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Choreographic Residencies & Opportunities:  Current listings for the US, Europe and Asia


New Works & EventsNew Kyle Abraham work “Untitled America” for AAADT, new Jiří Bubeníček work Fragile Vessels for SFB, new Christian Spuck work Messa da Requiem for Zurich Ballet, new Toru Shimazaki in Japan


TrendingThe 21st Century European Avant-Garde:  Goecke & Clug


Learning Opportunities:  Shen Wei Dance Arts Offers its 2017 Winter Intensive


CompetitionCopenhagen International Choreography Competition, IBCC international competition in China


New Movies: La danseuse by Stéphanie Di Giusto, Polina, danser sa vie by Angelin Preljocaj and Valérie Müller


New Books:  Chinese Dance:  In the Vast Land and Beyond by Lynn Frederiksen and Shih-Ming Li ChangL’invisible Visible - Transmission d’outils d’interprétation en danse by Sylvie Pinard







CALIFORNIA:  The National Choreographers Initiative (NCI) is accepting choreographers’ applications for its 2017 NCI Showing.  Apply by January 14, 2017.



NEW JERSEY:  Residents of New Jersey and New York may submit applications for Dance on the Lawn’s (DOTL) dance festival on September 9, 2017.  The DOTL will bring a total of 10 performers/companies to participate in the event.

Apply by December 16, 2016.


NEW YORKBallet Inc. offers 25 emerging choreographers and/or companies the opportunity to share their work in The Split Bill Series on January 28, 2017 at the Miller Theater.  Apply by December 5, 2016Visit:


NEW YORKWest Fest is calling for creative choreographers who are interested in investigating possibilities for modifying dance through the use of alternative spaces. Performance at the Westbeth Building on April 29 - 30, 2017.  Apply by January 5, 2017.


NEW YORK, LONG ISLAND CITY:  Fertile Ground is a non-curated showcase by Green Space for emerging and/or established artists offering an excellent opportunity for choreographers to share new and developing work.  Informative feedback about works will be provided in a supportive environment.  Available dates in 2017:  3/19, 4/23, 5/14 & 6/4.  Applications are currently being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until performance dates are full.  Visit:


VIRGINIA:  Dogtown Dance Theatre presents the 4th Annual Richmond Dance Festival, April 21- May 6, 2017, featuring both local and national dance artists in the heart of the historic district of Manchester in Richmond, VA.  The festival will consist of live dance performances as well as film screenings.  Choreographers from all dance genres and stages of their career are invited to submit an application.  Apply by January 31, 2017.  Visit:


WASHINGTON, DC:  The Millennium Stage, the Kennedy Center's free daily performance series, is accepting applications for the 2017 Local Dance Commissioning Project, which supports the local dance community by nurturing the creation of new dance work and presenting it to a wide audience.  Apply by December 16, 2016.



WASHINGTON, DCDance Places annually curated showcase features some of the best new works by emerging and established choreographers.  Register now to audition on February 2 or 3, 2017.





AUSTRIA:  Impulstanz, Vienna, is now accepting applications for its dance scholarship program, to take place from July 12August 16, 2017.  Apply by December 12, 2016. 



BRAZILPetrobras is accepting applications for the fifth edition of the Petrobras Program for Cultural Distribution (PPDC).  Both youth and professional dance and theater groups may apply.  Winning applicants will have the opportunity to tour their shows in several cities in Brazil.  Competitive projects should also consider training, exchange with, and accessibility for diverse local audiences and special needs populations.  Apply by January 30, 2017.



FRANCECentre de Ressource Jeune Public is calling for companies to create a youth audience performance.  Selected company will receive 6000 euros, five weeks residence, and one performance pre-bought by the Reseau Jeune Public.

