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Choreographic Residencies & Opportunities:  Current listings for the U.S. and around the globe

New Works & Featured Events:  2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival | Marco Goecke’s new NijinskiJiří Bubeníček”s new Anita Berber – Goddess of the Night

Conferences/Markets: Dance USA in TX | Tanzmesse Dusseldorf in Germany

Trending:  THE COLLECTIVES ARE BACK:  Forceful Feelings | JAPON Dance Project

Emerging Technologies: Digital Motion Capture - Physics of Kung Fu Brought to Life

Choreographer Talks:  Liz Lerman, Founder of the Dance Exchange and the Critical Response Process

Books: Choreographies of 21st Century Wars, by Gay Morris and Jens Richard Giersdorf (Editors)







KANSAS: The Department of Dance at the University of Kansas offers a choreographic fellowship for dance makers to share and further develop a work while also giving dance students the experience of an intensive creative and rehearsal process with a professional choreographer. Selected choreographers teach master classes, set works on members of the University Dance Company. The next choreographic fellowship competition takes place in the fall of 2016. Submissions will be accepted starting April 1, 2016. Upload submissions via 1acceptd1.


LOUISIANA/NATIONAL: An NPN residency directly fosters engagement between touring artists and the community it is visiting by bringing artists and their creative tools to new constituencies and audiences across a wide array of settings. A residency provides salaries, transportation, housing, per diem, and more. Residencies take place at NPN Partners in 28 states and 42 cities across the U.S.
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MASSACHUSETTS: IMAGINE FESTIVAL explores relationships between technology and the human body in action. IMAGINE will be preceded by two Residencies at Earthdance for one to two weeks in the Spring and Fall of 2017. Spring Residencies will be focused on dance film and performance with projection; Fall Residencies (leading right up to the Festival) will be more installation and immersive based. Projects from the Residencies will be presented at the IMAGINE Festival September 29–October 1, 2017 at Earthdance. Participants will be notified in September 2016. Deadline to apply: June 15, 2016.


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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Dance Exchange launches its 40th anniversary season with its summer training institute featuring innovative creative practices and boundary-breaking dance making opportunities. Institute participants from the greater Washington, D.C., region and across the globe gather with leaders, innovators, movers and thinkers in a multigenerational collective intent on deeply engaging in and with community. Open to dancers, dancemakers, and those interested in moving and community, participants will experience daily movement classes, sessions in core practices, including Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process, and meaningful dance making beyond the studio. Dates are: July 8–17, 2016 at Dance Exchange studios in Takoma Park, MD. 





AUSTRIA: Young contemporary choreographers are encouraged to apply for the Vienna workshop ImPulsTanz Research Projects 2016, July 14 through August 14. The program presents a variety of dance and choreography workshops as well as movement research laboratories. Information and application for choreographers will be online April 29, 2016, here:


BRAZIL: O Boticário na Dança is accepting applications of Brazilian dance projects in any style. The Dance Apothecary invites projects related to company maintenance or production of shows, festivals, videos, books, websites, workshops, or film exhibitions. Deadline to apply: June 16, 2016. Visit:


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GERMANY: The well-known and respected TANZWERKSTATT  EUROPE, based in Munich, is offering workshops, performances and a symposium in July 27–August 6, 2016. The summer program and festival includes both technique classes and a choreographic lab for contemporary dance artists. Applications open April 2016. Visit:


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GERMANY: This year the stage at Muffathalle presents artistic creations by our workshop participants. A perfect occasion for testing your own choreographic material and sharing it with the public! The participation in a TANZWERSTATT EUROPA workshop or lab is obligatory for taking part. The performance should not be longer than 10 minutes. The selection will be made by the team of JOINT ADVENTURES. Deadline June 23, 2016.


GERMANY: For the eighth time, JOINT ADVENTURES invites choreographers, dancers, film and multi-media artists to develop new aesthetic approaches and visual languages for choreography and film in a 60-second format. The organization is seeking works that operate choreographically with the film medium. The winners will be selected by an independent jury of experts. Monetary prizes will be awarded in the amount of up to 2,000 EUR. Deadline June 30, 2016.


INDIA: Attakkalari, launched in 2006, is a diploma program for young dancers and choreographers, which culminates in a one-year diploma in movement arts and mixed media. The program contains regular technique classes in contemporary dance, Indian traditional movement, and ballet, among other genres, plus brief modules focusing on specific elements of production.


