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Choreographic Residencies, Creative Opportunities & Funding:  Current listings for the US, Latin America, Europe & Asia

New Works & Events: 19th China Shanghai International Arts Festival

Trending: Rising Contemporary Female Choreographers in Asia: Yuan Yuan Wang, Yabin Wang, Hou Ying, Gu Jiani of CHINA; Ea Torrado of the PHILIPPINES; Motoko Hirayama of JAPAN

Learning Opportunities: Leipzig 27th Festival for Contemporary Theatre and Dance in Germany

Competitions: 32nd International Competition for Choreographers in Hanover, Germany

New Movies: Kick Ball Change directed by Guy Sadot, choreographed by Maxim Kozhevnikov

New Books: Every Little Movement, A Book About Delsarte by Ted Shawn, published by Princeton Book Company; Dance and Politics: Moving Beyond Boundaries by Dana Mills, published by Manchester University Press






ARIZONAThe 5th Annual Dance Shorts College Film Festival is now accepting film submissions from national and international college students. The festival provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to share their short dance films in a national venue. Apply by December 4, 2017. Visit: 


MARYLAND: The Collective is accepting submissions for the 6th Annual Baltimore Dance Invitational, an eclectic evening of original dance, held on February 15, 2018, in Owings Mills, MD. Selected artists will have the option to facilitate a community dance workshop in February 2018. Apply by November 17, 2017. Visit:


MASSACHUSETTSThe Yard at Martha’s Vineyard offers Offshore Creation Residencies of two to three weeks, emphasizing the collaborative nature of dance making. Daily access to studio and/or theater will be provided, with option to lead community class or residency-related workshop and culminating in a minimum of two public performances. Residency artists are hand-selected by Yard staff after review of live performances or showings. There is no formal application process. Interested artists are encouraged to send press kits and information to The Yard for review. Visit:


NEW YORKSTREB's Emerging Artist Commissioning Program, called “Go!” is accepting movement-based proposals by choreographers, aerialists, and circus artists. Apply by November 20, 2017Visit:


NEW YORKNew York City Ballet/New York Choreographic Institute is accepting applications for its spring session. Apply by December 11, 2017.



NEW YORK: In partnership with New York University Center for Ballet and the Arts, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation offers fellowships to support the budding careers of emerging female composers, playwrights, and choreographers. Virginia B. Toulmin was a passionate supporter of the performing arts and of equity and fairness for women. Apply by December 1, 2017. Visit:


NEW YORK: Fertile Ground is a non-curated showcase for emerging and/or established artists produced with full production values. This series offers an excellent opportunity for participants to share new and developing work and to receive informative feedback in a supportive environment. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the performance dates are full. Visit:


NEW YORK: ModArts Dance Collective (MADC) is calling for women choreographers of color to submit works for its third annual dance festival, “Collective Thread.” The festival will offer a 3:30 and 7:30 pm concert on March 10, 2018 at Dixon Place. The purpose of Collective Thread is to provide a voice and a platform for artistic expression to women of underrepresented ethnic groups within the medium of dance. Apply by December 15, 2017. Visit:


NEW YORK: New Voices in Live Performance is an annual curatorial program that invites a curator/artist/collective to organize a weekend-long program of public events. Now accepting applicants to propose a program that addresses a particular inquiry within the expanded field of dance and performance. Apply by November 11, 2017. Contact Jen McGinn at


NEW YORK: IDACO NYC 2018, which runs May 21-27, 2018, is interested in works of choreographers and artists whose artistic idea or concept relates to Italian culture, regardless of their nationality. Apply by December 18, 2017. Visit:


NEW YORK: WAXworks is a non-curated showcase open to new and seasoned artists. Applications are accepted on a first-come first served basis in choreography, theater, music, poetry, comedy, juggling, acrobatics, monologues, performance art, or any other form that can be performed on stage. There is no audition process. Visit:


NEW YORK: The Series, a cultural exchange contemporary dance festival, provides opportunities to 25 emerging dance companies, choreographers, and contemporary dance artists to share their work with audiences, company directors, producers, and presenters of dance to cultivate opportunities for collaborations and commissions. The festival runs on December 1 & 2, 2017. Apply by November 3, 2017. Visit:


USA: The fourth volume of Pitchbook, American Dance Abroads biannual publication of new works by U.S. choreographers, will feature 10 dance projects that have premiered since March 2017 or will premiere before February 2019. Submit by December 15, 2017. Visit:




