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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & FundingCurrent listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe, & Asia; Zero Gravity in Bulgaria; New York International Dance Festival, U.S.A.; T.E.E.M, France; Inside/Outside, India; OPEN SITE Japan and more…


Trending: Crystal Pite's new work for The Royal Ballet -- Flight Pattern (UK)


New Works & Events: New William Forsythe in Paris, new Hofesh Schechter in Berlin, new Annabelle Lopez Ochoa in Belgium, “Young Choreographers” by Noverre Society in Germany, new Jo Strømgren in Netherlands, and new Fernando Melo in Sweden


Learning Opportunities: Choreolab Europe & Compota's Spring Lab 2017 in Portugal


Competitions: Choreography Competitions in U.S., China, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, and Poland


New Movies: Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works -- Featuring Alessandra Ferri, at the Royal Opera House, U.K.


New Books: Unworking Choreography: The Notion of the Work in Dance by Frédéric Pouillaude, Oxford Studies in Dance Theory, April 14, 2017






ARIZONA: Choreographers for chamber dance companies are invited to apply for the Wickenburg Residency, which offers the opportunity to pursue new projects, mount work, or collaborate with other artists. The three-week residency will take place at a historic guest ranch where participants will be free from everyday pressures. The average number of artists in residence at a time ranges between one and five. Application is open to U.S. artists and is ongoing.



CALIFORNIA: Dance film choreographers are invited to apply for Los Angeles’ 16th Annual Dance Media Film Festival, which takes place from April 20 - 23, 2017 and April 29 - 30, 2017 at Music Center, MOCA, Grand Park. The festival is open to film media in any dance style or genre. Visit:


CALIFORNIA: Hart Pulse Dance Company is accepting submissions for The 11th Annual MixMatch Dance Festival, which brings all dance styles from across the U.S. together on one stage. Presented in four different performances each August, the festival takes place just blocks from the beach in Santa Monica. Apply by April 30, 2017.


LOUISIANA: The National Performance Network (NPN) residency program subsidizes the presentation of touring artists through one- or two-week residencies at NPN partner sites. Artists are paid to publicly present their work and engage in community activities such as demos, open rehearsals, master classes, or workshops in a wide variety of venues. NPN residencies support salaries, transportation, housing, per diem, and more. Residencies take place at NPN partners in 28 states and 42 cities across the U.S. Visit:


NEW YORK: Choreography Grant Opportunity Fellowships are awarded to a choreographer through the nominating organization to help fund the creation of a new work. The aim of the fellowship is to support the choreographer’s next step toward creative and artistic advancement and to encourage professional dance companies to embark on presenting new work, while offering artistic challenges to company members. Apply by May 1, 2017. Visit:


NEW YORK: Triskelion Arts' October and December Split Bill Series serves emerging artists who are looking for a stepping-stone between the showcase format (for which work is generally capped at 15 minutes) and evening-length self-production. Apply by May 14, 2017.


NEW YORK: Awaken Dance Theater organized a tribute concert to give local artists a place to express solidarity with the LGBTQ community and to begin to heal after the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida in June 2016. This event was called the “Tribute to Orlando” from the NYC Dance Community. Now, almost one year later, Awaken Dance Theater is organizing an anniversary tribute concert to honor the lives lost. The concert will take place on June 17, 2017 at City Center Studios. Apply by May 15, 2017. Watch:  Visit:


NEW YORK: The Creators Collective calls for artists to participate in one or more of its spring 2017 events. Artists are encouraged to apply for multiple events by April 5, 2017. Visit:


NEW YORK: i KADA Contemporary Dance Company is accepting applications for the 5th annual Korean Dance Festival (KoDaFe), which promotes the cultural exchange between artists, choreographers, and dancers. The festival runs June 20 - 21. Apply by April 8, 2017. Visit

NEW YORK: The Moving Beauty Series is accepting submissions for its June 6 - 11, 2017 choreographer’s concert at The Hudson Guild Theatre. The concert showcases an astonishing array of diverse choreographers from all over the world. Apply by April 21, 2017. Visit:


NEW YORK: The American Dance Guild (ADG) fulfills its mission of serving artists and audiences through its annual performance festival. The festival will run September 7 - 10, 2017. Applications are being accepted from contemporary dance artists of diverse backgrounds, ages, and aesthetics throughout the United States and internationally. Apply by April 24, 2017.