ITALY: Video dance choreographers are invited to apply to the ALTER EGO Festival. The festival, along with a program that includes video and film screenings, performances, exhibitions, installations and laboratories, presents new trends in audiovisual and experimental performance, with a strong focus on physical and perceptive roots. Email your materials to: specifying the section and category to which you wish to register. Deadline: July 24, 2016.


JAPAN: Kinosaki International Arts Center is accepting applications for its 2017 artist-in-residence program. This opportunity focuses on fostering the performing arts within a wholly developed artistic residence facility. There will be plenty of opportunities to exchange and create with other artists in a supportive and stimulating environment. Deadline June 13, 2016.


JAPAN: Tokyo Wonder Site and the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Cultural Exchange has opened its call and application offering for its 2017 residencies. This program will focus on international communication and arts exchange, so that, while in residence in Tokyo, there will be opportunities to spread and collaborate on work on a much larger scale. Deadline June 30, 2016.


SINGAPORE: RELEASE is an independent international emerging choreographers’ platform featuring an ensemble of choreographers from Singapore and overseas. For its sixth edition, Release is looking for short original dance works of up to 10 minutes, which are fully developed and previously presented. Selected applicants will perform alongside other curated works in a total of three shows in ‘Release 6.0′ from January 19–21, 2017 in Singapore. Deadline June 30, 2016. Contact details: Visit:


TAIWAN: The Taipei Artist Village and Treasure Hill Artist Village are secluded by a serene garden, but within vibrant Taipei City. The residency provides opportunity for innovative makers of visual art, music, literature, and performance art and fosters artistic and cultural exchange between Taiwan and the rest of the world. Housing 10 residents for eight to 12 weeks, the program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. artists and includes private housing, use of studio, and media equipment. Email: or visit







CALIFORNIA: The West Coast Contact Improvisation Jam will be in Berkley, CA, from June 28 through July 3, 2016. This is a fantastic opportunity for both dancers and choreographers to be involved in large scale contact improvisation and perhaps glean inspiration for future choreography. The event is created by dancers who understand the improvisation process and therefore have the infrastructure in place to support an effective and investigative environment.


CALIFORNIA, GEORGIA, OHIO, NEW YORK, and INTERNATIONAL: The Límon School will host an array of summer workshops all across the U.S. and abroad for students of the Límon technique and teachers who wish to teach it. These summer workshops are taught by expert faculty, including the incoming artistic director of the Límon Company. They will give dancers, teachers, and choreographers brief and relevant insight into the Límon technique and movement.


MASSACHUSETTS: The 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival opens June 18, with a gala performance and continues with more than 200 free and ticketed dance performances through August 18. Among the companies performing at the Pillow this summer are the world-premiere engagement And Still You Must Swing created by tap dance powerhouses Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith; former New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan and choreographer Brian Brooks in an evening of new duets and solos, titled Some of a Thousand Words; rare U.S. appearances by France-based Compagnie Hervé Koubi and South Korea-based contemporary ensemble Bereishit Dance Company; the powerful all-male company Che Malambo of Argentina; and the return of Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet.


NEW YORK: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s two-week Lincoln Center Season June 8-19, 2016, features world premieres by acclaimed Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti and MacArthur “genius” fellow Kyle Abraham. Abraham’s Untitled America: Second Movement is the second installment in a three-part suite that explores the impact of incarceration on African-American families. The piece features original music by contemporary composer Jordan Chiolis, The season includes new productions of VespersUlysses Dove’s ballet for six women, and The HuntRobert Battle’s heart-pounding work for six men, two of more than a dozen works featured on five different programs.


UTAH: Integrated Movement Studies will, at the University of Utah campus, be hosting a Summer Immersion Workshop into Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundaments. This workshop will give movers from all disciplines helpful and engaging information for future movement, choreography, and instruction.


WASHINGTON, D.C.: Thirty-one college and university dance departments from around the country will perform in the American College Dance Association’s National College Dance Festival June 9, 10 and 11, 2016, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Aside from workshops, master classes and panels for emerging student choreographers and dancers, the festival features three distinct programs of outstanding college and university dance and choreography in the Terrace Theater at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day of the three-day festival. The dances were chosen for their artistic excellence from each of ACDA’s 12 regional conferences around the country.