AUSTRALIATRIP (Tasdance Residencies for Independent Practice) offers professional choreographic residencies from September to December to develop a new dance work, specific aspects or ideas within the resident’s dance practice, or for choreographic and other research. Applications for 2018 are currently being accepted. Visit:


AUSTRALIA:  Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia may apply for the Cultural Trust, which encourages excellence and supports a vibrant, world-class arts scene in Australia. The Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 to assist emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas. Apply between November 6, 2017 and January 16, 2018. Visit:


AUSTRALIA: QL2 Dance offers curated residencies both to young people (up to age 26), and older artists. Curated residencies provide theater or studio space without charge, and may also include other support. Write to Artistic Director Ruth Osborne to apply. Visit:


AUSTRALIA: Applications for Tasdance Residencies 2018 are now being accepted. Tasdance offers residency opportunities for professional dance artists and choreographers Australia-wide and internationally. Visit:


AUSTRALIA: Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for Time_Place_Space: Nomad 2018, an international action research residency in regional Victoria in April 2018. Up to 30 independent, cross-disciplinary contemporary and experimental artists from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore and Taiwan will be selected. Apply by November 20, 2017. Visit:


BRAZIL:  Itaú Cultural is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 season, Rumos, to develop and mount diverse art projects and Brazilian cultural works, including dance. Apply by November 5, 2017. Visit:


CANADASpringboard Danse Montréal 2018, which takes place June 10-29, 2018, calls for submissions for its Emerging Choreographers Project. Apply by December 1, 2017Visit:


CHILE: Open Call is announced for the second edition of the Video Dance Exhibition, running from April - May 2018. Selected films will be shown at the Concreta Gallery for Art at Matucana 100 Cultural Center in Santiago de Chile in the context of the International Dance Month Celebration. Apply by December 15, 2017. Visit:


DENMARK: New and experienced choreographers of all nationalities are invited to apply for Black Box Dance Company’s upcoming season, to create under the title and concept “NO SEX.” Apply by November 20, 2017. Visit:


FRANCE: Open Call is announced for companies to present work during the 10th Edition of the Festival Mouvements sur la Ville. Running parallel to the International Festival Montpellier Danse, this festival takes place in studios and public spaces from June 25-July 7, 2018. Apply by November 15, 2017. Visit:


FRANCE: SPLIT, a new platform for presenting choreographic work, invites three companies per month to participate in a shared program at the Point Ephémère in Paris. Apply by November 30, 2017 for the program on February 10, 2018, and by December 30, 2017 for the program on March 22, 2018. Visit:


GERMANY: The 22nd International Solo-Dance-Theatre Festival Stuttgart, running March 15-18, 2018, invites choreographers and dancers from around the world to perform new and imaginative solo pieces. Apply by November 11, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: WomenCinemakers is now accepting submissions from female filmmakers, directors and producers for its biennial edition. Apply by February 28, 2018. Visit:


GERMANY: Festival Programme of Tanzmesse 2018 is accepting proposals for fully developed productions (performances) and works in progress or pitching formats (Open Studios). Apply by November 13, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: Lucky Trimmer is seeking original short pieces (under 10 minutes) by both emerging and established artists. Lucky Trimmer stands between worlds, bridging the avant-garde and the mainstream and combining artistic excellence with the lightness of entertainment. Apply by November 15, 2017. Visit


GERMANY: TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund is a new German funding program seeking established artists, ensembles and production structures with an international reach. The goal is to realize substantial projects that contribute to the artistic and structural development, strengthening and profiling of the art form of dance in Germany. There will be two calls for applications during the pilot phase, in 2017 and 2018. The aim is to continue the funding instrument beyond 2021 with annual calls for applications. Apply by November 15, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: Choreographers up to age 40 can 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). Grant recipients will be taken in by theatres in Germany to become familiar with production conditions and the conception and rehearsal process of at least one production. Visit:


GERMANY: As a center for choreographic practice and research, K3 -- Center for Choreography Tanzplan Hamburg, offers different types of residencies. Each year, the programme provides three choreographers the chance to work on site for eight months, usually from August to April. The programme is intended for choreographers currently at the beginning of their professional careers, but who have already produced some choreographic work of their own. Visit:


HONG KONG: As part of City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC), REAL Showcase is calling for proposals of full-length ballet pieces not less than 45 minutes, produced by emerging choreographers. Apply by November 26, 2017. Visit:


IRELAND: NOISE Moves Youth Dance Festival is pleased to announce a new choreographic mentoring programme as part of the 2018 Festival. Emergence, a showcase of young choreographers, will take place the weekend of the festival at RUA RED, South Dublin’s Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Apply by November 16, 2017. Visit:


JAPAN: Kokokita in Tokyo is now accepting applications from individual artists and companies for its residency program. The residency will take place after April 2018. Apply by November 6, 2017 (Must apply by mail). Visit:


JAPAN: Asian Cultural Counsel (ACC) is now accepting applications for its overseas traveling support program, open to artists traveling to the US and Asia. Apply by November 10, 2017. Visit:


MEXICO CITY: Choreographers, dance companies and independent or emergent dance troupes are invited to participate in open call for The International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City, FIDCDMX, from August 2-12, 2018. Within only two editions, the Festival has brought more than 50 companies from 30 countries and almost 30,000 people. Apply by November 15th, 2017



SINGAPORE: M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, presented by T.H.E Dance Company, invites contemporary dance artists from Singapore, Southeast Asia, East Asia and intenationally to submit applications for an opportunity to be programmed in various festival platforms. Festival dates are June 15 - August 4, 2018. Apply by December 15, 2017. Visit 


SWITZERLAND: Tanzcompagnie Konzert Theater Bern and Director Estefania Miranda are announcing a call for applications for Tanzplattform Bern 2018. The International Dance Festival will take place June 13-16, 2018. Selected choreographers will be invited to perform the submitted dance pieces in Bern and will obtain a performance fee, travel costs and accommodation. Apply by December 30, 2017. Visit:






NEW YORK: Garth Fagan Dance will perform at the Joyce Theater between November 7 and 12, 2017. The program displays Fagan’s signature power of Afro-Caribbean styles, as well as two world premieres by Fagan and Bessie Award winner Norwood Pennewell, a company member for 38 years: Fagan’s In Conflict and Pennewell’s A Moderate Cease. Watch:


NEW YORK: Conceived and directed by Xavier Cha, world premiere Buffer will be performed from November 1-4, 2017 at the BAM as part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival. Comprising three scenes that toggle back and forth like browser windows in a state of perpetual buffering, it lays bare the intimate yet alienated relationships we have with the bodies on our screens. Visit:




AUSTRIA: British ballet at its best, featuring three generations of choreographic traditions: Concerto, an abstract ballet in neoclassical style by Kenneth McMillan; Eden|Eden by Wayne McGregor; and Marguerite and Armand, originally created for M. Fonteyn and R. Nurejew by Frederick Ashton. Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Vienna State Opera. Visit:


AUSTRIA: Strandflieder or The Euphoria of Being, with choreography by Réka Szabó will have its Austrian premiere on November 9, 2017 at the Volkstheater. An Auschwitz-survivor dances the Shoah with a young woman 60 years her junior, Emese Cuhorka. The 91-year-old Éva Fahidi enters a dialogue with Emese, where she asks and answers questions, but also dances. Visit:


AUSTRIA: Yang Liping Contemporary Dance will perform Under Siege, a contemporary dance piece by the Chinese choreographer Yang Liping, with scenography of Oscar-premiered Tim Yip. Premieres in Austria on November 12, 2017 at Festspielhaus St. Pölten. Visit:


CHINA: Choreographer Zhao Liang premiered his latest creation “Martial Art in Dance,” during the 19th Shanghai International Arts Festival in October 2017. The show is one of Zhao’s many experiments exploring contemporary dance based on traditional Chinese arts and philosophy. 

Four young contemporary dancers and three martial artists put on an intense show of sabre play, sword play, cudgel play and tai chi. Watch:

FRANCE: Les Eclats Choregraphiques Festival will run November 9 - December 2, 2018. The 11th Edition of the festival features an eclectic selection of contemporary dance performances, master classes, conferences, and more. Visit:


GERMANY: Richard Siegal is currently preparing the second production of Ballet of Difference. In co-production with Schauspiel Köln and Tanz Köln, TRIPLE BILL (working title) will premiere in Cologne on February 22, 2018. Siegal and a team of dance experts and scientists explore culturally shaped movements in our diverse, global world. Think Tank + Presentation IF/THEN for All will be held on December 2 & 3, 2017 at Munich Muffatwerk. Visit:  


