the dates of the Festival?

The next Festival will take place August 14 – 20, 2021.

Can I submit my DVD and other promo materials now?

No, please wait until the application is open and only send us the information that we request in the digital form.

Can I send you a link to our work on Youtube or another video sharing site?

Yes, as part of your application. Please make sure that the link works (and a password is provided if protected) as it is vital for our selection process.

How long are pieces that are presented?

Works involving 2 or more dancers presented at the Festival Works may vary in time between 10 minutes and 20 minutes, while solos can be between 4 and 10 minutes in duration. Works outside of these time frames may not be considered. 

-What kind of works are most likely to be selected?

The Festival presents works from every type of genre! Please keep in mind that the Festival occurs outdoors and technical resources are limited. While we have side (and sometimes front) lights as the evening grows darker, pieces that rely on complex overhead lighting, projections, video, or extensive sets are not well suited.

Can I submit multiple works?

Yes. A maximum of 2 pieces per artist or company applying. Each work requires a separate application.

The application asks for a video cue point and what if my piece is longer than 20 minutes?

Due to time constraints during the review process, we ask your help in identifying the section of your work sample that best represents the piece you would like to perform.  If you would like us to watch a specific segment of a longer piece, or to start at a point other than the beginning of the video, please inform us of the starting point using the “Cue Point” box on your application form. 

-Can I submit a promotional video of my work?

No. Videos submitted for staged performances should not be edited except to show different angles/focuses from a single continuous show. Submitted videos should be of the dance work that will be performed/streamed. Promotional videos are not accepted.  

Dance film submissions for streaming only should be professionally recorded and edited representations of the choreographic work, and should stand alone as a video art piece. Archival, single camera recordings of a performance don’t qualify. There are no limitations on editing for dance films submitted for streaming only. 

I want to perform a new work for the festival/I am in the process of creating a new work that I would like to perform at the Festival.  What should I submit?

If you are in the process of developing a new work, please submit substantial rehearsal footage of that work-in-process with notes. 

-I missed the deadline, can I still submit?

No, unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we receive each year, we are unable to accept late applications.

When will I find out if my work has been selected?

Applications are due March 1st.  After the application process has closed, it takes about 2 months to complete processing, convene our judging panel and notify all applicants. 

How will I be notified about decisions?

Regardless of whether you have been selected or not, we will contact you via the e-mail address listed on your application no later than May 1.

-Is there a cost involved in the application process?

No, we do not charge you to apply. The application is free!

Is there a stipend for participants?

Yes. We are able to offer a small stipend to each participating company.

My dance company is not based in New York.  Can I still apply?

Yes. We love presenting companies from all around the United States!  Please specify your location in the application form.

–Is the Festival in-person?

This year, the Festival will run as a hybrid model with live and streamed performances. If staged performances are not possible due to COVID restrictions, we may shift to a virtual only festival.

-Do I have to apply with a submission for staged performance and submission for streaming only?

You can choose to apply with a submission for staged performance, a dance film for streaming only, or both. If staged performances are not possible due to COVID restrictions, we may shift to a virtual only festival. Please submit a separate application for each work if you would like to be considered for both staged and streaming only performances. 

-What is a dance film?

Dance films will be accepted for streaming only. Dance film submissions must be in high definition with specs of at least 1920×1080 resolution and a minimum of 24 fps. If there is an audience, they do not block the stage. Dance film video submissions should be professionally recorded and edited representations of the choreographic work, and should stand alone as a video art piece. Archival, single camera recordings of a performance do not qualify. 

If you have any additional questions, contact Gabrielle Niederhoffer, Festival Manager: gabrielle@batterydance.org

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