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

New Works & Events: Play by Alexander Ekman at Paris Opera Ballet; XENOS – a new solo by Akram Khan; Mother’s Milk by Rami Be’er; YouMake ReMake by Renana Raz; a new work by Ikuyo Kurota in Japan.

Trending: Rising new voices in 21st century British choreography: George Williamson, Andrew McNicol,

Aletta Collins, Alex Whitley, Akaash Odedra, Ben Duke, and Michael Clark.

Learning Opportunities: ImPulse Tanz Festival and International Winter School of Physical Theatre in Austria, Play Practice Residency at The Infinite Liquid Fusion in India.

Competitions: 32nd International Competition for Contemporary Choreographers in Germany; Emerging Ballet Choreographers International Competition in France; Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition in USA

New Movies: In the Steps of Trisha Brown, directed by Marie-Hélène Rebois

New Books: The Fact Matter by William Forsythe, published by Kerber







CALIFORNIA: The National Choreographers Initiative (NCI) is accepting choreographers’ applications for its 2018 NCI Showing.  Apply by January 12, 2018.  Visit:



LOS ANGELES: The 4th edition of Dance in Progress, a new regular showcase for choreographers to show works in development in front of an audience, will take place on January 5, 2018.  Apply by December 7, 2017.  The show concludes with a panel discussion so the audience can share their experience and any feedback that the choreographers request.  



MASSACHUSETTS:  The 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 JERSEY: Residents of New Jersey and New York may submit applications for Dance on the Lawn’s (DOTL) dance festival on September 8, 2018.  The DOTL will bring a total of 10 performers/companies to participate in the event.  Apply by December 15, 2017. 



NEW YORK: Spoke the Hub’s 18th Annual “Winter Follies! on February 2 & 3, 2018, is calling performing artists to show a spanking new work or something old and beloved from their performance archives.  Apply by January 7, 2018.  Visit:


NEW YORK: Applications are open for Small Plates Choreography Festival, a curated dance performance series to be presented from March 16-18, 2018.  All choreographers interested in presenting work in an intimate venue in the thriving artistic community in Newburgh are welcome to apply.  Apply by January 20, 2018.  Visit:


NEW YORK: Jazz Choreography Enterprises is seeking original finished works of jazz-classic, early jazz (e.g., Charleston, swing), musical theater, Latin jazz, or contemporary jazz. Apply by January 15, 2018.  Visit:



NEW YORK: moveDIPR is seeking independent artists who would like to present work for the DEEPER LOVE showcase on February 14, 2018.  Apply by December 5, 2017.  Visit:


NEW YORK: KAKE DANCE Co. is offering an opportunity for emerging and established choreographers to submit their work at A Piece Of KAKE, taking place on February 16 & 17, 2018.  All styles are welcome. Apply by January 1, 2018.  Visit:


NEW YORK: The Bridge for Dance Inc. presents The Uptown Rising -- Performance Series Emerging Choreographers Edition on February 9, 2018.  The performance aims to provide choreographers a space to showcase their work in a unique and intimate, judgement-free setting.  Apply by December 5, 2017.  Visit:


NEW YORK: WestFest All Over Westbeth is calling creative choreographers interested in investigating possibilities of modifying dance through the use of alternative spaces. Each artist will be assigned a unique space in and around the Westbeth building where they will have the opportunity to rehearse and create one 4-5 minutes dance work.  Performances will run on April 28 & 29, 2018.  Apply by January 1, 2018.  Visit:


NEW YORK: The Warwick Center for the Performing Arts is looking for choreographers for its 2018 artist-in-residency program.  Email resume and sample works to  Visit:


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



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 receive informative feedback in a supportive environment.  Applications are being accepted on an on-going, 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 for its third annual dance festival, “Collective Thread” which provides a voice and platform for artistic self-expression to women of underrepresented ethnic groups within the medium of dance. Collective Thread will take place on March 10, 2018 at Dixon Place.  Apply by December 15, 2017.  Visit:


NEW YORK: IDACO NYC 2018, which will run 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 18th, 2017.  Visit:


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


NORTH CAROLINA: ADF’s Movies By Movers is a bi-annual festival dedicated to the celebration of the conversation between the body and the camera. Submissions for the 2018 season are now open.  Apply by February 9, 2018.  Films will be screened at the American Dance Festival during its annual summer festival in Durham. 



VIRGINIA: Dogtown Dance Theatre presents the 5th Annual Richmond Dance Festival from April 27-May 12, 2018, featuring both local and national dance artists in the heart of the historic district of Manchester in Richmond, VA.  The festival will consist of live dance performances as well as film screenings.  Choreographers from all dance genres and stages of their career are invited to submit an application.  Apply by January 30, 2018.  Visit:


WASHINGTON, D.C.: Millennium Stage, the Kennedy Center's free daily performance series, is accepting applications for the 2018 Local Dance Commissioning Project, which supports the local dance community by nurturing the creation of new dance work and presenting it to a wide audience.  Apply by December 15, 2017.



