Studio 303 supports live art, prioritizing the development of emerging practices in contemporary dance and interdisciplinary performance.
Our hybrid and holistic structure provides:
• Paid residencies in our dance-friendly studio, as well as via evolving partnerships
• Support services including professional workshops for creators, grant labs, on-line resources, skill-share situations, mentorship and opportunities to meet with presenters.
• Intimate presentations of mostly shared programs, in our studio and beyond.
• Putting artists first
• Supporting artistic freedom and experimentation
• Providing a welcoming and accessible environment
• Rejecting the traditional growth model in favour of working deeply
• Safeguarding our independence and flexibility
• Being transparent, critical and subverting the status quo
About our programming
Our vision is a holistic one, with each arm of programming feeding the other, and much overlap between the artists who are supported and those who take or teach workshops. As a hub for experimental and outspoken performance, we often work with artists who escape definition and who seek new models for artistic creation. They are programmed (for residencies, presentation or workshops) through an open call for submissions by a selection committee composed of staff and artists, or are invited by the Artistic Director. Most foreign artists come to Studio 303 through a partnership between organizations.
Our role within the performing arts community has evolved over the years, in tandem with changes in the milieu. Today, we are increasingly invested in artist empowerment and in the mobility of ideas. We advocate, facilitate discussions and host innovative networking events with the goal of helping creators locate and develop interesting opportunities to better support their practice.
More than a simple doorway to the professional milieu, Studio 303 is one of the most creative, multifunctional, affordable and welcoming artistic centres in Canada.