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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & Funding:  Current listings from the U.S., Europe, and Asia


New Works & Events:  Scottish Dance Theatre premieres “Velvet Petal.”  Ima Iduozee premieres “This is the Title.”  Szene 2Wei premieres “Tarun.”


Trending:  The reinvented Nederlands Dans Theater; Naren Wilks – One Man, Eight Cameras; new work by Yang LiPing at Sadler’s Wells


On the Screen:  World Ballet Day; “Mr. Gaga,” the documentary about choreographer Ohad Naharin


Learning Opportunities:  Gibney Dance Program in NY; Centro Coreográfico Opus Ballet, Florence, Italy


Talks & Conferences:  Choreographers and Cocktails in NY; Freeze Frame & Debbie Allen Director/ Choreographer Talk


Choreography Competitions:  The International Competition for Choreographers in Hanover 2017


Books:  Dark Matter:  18 Selected Choreographies of Marco Goecke






ARIZONAThe 4th Annual Dance Shorts:  College Film Festival is now accepting film submissions from national and international college students. This festival provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to share their short dance films in a national venue.  Featured are short dance films that are between two and six minutes in length. These dance films can be narrative, experimental, or abstract and incorporate any combination of music, lights, costumes, and location with dance and today's film technology.  The highest scoring pieces will be showcased at a film gala at Arizona State University.  Deadline for Early Bird Submissions:  November 27, 2016 11:59 PM PST.  Deadline for Regular Submissions:  December 11, 2016 11:59 PM PST. For details, submission criteria, and to submit material, click here:  For questions, please contact us at


NEW YORK:  The Jerome Robbins Foundation will launch the Springboard Project, designed to encourage collaborations in which choreography plays an integral part in the conception and creation of new musical projects – dance driven musicals.  Creative teams wishing to apply may submit a letter of inquiry by October 7, 2016.  



NEW YORKPushing Progress Contemporary Dance will present a showcase series on February 18 & 19, 2017, which establishes dance companies and is also a space for new voices to emerge.  Apply by November 29th, 2016. Visit:


PHILADELPHIA:  The Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet is thrilled to present the second season of the Philadelphia Screendance Festival, March 3 & 4, 2017 at the newly- renovated Performance Garage, Fairmont neighborhood, Philadelphia.  OPEN CALL for dance for camera works featuring dance/movement in any genre.  Films must utilize the camera as a choreographic tool and have strongly cinematic concept.  Apply by November 1, 2016.  For complete guidelines to submit your film, visit:


WASHINGTON, DC:  The S&R Foundation in Washington, D.C. is accepting applications for four $5,000 prizes to emerging artists from around the world.  Apply by October 15, 2017.   Visit:




CANADA:  Open call for Springboard Danse Montréal 2017 which will take place 

June 11 -- 30, 2017.  Apply by December 30, 2016Visit:


GERMANY:  The Berlin-based association Lucky Trimmer calls for short contemporary pieces for its next shows in mid-April, 2017 in Berlin. A fee of EUR 500, plus a small financial contribution will be granted. Apply by November 30, 2016.



FRANCE:  Centre Choreographique National of Creteil is calling for projects that favor diversity of aesthetics and emerging artistic movement to support choreographic creation and sharing workspace.  Selected artists will receive studio space and various technical resources according to the needs of the project.  Apply by October 15, 2016.  Visit:



INDIA:  Play Practice Residency is organizing an apprenticeship program for dancers and choreographers, emphasizing movement research and development, contact technique, partnering improvisation, choreography, and composition. The program will take place from December 17, 2016 to January 7, 2017 in Bangalore.  Apply by October 20, 2016



INDIA:  Dance Bridges Festival and Choreographic Residency invites international dancers, choreographers, artists, and filmmakers to apply for the second edition of the festival, which will take place August 22-29, 2017 in Kolkata, India. Apply by January 1, 2017.  Visit:


INDIA: Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography launches a new 18-month diploma in choreography. This specially designed course nurtures the creative abilities of dance students and provides the right atmosphere for them to make their mark as performers and choreographers of high caliber.  Visit:


SPAIN:  Choreolab Europe is a collaborative artistic research platform for dance and choreography, where advanced and professional dancers, dancing choreographers, and dance students can participate.  Program takes place November 17-20, 2016.  Apply by October 11, 2016.  Visit:






NEW YORK:  The 32nd annual NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards Ceremony will take place October 18, 2016 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Join them for the largest annual gathering of the city's dance makers and dance lovers.  Visit:


NEW YORK:  Gibney Dance Company will premiere their work on November 2-5 and 10-12, 2016 at 280 Broadway.  “Folding In” is a meditation on the cycle of extension, resolution, and return. The work exposes the natural state of the body and how it seeks inevitable but unknowable endings.  Visit: “Professional Training” programs at


PHILADELPHIA:  BalletX kicks off its 11th Season with the one and onlySunset, o639 Hours,” created by choreographer and BalletX Co-Founder Matthew Neenan and composer Rosie Langabeer.  Performing November 16-20, 2016.  Visit:





BRAZIL:  Quasar Dance Company premiered Henrique Rodovalho’sA distância entre doisThe space between two” last month in Brazil.  Rodovalho, who founded the company in 1998 and continues to serve as its Artistic Director and Choreographer, has toured in 25 countries, including choreographing for the Nederlands Dans Theater in 2006 and receiving the XXI Prize for Choreography Composition in Mexico. Rodovalho’s choreography is distinguished by its intense physicality, rich gestural movement vocabulary, emotion evocativeness, and use of humor.  Video


GERMANY:  SZENE 2WEI, Artistic Director & Choreographer William Sánchez H. will  premiere on November 4, 2016 in the City of Lahr, Black Forest, Germany.



ISRAEL:  Batsheva Dance Company will perform “LAST WORK” choreographed by Ohad Naharin on October 6-8, 2016.  Video: 


ISRAEL:  Batsheva Young Ensemble will be performing “DECADANCE" October 27-29, 2016.



ISRAEL:  Kamea Dance Company will perform “Neverlandby Tamir Ginz on

October 26 and 28, and December 20, 2016.



ISRAEL:  Suzanne Dellal & The Israeli Opera will perform “Man of the Hour” on  November 1 - 2, 2016Video:


PHILIPPINES:  Ballet Manila pays tribute to Peter Tchaikovsky in "The Swan, The Fairy and The Princess" on October 14 -16, 2016, featuring excerpts from three of his most beloved ballets.  Visit:


SWITZERLAND:  Stuttgart Ballet's resident choreographer, Marco Goecke created a new version of “Petrushka” to Stravinsky's eponymous music for Zurich Ballet.  The premiere of “Petrushka/Sacre” is on October 8, 2016 in Zurich.   Visit:


FRANCE:  22nd Synodales Performance of Competition for Young Choreographers takes place on October 8, 2016.  President of jury is Michel Kelemenis



SCOTLAND:  Scottish Dance Theatre will premiere ‘Velvet Petal’ directed by Fleur Darkin and written by Pamela Carter.  The world premiere is at the Cervantino Festival in Mexico on October 15 - 16, 2016.  Tours available in the spring and autumn of 2017. 



FINLAND:  Tero Saarinen Company celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new double bill.  In a home season at the Finnish National Opera on October 12-15, 2016, the acclaimed troupe once again returns to the venue where founder Tero Saarinen started his career.  Video:


JAPANTokyo Ballet will perform “The Kabuki” choreographed by Maurice Béjart, as a memorial performance to their former director Tadatsugu Sasaki, who invited Béjart to choreograph on the company.  The performance is at New National Theatre, Tokyo on October 13, 2016Video:


INDIA:  #INTERSECT is envisaged as a special component of the 4th edition of IGNITE! Festival of Contemporary Dance. It engages with the current political climate through a process of discovery and introspection that pushes the boundaries of form, content and place. The project proposes a collaboration between contemporary dance practitioners and visual artists to produce three new works that will premiere at IGNITE! from October 9-16, 2016 in New Delhi.  Visit:


SINGAPORE:  7th international Dancers and Choreographer’s Festival will be presenting performances from October 14 - November 30, 2016.   



