Catalyst 2011 Submission Invitation
Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

Los Angeles Movement Arts (LAMA) is producing its third iteration of Catalyst. It was conceived as a platform for artists to push their boundaries and promote purposeful experimentation.

We would like to invite you to submit a proposal for an original piece that follows the spirit of Catalyst and the guidelines given. The LAMA Catalyst production team will then select several pieces to be presented at the Catalyst show, December 3rd & 4th, 2011 at the Diavolo Space.

LAMA's Catalyst production team has decided on a conceptual framework for our third Catalyst.

The idea: "Back by Popular Demand," For this year's Catalyst, “create a work that brings back something that was popular once but in today’s context.”

The purpose or more like purposes of this theme is multiple. One can say it's about giving something that was once popular another chance to shine. One can say it's about examining what makes something “popular”, to distill the reason for popularity down to something independent of social and cultural context. Just like “funny,” there are qualities that are universal in all cultures. Of course, you can’t tell the same jokes across culture, yet every culture has “funny.” And in examining "funny," we can deduce back to maybe what's popular is what gives us pleasure; maybe it's something that stimulates our mind? It's about digging for the roots or the essence of what makes something "popular."

One can also say this theme is to explore what it means to bring something back, what is this "something?" What is the context of today? In accordance to the spirit of Catalyst, it's really up to you how to read this sentence. Use your imagination and explore all these angles or find ones that we have not yet thought of.

But in the end it all comes back to one very important aspect of art, to show the world how you perceive and understand this world and existence. In a time of division and academic-speak, political-speak and the many *-isms, is there a way to express more clearly? It would be an important exercise for us to explore how to communicate effectively, especially to some one who is not on the same page as you. This exercise in communication is more about show, than tell. It's less about explanation, as it's more about understanding. It's not about reasoning with some one, rather it's about communicating the seemingly illogical.



Q. What do I have to do if I want to submit a piece of work?
A: Write a concise one-page proposal that describes your concept or idea. Make sure to explain how is your concept related to this year's theme.

Q. Does it have to be an existing piece?
A: No.

Q. Does it have to be an entirely brand new piece?
A. Sure.

Q. Can it be an existing piece?
A: Yes.

Q. Why are you doing this?
A. Because we are not satisfied with what is out there, just like you.

Q. What are your criteria for judging a proposal?
A. Originality that has been well thought through.

Q. What's new or different this year?
A. For every participating piece, we will create a short film to serve as a guide/promo. The finished films will be posted online one month ahead of the show. More information will be available upon the acceptance of your proposal.


Please submit:

  • your contact information (phone, email, etc)
  • biography
  • a concise write-up of your proposed concept or idea (1-2 paragraphs)
  • the estimated length of your piece
  • samples of your previous work via video link or video CD/DVD.

All submissions are due 10/7/2011

Please email your submissions or questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We are looking forward to seeing what you come up with!


Da Xu,

Director, Catalyst

Catalyst - As we have seen in all areas of culture and the arts, most innovation is born out of the limelight, away from the crowds, arising from the urge and the need to change the status quo. Such changes were often part of the struggle by a new generation in their attempts to create and establish their own identities, something unique and different from what had come before. The initial spark might be simple, but the journey itself is always full of purpose. This is what LAMA hopes to achieve with this show. We hope that your participation in Catalyst will ignite that spark within and that it encourages you to continue the journey with clear purpose and intention.


Show date: 12/3 - 12/4/2011 (possibility of FOUR shows)

Location: the Diavolo Space (waiting for confirmation).

Important dates:

  • 10/7/11 All submissions are due.
  • 10/10/11 – LAMA will notify all choreographers of their selection status. Note: There will be a selection process, which means there are no guaranteed spots.
  • 11/6/11 - Online documentary/short film, per piece, published
  • 11/13/11 – Showing/evaluation. Location: Brockus (tentative).Note: since this is a smaller show, there will be only one evaluation.
  • 12/1 - 12/2/11 – Tech at Diavolo (time and location tentative)
  • 12/3 - 12/4/11 – Show(s)!


  • Take risks with your piece.
  • Don’t be reactive. Don’t take the easy way out by doing the opposite of what you have been doing. Find what you are most afraid to do as an artist and a performer.
  • We encourage you to collaborate and interact with other artists. LAMA is here to provide a platform for like-minded artists to get to know one another.
  • Take Risks. (Yeah! We like to repeat ourselves.)

Please send submissions or any questions to Da Xu, director of Catalyst, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Submission items can be mailed to LAMA, 18104 Cowbell Court, Rowland Heights, CA, 91748. Please be sure to send a follow-up email, so we know to expect it.