Now accepting applications for inaugural performance

We are thrilled to facilitate a space for pole and aerial performers on Vancouver Island. Our aim is to showcase a diverse and inclusive range of styles and dancers. We are focused on creativity, musicality, polished movement, and story-telling rather than athletic prowess. Our goal is to create shows that move our audiences! We are always looking for performers who bring unique pieces, with an obvious love of dance and movement, to the stage.

What pole and aerial dancers can expect at our shows:

Professional Theatre

We provide performers the opportunity to share their art in a professional theatre with proper rigging, lighting, and sound.

Safety

We prioritize safety first. We collaborate with professionals who follow industry standards in aerial design. Our rigging plan is approved by an engineer and constructed by experienced riggers. However, we do expect performers to sign waivers before performing, and suggest you carry adequate insurance based on your unique requirements.

Professional Competition Poles

We provide 12 ft Competition X-Poles with a plan for 8 feet between poles. Like most competitions, poles will be cleaned by trained volunteers in between each performance. You may use approved grip aides (Dry Hands and Dewpoint), but your skin must be free from oils and lotions.

Production Team

We engage with professional lighting designers, sound technicians, and theatre staff to ensure the show is professionally run as flawlessly as possible. We provide professional photographers and videographers for the event. Photos and video will be available for purchase by the vendors.

Green Room

We pursue venues that have proper space for performers to prepare for performance and properly warm up before the performance. We provide the basics such as access to restrooms, bottle water, and light snacks.

Technical Run

Whether you are a seasoned performer or it’s your first time, we want you to be confident that you are familiar with the stage and stage poles before the performance call time. We offer an afternoon technical run for all performers.

Collaborative Feminist Leadership

This event is founded and lead by Feminists who acknowledge that pole dancing is highly disputed artform with a long history of oppression. As intersectional feminists, we are not only committed to creating a safe space to explore sensuality, but also fully respect sex workers and those who have found empowerment and freedom in the art of pole dancing and as a form of valid employment. We stand behind all performers who we choose to present and their artistic choices. We strive to facilitate an inclusive and supportive environment backstage, onstage, and in our audiences. We expect audience members to respect all performers, and we retain the right to take necessary steps to ensure our mandate is upheld and maintained in our production spaces.


Application Details

Applications are now closed

When

November 24th, 2018 (1pm: Tech Run 6:30: Call time)

Where

Metro Studio Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street, Victoria BC (at the corner of Quadra and Johnson)

Application Fee

$25 (*is non-refundable and covers administrative costs)

Event Theme

Our inaugural production Eclipse is inspired by the mystery and magic of dancing in darkness; the thrill that accompanies stepping in and out of the light to be seen and then hidden. We invite you to play with the beautiful intricate relationship between the constant shifting of the moon’s phases and feminine energy.

Performance Categories

If you would like to apply to perform with us in “Eclipse”, please take a look at our performance categories and submit your information below. Your concept does not need to be fully formed, but you should have a general idea of what type of performance you’d like to do. We would love to hear from you!


Performance Categories

Exotic Pole & Floorwork

This category is for those wishing to focus on the traditional sensual side of pole. Your performance can be done barefoot or in heels, and may include some elements of striptease or clothing removal (please see our Performer Rules for details on nudity restriction), but this is not required. Please indicate if your routine will be floorwork primary (ie if more than 50% of the routine is off the pole).

Contemporary & Lyrical Pole

This category is for performers who also study other forms of ballet, contemporary, or lyrical dance, and want to explore the fusion of those genres with the pole.

Comedic & Theatrical Pole

This category is for performers with strong comedic, burlesque, costuming, singing, acting, and / or other stage skills. At least 50% of the routine should incorporate the pole.

Aerial Art

This category is for performers wishing to showcase an aerial skill such as silks, rope, lyra (hoop), static trapeze, or another circus art. If you have any questions about whether our venue can accommodate your apparatus, please email jane@poleart.ca & linley@poleart.ca.

Other

Note we are always open to creative ideas that use the pole and aerial space in innovative ways! If you have a concept that does not fit within the categories above, please let us know and we will consider it in the application review.