BULGARIA:  The city of Plovdiv welcomes international artists and choreographers who are shaping the direction of contemporary dance and performance today. The ninth edition of ONE DANCE WEEK takes place on October 9-30, 2016 featuring companies from all around the globe.  Visit:


BULGARIA:  Aerowaves Partner Meeting will take place in DeridaDanceCentre on October 27-30, 2016.  Each year at the end of October, the members of the Aerowaves network meet to select the Aerowaves Twenty artists for the following year. It's an intensive weekend packed with dance-watching and lots of lively discussion.

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FINLANDIma Iduozee is coming up with a second solo performance with a premiere “This is the Title” on November 23, 2016.  Video:




Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT), idiosyncratic and ambitious, has always had a unique place within the modern dance movement.  Founded in 1959 by New Yorker Benjamin Harkarvy, together with the Dutchmen Aart Verstegen and Carel Birnie and 18 dancers from the legendary Het Nederlands Ballet, NDT started an international dance revolution.


Choreographers Glen Tetley (US) and Hans van Manen (NL) infused NDT with an avant-garde aesthetic that proved hugely appealing to the public. Their productions put the company instantly on the global map. A long list of internationally acclaimed choreographers followed:  Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Nacho Duato, Crystal Pite and Marco Goecke. Today, the company is led by Artistic Director Paul Lightfoot and his creative partner Sol León.


November 16-19, 2016, NDT will perform in New York City Center, with works by Marco Goecke, Crystal Pite, Sol León & Paul Lightfoot.




Naren Wilks:  The award-winning British filmmaker and artist uses film, video, and interactive installation to explore his obsession with symmetry. Over the last 4 years he has pioneered an image-making technique that he terms a 'composited camera,' involving the recording of live-action from the combined perspective of multiple cameras to create a mind-bending kaleidoscopic vision.  His films and music videos have picked up awards at film festivals all over the world.  See One Man and Eight Cameras:



Yang LiPing's Under Siege will be presented on the main stage at Sadler’s Wells between the 2nd and 5th November, 2016 and will be at Royal Albert Hall with special Dystopian Dream concert from Sawhney | Wang | Ramirez on 2nd November.


Renowned Chinese choreographer and dancer Yang LiPing brings us Under Siege, her stunning vision of the classical story immortalized in opera, music, literature and theatre as Farewell My Concubine. It tells of the climactic battle between the Chu and Han armies, an ambush that changed the course of Chinese history and a love that would transcend death.

Featuring an astounding visual design from Oscar and BAFTA award-winner Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Akram Khan's DESH), and lighting from Knight of Illumination winner Fabiana Piccioli, Under Siege fuses Peking Opera, contemporary dance, martial arts, hip hop, and live music to create a universally dramatic experience which transcends its Chinese roots. Here is a sample of Yang LiPing’s famous Chinese dance Peacock's Love performed by Yang LiPing and Wang Di. Video recorded previously:





WORLD BALLET DAYFive of the world’s leading ballet companies once again streamed 23 hours of live, behind-the-scenes footage on Thursday, October 1, 2015. The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet partnered to provide viewers around the world with an inside look at professional ballet companies in the studio, on tour, and in performance.  Each company introduced viewers to a variety of experiences from technique classes and rehearsals to backstage preparations. World Ballet Day LIVE is a celebration of dance and an opportunity for audiences to see what it takes to be one of the world’s top companies and get an inside look at the athleticism and dedication required for a life in ballet.  Watch live on October 4th, 2016.  Visit:



WASHINGTON, DC:  Screening of “Mr. Gaga,” the documentary movie.  Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin has been the mastermind behind the Batsheva Dance Company since 1990.  Ohad came late to dance, at age 22, but he made up for lost time, working with legendary choreographers Martha Graham and Maurice Béjart.  Director Tomer Heymann (Paper Dolls) makes terrific use of archival footage of Ohad’s early days as a performer, as well as thrilling excerpts from his later works with Batsheva. But it is Ohad’s belief that dance should be accessible to everyone that leads to one of the film’s most cathartic moments, as the choreographer leads a room of ordinary people of all ages, shapes, and sizes through one of his Gaga-movement workshops.