WASHINGTON, D.C.: Dance Place’s annually curated showcase features some of the best new works by emerging and established choreographers.  Register now to audition on February 2 or 3, 2018.  Visit:


WASHINGTON, D.C.: Dance Place's Artist in Residence Program provides multilayered support to emerging or mid-career choreographers.  The vision of the program is to make a multi-year commitment to the selected artist(s) to help them develop both artistically and professionally over the course of the residency.  Apply by December 15, 2017.  Visit:






AUSTRALIA:  TRIP (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 by January 16, 2018.  Visit:


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


BELGIUM: The Laboratory, taking place from December 11-15, 2018, aims to explore how public space forms our body and how dance can be inspired by everyday movements.  The methodology contains influences from David Zambrano’s “Passing Through” technique, which focuses on basic everyday movements.  Apply by December 8, 2018.  Visit:


CHILE: Open Call 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:


FRANCE: Festival La Becquée, which runs from September 28 through October 13, 2018, is

calling for projects for its 2018 edition.  This festival focuses on contemporary dance and is open to all dancers.  Apply by December 20, 2017. 



FRANCE: SPLIT is a new platform for presenting choreographic work, based on the concept that once per month three companies are invited to participate in a shared program at the Point Ephémère in Paris. Send a video and dossier to

Apply by December 30, 2017 for the program on March 22, 2018. 



GREECE: Die Wolke art group is calling choreographers for the creation of solo contemporary dance works on musical works by great composers. This year, the event aims to explore the different kinetic and choreographic approaches to the interpretation of works by John Cage.  Apply by January 28, 2018.  Visit:



GREECE: Dance Days Festival, Chania is accepting proposals for performances, workshops, video dance projects, lectures or any other idea you wish to spread.  Apply by January 22, 2018.  Visit:


GERMANY: WomenCinemakers is now accepting submissions from female filmmakers, directors, and producers for its new annual showcase.  Apply by February 28th, 2018.  Visit:


GERMANY: Tanztendenzen Festival is an international biannual festival that runs from

October 22-27, 2018.  Up to three choreographies can be presented with the application. The choreography may be interpreted by the choreographer. Apply by February 28, 2018.  Visit:


GERMANY: Choreographers up to a maximum age of 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: K3 - Center for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg offers a unique residency program to three choreographers with a chance to do artistic research and work on site for eight months. Usually this working period runs from August to April. The programme is intended for choreographers currently still at the beginning of their professional careers, but who have already produced some choreographic work of their own.  Visit:


HUNGARY: Ork_Kota_Platform_2018 is calling for one-minute dance films to be presented in Budapest from January 10-14, 2018.  Apply by January 8, 2018.



INDIA: Play Practice Residency is organizing a Sifting Dance Residency Program for dancers, actors, and choreographers.  The emphasis is on developing a state wherein the performer works toward creating a personal language of movement ‘as a theatrical act’ rather than as a technique.  The program will run January 29 - February 9, 2018.  Apply by December 31, 2017.  Visit:


NETHERLANDS: DutchCulture/TransArtists is accepting applications for its artist-in-residence program.  These opportunities offer conditions that are conducive to creativity and provide their guests with context, such as working facilities, connections and audience.  Apply by December 31, 2017.  Visit:


SINGAPORE: M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, presented by T.H.E Dance Company, invites contemporary dance artists from Singapore, Southeast Asia, East Asia and abroad to submit applications for an opportunity to be programmed in various festival platforms.

Festival runs June 15 - August 4, 2018.  Apply by December 15, 2017.  Visit: 


SPAIN: The 2018 edition of Festival AGITART, from July 2-8, 2018, is searching for works from various artistic disciplines that are based on the language of dance and movement.  The performances must be a maximum of 20 minutes and suitable for outdoor or non-conventional spaces.  Apply by December 20, 2017.  Visit:


SPAIN: InDance™ Barcelona, a platform for showcasing talent within the area of dance, will take place from April 6-8, 2018.  Apply by March 1, 2018. 



