Samuli Emery is looking for solo dance works for ”The Solo Series” tour, dl 28.02.2022


Dance artist Samuli Emery (they/he) is looking for two solo dance works to complete a triple bill for a tour in Finland in June 2022. The pieces need to be between 10 and 35 minutes in length, suitable for a traditional frontal stage set-up, have a simple lighting setup and suitable for touring and to be performed alongside other solo works. The two selected artists will have their return travels (within Europe), travels inside Finland, accommodation and marketing fully covered and they’ll receive a rehearsal fee for preparing their solo for tour as well as a performance fee for each show according to the Finnish payment standards for professional performing artists.

WHERE: Tampere, Jyväskylä and Helsinki, Finland
WHEN: 01.06.2022 – 10.06.2022

The Solo Series is a performance and touring platform of new dance, created by dance artist Samuli Emery. The first two The Solo Series events were presented in Theatre Miilu in Jyväskylä, Finland in early 2020 with great success. This time the platform will open its doors through an open call for Europe-based dance artists.

The Solo Series platform aims to create employment for freelance dance artists, create visibility for them and their personal work, provide mobility and touring structures for independent dance performance, bring high-quality, international dance works to areas and audiences with limited access and actualise an environmentally and socially sustainable model for touring.

For the triple bill, the two selected solo performances will accompany the award-winning solo “We Do This. We Don’t Talk.”, choreographed by Barnaby Booth and performed by Samuli Emery.

The Solo Series tour will visit some of the most prestigious stages for dance in Finland. The confirmed venues are Dance Theatre MD – Hällä Stage as a part of Tanssivirtaa Festival 2022 in Tampere and the Cultural Centre Villa Rana in Jyväskylä. Additionally there will be a performance in the capital city, Helsinki and potentially 1-3 other Finnish cities, depending on pending funding decisions. There will also be time scheduled for rest and time off where the performers get to explore Finland and enjoy summer time together.

This call is open to any dance artist residing in Europe regardless of age, ethnicity, ability, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, social class or any other factor of this sort. A basic level of spoken English or Finnish will be necessary during the tour.


-Duration between 10 and 35 minutes
-Simple lighting design that is suitable for many different venues with a standard lighting setup and short technical rehearsal times
-Quick setup and cleanup times
-Only fully finished works will be considered
-The solo can be performed by its creator or it can be created by someone else than the performer themselves. Please note though that only the performer of the work will receive compensation and can be invited on the tour.
-The call is open to any form of new dance performance, as long as the performance can take place within a traditional black box theatre space. Performances utilising dance forms outside of the Western staged contemporary dance lineage are encouraged to apply.
-Radical, bold and unorthodox approaches to the body are highly appreciated.
-Interdisciplinary works are welcome, as long as they can be easily realised within the touring framework and its technical realities.


-Traveling from within Europe to Finland and returning to Europe after the tour.
-Basic level of spoken English or Finnish.
-Comfortable traveling a lot and spending time with other artists.
-Open to giving post-performance artist talks after the shows.
-At least two Covid-vaccinations or the chance to get tested if traveling to Finland from abroad.


To apply, send:

-Your name or artist name and contact information
-A video recording of your finished solo work via YouTube or Vimeo link (No other formats can unfortunately be accepted.) (Trailers, rehearsal footage or incomplete videos will not be reviewed.)
-A short written or spoken description of the proposed solo work (max. 200 words or max. 1 minute via video or voice recording)

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