Sunday, October 9, 2016, 4:20 p.m.  In English and Hebrew with English subtitles, 100 minutes.  The screening will be followed by a conversation moderated by arts journalist Lisa Traiger, Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 












NEW YORK:  The Gibney Dance Program in New York offers students the opportunity to choose a program based on their interests and professional goals.  The Choreographic Process Program is completed in 24 weeks (6 months), with the option to extend training to 1 year to attain a Certificate of Completion.





ITALY:  Centro Coreografico Opus Ballet in Florence, Italy is holding an intensive workshop -- 5 days for 3 hours per day, from November 21-25, 2016 with the Israeli choreographer Emanuel Gat. This workshop is open to pre-professionals and professional dancers who wish to practice and deepen their language.  Visit:




NEW YORK:  The Joyce Theater Foundation will host a Special Event: “Choreographers & Cocktails” on Monday, October 17, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.  DANY Studios, 305 West 38th Street, New York, NY.  Join in for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, and open rehearsals by a variety of artists, as well a chance to mingle with the artists and dancers to the music of DJ Dirty Chime.  Featured companies include:  Davalois Fearon Dance, Dorrance Dance, Jodi Melnick/Sara Mearns, Kate Weare Company, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks.  To purchase tickets, visit


PRE-PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION:  Debbie Allen Director/Choreographer Talk – LIVE!  The talk will feature Debbie Allen’s live commentary about the creation of her anti-violence dance musical “Freeze Frame,” her choreographic inspiration and process, and trends in dance education and choreography.  Ira Aldridge Auditorium, Howard University, Washington, D.C., Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. VIP Reception to follow at 5:30 p.m.  In partnership with Dance ICONS, Inc. & NDEO.  Link:


POST-PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION:  “Power of the Arts to Be Transformative,” panel discussion hosted by Whoopi Goldberg, includes Nicole Hockley from Sandy Hook Promise, filmmaker Lee Daniels, actress Phylicia Rashad, Professor Michael Eric Dyson of Georgetown University, and Kayla Hicks, Director of African-American & Community Outreach with the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.  Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., Saturday, October 29, following the 8 p.m. performance of Debbie Allen’s “Freeze Frame.”  For ticket holders only. 





GERMANY:  The 31st International Competition for Choreographers Hanover 2017 will take place on June 17th and 18th, 2017 under the direction of Nanine Linning.  Apply by April 22, 2017.  All participants, choreographers, and dancers must have professional training. Choreographers must be 35 of age or younger.  Visit:






Dark Matter:  18 Selected Choreographies of Marco Goecke,

by Volkmar Draeger, Nadja Kadel and Angela Reinhardt


“The Stuttgart Ballet’s Resident Choreographer Marco Goecke has managed to find what many people are looking for -- his own language, a language that is difficult to explain to someone who is not a connoisseur of ballet. You can only feel it.”


This is how the writer Sibylle Berg describes the choreographer Marco Goecke in her introductory essay. The oeuvre of this exceptional artist -- who since 2001 has developed a distinctive choreographic signature -- now already encompasses almost 60 works. These include new interpretations of classics such as "The Nutcracker" or of milestones in the history of ballet such as "Spectre de la Rose."  Original new creations such as "Sweet Sweet Sweet” or "Supernova" cast a spell over the audience with their idiosyncratic, gloomy, and mysterious atmosphere.


Eighteen selected productions from the years 2003-2015 are introduced in texts by Volkmar Draeger, Nadja Kadel and Angela Reinhardt in both German and English, illustrated by partly unedited pictorial material.  Publishing House:  Koenigshausen & Neumann. Visit:







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