Artist EOI | LIVE DREAMS - Liveworks Oct 2021

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Dates & Session Times

Wednesday 14 Jul - 10:00am
Saturday 7 Aug - 5:00pm


Calling for proposals from Australian and Asia Pacific Experimental Artists


LIVE DREAMS Dates: 20-24 October 2021

EOI Applications close 5PM Wed 4 August


Live Dreams is a series of curated performance events across five days, in which artists present their works- and-ideas-in-progress to test them with live audiences, receive feedback and discuss their next steps. Artists can be in the room with us at Carriageworks or present digitally. Similarly, audiences can join us in the theatre, or tune in digitally via our live stream of each event. 

In 2020, global events created enormous instability and uncertainty for experimental practice. In response, Performance Space created Live Dreams, a new platform for artists to share works-in-progress and ideas in development in a dynamic and responsive environment. Taking place both in physical space and online, Live Dreams enables artists and audiences to continue connecting with each other across borders and geographic space. Live Dreams has offered us an exciting glimpse into current developments in experimental art, and has been a crucible for experimentation and conversation. 

Performance Space will expand this program as part of Liveworks 2021, inviting four Guest Curators from across the Asia-Pacific to theme each stream with powerful provocations as we navigate the turbulence of our current moment. 


  • Wed 14 July 2021: EOIs open 
  • Wed 4 August 2021: EOIs close 5PM
  • Mon 30 August 2021: successful applicants notified
  • Mon 18th October, Tue 19th October or Wed 20th October 2021: Rehearsal
  • Wed 20 – Sun 24 October 2021: LIVE DREAMS events



We are especially excited to announce four Guest Curators for this new series: Kyoto Experiment (Japan), Emma Webb (Australia), Choy Ka Fai (Singapore) and Nisha Madhan (New Zealand). The fifth Live Dreams event will be curated by Performance Space.


There are five curated streams of LIVE DREAMS: 

A Japanese phrase used when answering the phone. A question to an unknown other. Works that deal with intimacy, voice or presence and absence of the body.


  • PORTAL (Thursday 21st October 2021)
    Curated by Emma Webb (Vitalstatistix) 

Works that invite us to leave the current world behind, celebrating the liminal drift or the radical leap, the shapeshifter, the departure and liberation, an unbound break away from this time, politic or place.


  • TRANSCEND (Friday 22nd October 2021) 
    Curated by Choy Ka Fai

Works that explore the aspiration for self-transcendence, and the psychological phenomena of liminal spaces, expanding boundaries of oneself. 


  • ISLAND (Saturday 23rd October 2021)
    Curated by Performance Space 

What does it mean to be on (or be) and island? Works that interrogate counter-currents of isolation, paradise, protectionism and sovereignty amidst shifting weather patterns and uncertain futures.


  • ANCESTRY (Sunday 24th October 2021)
    Curated by Nisha Madhan (Basement Theatre NZ)

Works that channel forgotten, stolen or repressed creativity through remembering one’s ancestry.


What’s on offer? 

Performance Space will provide: 

  • An opportunity for you to present your work-in-progress to a live and industry audience
  • $300 AUD fee for presenting your work as part of Live Dreams
  • A space equipped with some sound and lighting infrastructure, with a full technical inventory provided to successful applicants.

What outcomes does Performance Space expect? 

Participants will be required to present a work-in-progress showing in a format representative of their practice (performance, talk, audio, screening) for a duration of up to 10 minutes as part of Live Dreams, held at Carriageworks.

Participants will also be expected to attend a 60 minute in-the-room or digital rehearsal (for interstate and international presenters) between 10AM - 5PM on either Monday 18th October, Tuesday 19th October or Wednesday 20th October 2021)

How do I apply? 

If you’re interested in applying, you will need to fill out the short form accessible through the APPLY HERE button on our website, by 5PM Wed 7 August

We ask that you provide us with the following: 

  1. Outline your performance practice, experience and interests (up to 250 words) 
  2. Outline what you would like to present as a work-in-progress showing for Live Dreams. Include concept, form and technical requirements (up to 250 words) 
  3. Personal details
  4. CV to attach 
  5. Support material – website, video links, images, writing samples. Please include 1 – 2 sentences per support material outlining what the work is, when/where it happened, what the context was. Our preference for support material is one single PDF with captions. 

Please note that the following limits apply to support material:

  • No more than 10 images
  • No more than 3 x 1-minute video excerpts 
  • No more than 3 x 1-minute audio samples
  • No more than 1-page of writing 

Applicants will be notified by Mon 30 August 2021 on the outcome of their application. 

We encourage applications from:

At Performance Space we prioritise diverse perspectives and voices. We especially encourage submissions – for all five Live Dreams themes - from First Nations artists, artists of colour, culturally diverse artists, women, LGBTQIA+ artists, and artists living with a disability. Please let us know if you would prefer to apply in a different format or if there is any barrier for you in the submission process.

Curatorial Panel

Each stream will be curated by the Guest Curator identified above

Am I eligible to apply?

  • Australian artists can be based anywhere in the world
  • Asia Pacific artists are those who self-identify as an Asia Pacific artist
  • This program is for artists with experimental and interdisciplinary practices


IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, please get in touch with us:
Dino Dimitriadis - Program Producer
Pronouns: they/them
Phone: 0415 315 111
Email: producer(at)


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