BRAZIL: Laboratório da Cena FUNARTE 2016, Brazil’s National Foundation of the Arts (FUNARTE) is accepting proposals for dance and other performing arts for its 2016 season from June until November 2016. Winning submissions will be presented in FUNARTE theaters in Belo Horizonte, Brasília and São Paulo. Visit:  


BRAZIL: Ayudas a la creación escénica iberoamericana en residencia: The Hispanic-American Fund for the Performing Arts (Fundo de Ajuda para as Artes Cênicas Iberoamericanas) is in its tenth season accepting proposals to support residencies for the creation of choreography and dramaturgy. Submissions must be from Brasil, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, México, Panama, Paraguay, Peru or Uruguay. The total amount available is 6M Euros for individual choreographers and 8M Euros for institutions. Online applications will be accepted through September 30, 2016. Visit:


BRAZIL: Balé da Cidade de São Paulo will perform the world premiere of Portuguese choreographer, Andre Mesquita’s new work “Corpus” from June 8–12, 2016, at the Municipal Theater in São Paulo, Brazil. Corpus explores the body -- its parts, its shadows; as an image, a landscape; as the receptacle and expresser of joy and pain. Founder, co-artistic director and associate choreographer of the creative platform TOK’ART, Mesquita has received international acclaim for his “riveting” and “original” choreography. The show will also feature “Adastra” by Cayetano Soto and “O Balcão de Amor” by Itzik Galili. Take a peek at the first piece Mesquita made for Balé da Cidade de São Paulo, “Cidade Incerta” (2012):


BULGARIA: The dance performance “Zen Play” on June 6, 2016 undertakes a play with the established realities. The stage becomes a laboratory for experimenting with bodies, characters and roles ascribed to them. However, things gradually get out of hand: the illusion of reality is fully real; the man is not a man, the woman is not a woman. With the dynamic dance signature of the choreographer Zhivko Zhelyazkov and the vigorous presence of the dancers in a dark and grotesque theatrical style it should captivate in its electronic music sound environment. Video:


GERMANY: Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart is premiering resident choreographer Marco Goecke’s Nijinski, a bio-ballet about iconic star who, as choreographer single-handedly propelled the field into modernism, creating what we now know as modern dance. The work features music by Chopin, Glazunov, and Russian folk and punk music. The ballet premieres June 18–26, 2016, at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart in Germany. Visit:,3,19704.



GERMANY: Stuttgart Ballet premieres “Salome,” a new piece by the company's young resident choreographer Demis Volpi, on June 10, 2016. The ballet based on Oscar Wilde's eponymous drama and is also inspired by Richard Strauss's famous opera. On June 5, 2016 the artistic team speaks about the project in a “Ballet Talk” in the foyer of the Opera House.


GERMANY: “b.28,” the new triple bill of the Ballet am Rhein, assembles Paul Taylor's “Esplanade” and two world premieres, “Tenebre,” by the South African choreographer Hubert Essakow to music by Bryce Dessner, and “Different Dialogues” by Nils Christe to music by Philip Glass.
“b.28” premieres at Düsseldorf's opera house May 29, 2016.


GERMANY: On the occasion of the 125th birthday jubilee of the painter Otto Dix, Jiří Bubeníček choreographs about Anita Berber for the Ballet in Gera/Thuringia. Berber was a dance icon of the 1920s, a femme fatale surrounded by scandal. Otto Dix painted a famous portrait of her. Simon Wills has been commissioned to composed the score, the décor is by Otto Bubeníček.
“Anita Berber – Goddess of the Night” premieres June 17, 2016 in Gera.

GERMANY: The second premiere of Hamburg Ballet is “Turangalîla” choreography by John Neumeier set to Olivier Messiaen's “Turangalîla-Symphony.” Albert Kriemler of the fashion label AKRIS is in charge of the costumes; Kent Nagano conducts the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg. “Turangalîla” premieres July 3, 2016, at the State Opera Hamburg.


GERMANY: Five members of the ensemble of the Ballet am Rhein present their own choreographies in “Young Moves.” The evening premiers on June 18, 2016, at the Theater Duisburg. After three performances in Duisburg, “Young Moves” can be seen at the Opera Düsseldorf from July 1, 2016 onward. Visit:


GERMANY: Fledgling choreographers present new works at the Baden State Theater Karlsruhe on June 17, 2016.