NEW YORK: Dance Astoria Co-Producers Nicole Ohr and Stephanie Deere are seeking Queens-based choreographers for the 4th Annual Dance Astoria Festival at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria, NY on June 11, 2017. Queens’ residents are encouraged to submit choreography from all styles of dance. Apply by April 22, 2017. Visit:


NEW YORK: TRANSLATE (voices of dance), an annual choreographers’ festival, is seeking applications from choreographers. The festival, presented by Dixon Place and curated by Jessica Chen, will run from June 29 - 30, 2017. Apply by April 3, 2017.

Email: to request an application.



OHIO: BalletMet is calling for applications for dance showcases to coincide with the Arts Midwest Conference in Columbus, Ohio in August 2017. Showcases will be aggressively promoted and advertised to approximately 1,000 attendees who are working professionals in the field of performing arts from at least 15 states in the Midwest. Dance showcases will be produced on August 29 & 30, 2017 at BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. All dance companies/ensembles with the capacity to tour are eligible to apply. Apply by April 21, 2017. Visit:




AUSTRALIA: Apam 2018 offers a platform for artists and companies from across Australia and New Zealand to present and pitch their work to key national and international presenters and producers. Apply by July 3, 2017. Visit:


AUSTRALIA: Applications are being sought for the biennial Ausdance Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship, which will be awarded at the 2017 Australian Dance Awards. Applicants must be at least 35 years old. Visit:


BULGARIA: The International Festival for Contemporary Theater and Performance “Zero Gravity” is calling for applications from theatrical and dance companies to participate in the festival, which runs from June 26 - July 2, 2017. Apply by April 19, 2017. Visit:


CANADA: Across Oceans Arts, under the artistic direction of Maxine Heppner, is calling for proposals for an ultra-intensive three-day exchange & development program from May 20 - 22, 2017. Established & emerging movement artists in all forms of moving performance should apply. Visit:


FRANCE: La Fabrique de La Danse offers a one-year incubator program in Paris, France designed for choreographers either at the start of their career or wishing to take a step back from their work. This is a comprehensive support program, from the beginning of the artistic endeavor, to the creation of the company, until the presentation to the public. Apply by April 15, 2017.


FRANCE: The choreographic center Le Hangar, established by Danse en I'R in 2010, offers a residency for research and experimentation and will help you find resources to further your reflection and accompany your research. Apply by May 15, 2017. Visit:


FRANCE: Organizers are calling for submissions for the 9th edition of the Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne 2017, an annual screendance platform that promotes dance films, works of video art, and other forms of experimental cinema that explore movement through bodies, animation, objects, and a wide range of compositional methods. Apply by April 20, 2017. Visit:


FRANCE: The 9th Festival Jeunes Choregraphes, an outdoor festival taking place June 30 - July 1, 2017 at the Stravinski Park in the city of Voreppe, welcomes young choreographers and companies to present their creations and to exchange with other artists. Apply by March 31, 2017. Visit:


FRANCE: Festival Danse Beauregard 7th Edition is calling for young choreographers to present their work at the festival, taking place June 30 - July 1, 2017 in the gardens of the 19th Century Beauregard castle. Apply by April 30, 2017. Visit:


FRANCE: Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie (CCN) is offering a residency for a company or artist for creation or research, including workspace and CCN financial participation in realizing a project. Projects with a strong link to music will be given preference. Minimum two-week residence is required. Dossier needs to include a description of the artistic project, budget for creation, periods of studio residence, calendar for creation, co-producers, performance dates, and completed information sheet. Apply by May 2, 2017.


