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

New Works & Events: Made in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Spring Forward in Denmark, Sapporo International Butoh Festival in Japan and Sacrifice in Iceland

Trending: Female Choreographers on the Rise: Charlotte Edmonds (UK), Helen Simoneau (Canada) and Gioconda Barbuto (Canada)

Learning Opportunities: Kinaesthesia Intensive in Australia, P.A.R.T.S. in Belgium and AVAYAVA in India

Competition: Choreography Competition in China, Germany and Denmark

New Movies: Mr. Gaga by Ohad Naharin opens in U.S.

New Books: Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art by Susan Rosenberg, Wesleyan University Press, 2016







ARIZONA: Company choreographers are invited to apply for the Wickenburg Residency, offered at a historic guest ranch in Wickenburg, Arizona.  Free from everyday pressures, artists or companies will have the opportunity to pursue new projects, mount work or collaborate with other artists. Residencies are intended for individual artists or chamber dance companies. Previous companies have included American Ballet Theatre II and Northwest Dance Theatre. Residencies are up to three weeks long and open to U.S. artists. Available October 2017 - January 2018. Visit:


CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles’ prominent Dance Camera West is calling for submissions from dance film choreographers for The 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival to take place April 20-23, 2017 at Music Center, MOCA, Grand Park. The festival is open to film media in any dance style or genre. Visit:


CALIFORNIA: The 19th Annual Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre Institute will take place on November 12 and 13, 2017 in Palm Desert, California. Choreography by both emerging and established dance makers from across the nation will take center stage in McCallum’s popular festival. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of each performance. Highlighting dance as an art form, this event always delivers an exciting mix of work by inventive artists. Cash awards up to $10,000. Submit your work with a deadline May 1, 2017. Visit:


FLORIDA: The Regional Dance America’s National Choreography Intensive 2017 (NCI) is a multi- faceted program providing dancers, emerging choreographers, and seasoned choreographers with the unparalleled opportunity to work, study, and create under the guidance of nationally recognized professionals in the fields of music and dance. The NCI provides a one-of-a-kind experience for dancers and choreographers to work within a variety of styles and train with some of the best teachers in the world.



ILLINOIS: Choreographers of diverse genres are invited to apply for Chicago Dancemakers Forum Residency. Select applicants based on their artistic vision and potential for creative growth will be invited to submit expanded proposals for a second round of consideration. Four selected awardees will each receive $15,000, combined with a year of mentorship supporting their research, development and presentation of new work. Deadline for first-round applications:  February 6, 2017. Visit:


PHILADELPHIA: BalletX's Choreographic Fellowship program is an opportunity for emerging artists to expand their experience and further develop their unique voices under the mentorship and guidance of established choreographers.  One promising emerging choreographer will be selected to create a new work during the company’s 2017-2018 season. Apply by March 20, 2017. Visit:


USA: USArtists International (USAI) grants programs support performances by American artists at cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. USAI is committed to the presence of U.S. artists on world stages and provides grants to performers in dance, music and theater. Grants of up to $15,000 are awarded towards artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation. Apply by April 1, 2017. Visit:




BRAZIL: Curators of the 4th Annual Marco Zero Festival are seeking works of dance and performance art for this open-air festival, which will occur during the last week of April. With support from the FAC and the Secretary of Culture, the festival seeks to make dance programming accessible to the public in the unique urban architectural spaces of the Marco Zero UNESCO world heritage site.  Apply by February 17, 2017. Send proposals to, including the following: the name of dance company or choreographers; name, concept behind, and length of the dance work; production needs; suggested location and number of presentations; and a video of the piece.    


BRAZIL: The São Paulo Secretary of Culture and Associação Paulista dos Amigos da Arte (APAA) are accepting artistic proposals for the opportunity to present shows, projects or programs in various city theaters during 2017. Apply by February 21, 2017.  



CANADA: The celebrated Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique Montréal, Québec, offers residencies for promising emerging choreographers involved in a career in contemporary dance. To be considered for a residency, you must already have presented your work to the public (minimum of two productions in a professional context) and use the residency time to work on a creation intended to be broadcast. Apply by March 1, 2017. Visit


FRANCE: The Association NA, located in the Burgundy region of France, is offering residencies between April and December 2017 with studio space, food, lodging and transport.  Apply by February 13, 2017. Contact: Mylène Deparcy,


FRANCE: The City of Roubaix, France is offering a residency for a choreographer or performer whose work makes a connection with sports practices or with the world of sports in general. Apply by February 19, 2017. Contact: Florène Champeau, 


FRANCE: For professional contemporary dance companies searching for a work place for creation or rehearsal, the interdisciplinary group TRAVERSES opens its studio every Saturday from 4-8 p.m. for companies selected to participate in an artistic dialogue between contemporary dance and the plastic arts. Contact to obtain an application form:


FRANCE: La Manufacture, a non-profit center for dance in Aurillac, welcomes emerging artists and young companies for a period of one month to one year. The objective of this residency is to choreograph a piece or remount an existing piece.



