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TOTEM FESTIVAL CALL FOR ARTISTS /Theater and performing arts


Totem Arti Festival 2018

Deadline Feb 28th 2018

Totem Arti Festival reaches its sixth edition. Born with the precise intent of building a high level cultural moment and artistic comparison in the northern outskirts of Ferrara, animated by the need to create new critical thought, it imagines and promotes culture as a fundamental asset, able to redesign, through dialogue between all the social components of the urban context, the meaning and the shape of the contexts where it operates.

Call for artists

This call is aimed to select three shows to be included in the wider programming of the sixth edition of Totem Arti Festival 2018. It will take place in May from the 24th to the 27th 2018 in Pontelagoscuro, Ferrara. The sixth edition wishes to extend the involvement of the community and to reach this target a jury of youngsters has been established. Throughout a course led by Teatro Nucleo, they will participate in the selection of the shows and in the choice of the most proper spaces (urban, public, private) to present them.

The call is open to single artists and companies of research theatre, dance, circus, figure theatre, storytelling, urban theatre, theatre for childhood.

Main targets of this call

The theme is up to the artists, a priority will be given to the projects that concentrate their attention on contemporary reality, on historical memory, on social, environmental, political issues.

It wants to encourage the meeting between different audiences and the comparison between artists with different experiences coming from different areas.

Presentation of the projects

The call is open to individuals, groups or associations of any nationality.

The maximum number of the components for each company is of 5 elements.

Participation is free

The call is open to shows that are already in repertoire as well as new productions, that must be ready to be presented on one of these days: May 24th-25th-26th-27th/ 2018

The projects must be sent before the 28th February by email to, Object: Participation Call

Before March the 30th the outcome will be communicated on the web pages and

Requested material:

-Name, email address and telephone number/skype contact of one or two referents of the company

-presentation of the company and curriculum of each component

-synopsis of the project and a detailed description

-technical schedule. Technical request must be minimum and the show must be able to be adapted to non conventional spaces, closed or open air

-3 pictures in .jpg format

-an integral video for the finished shows, a video of the rehearsal useful to understand the work for the projects that are not ready yet (please use a Youtube or Vimeo link)

-a video teaser of a minute maximum (please use a link to Youtube or Vimeo)

-The link to the web/social pages of the company

– The link to videos of previous shows is also useful to the evaluation


-Teatro Nucleo

-Altre Velocità (group of observers and critics of the performing arts, committed to fostering relationships between contemporary arts and society, looking at theater and dance research, emerging artists and the international context)

-Manuela Rossetti (theatre historian and director)

-Jury of youngsters belonging to the territory


Companies and artists must present their performances – for a minimum of two and a maximum of four shows – inside the Festival in dates to be agreed.

The price for each company is of 500 euro + VAT

Food and accommodation are charged to the organization

Travel expense are charged to the company

Other conditions

The participation to this call implies the agreement to all the conditions

The organization reserves the right to eventually introduce changes, if considered useful to guarantee the good success of the project

The shows will be selected with the unquestionable judgement of the jury

Info, 3489655709


Totem Arti Festival is organized by Teatro Nucleo Soc.Coop.a.r.l, Centre of Production and Theatrical research acknowledged by the Emilia Romagna Region and Mibact (Special Project 2017) With the support of the Municipality of Ferrara and Emilia Romagna Region.

In collaboration with the Comitato Vivere Insieme of Pontelagoscuro

Artistic Direction Natasha Czertok

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