Exquisite Collaborations

Online Cabaret Nov 28th



At Concrete Cabaret, we are always looking for a way to foster the work of materials performers, while also encouraging cross-collaboration within the community and creating an accessible entry point for artists new to puppetry and performing object work. We have developed a flexible process we call "exquisite collaboration" which structures the creative process (through a number of different phases) between anonymous creators - all to be revealed at the end stages. See more on our last exquisite collab here: https://www.concretecabaret.com/exquisite-collaborations


For our first OBJECTO Fest in November 26-28th, 2021, we are programming a Sunday online exquisite collaboration event to compliment our in-person performances at Toronto’s Tranzac Club on Friday and Saturday. We want YOU to be a part of it! No need to have any prepared material or ideas. You simply need to have the capacity to follow the timeline of stages and create/record or perform live online your final piece on November 28th. 


OBJECTO Fest Exquisite Collab Timeline

November 12th to November 28th:


November 10th, 11th or 12th, an initial meeting describing the process


November 12th PHASE 1 Due: Show premise - one to two sentences creating an inspirational launching point for a short puppet show.


November 15th PHASE 2 Due: Show script - a "script" wherein the setting, characters and plot/dialogue is communicated through storyboard, scenario or script (limit 2 pages).


November 19th PHASE 3 Due: Puppet/Object Design - create a drawn design of the character(s) and scene in the script 


November 24th PHASE 4 Due: Create and perform your show! Create the puppets and perform the show from the materials you've received. Feel free to get creative here - we love janky! 


The performance should be recorded (ideally on a phone) in one-take (i.e. no editing or sound effects offscreen) or performed live online during the online broadcast of the show!


We encourage you to perform your show live! For those performing live, this date will be a dress rehearsal. For those sending in performance recordings, this is your video due date. 



Participating artists are offered at $100 honorarium.


To submit an application, please enter the requested information here by Friday November 5th: https://forms.gle/CM6BU2i3BVojHRgPA

What we’re looking for (when there isn't a pandemic happening):

If you are a creator/performer/artist working in the medium of puppetry and performing objects—someone who does things with stuff on stage—and are looking for a place to informally present your works-in-progress or experimental projects in Toronto, consider applying to one of our seasonal cabarets. Online or in person, we aim to showcase experimental puppetry and performing objects in a radically inclusive environment!


We prioritize performances and acts that challenge theatrical norms and our understanding of objects and inanimacy, as well as projects and people telling stories pertinent to, and underrepresented in, today’s political and social climate. Low-tech and short-form pieces fit our cabaret best—performances ranging from 5-15 minutes with minimal setup and tech are preferred. All performers are paid out of ticket sales and provided with a free meal before or during the performance. We look forward to hearing from you!


If you’d like to be part of our fabulous volunteer team to help on the night of the show, please let us know!

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