Criticism Exchange Call for New Writers


Criticism Exchange, an artist-driven dance and performance writing initiative, is seeking new voices! Criticism Exchange functions in a reciprocal manner: you write and publish written responses to the work of your peers, in exchange for written responses to your own work.

Criticism Exchange has been a catalyst for artist writing since April 2014, involving 44 artists and publishing over 70 pieces of writing in that time. Criticism Exchange has been featured at the Dance/USA conference, the Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influence lecture series at the Cowles Center, and the Society of Dance History Scholars/Congress on Research in Dance conference in Athens, Greece.

Who: Some Criticism Exchange participants are new to a writing practice, others are new to a public writing practice, and some are more experienced. Current and past participants of Criticism Exchange have practices in in contemporary dance, postmodern dance, experimental theater, performance art, ballet, West African dance, contemporary Indian dance, and more. We are interested in including writers who work in other forms, but an interest in experimental writing forms and willingness to ask questions is key. See here for examples of the types of questions we ask.

How it works: You commit to participating from November 2015-April 2016. You agree to provide at least one written response in that time, which you sign up for in advance on a shared spreadsheet. You can also post performances of your own you’d like someone else to write about. Then, for each response you receive about your work, you contribute one more piece of writing to someone else within the group. In addition, participants will also sign up to be the “first reader” and give basic writing feedback to their peers. See here for more info on the process.

How to get involved: Please send an email to and by October 21, telling us why you’re interested in participating. You can also include info on shows you have coming up in the next six months, or links to previous writing—neither are required, but helpful for our planning.


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