Applications for 2017 are now closed!

WestFest Top Floor

(April 27 - April 30 at 8PM) 



A series of fully produced dance concerts held in Westbeth’s legendary top floor studio currently home to the Martha Graham Dance Company and formerly to Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Each artist will have the opportunity to show a new work or revision of recent piece (8 minute max) in two nights of shared performance.  


We are happy to announce that this year each artist who is accepted will receive free production costs. The rental fee of this historic venue as well as production expenses are on us!





  • An opportunity to present work in a beautiful dance space full of history.

  • FREE Production costs

  • Two (2) fully-produced performances of work (8 min max) from Thursday, April 27, 2017 to Sunday, April 30, 2017 

  • 20min tech rehearsal slot.

  • Publicity and postcards for the event.

  • 2-3 High resolution edited photos

  • Video of performance at discounted rate

WestFest All Over Westbeth

(April 29 - April 30 from 2PM-4:30PM)



Calling creative choreographers interested in investigating possibilities of modifing dance through the use of alternative spaces. Each artist will be assigned a unique space in and around the Westbeth building in which they will have the opportunity to rehearse and build a dance. We ask that artists create one 4-5 minutes dance work that can be performed multiple times for groups of audiences touring the sites.


On the day of the show groups of audience members will be guided from site to site to see the dances all over the building. Past sites have included Westbeth’s inner and outer courtyards, long hallways, spiral staircases, the gallery space, boiler room, the rooftop and the Martha Graham Studio Theater.


We require choreographers to be at all of the following meetings, rehearsals, as well as performance dates listed bellow. Choreographers who fail to attend any of the dates below will be taken off the program.




  • Saturday, February 11, 1-5 PM | Organizational meeting at Westbeth (sites will be assigned). 

  • Saturday, March 11, 1-5 PM | First on site rehearsal.

  • Saturday, April 8, 1-4 PM | Second on site rehearsal (the pieces will be timed for the tour).

  • Saturday April 29, and Sunday April 30 | 12pm Performance call time |  2-4:30 PM Performances all over Westbeth.


Please note that as Westbeth is a residential building you may only rehearse in your site during designated rehearsal times.




  • An opportunity to present site-specific work in a inovative space full of history.

  • Two (2) site-specific performances on Saturday April 29 to Sunday April 30, 2016. 

  • Publicity and postcards for the event

  • Eligibility to book rehearsal in the Martha Graham Studio Theater at a discounted rate of $10/hour





STEP 1 - Pay the $25 application fee via PayPal.


Note that one application fee is required for each application you submit. Choreographers can apply with as many works for Top Floor, and projects for Site Specific as they want. 


STEP 2 - Complete the application form in reference to the program you want to apply: TopFloor or All over Westbeth. Links to each form available above.


Please include a link to a video sample via online source (such as Youtube or Vimeo). 


Work Samples must be at least 3 continuous minutes in length and be of the proposed work. Minimal cuts/edits are preferred. We strongly recomended you send us a rehearsal video of the proposed work with the current cast.





Incomplete submissions will not be considered.


Applicants will be notified of acceptance via email no later than Friday, January 27, 2017. Upon confirmation of acceptance, the selected artists allow WestFest to use their image and name at our website and publicity.


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