GERMANY: Under the motto "Excavations," euro-scene Leipzig 27th Festival of Contemporary European Theatre and Dance will focus on reconstructions of historically important dance pieces that significantly influenced later generations of artists. Oskar Schlemmer's Das Triadische Ballett will open the festival at Leipzig Schauspielhaus. Also showing are reconstructions of works by Gret Palucca, Marianne Vogelsang and Mary Wigman. From November 7-12, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: From November 7, 2017 - January 13, 2018, the 7th Edition of NORDWIND Festival in the cities of Berlin and Hamburg will offer performances, discussions, exhibitions & concerts revolving around productions from the Arctic region and the African continent. Visit:


GERMANY: Eigenarten Intercultural Festival Hamburg, initiated by artists in Hamburg working across cultures, features productions based on the deeply-rooted experiences of people at home in more than one culture. Festival runs through November 5, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: SPIELART Festival has been exploring and researching new trends and movements in the world of international theater since 1995, and presenting them to audiences in Munich every two years. This year's edition will run through November 11, 2017 at various locations in Munich, featuring, among others, choreographer Eisa Jocson (Manila) with PRINCESS. Visit:


GREECE: XENOS, a solo piece choreographed and performed by Akram Khan, will have its world premiere on February 21, 2018 at Onassis Cultural Center, Athens. Khan’s most anticipated new solo will mark his final performances as a dancer in a full-length piece. In this work, Khan explores the myth of Prometheus -- the Titan who stole fire and gave it to mankind -- through the experience of an Indian colonial soldier in the First World War. Visit:


HONG KONG: City Contemporary Dance Festival (CCDF) is a major event of the contemporary dance scene in Hong Kong. CCDF will run from November 21-27, 2017. Visit:


JAPAN: Iwaki Ballet Company offers Ballet Gala 2017 on November 23, 2017. The program includes new works by Nagoya Aoki. Visit:


JAPAN: Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2018 (TPAM2018), held from February 10-18, 2018, is a space where professional artists from around the world can meet to exchange ideas through diverse performance and meeting programs, gain information and inspiration, and network. Register for TPAM Fringe by November 13, 2017. TPAM Fringe offers an introduction to productions and projects in Yokohama, Tokyo, and overseas. Visit:


JAPAN: Sankai Jukus new work MEGURI -- Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land will be performed at the National Theater of Japan on November 25 & 26, 2017. Visit:


JAPAN: Niigata International Dance Festival (NIDF) is an opportunity to “Encounter Asia’s here and now: Niigata City, from the whole world over” -- and additionally, as a cultural program looking toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games -- the dance pieces, created within their respective environments, transmit culture via workshops and symposiums from Niigata throughout Japan and the world. The festival runs from September 29, 2017 through December 17, 2017. Visit:


JAPAN: Japan Ballet Association invited three Japanese choreographers, Yuko Tanaka, Ryohei Kondo and Megumi Nakamura, to create a new triple bill program. The performance will take place on November 11, 2017. Visit:平成29年度バレエクレアシオン/


NEW ZEALAND: The Piano, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival in 1993, has been turned into a ballet by Czech choreographer Jiri Bubenicek. It will make its world premiere at the New Zealand Festival in Wellington on February 23, 2018. Set in New Zealand and directed by Jane Campion, The Piano tells the story of a woman whose husband sells her piano after she moves from Scotland to marry him. While trying to reclaim her piano she falls in love with another man, with tragic consequences. Visit:


SWEDEN: Deep Time by Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company will have its world premiere on November 24-26, 2017 at Dansens Hus. Choreographed by Virpi Pahkinen, Deep Time unfreezes the core of time and turns it into spectral spirals; time expands in a distant nebula. Deep Time makes an esoteric interpretation of what happens in the encounter between what is mythically ancient and the new digital life ideal. Visit:



UK: Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform a triple bill of new and much loved pieces on

November 3 & 4, 2017 at Sadler’s Wells. The ancient god Pan is unleashed in Ruth Brills new work, Arcadia, with a new score by saxophonist John Harle. Watch:


UK: Sadler’s Wells offers the Darbar Festival, featuring authentic music and dance from the great masters, together with emerging talent from across North and South India. The program will run November 9-12, 2017. Visit:


UK: Kyle Abraham will debut at Sadler’s Wells on November 17 & 18, 2017. Pavement takes seven dancers through a culture plagued by discrimination and genocide in Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods. Watch:



Rising Contemporary Female Choreographers in Asia: Female choreographers in Asia are stepping forward and influencing the contemporary dance scene in cultures that traditionally have viewed women as shy and subordinate.




