32° Florence Dance Performing Arts Festival

“Future Perfect 2 – la potenza in atto”

Great Cloister Santa Maria Novella


june-july 2021



The dance project, TWILIGHT IN THE ROUND 2021, comes to life in the form of a CALL FOR ARTISTS, organized by the Florence Dance Festival in order to facilitate the mobility and exchange of artists from the international dance scene. The project aims to host, promote and support new creations by young and emerging Italian and European choreographers and dance companies.

The project is part of the 32nd edition of the Florence Dance Performing Arts Festival which will be held between the 20th of June and the 31st of July 2021 in the Great Cloister of  Santa Maria Novella – Florence, within the Estate Fiorentina Summer Festival of the city of Florence.

In view of this year’s celebrations for the 700th anniversary of Dante Alighieri’s death, Florence will promote various initiatives that will highlight the relationship between the great poet, his hometown and his art. Based on this, the artistic proposals concerning Dante will be taken into particular consideration, however companies are encouraged to submit original artistic proposals for participation in the ‘Twilight in the Round’ dance project.

The novelty of the 32nd Florence Dance Festival features a circular stage of 12 meters in diameter, with an audience of up to 200 spectators arranged at 360 degrees around the stage. The show will be presented at 8.30 pm, at sunset, with the twilight reinforced by fixed, brilliant theatrical lighting projected on the dancers. This type of lighting will highlight the poetry and the physical impact of dance as the theatrical strength will remain on the presence of the dancers and the choreographic work as an artistic proposal.

The shows will also be streamed live and / or deferred to reach a wider international audience.


Eligible participants include:

  • young Italian and European companies;
  • young emerging and creative choreographers;
  • professional companies enthusiastic about the prospect of performing in Florence to an eager audience.
  • All participating dancers must be at least 18 years old.


Category 1 – Reserved for soloists and duos, with the duration of the choreography from 7 minutes minimum to a maximum of 10 minutes.

Category 2 – Reserved for groups of 3 dancers, with the duration of the choreography from 15 minutes minimum to a maximum of 20 min.

Category 3 – Reserved for groups of at least 4 dancers, with the duration of the choreography from 15 minutes minimum to a maximum of 20 minutes.

Category 4 – Reserved for groups of at least 6 dancers, with the duration of a full length performance from 50 minutes minimum to a maximum of 70 minutes.


To participate in the selection, the following documentation must be sent:

  • Description of the choreographic project to be presented
  • Biography of the company and curriculum vitae of the artists
  • Video documentation of the performance to be presented for the Call for Artists or a video of the work in progress accompanied by a video of a previous work, which well represents the physiognomy of the company.

The required documentation must be sent to  the following e-mail address: festival@florencedance.org no later than March 30, 2021.


The results of the selection will be published on the official website www.florencedancefestival.org by April 15, 2021.

The selected artists and companies will be contacted personally by the Florence Dance Festival following results publication.

Attendance Fees

All costs regarding the participation of the choreographers / dancers (travel expenses, board and lodging) will be fully borne by the interested parties.

The creation of the costumes, sets, set-up and production of the work will be entirely the responsibility of the interested parties.

Category 1

The soloists will receive an attendance fee of 200 euros. The duos will receive an attendance fee of 400 euros.

Category 2

The trios will receive an attendance fee of 600 euros

Category 3

Groups will receive an attendance fee of 1000 euros.

Category 4

Companies will receive an attendance fee of 1500 euros All attendance fees are all-inclusive.


Considering the particularity of the moment with the pandemic still in progress, the groups and individual members must scrupulously adhere to the national and international Covid-19 regulations which will be in force at the time of presentation on stage, and be required to exhibit the required documentation in advance.

Project Development

The selected performances will be staged from July 3rd until July 9th at 20.30 in the Great Cloister of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. The exhibition dates will be communicated according to the calendar established by the Festival management.

The circular stage has a diameter of 12 meters, and will be equipped with a professional audio and lighting system designed for the space.

The performance must take place on the stage, it will not be possible to use other spaces. The seats for the audience will be positioned around the stage at 360 °, in the round.

The shows will take place at sunset – in the twilight – with reinforced lighting on the dancers and the stage.

The rehearsals will be programmed the day before the show from 19:00 to 21:00, with a warm-up on the stage on the day of the show from 19:00 to 20:00 pm.

Promotion and visibility

For the benefit and support of the selected finalists, a series of specific actions will be devised to promote the “Twilight in the Round” project by the press office of the Florence Dance Festival

  • creation of specific printed and on-line material.
  • communication via social networks and promotional channels.
  • production of video material.
  • selected finalists will be featured on the official website florencedancefestival.org accompanied by the show card, photos and presentation of the artists.

For further information contact us by e-mail: festival@florencedance.org or visit our website https://www.florencedancefestival.org