Contact: Agnes da Costa, accueilstudio@cé


FRANCE: T. E. E. M. Territoires D'Ecriture en Mouvement is offering a residency for companies and artists at the Auditorium in Quimper, a 350m2 space equipped for dance with heating, sound, and lighting. Provides artists with time to research and explore without professional pressures, encouraging innovative live performance. Apply by May 11, 2017.

Contact:, +33 (0)2 98 95 14 00, 21 rue Pen Ar Steir, 29000, Quimper.


GERMANY: Joint Adventures is inviting choreographers, dancers, and multi-media and film artists to develop new aesthetic approaches and visual languages for choreography and film in a 60-second format. Apply by June 30, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: Choreographers up to age 40 are invited to apply for a Guest Programme for Young Foreign Theatre People conducted by Goethe-Institut, Munich, and the Federal Republic of Germany Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). Selected applicants  will be assigned to theaters in Germany to become familiar with production conditions and the conception and rehearsal process of at least one production. Participants will have the opportunity to attend performances at other theatres in Germany.



GERMANY: The Pact Zollverein in the Ruhr District is offering choreographic residencies from January to July 2018. A workspace with production support will be provided. Apply by

July 3, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: Young and emerging street dance and industrial choreographers are invited to apply for the international Urban Dance Camp (UDC). UDC 2017 offers more than 160 classes from July 15 - August 30, 2017. Visit:


GREECE: The 5th International Festival of Dance and Dance Theatre in Syros offers two weeks full of workshops, evening meetings, open jams, and performances. The festival runs from July 8 - 21, 2017. Apply by May 31, 2017. Visit:


INDIA: Attakkalari's Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media announces an extended deadline for auditions for its 2017 batch. Dancers and young choreographers based in India are invited to apply. Participants will have a chance to showcase a brief choreography of their own. Candidates who are unable to travel for the audition may send a one-minute dance video. Visit:


INDIAPlay Practice Summer Residence in Bangalore invites dancers, choreographers, and performing artists to develop their artistic projects and research. Applicants will choose one of four weeks between the months of May to July, 2017. Artists are welcome to offer workshops, lectures, and presentations during the residency. Every artist may bring up to 2 artists to collaborate with; opportunities are provided for collaboration with local artists. Apply by April 15, 2017.  Visit:


INDIA: Natya Ballet Centre invites choreographers and filmmakers to be part of the second edition of the INSIDE/OUTSIDE project, which will take place on April 29, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to send short movement-based films that explore race relations, gender, and socio-political issues. Apply by April 20, 2017. Visit or


IRELAND: Irish Aerial Creation Centre calls for submissions for two one-week long residencies between July 16 & September 1, 2017. Apply by April 28, 2017. Suitable for Irish circus artists and companies. Priority will be given to proposals that explain clearly how the residency would impact the artist’s/company’s practice and the Irish circus community. 



ITALY: Choreographers of all ages, nationalities, and genres are welcome to apply for the Glosoli International Residency for Artists in Torino. Glosoli offers a space for artists, different art forms, dance, and Afro-contemporary dance in particular. Glosoli is especially 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:!about2/cfah.


ITALY: Arts Oasis is an annual international residential lab for performing arts practitioners working in various techniques, genres, and styles. This creative residency is open to dancers, choreographers, actors, and contemporary circus performers with professional stage experience. Multidisciplinary artists inspired by movement, dance, and physical theatre will practice together with colleagues from around the world. The residency runs from May 25 - June 1, 2017.



ITALY: The International Contemporary Dance Workshop offers a rigorous dance experience in a supportive atmosphere, fostering a creative exchange of ideas, encouraging exploration, and providing the opportunity to experience a diverse spectrum of dance/movement disciplines. Apply by May 30, 2017. Visit:


JAPAN: Tokyo Wonder Site (TWS), dedicated to the generation and promotion of new art and culture from the heart of Tokyo, issues an open call for artists from all genres. Tokyo Wonder Site supports and nurtures young talent in all fields and is a platform for both new talent and internationally active creators to exchange and showcase their works. Now accepting unprecedented proposals from new perspectives. Apply by April 19, 2017.