Yuan Yuan Wang 


Born and raised in Beijing, Yuan Yuan Wang is one of China’s leading modern dance choreographers. Her work is rooted in Chinese traditions, yet at the same time she produces innovative, authentic, and thoughtful contemporary dance works for the world stage. She studied choreography at Beijing Dance Academy, and holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from the California Institute of Arts School of Dance. In 1998, she was named resident choreographer of the National Ballet of China and successively staged Butterfly Lovers, Rainbow of the Night, Attraction, Lost Emotion, Fate, and a Chinese version of Nutcracker. Later, she choreographed a ballet version of Raise the Red Lantern for film director Zhang Yimou and the dance sequences for Tan Dun’s music in the film The Banquet for director Feng Xiaogang.


In recognition of her excellence in choreography, she has been invited to serve as guest choreographer at New York City Ballet Choreography Institute, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts (School of Dance), Royal Danish Ballet and Shanghai Ballet. In 2008, she founded Beijing Dance Theater with veteran lighting designer Han Jiang and set designer Tan Shaoyuan. Diary of Empty Space premiered the same year as their first creation, followed by Stirred from a Dream, Haze, Prism, The Color of Love, Martlet, Harvest, Golden Lotus and Hesitation.



Yabin Wang


Born in Tianjin, Yabin Wang has received praise from critics and artists alike. She has gained a reputation as the most promising and pioneering choreographer, dancer and producer of new contemporary dance in China. She began studying dance at age nine, trained in both ballet and contemporary dance, and majored in Chinese classical dance. She was one of the principle dancers at Beijing Dance Academy’s Young Dancers Group. Cultural exchange programs enabled her to perform at Lincoln Center (New York), Bolshoi (Moscow) and Palace of Nations (Geneva, Switzerland). In 2009 she opened her own dance studio in Beijing, where she produces under the brand name Yabin & Her Friends. Her studio produces full-length dance programs and serves as a platform for renowned choreographers, composers, and dancers from across China, the US, and Europe.


Yabin Wang took part in the International Choreographers Residence at the American Dance Festival. There she danced the premiere of Sepia, choreographed by Tatiana Baganova. She also works for the television and movie industry. She performed as a dancer in Zhang Yimou’s House of Flying Daggers, and is the leading actress in the Chinese soap series The Love Story of the Village. 



Hou Ying


Hou Ying is a renowned Chinese-American dancer, choreographer, and Founder and Artistic Director of Hou Ying Dance Theater. She has a global reputation as a distinguished modern dancer and choreographer, her dance focusing on exploring the inner heart, soul, spirit and body language. She took her work Spirit of Night to the Russian International Dance Competition in 1996, where she won the Gold Prize of Creation. In 2001, she was awarded the Asian Cultural Council Scholarship to research and create in New York. In 2002, she joined the New York Shen Wei Dance Arts, and danced on the stage of Lincoln Center for four years. In 2008 She returned to China with Shen Wei to create "the picture" (in eight minutes), which is one of the opening ceremony shows in the Olympic Games in Beijing. In 2009, she shifted her focus to Beijing, and renamed the “Vision of Dance Theatre” to "Hou Ying Dance Theater" and served as the artistic director. The “Beijing News” critic referred to her as “the Kafka of dance.” Watch:


Gu Jiani


Originally from southern China, Gu Jiani trained in ballet and classical Chinese dance and has danced with the Beijing Modern Dance Company. She started to choreograph independently in 2013. Her work focuses on the relationship between visual impact, emotional impulse and physical space. Her recent project series includes "Go & Nspace" and " Gu-Untitled." Her works have toured throughout China and internationally. Her duet “Right & Left” was invited to the Hong Kong Arts Festival, University of Michigan, and Melbourne Festival. The Shanghai International Arts Festival “RAW” Program commissioned her work “Exit” which premiered October 13, 2016. In addition to her choreography work, Gu is a painter and creator of video and multi-media projects. Watch:




Ea Torrado


Ea Torrado is an independent contemporary dancer-choreographer who has worked with prestigious dance teachers, mentors and choreographers, both nationally and internationally. She has had principal and soloist roles in famous classical and contemporary full-length ballets. She has toured extensively in the Philippines and abroad with Ballet Manila, Ballet Philippines and Dance Theatre of Tennessee, and has been a guest artist with Contemporary Dance Map Philippines, Dance Forum, Airdance, E-dance Theatre and Steps Dance Project.


Among the full-length dance productions she directed and choreographed are: Dots, Nga-nga (presented at KARNABAL: A Def. Defying Festival), Dysmorphilia (presented at Imaginarium: A Multi-arts Festival of the Absurd), Canton, Himalaya (both premiered at FRINGE MANILA ARTS FESTIVAL 2015), Sisa, and Filipinas, works commissioned for The Lopez Museum and Library Exhibit, Complicated.


