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WSD 2022 Theme and Vision - The Three Sisters: Located near Canmore, Alberta, between UCalgary and Banff National Park, is a mountain known as the Three Sisters. The mountain is known for its three peaks and is a significant landmark to the area with stories and the name originating with the Stoney Nakoda First Nation. 

Big Sister - Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Saakokoto, our friend, a Blackfoot Elder and member of the Blood Tribe, has graciously agreed to be the knowledge keeper for WSD2022. We look forward to working with Elder Bottle, Saakokoto, to learn more about the Blackfoot way of living in Mohkinstsis and how interaction with land, landscape and storytelling have meaning for cultures of today. Canada is at a watershed moment in our history where many truths are being unearthed and brought to light, where our history as a settler culture is calling current generations to begin to repair damages and live together in a good way with Indigenous peoples. 

Middle Sister - Ecoscenography: Coined by Tanja Beer, the term ecoscenograpy, conjures ideas of ecology, economy, landscape, scenographic theory, and possibility. We are living in complex times, facing climate change, animal extinction, and resource depletion. As artists, creators, and makers, we have been asking, “what can we do to consume less, pollute less, and yet maintain aesthetics that appeal to our audiences?”. Beer’s theories of ecoscenograpy are appealing because they are rooted in aesthetic thinking and hopeful approaches to the creation of performance.

Little Sister - Multiple Realities: While the name of this sister seems diminutive, it is in fact, the hardest peak to climb of the Three Sisters mountain. The world of performance design has expanded to include virtual reality, artificial reality, and digital reality. Yet, we are still grappling with contextual and historical realities, cultural realities, and of course as designers, architects and technicians we cannot escape material reality. Multiple Realities allows the exploration of many aspects of performance design and lets us engage with digital methodologies and practices while connecting to our current state.

Submission Criteria Scenofest 2022 seeks performances that reflect the theme and vision of the Three Sisters of WSD2022. 

Performances should be around 60-90 minutes in length. We are aiming for each performance to be shown two or three times. Companies bringing performances are invited to consider also making a presentation, delivering a workshop, or holding a Q&A session that shares the work process. If you would like to make a presentation or deliver a practical workshop related to the performance, then please submit a proposal through the Workshops, Masterclasses, Panels, Activities for Community Engagement or Families application.  

Selection Process The WSD2022 Planning Committee will make the final selection from the submissions for performances. We will contact the finalists to coordinate all of the details required, including the performance venue information and technical needs. Acceptance for Scenofest at WSD2022 will require the selected artists/companies to take responsibility for the transport of their performance to and from Calgary, Canada. WSD2022 will provide the venue, technical facilities, production personnel, and technical crew for the load in, operation, and load out. 

WSD2022 reserves the right to photograph all events within the World Stage Design 2022 program and to use the imagery to publicize and document the event. All images used publicly will be fully credited with the Artist/ Company’s details. Releases for photographs and filming will be provided in the acceptance package.    If you are offered an invitation from the planning committee to bring your performance to Scenofest, your company will be given 5 guest registrations to WSD2022. 

Submission Deadline: Submissions will close June 1, 2021.   

Should any applicant have difficulties with online application please contact support@submittable.com for assistance.   

Should any applicant have general questions about WSD 2022, please contact info.wsd2021@ucalgary.ca.

WSD 2022 Theme and Vision - The Three Sisters: Located near Canmore, Alberta, between UCalgary and Banff National Park, is a mountain known as the Three Sisters. The mountain is known for its three peaks and is a significant landmark to the area with stories and the name originating with the Stoney Nakoda First Nation. 

Big Sister - Indigenous Ways of Knowing: Saakokoto, our friend, a Blackfoot Elder and member of the Blood Tribe, has graciously agreed to be the knowledge keeper for WSD2022. We look forward to working with Elder Bottle, Saakokoto, to learn more about the Blackfoot way of living in Mohkinstsis and how interaction with land, landscape and storytelling have meaning for cultures of today. Canada is at a watershed moment in our history where many truths are being unearthed and brought to light, where our history as a settler culture is calling current generations to begin to repair damages and live together in a good way with Indigenous peoples. 

Middle Sister - Ecoscenography: Coined by Tanja Beer, the term ecoscenograpy, conjures ideas of ecology, economy, landscape, scenographic theory, and possibility. We are living in complex times, facing climate change, animal extinction, and resource depletion. As artists, creators, and makers, we have been asking, “what can we do to consume less, pollute less, and yet maintain aesthetics that appeal to our audiences?”. Beer’s theories of ecoscenograpy are appealing because they are rooted in aesthetic thinking and hopeful approaches to the creation of performance.