JAPAN: Yokohama Para Triennale 2017: The city of Yokohama aims to create an environment where everyone from all nationalities, backgrounds, genders, and ages is treated equally. This year’s theme is to find new artistic creation among people with disabilities. Applications are currently being accepted for this new project. All genres are acceptable. Apply by April 21, 2017. Visit:


JAPAN: Kyoto Experiment: International Performing Arts Festival is an annual autumn event presenting the work of Kyoto-based Japanese and international theater and dance artists at venues around Kyoto City, to be held from October 1 - November 5, 2017. Offers a platform for creativity and exchange to artists from all performing arts genres who are interested in networking. Apply by May 10, 2017. Visit:


TAIWAN: The Taipei Artist Village and Treasure Hill Artist Village offer residency opportunities for innovative makers of visual art, music, literature, and performance, while fostering  artistic and cultural exchange between Taiwan and the rest of the world. The artistic villages are secluded by a serene garden, but located within the vibrant city of Taipei. Housing 10 residents for eight to 12 weeks, the program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. artists and includes use of studio and media equipment. Apply by June 9, 2017.  Email: Visit:


SINGAPORE: ODT Arts Hub is offering a short-term opportunity (up to 6 months) designed to support new creative local and international experimentation and exploration of refreshing arts practices. Studio space, mentoring, and the opportunity for presentation of ideas to the public will be provided. Apply by May 31, 2017. Visit:


U.K: Artangel Everywhere issues an open call for U.K.-based artists to share their ambitious ideas for transforming the cultural landscape and to produce a major project that can be experienced anywhere in the world. Apply by April 30, 2017. Visit:




Acclaimed Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite responds to the refugee crisis in her first work for the Royal Ballet. Pite explains how her new work, “Flight Pattern,” began with a choice of music: Góreckis haunting Symphony of Sorrowful Songs.


With its themes of motherhood and separation of families as a result of war, the symphony is often associated with the Holocaust, although the composer denied this association. In 2017, however, these themes take on a new meaning in the context of the refugee crisis, a subject Pite feels unable to ignore.


“I feel that…this creation is my way of coping with the world at the moment,” she explains.

The work explores the displacement of millions of refugees across the world, using a cast of 36 dancers to portray a large-scale portrait, before zooming in to focus on individual, human relationships. Watch:


PHOTO: Flight Pattern. Artists of The Royal Ballet. ©ROH, 2017. Photographed by Tristram Kenton (c)

PHOTO: Flight Pattern. Marcelino Sambé. ©ROH, 2017. Photographed by Tristram Kenton (c)




NATIONAL: CALIFORNIA: The Los Angeles Philharmonic has commissioned a new creation from Tero Saarinen Company, which will premiere at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall on January 19, 2018. Visit:


HOUSTON: Now celebrating its 22nd anniversary in Houston and 25th season since its inception in Brussels, Belgium, Dance Salad Festival promises to be another gathering of world-class

performers. Famous in their own countries, the featured dance companies/dancers have won praise from critics and audiences wherever they have toured. Premiere U.S.A. performances will include Romeo & Juliet and Touch of Gravity by choreographers Susanna Leinonen and Jouka Valkama; Black over Red (My dialogue with Rothko) and Li by Carolyn Carlson Company; and Player, by award-winning dancer/choreographer Daniel Proietto,

April 13 - 15, 2017. Visit:


MASSACHUSETTS: From May 22 - June 19, 2017, choreographer Chavi Bansal, founder of Vimoksha Dance, will develop a multimedia piece that explores concepts of everyday rituals and the comfort or restraint they provide. This premiere work will ask: Does ritual provide the confidence to face the unknown? Does repetition form our identity? Is our true identity revealed when breaking the chains of ritual? Audience and performers will be taken on an uncomfortable journey through chaos in order to explore the sense of safety that ritual provides. Visit:


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


NEW YORK: Work Up supports the development of emerging dance and performance artists whose work demonstrates risk, relevance, and research. From April 7 - 22, 2017, Work Up presents nine emerging artists in a series of three shared-bill performances, as well as an artist-generated exhibition in the Gibney Dance Gallery. Visit:


NEW YORK: The Joyce Theater presents the repertory of master choreographer Merce Cunningham. Directed by Robert Swinston, a dancer and assistant to Cunningham for more than 30 years, this season’s program will include gems such as Place (1966); How To Pass, Kick, Fall and Run (1965); and Inlets 2 (1983). Set to music by John Cage, Inlets 2, one of Merce’s best-known nature studies, makes its company premiere at The Joyce. April 4 - 9, 2017. Visit:


NEW YORK: Join the conversation with Swedish choreographer, filmmaker, and dancer Pontus Lidberg, who is most recognized for his award-winning film The Rain. Enjoy a sneak peek at his new film, Written on Water, starring Aurélie Dupont, with excerpts danced live by Kaitlyn Gilliland and Christopher Adams. Join in on a showing of Woodland, featuring the Martha Graham Dance Company. April 6, 2017. Visit:


NEW YORK: Ballet Hispánico brings its bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance to the Joyce Theater, featuring the world premiere of Michelle Manzanaless Con Brazos Abiertos and Línea Recta, which intricately partners the passion of Flamenco dance with music by guitarist Eric Vaarzon Morel. Runs April 18 - 23, 2017.



NORTH CAROLINA: The new season with the American Dance Festival includes world premieres by Claire Porter, Sara Juli, and Pilabolus. The festival runs from June 13 - July 29, 2017. Watch:




BELGIUM: Annabelle Lopez Ochoas new creation for the Royal Ballet of Flanders, “Ecdysis,” premieres on May 13, 2017 at Gent Opera in a triple bill with masterpieces by Pina Bausch and Martha Graham. Visit:


BRAZIL: The Curitiba Theater Festival runs March 28 to April 9, 2017. A dance series called Movva will comprise five of the festival's 38 shows. Join in on discussion panels, workshops and other events, as well as three international and eight national premieres. Featured choreographers, companies, and pieces include: Grupo Cena 11, Wagner Schwartz, Vera Mantero and Curitiba Cia da Dança. Don’t miss choreographers’ talk with Lia Rodrigues (Cia de Dança) on April 5, 2017. Visit:


DENMARK: The Spring Forward Festival is back, presenting 20 performances, a live stream with exclusive content, and some topical debates. Meet the most promising choreographers from Europe, as well as special guests from Taiwan. Get ready to be moved! Hosted by the dance house Bora Bora in Aarhus from April 28 - 30, 2017. Watch:


FRANCE: SPOT, 2nd Edition, will be held April 26 - 28, 2017. Centre Chorégraphique de Tours, France is putting a spotlight on new choreographic creations in contemporary dance with their SPOT program. Claire Laureau and Nicolas Chaigneau, with their very first play Les Déclinaisons de la Navarre, present a journey through time with "Strange Fruit" by Emmanuel Eggermnot, and "AU," the unique and poetic piece by Christian UBl and Kylie Walters that travels down pathways borrowed from the absurd. Watch:


FRANCE: The first edition of Festival Danse Hors les Murs will be centered around the discovery made possible through dance and will celebrate artistic diversity, democracy, accessibility, and durability. The motivation of the festival is to contribute to the cultural animation and economic life of the region through promoting the richness of artistic collaboration. Runs April 14 - 15, 2017. Visit:



FRANCE: Paris Opera Ballet will present two new works by William Forsythe, along with a work by Merce Cunningham. Forsythe’s first featured ballet plays with the weight and balance of three dancers, while the second prefers to explore movement with Thom Willems' electronic music to bring out what is most often invisible. April 14 - May 13, 2017. Visit:


FRANCE: On April 19, 2017, Wang Ramirez will present Everyness for the first time in France. The production features five dancers, along with a sixth character, a white and almost transparent sphere, to reveal surprising expressive capacities.  Watch


FRANCE: Cristiana Morganti, historical performer with the Pina Bausch Company, will premiere her new work Jessica and Me from May 16 - 24, 2017. Intimate and direct, this falsely titled solo Jessica and Me raises the veil on the journey of this artist who speaks for herself. Watch:


FRANCE: Thierry Malandain’s new narrative work Noé premieres from May 10 - 24, 2017 at the Théâtre National de la Danse. Noé symbolizes the coming of a new and better world. Watch:


GERMANY: It was at the traditional Young Choreographers Evening, organized by the Stuttgart-based Noverre Society, that choreographers such as John Neumeier, Jiri Kylián and William Forsythe showed some of their first choreographic works. In this year's edition, as always, the bulk of choreographies will be by dancers of the Stuttgart Ballet creating works on their colleagues. At Staatstheater Stuttgart on April 20 - 21, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: Duato / Schechter is a double bill evening in which the Staatsballett Berlin expands its aesthetic boundaries and breaks out of its own comfort zone. Staatsballett Berlin’s Artistic Director Nacho Duato will premiere his new piece Erde. The programme includes Shechter's The Art of Not Looking Back. Showing at The Komische Oper Berlin on April 21, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: “Urbanity” is the central theme of this year's Oster-Tanz-Tage Festival at Staatsoper Hannover. From April 11 - 17, 2017, international dance companies including São Paolo Dance Company from Brazil (with works by Edouard Lock, Clébio Oliveira, and Nacho Duato); Constanza Macras and her company Dorky Park with Megalopolis; and Kader Attou's Accrorap with OPUS 14, will present new works. Hannover's own Staatsballett will present Jörg Mannes' celebrated choreography in Gefährliche Liebschaften (Dangerous Liaisons). Visit: (German only)


GERMANY: From April 21 - May 21, 2017, various German dance companies will premiere works as part of this year's Movimentos Festival Weeks in Wolfsburg. Under the overarching theme of "Freedom," international guest companies such as Ballet Preljocaj, Nederlands Dans Theater I, Vertigo Dance Company, and Göteborgsoperans Danskompani will be contributing works. Flamenco revolutionary Israel Galván will present his new choreography La Fiesta. Visit:


GERMANY: Two masterpieces of symphonic history -- the 7th Symphony by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and the 8th Symphony by Antonín Dvořák -- form the musical substance of the symphonic ballet Jean und Antonín. A sensuous double evening created by ballet director Karl Alfred Schreiner and guest choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan, first performed on April 1, 2017 at Munich's Gärtnerplatztheater. For further info and performance dates, Visit:


GERMANY: DANCE -- the 15th International Festival for Contemporary Dance in Munich -- will present 20 productions, including six world premieres. In addition to renowned choreographers such as Richard Siegal, Wim Vandekeybus, VA Wöfl, Trajal Harrell, Sharon Eyal and Emanuel Gat, young artists from Canada to China will be featured in expressive dance and provocative performances. From May 11 - 21, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: Taking the city of Hamburg's harbour as an inspiration and as a venue, the festival Theater der Welt 2017 will present 45 productions from across the globe. Artists from every continent are invited to Hamburg, among them Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio who will open the festival with the premiere of Children of Gods, a spectacular transformation ritual. With the world premiere of New Creation, Brazilian choreographer Bruno Beltrão and his company Grupo de Rua will make a passionate plea for freedom of movement. From May 25 - June 11, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: Initiated and organized by LA-Events, the International Dance Camp Festival Stuttgart (IDCF) is attended by amateurs and professionals wishing to further develop their skills. From April 18-24, 2017, the largest dance camp in southern Germany offers over 200 workshops with 28 renowned choreographers. This year for the first time, there will be an IDCF Kids’ Camp. Visit:


INDIA: On April 16, 2017, the Independence Brewing Company will showcase the work YAMA of the Laboration Art Company (LAC), choreographed by Laura Arend, Out of Bounds by Revanta Sarabhai and Moment by Satomi Itohara.