Her finalist status for her work The Overture at the WIFI BODY New Choreographers’ Competition in 2008 led to several commissions to choreograph: The Legs She Never Had in 2ndStep of WIFI BODY FESTIVAL 2009; Two of You in Ballet Philippines’ Neo-Filipino 2010: Dance in a Time of Change; Dog Days Are Over, for E-dance Theatre Co., Mga Babae, and Forgiving Bathsheba and Touch for Contemporary Dance Map Gala in 2011 and 2012. She choreographed for Seven Contemporary Dance Company in their production, Lust and in Tanghalang Ateneo’s play, Middle Finger. Watch:




Motoko Hirayama


Japanese choreographer Motoko Hirayama has set choreography on notable dancers from the American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, and Bolshoi Ballet, and has co-choreographed with famed Israeli choreographer Imbal Pinto. She was a cooperative choreographer for Japan’s National Synchronized Swimming Team and choreographed a duet that brought home a Bronze Medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Watch:







U.S.: Professional Critique is a new American Dance Abroad learning tool to provide you with feedback from an international programmer. The programmer will review your work, marketing materials and production requirements, and then answer a series of questions designed to help you find your niche in the international landscape. Understanding how one’s work and organization are evaluated through the eyes of an international programmer can help to ensure a more positive touring experience.




GERMANY: As part of euro-scene Leipzig 27th Festival for Contemporary Theatre and Dance, the workshop Golden Spheres of Dance History, held by Ivan Liska on November 8, 2017, will be dedicated to The Triadic Ballet. Participation is free of charge. Apply by November 3, 2017. Visit:


ITALY: Art Factory International hosts choreographers and artists from the international contemporary dance scene, offering participants important chances of improvement every month. The workshops will be held in Bologna, in the new Art Factory International space. Visit:




FRANCE: As an international competition open to artists of all disciplines, Danse Elargie takes place at Theatre de la Ville on June 16-17, 2018. Propositions for a maximum of 10 minutes with at least three participants will be considered. Apply by December 15, 2017. Visit:


GERMANY: Ballet Society Hanover is organizing the International Competition for Choreographers Hanover for the 32nd time.  The competition will take place on June 12 & 18, 2018.  Apply by May 5, 2018. Visit:


GERMANY: The 22nd International Solo-Dance-Theatre Festival Stuttgart will run March 15-18, 2018. Choreographers and dancers from around the world are invited to perform a solo piece that is new, original, imaginative, unique and which displays unusual achievement. Under the artistic direction of Marcelo Santos, the competition has been firmly established in the international and contemporary dance scene for the last twenty years. Apply by November 11,2017. Visit:






Kick Ball Change directed by Guy Sadot, choreographed by Maxim Kozhevnikov


Kick Ball Change takes viewers on the long journey from concept to the stage, passing through modern art galleries in Las Vegas, a recording studio in New York, an Israeli dance club and Maxim’s parents’ kitchen in Russia. It is a cinematic mosaic comprised of Maxim’s work, colleagues and teachers, and friends and family members, who give the viewer a behind-the-scenes look at the fantastic dance-world life. Visit:




Every Little Movement, A Book About Delsarte by Ted Shawn, published by Princeton Book Company, December 2016


Ground-breaking dancer and choreographer Ted Shawn writes about François Delsarte’s life and philosophy, his science of applied aesthetics, the application of this science to the art of dance, and the influence of Delsarte on American dance. The book begins with a discussion of Delsarte as a scientist who discovered how the human body moves under the stimuli of emotions. It proceeds to the laws he developed as a result of his research and continues by discussing the application of the science of Delsarte to the art of the dance. Shawn goes on to describe how Delsarte has influenced the development of American modern dance.


Dance and Politics: Moving Beyond Boundaries by Dana Mills, Published by Manchester University Press, 2017


Dance has always been a method of self-expression for human beings. Dance and Dance Politics examines the political power of dance, articulating in words moments when dance transgresses politics. The book focuses on readings of dance pioneers such as Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, g   umboots dancers in the gold mines of South Africa, the One Billion Rising movement using dance to protest against gendered violence, Dabke in Palestine and dance as protest against human rights abuse in Israel, and the Sun Dance within the Native American Crow tribe. The book combines close readings, drawing on the sensibility of the experience of dance and dance spectatorship, and critical analysis grounded in radical democratic theory.








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