GERMANY: With “Unframed #3” the Dance Company Nanine Linning/Theater Heidelberg offers its choreographically talented dancers the chance to present own works to the public. The evening premieres July 8, 2016, at the Theater Heidelberg.  Visit:


INDIA: Bangalore-based choreographer Abhilash Ningappa (play practice residency) in collaboration with Shoonya Centre for Art and Somatic Practices presents a work-in-progress Architect of Self Destruction  on June 27, 2016. “The self and space can never separate. In the process of destruction, the space and the self is bound to be destroyed. We trace the process of destruction through evolution, social systems of traditions and movement experiences. We look at destruction and self-destruction as an experience of breaking systems.”
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ITALY: NAPOLI TEATRO FESTIVAL is a theatrical and performing arts festival in Naples, Italy. This event will contain dance works and movement theater spanning a variety of performance styles. “Kiss and Cry” especially will project a heavy emphasis on choreography and dance within the overall context of theater.  


PHILIPPINES: The Cultural Center of the Philippines and Ballet Philippines, in cooperation with Philippine Ballet Theatre and Ballet Manila, present Dance MNL: The Philippine Dance Festival. This biennial festival brings Filipino classical, modern and contemporary creations to the stages of the CCP, Aliw Theater and Star Theater June 14–26, 2016. Supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Manila Broadcasting Company, this inaugural festival features 11 performances, a two-week dance intensive and a conference, gathering more than 500 dance professionals in the metropolis."  


SWITZERLAND: Young choreographers from within the ranks of Ballet Zurich present their works at the Zurich Opera House on five evenings in June. The premiere is on June 23, 2016. 




Dance USA’s Annual Conference for dance professionals, including choreographers, will take place in Austin, Texas, June 8-11, 2016. The campus-style gathering is designed to allow for conference attendees to engage in active discussion and learn from industry experts. This exciting national convening will inspire you to advance dance both in business and on stage.


TANZMESSE Dusseldorf (Germany) is the largest professional dance conference in Europe. Dedicated exclusively to contemporary dance, it takes place August 31–September 3, 2016. At the Tanzmesse artists from more than 50 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia find an equal opportunity to present their works to a professional audience of presenters, directors and cultural workers. The event brings together more than 1,600 dance and arts professionals.





Five Armenian dancers of Forceful Feelings collective reunite at the end of June for a mixed evening in Zurich. They are joined by Mia Rudic  of the Bavarian State Ballet and Sarah-Jane Brodbeck  of the Royal Swedish Ballet. The event is meant to support the dance scene in Armenia, with choreography mainly by Arsen Mehrabyan of the Royal Swedish Ballet.  Forceful Feelings collective can be seen at the Maag Hall in Zurich from June 27–30, 2016. Visit: (video 2015 Munich).


JAPON Dance Project was formed by five top-flight Japanese dancer/choreographers – Mimoza Koike(Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo), Yasuyuki Endo(Ballet National de Marseille), Naoya Aoki  (freelance dancer/choreographer), Masahiro Yanagimoto (freelance dancer/ choreographer), and Hokuto Kodama (Royal Swedish Ballet). JAPON Dance Project is a platform for research, collaboration, creativity and intergenerational transmission, set within the framework of contemporary choreographic practices and Japanese culture.  The latest performances of  "Move/Still “of JAPON Dance Project will take place in Playhouse, New National Theatre Tokyo on August 27 and 28, 2016.
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We’ve all seen exaggerated depictions of kung fu in movies or maybe a demonstration by a practitioner in real life, but German digital artist Tobias Gremmler decided to portray the Chinese martial art in an entirely new light through the use of motion capture. By capturing the motion of different sequences Gremmler is able to distill the data into these animated sculptures, effectively turning movement into structure and volume. The motion of limbs is turned into a complex moving scaffold or interpreted as dramatic bursts of particles, the visuals used to seemingly isolate the physics of kung fu. (Content by

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Join Dance Exchange and founder Liz Lerman in partnership with Dance ICONS (International Consortium for Advancement in Choreography, Inc.) for a panel discussion and engagement about choreographic process, vision, and collaboration.


Liz Lerman celebrate our 40 years of legacy. Founder of the Dance Exchange and the Critical Response Process, and Liz has taken meaningful dance making beyond the studio with partners in forestry, health care, human rights, and science education.


Tuesday, July 12 at 6 PM in Washington, DC, USA:  Location & other information coming soon

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Choreographies of 21st Century Wars, by Gay Morris and Jens Richard Giersdorf, Editors


Choreographies of 21st Century Wars is the first book to analyze the interface between choreography and wars in this century, a pertinent inquiry since choreography has long been linked to war and military training. The book draws on recent political theory that posits shifts in the kinds of wars occurring since the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War, all of which were wars between major world powers.

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