what is eroticDance Naked is known for creating and producing sex-positive theater, and offering workshops in Sex & Creativity.  We are now proud to announce a brand new concept.  What Is Erotic? is a cabaret-style curated performance, by and for the community.   Artists of all kinds are invited to present their answer to this question, and share their erotic imagination as part of a group production.  (Prior performance experience not required).  This is your chance to shine!

What Is Erotic? will preview as a workshop production during the  Fertile Ground Festival (Jan. 27th & 28th) and have a full run during Valentine’s Weekend Feb 12-14.

We will have an orientation on Sunday,  November 16th @ 2pm.  Please come with questions,  ideas and enthusiasm! (Sign up on the facebook page and get all the logistical information).

Performance & Artists: The show is composed of independent artists all exploring the question, “What is Erotic?”  Each piece averages about 3-6 minutes long.  We showcase dance, song, storytelling, comedy, spoken word, performance art and more.  Artists are invited to push their edges, work their pieces and go deep to create a raw, open, riveting performance that has an impact on the audience.  What we are looking for is eroticism, unique ideas, do-ability, and talent.  All artists must be available for all shows.  As a participant in the show we value and expect communication with the directors, a commitment to coming to all required evenings, to tell the directors if you won’t be able to make it to a required evening, to show your piece during Works in Progress, to participate in being in community with the What is Erotic? cast members.

Artist Support:  An amazing aspect of the show is the support team created to help artists get pieces that really work well.  We offer two group options for honing and feedback.

1) Group Rehearsal evenings are offered as a means to present your piece in front of your fellow performers and directors, see how it feels with an audience, and get supportive feedback and input on your progress.

2) Individual coaching & support: Each act is assigned one director for feedback, general communication, and support in the full creation of your piece.

In addition- all participants will be invited to participate in a Sex & Creativity workshop led by Eleanor O’Brien free of charge (non-performing participants pay $50).

Audition & Callback:  We have 1 audition and 1 callback.  The audition in November is a showing of your concept and what you’ve developed up until that point, YOUR PIECE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE COMPLETE.  It does need to be a well developed idea that is cohesive, erotic, and doable.  The callback in December is where you will be expected to show a developed piece enough for us to see its shape, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE IN FINAL FORM.  We understand you will have another month and a half to hone your performance.  You will be told in December if you are part of the final cast.

Production: We have a production team.  Every year we look for awesome people to help create the show.  Do you or your friends want to help with production?  Stage managers, AV, Box Office, Prop Creation.

Promotion:  Part of being in the show is promoting the show.  We ask that you be willing to spread the word when the time comes.

Time commitment:

Required Dates are in RED
Dates are subject to change, read emails carefully as our timeline unfolds.

Sunday, November 16th at 2pm – Call to Artist Orientation
Sun. Nov 30  @ 2pm – 1st Audition:
Sun. Dec 14 @ 2pm – Callback Audition

January 11th @ 2pm – Rehearsal (you must come to 1/11 or 1/18)
January 18th @ 2pm – Rehearsal (you must come to 1/11 or 1/18)
January 25th @ 2pm – Dress Rehearsal
January 26th @ 6:30pm Tech Rehearsal

Fertile Ground Preview Shows
Jan 27th & 28th @ 7:30pm (Call for Artists 6pm)

Promotion Day – TBA

February 8th @ 2pm – Rehearsal
February 11th @ 6pm Final Dress/Tech Rehearsal

What Is Erotic? Show Dates: Feb 12, 13, & 14th @ 8pm (Call for Artists 6pm)

What Is Erotic? is a fundraiser for Dance Naked Productions, and the summer tour of Lust & Marriage to the Canadian Fringe.  Performers will not be paid, but will receive 2 comp tickets to the Fertile Ground workshop, free access to the Sex & Creativity workshop, lots of hands-on directorial attention, entrance to after-parties and a whole new circle of interesting friends!