Zodiak’s programme is artistically curated. The work of the curators and the programme selections are primarily based on an open call for applications, but some productions will also emerge through collaboration projects and from other sources. The call for 2023 is open from Oct 6 until Nov 3, 2021.

Zodiak has been a showcase of new contemporary dance thinking since 1986. Today, the art life of Helsinki is richer than ever before, but Zodiak’s goals are unchanged. We want to bring audiences together to experience new, surprising and pioneering contemporary dance productions and performances.

Zodiak’s programme is artistically curated. The work of the curators and the programme selections are primarily based on this open call for applications, but some productions will also emerge through collaboration projects and from other sources. The applications are reviewed by a workgroup consisting of three members, chaired by Zodiak’s artistic director Harri Kuorelahti. The other members of the workgroup are choreographers and dancers appointed into the workgroup for one year at a time.

Categories and schedule in 2021

There are two application categories:

  1. Zodiak Laboratory (autumn 2022 & spring 2023)
  2. Zodiak CoProduction (2023)

The application deadline for both is November 3, 2021.

Production decisions will be communicated to the applicants by the end of January 2022. Please note that participation in the 2023 programme will require flexibility in terms of the final production schedule after the production decisions have been made.

Due to the Corona pandemic there are already productions chosen for the year 2023, from the previous open call. Therefore there is only a very limited number of co-production places available in the autumn 2021 call.

The curating process for the Zodiak CoCommion category has changed in autumn 2021. The production ideas are no longer searched in the open call. Instead, we are moving to a dialogical curating model. You can find more information under Zodiak CoCommission.

Stimuli for the Applications

We are looking for proposals that incorporate an essential relationship to dance and bodily performance, as well as an idea of how to form an audience relationship. When choosing the program, attention is paid to the originality and clarity of the work ideas and choreographic thinking, as well as to the public relationship opened by the works.

For example, we encourage you to think and imagine the following:

  • What can the “new dance” entail in the 2020s?
  • What topics and visions need to be addressed in the coming years / now?
  • In what directions and by whom can contemporary dance and performance develop or make new openings?
  • What new public relations can the proposal create and give birth to?

The final selection will be based on the artistic whole formed by the different projects and how realistic their production potential is considering Zodiak’s production resources and schedules of each production year.

You cand find more detailed inrmation about the categories, plus links to the application forms, on the sub pages. Plesee read first the general instructions.

  • General Instructions for Applying
  • Zodiak Laboratory, autumn 2022 & spring 2023
  • Zodiak CoProduction 2023

Attachments and Work Samples

Attachments to applications:

  • Working plan, including description of the workgroup (3 pages maximum)
  • Resumés of workgroup members
  • Cost estimate and financing plan (not required for Zodiak Laboratory applications)

Naming the members of the workgroup in the production plan is recommended. We consider especially the performers an important part of the artistic idea. If you have any major commitments that will affect your production schedule, please state them in your working plan.

Please include your attachments with the production support application form. Acceptable file formats include PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT, RTF, XLS, XLSX and ZIP files.

Providing samples of earlier work is recommended. Samples should be provided in the form of online video links provided in the application form. Please also include any passwords or other credentials required to access the video.

More information

Harri Kuorelahti, Artistic Director, harri.kuorelahti@zodiak.fi
Markus Alanen, Producer, markus.alanen@zodiak.fi, tel. +358 44 230 0927