GERMANY:  Lake Studios Berlin invites dance makers invested in the field of technology to apply for a special FREE 4- to 6-week residency to take place July 1 - August 12, 2017. Applicants must consciously use elements of technology to affect the choreographic process and performance. Sponsored by Troika Tronix. Apply by March 5, 2017. Visit: 


GERMANY: Choreographic Dialogues is a two-week long residency programme at PACT Zollverein in Essen, designed to offer performers and choreographers based in North Rhine-Westphalia the opportunity to collaborate with a national or international visiting dialogue partner of their choice. The next residency cycle will take place from June 20-July 2, 2017. Apply by February 6, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: Fonds Transfabrik, a German-French partnership for the performing arts, allocates funding for new Franco-German projects, especially in the fields of contemporary dance, drama, and circus, as well as puppet theater, theater of objects and street arts. Apply by March 20, 2017. Visit:


HONG KONG: The Hong Kong International Collective Artist in Residency for Opportunities and Sustainability is taking place from May 1-31, 2017. Local and international artists will be able to collaborate, interact, exchange and share their creative process, as well as receive constructive feedback from master dance artists in their field. Artists will have the opportunity to present their works at the Hong Kong International Choreography Festival, which runs from June 1-4, 2017. Apply for the residency by March 1, 2017. Visit:


INDIA: Attakkalari's Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media announces auditions for its 2017 batch. Dancers and young choreographers based in India are invited to apply. The audition will take place on February 12, 2017. Visit:


INDIA: Choreographers in contemporary dance are invited to apply for the annual artist-in-residence program, hosted by Gati Dance Forum in New Delhi.  The program facilitates the creation of new work by providing choreographers with free access to studio space, professional classes, and workshops at the Gati Studio. At the conclusion of the three-month program the choreographer is expected to present a work-in-progress. A short biography and a note on the proposed work are required.  Visit:


ITALY: OpenFLR 2017, an intensive dance lab, is looking for emerging choreographers to come to Florence and create a new piece alongside internationally acclaimed choreographers Christopher Evans, Shumpei Nemoto and Sebastien Perrault.  OpenFLR 2017 will culminate in a final presentation, held in a theatre in Florence on the 23rd July 2017, and open to the public. Apply by February 17, 2017. Visit:


ITALY: Choreographers of all ages, nationalities, and genres are invited to apply for the Glosolí International Residency for Artists in Torino. Glosolí is a research space for artists, dance creations, choreography, and Afro-contemporary dance in particular. Glosolí is particularly interested in the connection between art and nature, assisting residents in finding wonderful locations and inspiration for original art work. Presentation of artists’ work is arranged on a case-by-case basis. Visit:


JAPAN: The Yokohama Dance Collection ’17 will run until February 19, 2017. The festival provides a platform for new and upcoming choreographers, and it features choreographic competitions and dance performances. Visit:


UK: Applications are now being accepted from artists of all genres for The Morning Boat, a fully-funded research and production residency on the island of Jersey.

Apply by February 10, 2017. Visit:


VIENNA: IDOCDE invites contemporary dance practitioners, dance and movement educators, researchers, theoreticians and other practitioners contributing to this field to submit proposals for the 5th IDOCDE Symposium on Contemporary Dance Education, July 28-30, 2017 at ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival.  Apply by February 15, 2017.








ARKANSAS: Ballet Arkansas and Walton Arts Center announce Visions – Winter 2017 Choreographic Competition on March 3, 2017. Four emerging choreographers from around the country will draft their cast of dancers and have just 5 days to set their choreography on their cast. Resulting works will be performed for 3 judges with the audience as the 4th judge. For tickets, visit:


CALIFORNIA: Two of LA’s most high-powered and ethnically diverse hip hop dance squads --  Versa-Style and Culture Shock LA -- break color lines and expand our understanding and definition of hip hop.  Performance is on February 11, 2017 at the Plaza.