Apply by December 12, 2016.  Visit: Http://


FRANCELa Becquée 2017, 11th edition of the Festival Européen de Danse Contemporaine is calling for submissions to participate in the festival, which takes place October 1 to 15, 2017.  Includes remuneration, travel, food and lodging, and possibility of residency.  Apply by December 15, 2016.  Visit: Http://


FRANCE:  Choreographic Incubator, La Manufacture Studios offers residency for a company to rework or create a piece of choreography.  Proposes studio space, dance training, public showings, collaborations, and technical and production support.  Visit:


GERMANY:  The Tanja Liedtke Foundation is now accepting applications from Australian dancers/choreographers for the 5th Tanja Liedtke Fellowship taking place July 31-August 27, 2017.  Offers a four weeks stay in Berlin, with three weeks dedicated to a Creative Development Residency at Ada Studio.  Apply by December 16, 2016.



GERMANY:  PACT Zollverein is accepting applications for its residencies for August to December, 2017.  Open to professional artists from home and abroad who work in the areas of dance, performance, media arts or music.  Apply by December 5, 2016.



GREECE:  Dance Days Festival, Chania is accepting proposals for performances, workshops, video dance projects, lectures or any other idea you wish to spread.  Apply by January 22, 2017.  Visit:


MEXICO CITY:  The FIDCDMX, which will be held from August 3 -13, 2017, has open call for choreographers, dance companies and independent or emergent dance troupes.  Apply by January 3, 2017.  



NETHERLANDS:  DutchCulture/TransArtists is accepting applications at any time for its artist-in-residence program.  These opportunities offer conditions that are conducive to creativity and provide their guests with context, such as working facilities, connections and audience.  Visit:


SPAINBarcelona International Dance Exchange (BIDE) is now accepting applications for its lab-meeting in Barcelona from April 26-30, 2017.  BIDE is a platform for networking and exchange for professional choreographers, dancers and performers.  BIDE encourages mobility and creative exchange between artists of different backgrounds, cultures, ages, and interests.  Visit:






NEW YORK:  Out of Israel, curated by Dana Katz will be performed at the 92Y on January 6 & 7, 2017.  Experience the cutting edge of Israeli dance, with works by Roy Assaf, Tamar Lam, David Kern, Bosmat Nissan and Ella Rothschild in their U.S. premieres.  Visit:


NEW YORK:  92Y presents works by Christopher Williams, Harkness Dance Center 2015-16 Artist in Residence.  Three choreographers were invited to create an eight-minute solo cultivating experimental work in the field.  Performances on December 9, 2016.  Visit:


NEW YORK:  New York Live Arts Theater presents You’ll Still Call Me by Name, by Sonya Tayeh, from December 14-17, 2016.  Features an emotionally charged dance symphony that explores a mystifying and jagged relationship between a mother and daughter.  Exposes the cellular desire for familial acceptance and the heartbreaking chasm that forms when it is lost.  Original live music composed by indie-folk duo The Bengsons.  Visit:



NEW YORK:  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is performing the world premiere of Untitled America.  This haunting work developed by MacArthur “genius grant” winner Kyle Abraham shines a light on the impact of the prison system on African-American families.  Performances are at the City Center until December 31, 2017.  Watch:


NEW YORK:  Baryshnikov Arts Center presents BAC Space Fall 2016, Studio Showing on December 15, 2016, featuring new works by Kota Yamazaki, Manuela Infante and Dianne McIntyre.



SAN FRANCISCO:  San Francisco Ballet will premiere Fragile Vessels by Jiří Bubeníček to the music composed by Sergei Rachmaninov in its Joy of Dance Program from January 24 - February 4, 2017.



WASHINGTON, DC:  The Smithsonian American Art Museum will host a ticketed presentation of “Cave of the Heart” by the Martha Graham Dance Company. This powerful, one-act performance features a set and costume created by Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi that is considered an extension of the dancers’ movements.  Don’t miss this special opportunity to see Noguchi’s work come alive through dance:  Friday, March 3, 2017, at 7 p.m. 


The museum’s current exhibit Archaic/Modern displays Noguchi’s artwork, including designs for stage sets, basalt sculptures, and fountains.  Exhibit runs through March 19, 2017.  Visit:




GERMANY:  In 2015, John Neumeier created “The Song of the Earth,” set to Gustav Mahler's eponymous music for Paris Opera Ballet.  This symphony for voice and orchestra draws its inspiration from 8th Century Chinese poems translated into German.

The reworked version premieres with Hamburg Ballet on December 4, 2016.



