Moving Body festival platform is dedicated to connecting artists, mediums and audiences through art that shares a strong choreographic sensibility.

The COVID-19 pandemic affects all spheres of both our personal and professional lives, presenting the performing arts with enormous challenges and an urgent need to re-organize their activities, to rethink their role and place in society. Therefore, in 2021, through the instrument of choreography and the lens of the festival platform Moving Body, we want to find those new readings of the current environmental and socio-political challenges of our time, which will become a starting point for our discussions during the main program of the edition in November 2021.

We all seem to be striving at this moment (striving we believe is the need for communication and direction) to join a large-scale collective moving body, а material as well as an abstract one, but always a body in motion, which through our virtual screens seems pixelated, incomplete, in search of experiencing its identity – the only thing that makes it feel whole.

Questioning the existing fixed notions in our language, the possible directions for the future, and the reality where the subjective and the objective meet, moves us to take and experiment in different directions in the landscape of the collective mind, examining possibilities for our future as a species, as human beings, standing on the result of History. Every standing body develops over time a resisting mechanism against gravity, and standing itself, where the feet and the surface meet, is an act of pushing the ground.

The critical moves, which we perceive as a rich territory in which we stand and push the ground, provoke us to ask again the questions which work as a driving force for the Moving Body platform: How do we move? What moves us? In which direction are we moving? How do we move from an individual toward a collective body shaping the future history? How do we move in a time of Catastrophe?

The festival invites scholars, artists and other multidisciplinary participants to submit works of WRITING, VISUAL ART, SOUND AND NEW MEDIA… as every media is perceived as a critical body which explores new modes of coexisting between all forms of life and art. We would like to provide an orientation with which to discuss the current ecological and sociopolitical challenges of our time, through the lens of the Moving Body platform.

Every selected project will receive a Moving Body Digital diploma and the best works from each category will be awarded the financial support of €150.

We understand this is more of a symbolic sum for your achievement, rather than a significant one, but we want to show our appreciation and support as an organisation, despite the fact that this year our funds were cut. We do not wish for this obstacle to get in the way of our passionate aim to coordinate the sixth edition of the initiative in which we believe in. In this line of thought, all participation fees will be invested in the live, digital and possibly printed realisation of Moving Body Festival 2021.

We thank you for the understanding and support from your side, and we wish you to always keep the motivated inner creative fire burning!

Open call to theorists, scientists, choreographers, visual artists, performers and other multidisciplinary participants and thinkers:

VIDEO WORKS – on the border of choreography and video art, which examines bodies in a socio-political context, science, ecology or nature (duration: 15 min. max).

VISUAL ART (photography, graphic work, collage) – an artwork that examines bodies in the contexts of socio-politics, science, ecology or nature (please consider that it must be in good quality). Please submit ONLY ONE visual work – photography/graphic work/collage.
Screen quality minimum 1920x1200px (jpeg, png).
Print quality minimum A4 (297×210 mm) at 300 dpi (pdf, eps, jpg, tiff, png), 3600×2600 px (jpg, tiff, png).

Works in the field of NEW MEDIA / DIGITAL FRAME – participatory works in the digital frame /performative works in the digital frame /performative series. With this category, we would like to make a contribution to the further development of “live-stream aesthetics”, as we see multi-media and hybrid productions as a sustainable (yet not necessarily desired) future opportunity for the arts.

TEXT / RESEARCH PAPER / SOUND PAPER – we are looking for the close and complex relationship between text and movement that examines art and bodies in the contexts of socio-politics, science, ecology or nature.
Text / Research paper – maximum 10 pages.
Sound paper – maximum 20 minutes.
Please, visit our website and apply through our Google Forms questionnaire:

Participants must be at least 18 years old to apply.
All works must be completed after 1 January 2019.

We will only use personal information to process your submission requests. Your privacy will be respected. We will not disclose your personal information to any third party unless you have consented to such disclosure or if we are required to do so by law.

By submitting your work, you agree that you have all the necessary rights and authorisations to present this work in public.

You have read and understood the conditions of the present submission. You agree that the information submitted here may be made public by MOVING BODY if your work is included in this year’s edition of the platform.

If your work is selected, you agree to send the necessary information the festival requires for publicity purposes. (You will receive an email asking you to send information and files if your work is selected).

If your work is selected, you agree that it will be presented on our website and social media channels. The work will remain your property, and you will be credited every time it’s used.

Selected works from each category will be presented online on the festival website as part of the main program of the festival platform Moving Body between 05-12 November 2021, as well as (possibly) through a first printed edition. By submitting your work, you agree for it to be included in both the online and the printed aspects of the festival.

By submitting your work, you understand and agree to the outlined terms of this open call.

Overall Rating
  • Jessica Liu

    Great experience with the team from MOVING BODY Festival!

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you!

  • Kateryna Tiurina

    Thank you Moving Body for this fantastic emotions and good organisation! Big hugs from Kyiv.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much, Kateryna! Your review is warmly appreciated!

  • Tuixén Benet

    It was an honor to be selected at the festival. Very good communication.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much for the warm feedback, Tuixén Benet!

  • Was honoured and really enjoyed being in this festival. Communication was excellent, always friendly and prompt. Well done! Unfortunately couldn't be there. Next time!

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Hopefully, when times are better! Thank you for the kind feedback, Vanessa, and for sharing your artistry with us!

  • Kosta Karakashyan

    A wonderful highlight of the Bulgarian festival season. Honored to be a part of it!

    September 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Kosta, always a pleasure to collaborate with you!