SWITZERLAND: Tanzcompagnie Konzert Theater Bern and Director Estefania Miranda are calling for applications for Tanzplattform Bern 2018, an international dance festival running from June 13-16, 2018.  The chosen 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:







AUSTRIA:  Roméo et Juliette by choreographer Davide Bombala will be premiere on

December 9, 2017. The new work was commissioned for the Vienna State Ballet and will be Bombana’s second full-length production at the Vienna Volksoper.  Visit:


FRANCE: The new creation for the Paris Opera Ballet, "Play" by Alexander Ekman, will be in theater December 4-31, 2017.  Best known for the spectacular quality of his pieces with their dreamlike imagery, he fills the stage of the Palais Garner with metallic structures, dancers suspended in space, and elevations.  Watch:


GERMANY: Ballett am Rhein's programme b.33, shown from December 16, 2017 - January 21, 2018 in Düsseldorf, will include the world premiere of Roses of Shadow by choreographer Martin Schläpfer and composer Adriana Hölszky. The piece is flanked by Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto and Hans van Manen's Polish Pieces.  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:


GREECE: XENOS, a solo piece choreographed and performed by Akram Khan, will make 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:


INDIA: Rhythmosaic-Sengupta Dance Company of Kolkata will present its new production Ekayala in January 2018.  Watch:


ISRAEL: The newest work Mother’s Milk by Rami Be’er, Artistic Director & Choreographer of Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, will premiere on December 8, 2017.  The piece is dedicated to his parents, Shosha & Menny Be’er, who passed away this year.  Visit:


ISRAEL: Vertigo Dance Company will present One. One & One, which revolves around the individual’s wish to be whole, while being challenged constantly by a fragmented inner reality. The piece pays attention to the echo, as reflected from different directions, while profoundly developing the metaphoric relationship between the near, the far and the self. December 9, 2017.  Visit:


ISRAEL: Yasmeen Godder’s groundbreaking female duet from 2003, Two Playful Pink, is re-staged for new audiences with two new powerful dancers: Dor Frank and Francesca Foscarini on December 15, 2017. The duet is inspired by surreal imagery and pop energy; different sections present different aspects of the female body and psyche, exposing a refreshing language: mysterious, funny and disturbing all at once. 


ISRAEL: YouMake ReMake, the brainchild of acclaimed Israeli dancer/choreographer Renana Raz, is a unique multi-disciplinary performance, consisting of artistic stage responses to Youtube videos. YouMake ReMake finds in YouTube an enormous source for fruitful artistic dialogue which takes place on stage, creating an interaction between two mediums: video and stage.  The performance is on December 31, 2017.  Visit:


JAPAN: The 9th edition of “Tradition and Creation” will run from December 10-12, 2017.  A new creation, choreographed by Ikuyo Kurota, is inspired by the Japanese traditional dance called Noh.  Watch:




Rising New Voices in British Choreography:


At the beginning of the 21st century, Great Britain brought a new and fresh approach to choreography with David Dawson, Wayne McGregor and Christopher Wheeldon.  Now, seventeen years later, another wave of choreographers with unique perspective and inspiration is gaining momentum in the genres of ballet and contemporary dance. Here are a few names:


George Williamson: Born in Worcestershire, UK, George trained at Elmhurst School for Dance and at English National Ballet School and danced at Polish National Ballet.  In 2013 he received a nomination for the Benois de la Danse Award for his production of Firebird.  In Spring 2017 George won the Genesis International Choreography Competition at Milwaukee Ballet with his new ballet, Wonderers.





Andrew McNicol: A freelance British choreographer based in London, Andrew studied at The Royal Ballet School, where he won the Kenneth MacMillan choreographic competition.  He was awarded a full scholarship to undertake a year of choreographic research through Ballet Central’s professional choreographic residency program.  In 2017, Andrew launched his own project, The McNicol Ballet Collective, to connect dancers and collaborators to create ambitions new ballets. Visit:


Aletta Collins: Choreographer Aletta Collins made her Royal Opera debut in 2004, creating the choreography for the world premiere of The Tempest. She served as Associate Artist at the Royal Opera House from 2010-2011.  Aletta studied at the London Contemporary Dance School and danced for London Contemporary Dance Theatre before beginning her freelance career.  In 2011 she co-directed the musical Shoes with Richard Thomas at Sadler’s Wells. Watch:


Alexander Whitley: Alexander Whitley is a London-based choreographer and Artistic Director of Alexander Whitley Dance Company. He has created work for the UK's leading companies including the Royal Ballet, Rambert, Balletboyz, Candoco and Birmingham Royal Ballet.  He is an Artist Fellow at Queen Mary University of London and a lecturer on the Design for Performance and Interaction Masters Programme at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.  Alexander trained at the Royal Ballet School and began his career at Birmingham Royal Ballet.  His choreography has won him nominations for the 2012 Arts Foundation Fellowship, the 2014 Sky Arts Southbank Awards and the 2015 Critics' Circle Awards. Watch:


Aakash Odedra: Originally from Birmingham, Aakash undertook Kathak training and in 2009 was commissioned to present a Kathak solo at Akram Khan’s Svapngata Festival at the Sadler’s Wells Lilian Baylis Studio.  He has been honoured with numerous awards and bursaries, including the Italian award Danza & Danza, a Dora Performance Award in Canada, the Audience Award Dance Week 2013 in Croatia, and a Bessie Award. He was nominated as Best Male Dancer at the Eastern Eye ACTA Awards in 2017. Watch:


Ben Duke: Artistic Director of Lost Dog, Ben Duke trained at the Guildford School of Acting, London Contemporary Dance School and has a first class degree in English Literature from Newcastle University.  Ben has been commissioned to create work for Scottish Dance Theatre, Dance Umbrella and the Junction.  He was Associate Artist at South East Dance from 2012-2014 and was recipient of the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award 2011.  In 2016 he won the National Dance Critics Award for Outstanding Male Performance for Paradise Lost. Watch:


Michael Clark: Born in Scotland, Michael Clark was trained at the Royal Ballet School and subsequently joined Ballet Rambert. He launched Michael Clark and Company in 1984.  Clark’s commissions for major dance companies include the G.R.C.O.P., The Paris Opera, Scottish Ballet, London Festival Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Phoenix Dance Company and the Deutsche Oper Berlin.  In 2011, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen conferred on Michael Clark an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Arts.  He was awarded a CBE for services to dance in the Queen’s birthday honours in June 2014. Watch:







AUSTRIA: Impulstanz, Vienna is now accepting applications for its danceWEB Scholarship Program, to take place from July 11 - August 15, 2018.  Apply by December 15, 2017. 



AUSTRIA: International Winter School of Physical Theatre is specifically designed to prepare participants for a professional practice, both within the educational context and within the professional development of performers. It is primarily aimed at high-level dancers, choreographers, directors and actors, and designed to enhance understanding of performance making, rehearsal processes, and skills in pedagogy.  February 19 - 24, 2018.  Visit:


INDIA: Play Practice Residency is organizing The Infinite Liquid Fusion workshop for dancers and choreographers, offering classes in Vinyasa dance, which combines physical and spiritual approaches to movement. The workshop will take place on February 10-11, 2018 in Bangalore.  Visit:


UK: Registration is now open for the new MA Professional Practice Programs at Middlesex University. These flexible programs recognize and validate your prior professional experience and are designed to work alongside your current professional commitments.  Apply by

December 15, 2017.  Visit:




FRANCE:  The 2nd Edition of the Contest of Young Choreographers of Classical and Neo-classical Ballet is calling for entries.  The purpose of the competition to identify, highlight and assist budding choreographers by giving them the means to create for an ensemble of classical dancers and present their work to audiences. Apply by December 17, 2017.  Visit:


FRANCE: Danse Elargie, an international competition open to artists of all disciplines, takes place at the Theatre de la Ville on June 16-17, 2018. Proposals of a maximum of 10 minutes with at least 3 participants will be considered.  Apply by December 15, 2017.  Visit:


GERMANY: Ballet Society Hanover is organizing the 32nd International Competition for Choreographers Hanover.  The competition takes place on June 29 & 30, 2018.  Apply by May 5, 2018.  Visit:


USA: NW Dance Project announces a call for entries for its annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition to identify two emerging choreographers who will have an opportunity to create original works during the annual summer LAUNCH project.  Apply between January 1 and March 31, 2018.  Visit:




In the Steps of Trisha Brown, directed by Marie-Hélène Rebois


Trisha Brown has transformed contemporary dance: defying the laws of gravity and instilling an extraordinary fluidity and a new imbalance.  The film follows the Lisa Kraus transmission work and Carolyn Lucas with the dancers of the Opera. Buoyed by the enthusiasm and energy of Lisa and Carolyn, the film immerses us in the innovative and mesmerizing movement of Trisha Brown. 


Passionate about dance and movement, Director Marie Hélène Rebois films the work of the dancers on stage and in rehearsals. She makes documentary films about great choreographers and more particularly on the body's memory and the legacy of contemporary dance. She received the Beaumarchais Medal SACD for her work on contemporary artistic creation.  In the footsteps of Trisha Brown, her first film received the Jury Prize at the International Film Festival on Art, Montreal 2017 FIFA. Watch:




The Fact of Matter by William Forsythe, published by Kerber


Over the past four decades, William Forsythe (born 1949) has created for himself a unique dance world, developing groundbreaking ballet choreographies, experimental dance pieces, digital dance scores and site-specific installations that unexpectedly turn viewers into performers themselves.

With The Fact of Matter, Forsythe marks the beginning of a new chapter in his choreographic oeuvre at a fitting location: an exhibition in a modern art museum: the MMK Frankfurt am Main. Featuring recent work by Forsythe (including a selection of performative objects, video installations and interactive environments) in dialogue with works from the museum’s collection, the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue investigate the threshold between the visual arts and choreography -- a line that Forsythe has explored continually in his work.








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