GERMANY:  Ballett am Rhein will perform a triple bill:  a new work by the artistic director Martin Schuäpfer, George Balanchine's “Mozartiana,” and Jerome Robbins's The Concert.  The performance runs through December 17, 2016.

GERMANY:  Music by Ottorino Respighi inspired Mauro Bigonzetti for Monade, which after having been reworked, is part of a double bill danced by the ballet company of the State Theater Nuremberg.  The evening's second piece by the troupe's artistic director Goyo Montero is a world premiere.  Montero choreographs to Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach.  Premieres on December 3, 2016. 



GERMANY:  At the State Theater Saarland, Stijn Celis premieres new choreography to Johann Sebastian Bach's Goldberg Variations.  Goldberg is showing from December 10, 2016, onward in the Alte Feuerwache / Saarbrücken.

GERMANY:  At the State Theater Oldenburg, Martin Schläpfer, Artistic Director of Ballett am Rhein, and Antoine Jully, a former dancer of Schläpfer, mount their first collaboration. The mixed bill has four pieces, two by each choreographer.  Jully contributes two world premieres, Concertante to music by György Kurtág, and Begegnen ohne sich zu sehen to the first and second symphony by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.  Schläpfer's Ramifications came into being in 2005.  “Quartz”, his second piece, is a world premiere set to a musical mix.  Includes traditional Albanian folk music.  “Schläpfer /Jully” premieres on December 3, 2016.



GERMANY:  Everyone thrilled by dance is invited to participate in the open production of the State Theater Braunschweig on December 2 & 3, 2016, choreographically guided by Damian Gmür and Klaus Jürgens.  The show, titled Tanzwärts: Heroes, is meant to deal with ancient mythology and heroism.


ISRAEL:   Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company will perform Slug by choreographer Avshalom Pollack.  Runs December 5, 6 & 7, 2016 at Suzanne Dellal Center.  Watch: 



ISRAEL:  Batsheva Dance Company will perform YAG, choreographed by Ohad Naharin, and ADAM choreographed by Roy Assaf on December 11-13, 15-17 and 28-29, 2016. 




JAPAN:  Choreographer Toru Shimazaki is premiering a piece in a sold out show at the Kobe College from December 10-12, 2016

Watch:  (Silent video because of music credits)


VIENNA:  In Clash, by Christine Gaigg, documents from the past illuminate circumstances surrounding the Orlando, Florida nightclub attack on the LGBT community in June 2016.  Clash premieres at Transquarter Wein on December 16 & 17, 2016.  Visit:


SOUTH AFRICA:  Dance Umbrella 2017 focuses on featuring up and coming young choreographers who challenge the mainstream and are generating interest on all levels.  Watch:


SWITZERLANDZurich Ballet and Zurich Opera collaborate on Messa da Requiem, new choreography to Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem by the ballet company's artistic director Christian Spuck.  Costumes are designed by Spuck's long-time collaborator Emma Ryott.  Messa da Requiem premieres on December 3, 2016.

SWITZERLAND:  Dance 23: Kinder des Olymp (Children of Paradise), fresh choreography by Brazilian-born Fernando Melo, is based on Marcel Carné's 1945 film of the same title. Set amidst the glittering theatre world of 19th century Paris, the story revolves around the beautiful and free-spirited courtesan, Garance, and the four men who compete for her affections: a mime-artist, an actor, an aristocrat and a criminal.  Children of Paradise premieres on December 3, 2016, at the Theater Luzern.  Visit:


UK:  Rambert presents In the Making, a series of sketches, experiments, drafts and short works from dance artists at Rambert, curated by independent choreographer and producer Amy Bell.  Performance on December 13, 2016.



UK:  Based on a beloved fairy tale and Academy Award-winning movie, Matthew Bournes magical adaptation The Red Shoes is set to a new score arranged by Terry Davies.  Runs at Sadler’s Wells from December 6, 2016January 29, 2017.



UK:  The forbidden fruit gets its come-uppance in Gandini Jugglings cult-hit show Smashed.  This special edition was created for the 40th anniversary of the London International Mime Festival.  Inspired by the work of Pina Bausch, this funny and thrilling work explores conflict, tense relationships, lost love, and afternoon tea on an even grander scale than the original.  Performance at the Peacock Theatre on January 9 & 10, 2017.



