Blender Performance Proposal
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS Tuesday, APRIL 1 2014
Each performer or group may submit ONE number with a maximum of 5 minutes long.
BLENDER! is a charity showcase to benefit the Philadelphia Transgender Health Conference. Performers are asked to graciously donate their time and talents. There will not be payment for submissions; performers may keep any and all tips the receive. Please note that completing a submission form does not guarantee you a slot.
"This diverse show is looking for submissions including performance art, spoken word, song, drag, and burlesque, focusing on trans* experiences, gender, identity, diversity, queerness, and community. Blender! is calling to a wide variety of trans*, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, fluid, two-spirit, androgynous, and gender non-conforming performers, and non-trans* identified performers to submit. ALL TYPE AND TALENTS ARE WELCOMED"
Performers will receive notification of acceptance via e-mail by April 11, 2014. All communication for Blender! will be done through email. If internet access is a problem for you please contact the organizers to set up an alternative mode of contact.
Blender is an ALL AGES show, meaning that there will be people under the age of 18 in the show and in the audience. We welcome traditionally considered “mature” performance elements and subject matter such as partial nudity (nipples and genitals covered), swear words, sexual themes, etc. We do ask performers, however, to please use discretion in your submitted pieces so we can create a show that everyone can enjoy.
Accountability Clause: Blender strives to create a safe, inclusive space for everyone. When selecting your submission piece(s) please consider your own voice and position in your communities. All performers are expected to abide by three accountability principals while performing. By submitting you are agreeing to be conscious of:
1) Cultural Appropriation: Presenting or adopting specific elements, clothing, music, or behaviors from any culture or group that is not your own on the basis of stereotype OR using said elements for the purpose of presenting yourself a member of a cultural group that may not be your own. Please use care when using cultural-based components for your piece(s).
2) Triggering Elements: Some performance content, such as re-enacted violence, accounts of aggression, and/or prejudicial (sexist, racist, transphobic, ableist, homophobic, queerphobic, classist, etc) language may upset or distress certain audience members. Please note on your submission form if your piece contains any of these elements so that appropriate warnings can be given. This way we can empower story telling while also providing space for attendees to care for themselves.
3) Disempowering Characters: Characters or performative elements, costumes, or themes that belittle or insult any group by using stereotypes or negative presentations that target size, age, sexual orientation, race, gender presentation, physical (dis)ability, economic class, education, ethnicity, etc.
If you have questions about any of the three principles above or any specific elements of your performance please feel free to contact organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.