Little Sister - Multiple Realities: While the name of this sister seems diminutive, it is in fact, the hardest peak to climb of the Three Sisters mountain. The world of performance design has expanded to include virtual reality, artificial reality, and digital reality. Yet, we are still grappling with contextual and historical realities, cultural realities, and of course as designers, architects and technicians we cannot escape material reality. Multiple Realities allows the exploration of many aspects of performance design and lets us engage with digital methodologies and practices while connecting to our current state.

Submission Criteria for Workshops, Masterclasses, and Panels  Scenofest 2022 seeks proposals for Workshops, Masterclasses, and Panels that fit within the Three Sisters theme and vision of WSD2022. 

Workshops can be of varying lengths from ½ day to 2 days. 

Masterclasses can be from 3 hours to a ½ day or one full day. 

Panels should be well-formulated and not exceed 2 hours. 

Selection Process for Workshops, Masterclasses, and Panels The WSD2022 Planning Committee will make the final selection from the submissions. We will contact the finalists to coordinate all of the details required, including the venue information and technical needs. Acceptance for Scenofest at WSD2022 will require the selected artists/companies to take responsibility for the transportation of the instructors, artists, and collaborators to and from Calgary, Canada. WSD2022 will provide the venue and technical facilities for the pedagogical requirements of the workshop, masterclass or panel. 

Submission Criteria for Activities for Community Engagement or Families Scenofest 2022 seeks proposals for Activities for Community Engagement or Families that reflect, ask questions, and embrace the theme and vision of the Three Sisters of WSD2022. 

We anticipate a number of local participants from the Calgary arts community to engage with these activities which could range from a maker session with 3D printing to an outdoor installation to a cultural presentation on traditional ways of knowing.   Selection Process for Activities for Community Engagement or Families The WSD2022 Planning Committee will make the final selection from the submissions. We will contact the finalists to coordinate all of the details required, including the venue information, technical and material needs. Acceptance for Scenofest at WSD2022 will require the selected artists/companies to take responsibility for the transportation of the instructors, artists, and collaborators to and from Calgary, Canada. WSD2022 will provide the appropriate venue and technical support for the activities for community engagement or families. 

WSD2022 reserves the right to photograph all events within the World Stage Design 2022 program and to use the imagery to publicize and document the event. All images used publicly will be fully credited with the Artist/ Company’s details. Releases for photographs and filming will be provided in the acceptance package.    When you submit your acceptance to present at Scenofest, you will be required to register for WSD2022 as a delegate. 

Submission Deadline: Submissions will close June 1, 2021.      

Should any applicant have difficulties with online application please contact support@submittable.com for assistance.   

Should any applicant have general questions about WSD 2022, please contact info.wsd2021@ucalgary.ca.

Exhibition Criteria

Submissions to the WSD2022 exhibitions must be realized performances, installations, site-specific events, etc. produced between September 2016 and September 2020. The Emerging Designer category is defined for designers who were a student at some time between September 2016 and September 2020. (You will be required to upload a proof of student status document, e.g., diploma or certification.) **The information regarding the exhibition criteria will be updated as soon as we have more information.**

If you would like to submit more than one production, you will apply with a different entry for each production. Each designer may submit an unlimited number of productions. If you designed for multiple disciplines on one production, you may choose to submit under the Performance Design category or, if you wish to only be considered for one discipline please choose the applicable category. 

Categories will be identified as such: 

Performance Design: Formerly referred to as Scenography, this category will look at the designer who crosses several of disciplines, such as designers of set and lighting, set and costume, lighting and costume, etc

Space Design: As a category it refers directly to design for performance spaces outside of what might be perceived as “standard” scenic/set design. It is likely to include installation and site-specific work but may also be subject to the interpretation of both the designer and ultimately the Jury.

Set Design, Sound Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Projection Design: These are designs in either a traditional or alternative context. 

Alternative: To be used when the designer feels their work does not fit the above categories.


Please note that the jury may move a submission from one category to another if the jury members deem appropriate to do so.



Special Mentions: The WSD Planning Committee would like to acknowledge achievement in three specific areas. Each designer will be asked to identify if they feel their work should be identified in the following:

Indigenous Design for Performance: The designer may choose to have their work identified for special mention as Indigenous Design for Performance if they identify as an Indigenous Artist as defined by Unesco on the website

EcoScenography and/or Sustainable Design: The designer may choose to have their work identified for special mention as ecoscenography and/or sustainable design. Please indicate your reasons for seeing your work in this category of specialization.