USA:  PMG Arts Management presents new works by Camille Brown on December 7, 2016 at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) in FL.  Ron K. Brown's work will be presented on December 14, 2016 at the City Center in New York.





The 21st Century European Avant-Garde:  Goecke & Clug


How do we continue to transform classical dance themes and music scores into new interpretations?  Two choreographers -- Marco Goecke and Edward Clug -- take on well-known dance dramaturgy and music scores and explore new kinetic language and choreographic expression.


Coming from the beautiful hills of Transylvania, Romania, and now the Director of the National Ballet in Maribor, Slovenia, the young choreographer Edward Clug explores new movement language. "I like to explore things that I do not know very well," says Clug during an interview with NDT.


German choreographer Marco Goecke said in numerous interviews that facing the fear of being misunderstood and overcoming it move his work forward.  People say that choreographing is a magical profession, but according to Goecke, choreographers have to simply deal with only steps and movements in an effort to express an entire universe of complex ideas with the limits of the human body.


Watch a video sample of these two new heroes of contemporary choreography:






NEW YORK:  Shen Wei Dance Arts offers its 2017 Winter Intensive, from January 3-7, 2017, which includes performance concepts, improvisation, partnering and bodywork at its spacious UWS studio.  Register by December 19, 2016.





CHINA:  Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition (IBCC), an international competition officially designated by the Ministry of Culture of China, will be held in Beijing from August 4-11, 2017.  Choreography applicants should be 18 - 40 years old.  Apply by April 30, 2017. 
DENMARK:  The Copenhagen International Choreography Competition (CICC) is now accepting applications for its June 23 and 24, 2017 competition in contemporary dance.  The CICC is a platform to discover and promote emerging contemporary dance choreographers.  Apply by April 30, 2017





La Danseuse/The Dancer by Stéphanie Di Giusto


Loïe Fuller was born in the American West.  Nothing in her background prepared this robust cowgirl to become the toast of the Parisian cabarets of La Belle Epoque, even less to dance on the stage of the Paris Opera. Then she invented the "Serpentine Dance."  Hidden by yards of floating fabric, her arms extended by two wooden poles as she moves beneath the stage lights, Loïe becomes a flower, a butterfly, flames.  Each night crowds call out for more. This young, awkward woman lacking charm has found her place in this world.  She will be "The Dancer," even though physical effort might break her back, even though the stage lights might blind her.  But her encounter with Isadora Duncan, a prodigious young dancer hungry for fame and glory, will precipitate the fall of this icon at the beginning of the twentieth century. 



Polina, Danser sa Vie, by Angelin Preljocaj, Valérie Müller


Moscow, early 1990s. Polina, aged 8, is a gifted ballerina. From a modest background, she joins the prestigious school of Professor Bojinsky, who trains dancers for the Bolshoi. He immediately grasps her tremendous potential and makes her work so hard that at just 18, her dream finally comes true and she joins the prestigious Bolshoi. This is when she meets Adrien, a charming French dancer.  He will help her to discover not only love, but more importantly, a new form of dance, more contemporary and expressive, a kind of dance that will change her life forever.





Chinese Dance:  In the Vast Land and Beyond, by Lynn Frederiksen and Shih-Ming Li Chang


As a comprehensive resource, Chinese Dance offers students and scholars an invaluable introduction to the subject. It serves as a foundation of common knowledge from which Chinese- and English-language communities can begin a cross-cultural conversation about Chinese dance. The chapter on Chinese dance history, along with an excellent glossary of key terms, gives English-language readers a chance to understand the development of Chinese dance as it is officially articulated by historians and dance scholars in Asia. Through the online database of video clips, an extensive bibliography and appendices, Chinese Dance provides a broad collection of primary source images, videos, and text that invite interactive and flexible engagement by a range of users. The collection of interviews with Chinese dance practitioners in North America offers a view into the Asian diaspora experience.



L’invisible Visible - Transmission doutils d’interprétation en danse by Sylvie Pinard is a new book on dance performance. 










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