Written by on 2021-08-25

Shadow Casters, FRU and Domino present:

Earth Stations Open Call for Participation

We are proud to announce the first cycle call for participation in the digital version of “Earth Stations”, opening August 23rd and closing September 20th 2021.

We are inviting performing artists, scientists, intermedia artists and artistic groups to propose any kind of theatre ideas in its first or more elaborate forms. These proposals will then be developed together with theatre professionals, producers and educators, gathered to help test the work’s artistic and production vision from as many as possible points of view.

Shortlisted projects (10) will be invited to a Zoom talk by September 25th and the final selection of 5 projects will be presented to international media and audience on September 30th; with the first step workshop on October 22-24 in North Macedonia and the second step workshop on December 17-19 in Croatia.

The Earth Stations process of devising intermedia and intercultural performing arts projects will combine the latest communication technologies with the 3000 years of theatre making tradition & know-how. This will happen in 2 steps, each of which comprises of three-day intensive workshop programs, separated by a six-week elaboration and development period. The project applications will undergo a two-step selection process: after the first round of selection, 10 shortlisted projects will be invited to present their ideas and after that, the final selection of 5 projects will be announced.

The five most challenging and innovative project applications will be selected for participation by the international jury and admitted to the process of developing their ideas. All selected projects will be presented to an international audience after the second round of workshops.

Jury: Boris Bakal, Petra Begović (Croatia) & Filip Jovanovski (North Macedonia) with the advisory board of mentors and lecturers: Mia David (Serbia), Zhana Ivanova (Nederland), Bill Aitchison (UK/China), Kristina Lelovac (North Macedonia), Sodja Loteker (Czech Republic), Tomi Janežić (Slovenia), Zvonimir Dobrović (Hrvatska) and others.

About Earth Stations:

Earth Stations pilot project is a hybrid (on- and off-line) devised performance protocol for developing and promoting (producing and distributing) innovative intermedia and intercultural performing art projects. This protocol gives the participating artists the opportunity to develop their projects from concept to the distribution stage, with help from international producers and artistic teams. Projects and production plans, as well as target performance materials, will be questioned, challenged and pushed further through both workshops, lectures (6 in total) and evaluations of development, receiving multi-level feedback from as many points of view as possible.

Earth Stations is both a laboratory of new theatre, as well as a platform for international artistic cooperation. Each participating project will pass two stages of development and will be pitched to a wide audience of international performance art curators, selectors, and producers before the actual production term begins.

What we are looking for:

We seek critical and brave performing art proposals from the EU and the rest of the world, with a special eye on proposals from the Balkan region countries (both Western and Eastern). The project consists of three production and distribution NGOs in the field of performance and intermedia arts which unite to give artists a chance to test all their craziest ideas with the best possible tutors.

Our vision of the world is holistic and respectful to all genders, races and cultures, all while challenging prejudice as well as political and historical revisionism, both in our lives and in the productions we present to audiences worldwide. We encourage applications submitted by trans / women / minorities / LGBTIQA+ and other under-represented individuals and groups.


(all materials should be submitted by September 20th, 23.59 CET)

Please fill in the application form at this link: https://forms.gle/9mJ12KL2kaPkJsPY7

All additional materials should be sent to bacaci.sjenki@gmail.com; for documents larger than 25 MB send to the same address via WeTransfer or another service. Please call the label “Earth Stations” – your name and surname

  1. Short video presentation of yourself (max. 2 min) *
  2. Portfolio of your recent projects/works (max. 10 MB in total), if applicable
  3. Audio-visual material on the proposed project, no more than 3 minutes, if applicable

At least two members of the presented projects should be present in all workshop classes (at least one artist/author and one producer).

Practical Information:

Open call deadline: September 20th, 2021 – 23.59 CET

Duration of Earth Stations First Step: 3 days

Dates: 22nd – 24th of October, 2021

HOURS (every day):

8AM – 5PM BST (London)
9AM – 6PM CEST (Brussels)
11AM – 8PM Gulf Standard Time (Dubai)
3AM – 12AM EDT (New York)
3PM – 12PM CST (Beijing)
12:30AM – 9:30PM IST (New Delhi)
4 AM – 1 PM BRT (Rio de Janeiro)
Location: Online

Shadow Casters “Earth Stations” first stage will act as a part of MOT Festival Skopje & AKTO Festival Bitola in collaboration with Faculty of Drama Arts Skopje.

Shadow Casters “Earth Stations” second stage will act as a part of the “All In All 20” 20 years anniversary program of Shadow Casters in collaboration with Domino association and Zagreb Cultural Institute from December 17th to 19th, 2021.

Price for lectures: free for selected projects/authors; 15 € for audience (for all 6 lectures)

Number of selected and devised projects: 5
Number of participants for lectures: 600

“Earth Stations” donors: City of Zagreb – Office for culture

Shadow Casters donors: Kultura nova Foundation, National Foundation for Civil Society Development