Mixed Reality Scenography and Design: The designer may choose to have their work identified for special mention as mixed reality scenography which could include AR/VR/MR and other digital contexts. Please indicate your reasons for seeing your work in this category of specialization.



Selection Process

The Selection Juries approved by the WSD2022 Planning Committee will make the final selection from the digital submissions to curate the exhibition to be assembled in Calgary. Designers who are selected for the exhibit are required to take responsibility for the delivery of their work to and from Calgary, and they are invited and encouraged to attend the ten days of WSD2022 while their work is on display. The cost of travelling to Calgary and transporting exhibits is the responsibility of the individual exhibitor. The exhibitor agreement will be available upon notification of acceptance to the competition. The Award Jury will be chosen from amongst the distinguished international presenters and keynote speakers for WSD2022. Awards may be bestowed in each of the categories.

Submission Deadline: The submission deadlines for the WSD 2022 exhibitions will be extended beyond the original deadline of October 31, 2020.  The deadline and information regarding the exhibition criteria will be updated as soon as we have more information.

Submission Cost: $30 USD per submission. Please check the currency exchange rate with your banking institution.

Should any applicant have difficulties with the online application please contact support@submittable.com for assistance. 

Should any applicant have general questions about WSD 2022, please contact info.wsd2021@ucalgary.ca.

Exhibition Criteria

Submissions to the WSD2022 exhibitions must be realized performances, installations, site-specific events, etc. produced between September 2016 and September 2020.  **The information regarding the exhibition criteria will be updated as soon as we have more information.** 

If you would like to submit more than one production, you will need to apply with a different entry for each production. Each designer may submit an unlimited number of productions. If you designed for multiple disciplines on one production, you may choose to submit under the Performance Design category or, if you wish to only be considered for one discipline please choose the applicable category. 

Categories will be identified as such: 

Performance Design: Formerly referred to as Scenography, this category will look at the designer who crosses several of disciplines, such as designers of set and lighting, set and costume, lighting and costume, etc

Space Design: As a category it refers directly to design for performance spaces outside of what might be perceived as “standard” scenic/set design. It is likely to include installation and site-specific work but may also be subject to the interpretation of both the designer and ultimately the Jury.

Set Design, Sound Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Projection Design: These are designs in either a traditional or alternative context. 

Alternative: To be used when the designer feels their work does not fit the above categories.


Please note that the jury may move a submission from one category to another if the jury members deem appropriate to do so.



Special Mentions: The WSD Planning Committee would like to acknowledge achievement in three specific areas. Each designer will be asked to identify if they feel their work should be identified in the following:

Indigenous Design for Performance

The designer may choose to have their work identified for special mention as Indigenous Design for Performance if they identify as an Indigenous Artist as defined by Unesco on the website

EcoScenography and/or Sustainable Design

The designer may choose to have their work identified for special mention as ecoscenography and/or sustainable design. Please indicate your reasons for seeing your work in this category of specialization.

Mixed Reality Scenography and Design

The designer may choose to have their work identified for special mention as mixed reality scenography which could include AR/VR/MR and other digital contexts. Please indicate your reasons for seeing your work in this category of specialization.



Selection Process

The Selection Juries approved by the WSD2022 Planning Committee will make the final selection from the digital submissions to curate the exhibition to be assembled in Calgary. Designers who are selected for the exhibit are required to take responsibility for the delivery of their work to and from Calgary, and they are invited and encouraged to attend the ten days of WSD2022 while their work is on display. The cost of travelling to Calgary and transporting exhibits is the responsibility of the individual exhibitor. The exhibitor agreement will be available upon notification of acceptance to the competition.

The Award Jury will be chosen from amongst the distinguished international presenters and keynote speakers for WSD2022. Awards may be bestowed in each of the categories. 

Submission Deadline: The submission deadlines for the WSD 2022 exhibitions will be extended beyond the original deadline of September 15, 2020.  The deadline and information regarding the exhibition criteria will be updated as soon as we have more information.

Submission Cost: $30 USD per submission. Please check the currency exchange rate with your banking institution.

Should any applicant have difficulties with online application please contact support@submittable.com for assistance.

Should any applicant have general questions about WSD 2022, please contact info.wsd2021@ucalgary.ca.

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