CALIFORNIA: The Helios Dance Theater presents the world premiere of Minor Obsessions, which offers an evening of hyper-romantic and fiercely physical duets.  In theater on March 5, 2017 at The Theater at Ace Hotel, Los Angeles. Visit:


NEW YORK: American Ballet Theatre Studio Company will perform two evenings of classical and new classical repertory at the NYU Skirball Center. Performances include a world premiere by Liam Scarlett. Performances are on February 10 & 11, 2017. Visit:


NEW YORK: BAM and The Joyce Theater present Malpaso Dance Company's New York premiere of Dreaming of Lions. In their newest work the company collaborates with Grammy Award-winning composer Arturo O'Farrill and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble.  Performances run March 1-5, 2017 at the BAM Harvey Theater. Visit:


NEW YORK: Co-produced by Paul Taylor American Modern Dance and the American Dance Festival, a historic performance "ICONS: Graham Cunningham Taylor” will take place on March 19, 2017. The evening marks the first time that works by these giants of American modern dance will have shared a program at the Lincoln Center.


NEW YORK: Norte Maar and Brooklyn Ballet present CounterPointe5, new work by women choreographers and their collaborating artists on April 7-9, 2017 at The Actors Fund Arts Center. Visit:


NEW YORK: The 45th Annual Dance on Camera Film Festival serves the interests and needs of choreographers, dancers and filmmakers by providing a platform for choreographic storytelling and creative expression. Offers intimate access to innovative media artists and their cinematic works. Runs February 3-7, 2017. Visit:


OREGON: Portland NW Dance Project presents its first full-length work -- a new production of Carmen -- choreographed by resident choreographer Ihsan Rustem. French superstar Patrick Delcroix unveils his new work filled with his signature virtuosic choreography. Runs March 16-18, 2017 at the Newmark Theatre. Visit:


WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Atlas Theater offers a preview/work-in-progress performance of Helanius J. Wilkins. A brand new evening-length solo project, A Bon Coeur, is showing on February 26, 2017Watch




AUSTRALIA: Dance Massive by Dancehouse offers bold new works, workshops, networking opportunities and special events, March 14-26, 2017. Visit:


AUSTRALIA: In Split, dancers Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner negotiate ever-diminishing dimensions of space and time.  Premieres in Melbourne, March 16-26, 2017.



AUSTRALIA: BOLD Festival celebrates the legacy of dance in all cultures.  Explores the changes that come with age and the connections between movement, science, multi-culturalism, history and art, with an emphasis on Australian indigenous dance heritage. Festival runs from March 8-12, 2017. Visit:


AUSTRALIA: Attractor brings together sensational Indonesian music duo Senyawa and two of Australia’s leading dance companies, Dancenorth and Lucy Guerin Inc., to create a unique ecstatic music/dance ritual for non-believers. Showing February 22-26, 2017 at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Visit:


DENMARK: Aerowaves Spring Forward Festival is back from April 28-30, 2017 in Aarhus, hosted by the dance house Bora Bora. The festival provides a platform for the most vibrant and promising choreographers to show their work to performing arts professionals and local artists. The festival is live-streamed to reach dance fans across the world. Watch:


DENMARK: Award-winning dancer and choreographer Kitt Johnson premieres her new ensemble piece STAFET, staging 9 performers on February 6-18, 2017. Visit:


FINLAND: Susanna Leinonen Company presents a new version of the 2012 premiered Romeo & Juliet. The work combines love and death, as well as dance and moving picture -- composing a visual and physical interpretation of the beautiful story of Romeo and Juliet. Showing in Helsinki from March 5-12, 2017. Watch sample of Susanna Leinonen Company’s work:


GERMANY: Theaterhaus Stuttgart will celebrate the first decade of its dance company with five world premieres, plus a retrospective on the first moving decade by Eric Gauthier. Performances March 1-5, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: Helena Waldmann will present the world premiere of Good Passports Bad Passports at the Theater im Pfalzbau Ludwigshafen on March 4, 2017.  Her piece explores a topic that has become a key concern for our society lately -- borders.



