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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & Funding Current listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe & Asia Princess Grace Choreography Awards Program, BalletX Choreographic Fellowship Program, Dance Camera West in CA, USA

New Works & Events: The Piano: the ballet, by Jiří Bubeníček in New Zealand, Cellular Songs by Meredith Monk at BAM in NYC; XENOS by Akram Khan in Greece; New work by Tetsuya Kumakawa for K Ballet in Japan.

Trending: Creating a ballet based on a movie: The Piano: the ballet, by Jiří Bubeníček

Learning Opportunities: Summer Intensive with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Israel; La Fabrique de la Danse in Paris, France,

Competitions: Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition in Florida USA; 3,2,1 - DANCE! Choreographic Competition in Poland

New Movies: We Speak Dance, created and hosted by Vandana Hart and directed by Chris Keener, a special mini-series on Netflix

New Books: The Creative Formula: Compose, Choreograph, and Capture Your Masterpiece, by Holly Shaw, published by Createspace







CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles’ prominent Dance Camera West is calling for submissions from dance film choreographers for The 17th Annual Film Festival, taking place April 12-15, 2018. The festival is open to film media in any dance style or genre. Visit:


CALIFORNIA: The 20th Annual Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre Institute will take place on November 10, 2018 in Palm Desert, California. Choreography by both emerging and established dance makers from across the nation will take center stage in McCallum’s popular festival. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of each performance. Highlighting dance as an art form, this event always delivers an exciting mix of work by inventive artists. Cash awards up to $10,000.  Apply by May 1, 2018. Visit:


ILLINOIS: Choreographers of diverse genres are invited to apply for Chicago Dancemakers Forum Residency. Select applicants, based on their artistic vision and potential for creative growth, will be invited to submit expanded proposals for a second round of consideration. Four selected awardees will each receive $15,000, combined with a year of mentorship supporting their research, development and presentation of new work.  Apply by February 6, 2018. Visit:


MARYLAND: US Artists International supports performances by American artists at cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe with grants of up to $15,000.  Apply by April 5, 2018Visit


MASSACHUSETTS: Through the New England Dance Fund, the New England Foundation for the Arts will award small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance.  Apply by February 9, 2018Visit:


MASSACHUSETTS: National Dance Project Production Grants provide funding to artists/companies to create new dance works, as well as touring subsidies to U.S. organizations that bring that work to their communities. Apply by March 1, 2018Visit:


MASSACHUSETTSThe Yard at Martha’s Vineyard offers Offshore Creation Residencies of two to three weeks, emphasizing the collaborative nature of dance making.  Selectees will have daily access to studio and/or theater, 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 YORK: Princess Grace Choreography Awards Program is now accepting applications for its Choreography Grant Opportunity, available between September 1, 2018 & August 31, 2019.  Apply by April 30, 2018.  Fellowships are awarded to an emerging choreographer through the nominating organization to help fund the creation of a new work.  Visit:


NEW YORK: Battery Dance Festival, New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival, provides a unique opportunity for both professional and emerging dancers and choreographers to present original works.  Apply by March 1, 2018Visit:


NEW YORK: Creative Capital supports bold, challenging, and genre-stretching ideas from artists across the country. Offers project funding, mentorship and advisory services, and workshops and webinars.  Apply between February 1 & 28, 2018Visit:


NEW YORK: The West Side YMCA Community Arts Department and Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre present the 4th Annual Footprints: A Modern Dance Festival from May 17-19, 2018.  This year’s festival showcases innovative works of contemporary dance with a strong

theatrical aesthetic. Apply by March 1, 2018. 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 receive informative feedback in a supportive environment.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing, first-come, first-served basis until the performance dates are full.  Visit:


NORTH CAROLINA: ADFMovies 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.  Visit


PENNSYLVANIA: Sound Space Performing Arts, a percussive dance space in North Philadelphia, is committed to providing support to emerging and established artists in the field of

percussive dance and music. The artists-in-residence program is designed to be a platform for creative exploration and creation of new concert-level work in percussive dance. Artists will work toward an in-studio presentation of their work in September 2018. Apply by February 7, 2018Visit:


PENNSYLVANIA: BalletX's Choreographic Fellowship Program is an opportunity for emerging artists to expand their experience and further develop their unique voices under the mentorship and guidance of established choreographers.  Apply by March 30, 2018. 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: 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:


AUSTRIA: International Documentation of Contemporary Dance Education (IDOCDE) invites contemporary dance practitioners, dance and movement educators, researchers, theoreticians and other practitioners contributing to this field to submit proposals for the 6th IDOCDE Symposium on contemporary dance education, July 27-29, 2018 at ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival.  Apply by February 15, 2018. Visit:


BRAZIL: Casa Na Ilha Art Residency Program is based in a colonial house on the Island  of Ilhabela, Brazil. The residency program brings together artists from different disciplines to a space where creativity is encouraged.  Application process is ongoing.   Visit:


CANADA: The CINARS Biennale 2018 will feature selected full-length showcases, as well as showcased excerpts of works in dance, music, theatre, multidisciplinary arts and circus. The call is open to artists from all countries.  Apply by February 9, 2018Visit:


CANADA: The celebrated Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique, Montréal, Québec, offers residencies for promising emerging choreographers involved in a career in contemporary dance. To be considered for a residency, you must already have presented your work to the public (minimum of two productions in a professional context) and use the residency time to work on a creation intended to be broadcast. Apply by March 1, 2018. Visit


GERMANY: Choreographic Dialogues is a two-week long residency programme at PACT Zollverein in Essen, designed to offer performers and choreographers based in North Rhine-Westphalia the opportunity to collaborate with a national or international visiting dialogue partner of their choice.  Apply by February 14, 2018. Visit:


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


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 him/herself. Apply by February 28, 2018Visit:


GERMANY: The ballet of the State Opera of Hanover and the festival TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL are looking for three young contemporary dance choreographers for their "Think Big" 2018 Artists in Residence Program in Hanover. Each choreographer will create a production of a maximum of 20 minutes for up to ten dancers. Apply by February 23, 2018Visit:


GERMANY: This summer, Cologne-based TanzFaktur Summer Academy will host a variety of guests from around the world to show their artistic works alongside workshops and masterclasses taught by renowned artists. The three-week program will consist of contemporary dance, including showings from TanzFaktur's residencies INCUBATOR, exhibitions, film screenings, artist talks, a teacher/choreographer platform, and inspiring lectures. Application process is ongoing.  Visit:


INDIA: Play Practice Residency is organizing a Yoga Practice Teachers Training Program for dancers, choreographers, and all physical movement practitioners. The month-long intensive training program will focus on yoga research and development, alongside intensive physical training offered by experienced teachers from Bangalore. At the end of the course, the participants will get a worldwide recognition certification as a yoga teacher. The program will take place between 6 May and 3 June 2018 in Bangalore. To register, contact:  For further information, visit:  Apply by February 28, 2018.


INDIAContemporary choreographers are invited to apply for the Annual Artist-in-Residence Program, hosted by Gati Dance Forum in New Delhi, which facilitates the creation of new work by providing choreographers with free access to studio space, professional classes, and workshops. At the conclusion of the three-month program, the choreographer is expected to present a work-in-progress. A short biography and a note on the proposed work are required. To register, contact:  For further information, visit:


ITALY: OpenFLR 2018, an intensive dance lab, is looking for emerging choreographers to come to Florence and create a new piece alongside internationally acclaimed choreographers.  OpenFLR 2018 will culminate in a final presentation, held in a theatre in Florence on July 17, 2018, and open to the public. Apply by June 18, 2018. Visit:


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


NEW ZEALAND: The Clockmaker’s Loft New Zealand Pacific Studio, a unique space for dance, choreography and physical performers, provides studio and residential facilities for selected national and international creative practitioners / researchers to facilitate their intensive work and to foster inter-connectivity among residents. Application is ongoing. Visit:

SPAIN: Each year a Barcelona International Dance Exchange (BIDE) Lab-meeting takes place in Barcelona with around 60 professionals in performing arts coming from around 25 countries, welcoming dancers, choreographers and cultural managers for a networking and exchange platform.  Apply by April 2018Visit:


SPAIN: InDance™ Barcelona, a platform for everyone in dance, will take place from April 6-8, 2018.  Apply by March 1, 2018Visit:


SWITZERLAND: Pro Helvetia is launching a call for performing arts cooperation projects across Europe. Pro Helvetia supports Swiss cultural institutions and organizations that want to initiate or intensify sustainable, long-term structural cooperation with other European partners.  Apply by March 1, 2018Visit: www.myprohel-


UK: Siobhan Davies Dance is inviting expressions of interest from independent dance artists and choreographers for opportunities to be in residence and to present work at Siobhan Davies Studios.  Apply by February 12, 2018Visit:






NEW YORK: Ronald K. Brown presents Evidense from February 6-11, 2018 at the Joyce Theater.  This program seamlessly blends traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and includes a world premiere duet for Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag in celebration of Associate Artistic Director Cabaug's 20th year with the company.  Visit:


NEW YORK: Meredith Monk and her peerless vocal ensemble pair voice with movement,

instrumentation, and a site-specific video installation to contemplate the fundamental unit of life and its relation to the universe.  World premiere of Cellular Songs is at the BAM from March 14-18, 2018Visit:




AUSTRIA: Alonzo King is regarded as one of modern ballet’s greatest visionaries. The Alonzo King LINES Ballet makes its first ever appearances in St. Pölten on February 24, 2018 with two of his very latest works: For ‘Biophony’ (2015) sonic artist Bernie Krause created a dreamlike soundscape which leads us through the oceans and countries of our planet, while the American jazz stars Jason Moran and Charles Lloyd were King’s collaborators for his piece ‘Sand’ (2016).  Visit:


AUSTRIA: Austrian premiere of Masterpieces combines dance pieces by Ohad Naharin from Israel and Jiří Kylián from the Czech Republic, accompanied by a music mix from Cha-Cha-Cha, Mambo and traditional Israeli music.  Masterpieces is in theater on February 24, 2018Visit:


BELGIUM: Wherever the music takes you, concept & choreography by Ayelen Parolin, will premiere on March 22, 2018 at the Festival XS, Théâtre National, Brussels.  Visit:


DENMARK: A new sensory performance and music installation for the very young, by choreographer Tali Rázga, will premiere on February 3, 2018 at Zangenbergs TeaterGRASSGREEN is a chance to discover the endless wonders and opportunities concealed amidst the soaring stalks of greenery, as a quick-witted dancer and a versatile instrumentalist explore the living landscape.  Recommended for children ages 0 to 5. Visit:


GERMANY: In VIS MOTRIX, the audience is involved through the space, the circling lights, and the electrifying rhythms of the music. Reminiscent of tribal dances and rites, VIS MOTRIX creates an empathic relationship between the audience and the hybrid creatures in their fantasy world.  Premiere opens on March 2, 2018Visit:


GREECE: XENOS, a solo piece choreographed and performed by Akram Khan, will have its world premiere on February 21, 2018 at Onassis Cultural Center.  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: Forum Hong Kong Contemporary Dance Choreographers will take place on February 3, 2018.  The topics include Hong Kong dance history, aesthetics and identity issues.  Visit:


JAPAN: The Yokohama Dance Collection ’18 will take place on February 2-18, 2018. The festival provides a platform for new and upcoming choreographers, featuring choreographic competitions and dance performances. Visit:


JAPAN: K Ballet presents four world premieres on February 27 & 28, 2018.  Includes a work by Artistic Director Tetsuya Kumakawa



NEW ZEALAND: Drawing on the rich inspiration of the 1993 film The Piano, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is staging the world premiere of this new full-length dance work by Jiří Bubeníček.  The Piano: the ballet gives Ada’s story a new and distinctively New Zealand voice and, in dance, a powerful new means of expression.  The performance will run February 23 - March 28, 2018Visit:




Creating a Ballet Based on a Movie: The Piano: the ballet, by Jiří Bubeníček


Creating a new ballet based on a well-known novel, a fairy tale, a mythological story, a popular character, a ritual, or a famous piece of music has been done many times by many choreographers. How about creating a ballet based on a movie?