IRELAND: The 2017 Dublin Dance Festival is the leading dance event on the Irish arts calendar. Each year in May, the festival brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share vibrant, contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland. This year the festival runs from May 18 - 28, 2017. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: Jo Strømgren Kompani is preparing for the premiere of a new co-production with Ulrike Quade Company: Coco Chanel. As a master of illusion, Chanel consistently chose to mythologize herself and to control the way the world looked at her. Chanel’s fashion has become a symbol for emancipation. The show opens at the Bellevue Theatre in Amsterdam on April 12, 2017. Visit:

NORWAY: Ina Christel Johannessen has choreographed Sleepless Beauties for the The Norwegian National Ballet. The piece is based on the classic story of the Sleeping Beauty -- the glorified woman of the ballet world. But who is she today? The stage is hers, and the entire Norwegian National Ballet and Norwegian National Opera Orchestra will fill the performance space. The performance runs until May 6, 2017. Watch:


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. Visit:


SWEDEN: On April 7, 2017 the Royal Swedish Ballet presentsr Isbergs personal take on Swan Lake  -- Dream of Swan Lake -- which expands on the dreams and relationships of the dancers, both to each other and to the work they are rehearsing. Reality and fiction are woven together in an intricate drama, floating between rehearsal studio and stage. Visit:


SWEDEN: Norrdans is world premiering Pepper's Ghost. Choreographer Fernando Melo collaborates with light designer and visual artist Yoko Seyama, who combines new technology with the use of antique elements like mirrors, reflections, appearance, and disappearance. The performance will tour in Sweden until April 27, 2017.  Watch:


U.K.: An exciting triple bill will present work by the award winning Jasmin Vardimon and work by two emerging choreographers. With the mission to develop, encourage and cultivate young talent and audiences, Jasmin Vardimon Company has formed JV2, delivering a Professional Development Diploma. This year's JV2 are an ensemble of young international dancers, hand-picked by Jasmin Vardimon herself. The evening will culminate in celebrating favourite moments from Park, Justitia, 7734 and Yesterday, where Tomorrow transforms company repertoire into a completely new experience. April 21 & 22, 2017 at Sadler’s Wells. Visit:


U.K.: On April 25, 2017, Sadler’s Wells will present Marc Brew Company for BREWBAND, Scotland’s new super band that blurs boundaries and challenges our perceptions of identity. The show will meld rock music with Marc Brew’s distinctive choreography to create an exciting evening, as much a music gig as a dance performance. Watch:






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 chance for dancers and choreographers to work within a variety of styles and genres. Apply by June 1, 2017. Visit:


MASSACHUSETTS: “Begin” is a week-long workshop of improvisations in somatics, contact, tuning scores, and logomotion. The program runs from May 14 - 21, 2017. Registration is now open. Visit:


WASHINGTON, D.C.: Dance Exchanges summer training institute features innovative creative practices and boundary-breaking dance making opportunities. Institute participants from the greater Washington, D.C. region and across the globe gather as leaders, innovators, movers, and thinkers in a multi-generational collective intent on deeply engaging with community. Open to dancers, dance makers, and those interested in moving and community who are 18 years old and up. Program runs from July 7 - 14, 2017 and July 16 - 23, 2017.





AUSTRALIA: Israel Aloni and Lee Brummer, founders and directors of Ildance, will be leading a series of master classes hosted by The Mill in Adelaide from April 3 - 5, 2017 and also as a part of The Australian Youth Dance Festival in Melbourne from April 15 - 17, 2017. Aloni and Brummer share their movement methods, tools of choreographic exploration, and unique philosophy in terms of the dialogue between the art form and its broad context. Visit