GERMANY: Shifting Realities, a dialogue in dance between Africa and Europe, was designed as a two-year exchange project for 13 emerging choreographers from Germany and various African countries. The creative results of their cooperation -- including the German premiere of (Un)official language by Panaibra-Gabriel Canda and performances by Germaine Acogny in Mon Élue Noire by Olivier Dubois -- are shown at both Hellerau European Centre for the Arts in Dresden, and at tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf, from February 2-12, 2017. Watch:


GERMANY: Gauthier Dance will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the mixed bill Big Fat Ten, at Theaterhaus Stuttgart on March 1, 2017. The program includes five premieres and features works of the internationally renowned choreographers Alejandro Cerrudo, Marie Chouinard, Nacho Duato, Andonis Foniadakis, Itzik Galili and Johan Inger. Visit:,2,208


GERMANY: From March 17-24, 2017, the 20th TANZ Bremen Festival will provide insight into the current range of expressive possibilities of contemporary dance. Canadian choreographer Marie Chouinard will open the festival with a double bill combining her Sacre du Printemps and Henri Michaux: Mouvements. Among the other invited choreographers are Louise Lecavalier, Kader Attou, Germaine Acogny, and Helena Waldmann. Visit:


ICELAND: SACRIFICE, a festival of new rituals, is a unique, interdisciplinary event, combining dance, visual art, performance and music. The project, featuring four brand new works, will premiere at the Reykjavík City Theatre on March 17, 2017. Visit:


INDIA: Attakkalari India Biennial 2017 announces its 8th and biggest edition of the International Festival for Contemporary Movement Arts which will take place February 3-12, 2017. The festival engages contemporary movement and digital arts and their emerging role as strong cultural components in the world of performance and affiliated arts in India.



JAPAN: Hokkaido Contemporary Dance Association presents Sapporo International Butoh Festival which aims to figure out how the Butoh spread all over the world and how the Butoh rooted in a local place. Festival runs until February 12, 2017.



NETHERLANDS:  Dutch National Ballet presents Made in Amsterdam, a festival of contemporary ballets. The company will be dancing new ballets by associate artist David Dawson, Ernst Meisner, artistic coordinator of the Junior Company, and creative associate Juanjo

Arqués. Includes five existing ballets created recently for Dutch National Ballet by leading choreographers Hans van Manen, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Ton Simons and Krzysztof Pastor. These five ballets are now counted among the highlights of the company’s repertoire.  Premieres on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12. Runs through Sunday, March 4, 2017 in Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam. Visit:


NETHERLANDSPablo is an exciting spectacle with dance, theater and orchestra made for Ballet Rotterdam by Marcos Morau, an upcoming European choreographer.  Showing until March 8, 2017. Visit:


NORWAY: Carte Blanche presents the world premiere of JERADA by Bouchra Ouizguen on February 9, 2017 at Den Norske Opera & Ballett.



SPAIN: The 9th Edition of Barcelona International Dance Exchange (BIDE) lab-meeting will take place from April 26-30, 2017. BIDE is a platform for networking and exchange for choreographers, dancers, performers, dance teachers, and students.



SWEDEN: Sharon Eyal and Olivier Dubois have created Half Life and Bestiary, exclusively for the Royal Swedish Ballet. Showing February 17-March 17, 2017.



UK: The National Company of Malta comes to the UK for the first time. The company is led by international dance artist Mavin Khoo and will perform Kick the Bucket, an intricate duet by choreographer Iván Pérez, and the theatrical satire Home. Runs February 9 & 10, 2017 at Sadler’s Wells. Watch:


UK: Nottdance 2017, co-curated by Matthias Sperling, takes a future look at choreography in the UK. Celebrates new works from UK-based artists who are extending choreography and cultivating visions of the future of the field and provokes discussion between artists, academics and the public. Witness current practices and thinking from the UK and beyond, contribute to the future of the field, and explore your place within it.  March 8-12, 2017.



VIENNA: TANZQUARTIER VIENNA offers Foreign Tongues, by Liquid Loft. This new piece puts the act of speaking at the center of the choreographic focus and reflects the experience of contemporary urban life, its polyphony and multilingualism.  Foreign Tongues premieres on February 16, 2017. Visit:ère?date=2017-02-16_19-30&mini=calendar%2F2017-02

WALES: Sweden-based company IlDance is touring in Wales in February 2017 with the project iCoDaCo -- International Contemporary Dance Collective. iCoDaCo will present the intimate dance theater production Babulus, which is a new production that asks what happens when our means of communicating is taken away from us. Visit:




Female Choreographers on the Rise

Twenty-year-old British choreographer Charlotte Edmonds joined the inaugural Royal Ballet Young Choreographer Programme for the 2015/16 season, a new program created by company director Kevin O’Hare under the mentorship of Wayne McGregor. Edmonds trained at The Royal Ballet School, where she was a finalist in the Ninette de Valois Junior Choreographic Competition for three consecutive years. She won the Kenneth MacMillan Senior Choreographic Competition in 2011 and 2012. Edmonds went on to study at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and completed a two-year foundations degree there in 2015. She made her choreographic debut in 2014 with the film The Indifferent Beak for Deloitte Ignite. Edmonds was the Commissioned Choreographer for the 2015 Genée International Ballet Competition. Other companies for which she has choreographed include London Children’s Ballet and Dutch National Ballet Junior Company. Watch:


Choreographer Helen Simoneau, a native of Québec, Canada, has been commissioned by The Juilliard School, The American Dance Festival, The Bessie Schönberg Residency at The Yard, Springboard Danse Montréal, and The Swiss International Coaching Project (SiWiC) in Zurich. She was a resident artist at Baryshnikov Arts Center and Bates Dance Festival. She has received fellowships from Bogliasco Foundation and The NC Arts Council. Simoneau took 1st place for choreography at The International Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2009. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally at notable venues such as The Guggenheim Museum (NYC), Dance Place (DC), Joyce SoHo (NYC), Tangente (Montréal), The Aoyama Round Theatre (Tokyo), The L.I.G. Art Hall Busan (South Korea), Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out (MA), PACT-Zollverein in Essen (Germany), and Athens International Dance Festival (Greece). Watch:


Gioconda Barbuto, a Canadian resident of Italian descent, was a soloist with Les Grand Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, where she danced for 16 years. She has performed ballets by a range of choreographers including George Balanchine, Nacho Duato, Michel Fokine, José Limon, and Jiri Kylián, for whom she later danced in NDT3. Watch:


Helen Simoneau and Giocdonca Barbuto will be featured at the Oregon Ballet Theater in Choreography XX, which celebrates dance created by women, on June 29 & 30, 2017.






AUSTRALIA: Kinaesthesia Intensiveis, is an intensive for the dance maker looking to dissect their choreographic practice and find new impetus. It explores the dialogue between choreographic scores and improvisation, anatomy and kinesiology.  The intensive is on March 22, 2017. Visit:


BELGIUM: Young contemporary dance choreographers are invited to apply to The Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.), an international program for contemporary dance in Brussels, founded and directed by choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Auditions are for young dancers and choreographers looking for international, top-level training in dance and choreography. Apply by March 27, 2017. Visit


INDIA: AVAYAVA,” the 6th edition of the contemporary dance festival in Pune, India offers intensive workshops and master classes in various disciplines of contemporary dance.  At the center of the festival is its strong training component aimed at both a specialized and a more broad audience. Takes place from April 13-16, 2017. 



INDIA: Chhaya Collective, in collaboration with Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices, presents Choreography/Performance Intensive which will take place from February 7 - March 1,  2017. The workshop will focus on composition and culminate in a showing.





CHINA: The Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition (IBCC) is officially designated by the Ministry of Culture of China and hosted by the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA). The goal of the competition is to select promising ballet dancers and excellent choreographers to promote international exchange. The 4th competition will be held at NCPA in Beijing from August 4-11, 2017. Visit:


DENMARK: The 10th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition (CICC), held on June 23 & 24, 2017, is now accepting applications to identify and promote emerging contemporary choreographers. All participants must have professional experience. Apply by

April 30, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: Choreographers age 35 and under are invited to apply for the International Competition for Choreographers "Choreography 31" in Hanover, to take place on June 17 & 18, 2017. Applicants may choose their own subject and music.  Open to all styles of presentation. Apply by April 22, 2017. Visit:






Mr. Gaga  Dances Across The USA


The acclaimed Ohad Naharin documentary Mr. Gaga is ready to take America by storm in February, 2017. Mr. Gaga is a portrait of Ohad Naharin, the Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company. See trailer:





Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art

By Susan Rosenberg, Wesleyan University Press, 2016


Trisha Brown re-shaped the landscape of modern dance with her game-changing and boundary-defying choreography and visual art. Art historian Susan Rosenberg draws on Brown’s archives, as well as interviews with Brown and her colleagues, to track Brown’s deliberate evolutionary trajectory through the first half of her decades-long career. Brown has created over 100 dances, six operas, one ballet, and a significant body of graphic works. The book discusses the formation of Brown’s systemic artistic principles and provides close readings of the works that Brown created for non-traditional and art world settings.












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