This artistic challenge has been undertaken by Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček, who was commissioned by the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) to create a full-length ballet based on the film The Piano.


Twenty-five years ago, cinema goers around the world were captivated by an extraordinary tale of desire, violence and hope. The story of Ada McGrath and her daughter Flora, husband Alastair, and lover Baines unfolded against the wild grandeur and desolation of Aotearoa, as Jane Campion’s award-winning film took audiences on a visceral journey into New Zealand’s imagined past, as it had never been portrayed before.


Drawing on the rich inspiration of the film The Piano, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is honoured to stage the world premiere of this new full-length dance work by Jiří Bubeníček. Originally conceived as a short work for Dortmund Ballet, The Piano: the ballet is now re-imagined and expanded for the RNZB, giving Ada’s story a new and distinctively New Zealand voice and, in dance, a powerful new means of expression. Excerpts from Michael Nyman’s iconic film score are blended with evocative music by Debussy, Arensky, Stravinsky, Schnittke, Brahms and Shostakovich.


Permission kindly granted by Jane Campion, Jan Chapman and Saddleback Productions. Presented in association with the New Zealand Festival and the Auckland Arts Festival. The Piano: the ballet contains adult content including depictions of violence and sex.  Not recommended for children under the age of 12 years. Link:










AUSTRIA: International Winter School of Physical Theatre is a professional development

opportunity primarily aimed at high-level dancers, choreographers, directors and actors who wish to enhance their understanding of performance-making and rehearsal processes, and skills in pedagogy.  Runs February 19-24, 2018Visit:


FRANCE: La Fabrique de la Danse, a one-year incubator program, accompanies choreographers at all stages of creation, either at the start of their career or those who want to take a step back from their work. This is a comprehensive support program, from the beginning of the artistic endeavor to the creation and structuration of the company until the presentation to the public.  Apply by February 15, 2018Visit


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 February 10-11, 2018 in Bangalore.  Visit:


ISRAEL: Summer Intensive with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company offers contemporary dance workshops for students at all levels with international teachers and choreographers, cultural events and historical trips.  Sessions of 2, 4 or 6 weeks in length are available between July 8 & August 16, 2018.  Apply by March 1, 2018Visit:


SPAIN: Summer creative dance workshops 2018 with Robert Poole will take place between July 16 & August 24, 2018Visit:





FLORIDA: 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 by March 31, 2018Visit:


GERMANY: The International Competition for Choreographers "Choreography 32" in Hanover will be held on June 29 & 30, 2018. Choreographers must not be older than 35 years. The performance must be between 5 and 12 minutes long. Apply by May 5, 2018.  Visit:


GERMANY: Theater Erfurt is looking for dancers and choreographers to participate in

"contest energy 18". The performance, which can be a solo, duo, or trio, must be between 5 and 10 minutes long. Apply by June 30, 2018 using the application form at:



POLAND: Krakow Choreographic Centre is accepting applications for the 8th edition of the 3…2…1…DANCE! Choreographic Competition, taking place March 24-25, 2018.  Apply by February 26, 2018.  The competition includes solos, duos and trios, based on widely perceived contemporary dance techniques.  Visit:




We Speak Dance, created and hosted by Vandana Hart and directed by Chris Keener


The show follows creator, former UN advisor, and Alvin Ailey-trained dancer Vandana Hart across the world to explore how dance connects people, places, and culture. From Indonesia and Vietnam, to France, Nigeria, and Lebanon, season one of We Speak Dance uncovers how dance is being used as a political expression. An interconnected web of styles from remote villages, underground groups, and world famous stages reveals how dance joins us together through, revolution, sacred ceremonies, and sexuality. 








The Creative Formula: Compose, Choreograph, and Capture Your Masterpiece, by Holly Shaw, published by Createspace.


The Creative Formula has helped thousands of artists go from wild inspiration to polished work using a proven-effective three-step method.  Holly Shaw, who has mentored hundreds of artists, from composers to choreographers and directors, shares the fruits of her creative research and examples from her 30 plus years in film, television, and theatre.








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