GERMANY: TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA, based in Munich, is offering a wide range of workshops and choreographic labs in the fields of contemporary dance, repertory, performance, and body work. The workshops are aimed at professionals as well as amateurs from Munich and the entire world. In addition to the workshop program, during these ten days TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA presents current works by renowned trailblazers of contemporary dance in a top-notch performance program.  August 2 - 12, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: For the first time in over 20 years, DEREVO founder Anton Adasinsky will be offering a Dance and Theater Workshop based on the DEREVO system for participants interested in dance and theater. The workshop will be held at Dresden, Hellerau Festspielhaus on April 8 & 9, 2017. Visit:


INDIA: The 6th edition of the exciting AVAYAVA Contemporary Dance Festival 2017 in the city of Pune offers four days of intensive workshops for kids and adults, dance film screenings, site-specific and stage performances, plus much more. The festival runs from April 13 - 16, 2017. Visit:


ITALY: Springfield College is offering “Unmasking Dance in the Italian Renaissance,” a five-week summer study program within the heart of the green Umbrian hills in Perugia, Italy. Students will stay in beautiful apartments while studying Italian Renaissance dance and art with Cynthia Nazzaro, EdD, Professor of dance at Springfield College. They’ll also research, choreograph, and perform. The program runs from May 19 - June 24, 2017. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: The Improvisation Summer Course Amsterdam will take place from July 24 - August 20, 2017. The course aims to provide a platform for musicians, vocalists, actors, dancers, and performance artists to engage in intensive study and participate in weekend performance events so that they can re-consider and re-present real time performance in the ever evolving time we live in. Visit:


PORTUGAL: Choreolab Europe & Compota's Spring Lab 2017 in Lisbon takes place from  May 4 - 7, 2017. The intensive is for advanced and professional dancers, movers, dance choreographers, and dance students. The Spring Lab contains research labs, playgrounds, and a lecture guided by different choreographers and collaborators, including Ângelo Cid Neto, Sanne Clifford, Danielle Dugas, Anja Gallagher, Paula Pinto, Jordi Ribot Thunnissen, and António de Sousa Dias. Visit:




CALIFORNIA: The Capezio A.C.E. Awards is a choreography competition dedicated to introducing the next generation of emerging and influential choreographers to the commercial dance world. Now in its ninth season, the Capezio A.C.E. Awards receives hundreds of choreography submissions every year, representing all styles of dance from tap, jazz, ballet, and modern to musical theatre. The top 15 applicants are selected to present their work at The Dance Teacher Summit. A panel of representatives from Capezio, the Dance Teacher Summit, Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine, and the dance industry will deliberate to select three choreographers who will receive funds to produce a full-length show. Apply by May 1, 2017. Visit:


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:




Wayne McGregors 2015 Olivier Award-winning ballet triptych Woolf Works, featuring Alessandra Ferri, had its first revival at the Royal Opera House in January to great critical and audience acclaim. Created on The Royal Ballet, the work is inspired by three Virginia Woolf novels -- Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando, and The Waves. For the first time, one of Wayne’s ballets was broadcast live by the Royal Opera House, thrilling audiences in more than 1,500 cinemas and 35 countries on February 8, 2017. Encore screenings are still taking place in the U.K. and worldwide. Trailer:

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Unworking Choreography: The Notion of the Work in Dance (Oxford Studies in Dance Theory)

by Frédéric Pouillaude


There is no archive or museum of human movement, no place where choreographies can be collected and conserved in pristine form. The central consequence of this is the incapacity of philosophy and aesthetics to think of dance as a positive and empirical art. In the eyes of philosophers, dance refers to a space other than art, considered both more frivolous and more fundamental than the artwork without ever quite attaining the status of a work.


Unworking Choreography develops this idea and postulates an unworking as evidenced by a conspicuous absence of references to actual choreographic works within philosophical accounts of dance; the late development and partial dominance of the notion of the work in dance in contrast to other art forms such as painting, music, and theatre; the difficulties in identifying dance works given a lack of scores and an apparent resistance within the art form to the possibility of notation; and the questioning of ends of dance in contemporary practice and the relativisation of the very idea that dance artistic or choreographic processes aim at work production.










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