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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & FundingCurrent listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe & Asia: 20th Annual Choreography Festival in California, USA; Funding at US Artists International; Stop The Hate Now Choreography Showcase in NYC, USA; TRIP Choreography Residency, Australia; Centre Choreographique National de Caen en Normandie, France; Transfabrik, Germany; Artist in Residency Program, Japan

New Works & Events: Dutch National Ballet’s new Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Ernst Meisner; American Ballet Theatre’s new Wayne McGregor’s AFTERITE, New Stephen Petronio’s Hardness 10 at the Joyce Theater, NYC; New Meredith Monk at BAM, NYC

Trending: Technology and Choreography: Body Motion as the Music Composer - Yamaha Artificial Intelligence (AI) Transforms a Dancer into a Pianist

Learning Opportunities: La Fabrique de la Danse, France; ImPulsTanz Festival, Austira; TanzFaktur, Germany; Choreolab Europe, Netherlands,

Competitions: The 11th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, Denmark; Choreography Competition 32, Germany; Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition, Netherlands; Netherlands Choreography Competition, Netherlands; Solo Choreography Contest, Poland

New Movies: The Heart Dances, a documentary about the Bubenicek brothers' collaboration with the RNZB

New Books: Béjart: Le Démiurge, by Ariane Dollfus







CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles’ prominent Dance Camera West is calling for submissions from dance film choreographers for The 17th Annual Film Festival, to take 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:


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, 2018. 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, 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:


MINNESOTA: The DanceBARN Festival is an annual event held in Battle Lake, MN that brings professional dancers, choreographers, and dance educators together for one week of dancing, creating, relaxing, and performing in the heart of the lakes.  The festival will take place July 23-29, 2018.  Apply by April 8, 2018Visit:


NEW YORK: AAS16 is calling for submissions for spring 2018 to present works in the Amalgamate Artist Series, a creative platform to unite a variety of artists so they may share their work, perform, and network. Choreographic submissions are welcome at any stage of the process. Apply by March 15, 2018.  Performance date: May 19, 2018.  Visit


NEW YORK: Stop The Hate Now Choreography Showcase will be held on June 16, 2018.  The festival seeks submissions of all styles and cultures to showcase 5 to 15 minutes of work that represents your culture and a statement on how you feel hate can be stopped.  Apply by April 1, 2018Visit:


NEW YORK: Gibney Dance is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Dance in Process (DiP) residency program.  Compensation includes 3 weeks of exclusive, continuous access to a studio at Gibney, a $7,500 stipend and $2,000 allowance for artistic consultants.  Apply by March 26, 2018Visit:


NEW YORK: Application is now open for the RawMovement Queerly Contemporary Festival.  The festival takes place on June 9, 2018 at City Center Studio 4. Queerly Contemporary is an evening of LGBTQplus dance makers investigating and celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQplus experience and voices in contemporary dance making.  Apply by March 23, 2018Visit:


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 an on-going, first-come, first-served basis until the performance dates are full.  Visit:


NEW YORK: Applications are open for choreographers and dancers to participate in Peridance’s Choreographic Development Project, a week-long program for emerging contemporary choreographers.  The program will take place from July 16-21, 2018. Five choreographers will be selected to participate in this project.  Visit:


NEW YORK: Submissions are now open for Triskelion Arts’ Fall 2018 Split Bill Series, running October 11 - 14 and December 13 - 16, 2018.  The work should be 20 to 40 minutes in length. While Triskelion’s curatorial focus is dance, all applications for performance work with an emphasis on movement will be considered.  Apply by March 30, 2018Visit:


NEW YORK: Dance Astoria co-producers Nicole Ohr and Stephanie Deere are seeking Queens based choreographers for the 5th Annual Dance Astoria Festival, to be held outdoors at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden in Astoria, NY. The festival will take place on May 20, 2018.  Apply by April 15, 2018E-mail:


NEW YORK: The call for choreographers for the 12th season of the Dance Gallery International Festival is now open.  This is an exciting opportunity for choreographers to present larger and smaller works in a fully produced dance festival, teach master classes, and be considered for future residencies.  The festival will run in Huntsville, Texas from October 25-27, 2018 and in New York from November 2-4, 2018. Apply by April 30, 2018.  Visit


NEW YORK: Now in its 5th year, the Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual 6-month tour of many performances taking place May 10 - October 14, 2018.  Queens-based cultural and contemporary dance groups of all styles may apply for the festival.  Apply by April 2, 2018Visit:


NEW YORK: The Ritz Performing Arts Stage seeks choreographers and dance ensembles interested in presenting work at Newburgh Illuminated Festival, a highly-attended community event to be held on June 2, 2018.  Submitted work must be between 8 and 20 minutes long. Visit:


PENNSYLVANIA: Lehigh Valley Dance Exchange is calling for artists to present work during this year's SpringUP Dance Festival on April 7-8, 2018.  Apply by March 12, 2018.  Visit:


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:


USA: 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:


WASHINGTON, DC: Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship is a nine-month residential fellowship, designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists working on projects that address issues of social justice, civic engagement, and community building. Arts Lab fellows strive to hone their practices and grow as leaders in their respective fields.  The program accepts six national and international fellows as well as two Washington, DC-based artists in each cohort.  2018/2019 fellowship dates are September 10, 2018 - June 28, 2019.  Apply by April 4, 2018Visit:





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 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:


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:


FRANCE: Residence at Ballet de l'Opera du Rhin is now accepting applications.The Centre Chorégraphique National of Mulhouse offers resources and financial support for selected candidates. This program, Accueil Studio 2019, is a 6-week residency in Mulhouse with the possibility to present the resulting work to the public. Apply by April 30, 2018Visit


FRANCE: Centre Choreographique National de Caen en Normandie welcomes a choreographer or company to come in residence for creation or research, with work spaces and CCN participation in realizing a project. Projects with a strong connection to music will be favored. Six projects will be selected for a budget of 10,000 euros.  Apply by May 11, 2018. ContactAurélien Barbaux


FRANCE: Cite Internationale des Arts is now accepting applications for its residency program. There are two modes of selection for the program: through nomination by one of the 135 partners or "subscribers," or by applying directly to the commissions that assess individual candidates.  Apply by June 29, 2018Visit


GERMANY: TURN is a fund established to promote artistic collaboration between Germany and African countries. The goal is to encourage a wide range of German institutions to turn their attention to the artistic production and cultural debates in the highly dynamic African art scene. Institutions from African countries must jointly apply with an institutional partner in Germany.  Apply by April 16, 2018Visit:


GERMANY: The German-French Fonds Transfabrik for the Performing Arts offers funding for artistic cooperation between France and Germany, especially in the fields of contemporary dance, theatre, and circus.  Apply by March 25, 2018. Visit:


GERMANY: b12 is a new festival for contemporary dance and performance art in Berlin that will run from June 25 - July 22, 2018.  Apply by April 9, 2018Visit:


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). 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. Acceptance of applications is ongoing. Visit:


GERMANY: Centre for Choreographic Practice and Research, K3 – Center for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg offers different types of residencies. Each year, the programme provides three choreographers with a chance to work on site for eight months. Usually this working period runs 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:


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 to be 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:


JAPAN: The Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan is now accepting applications from artists overseas for its Artist in Residency Program.  The residency aims to encourage international cultural exchanges.  Apply by March 31, 2018Visit:


NEW ZEALAND: The Clockmaker’s Loft New Zealand Pacific Studio is a unique space for dance, choreography and performers.  Founded in 2001, NZ Pacific Studio welcomes residents from NZ and overseas.  Applications are currently being accepted. Visit:


POLAND: 12th In Out Festival 2018 seeks entries exploring the performing element of dance in relationship to film.  Apply by March 25, 2018Visit:


SINGAPORE: ODT Arts Incubation is a short-term scheme specially designed to support new creative experimentation and exploration of refreshing arts practices. ODT Arts Hub provides studio space, mentoring and the opportunity for presentation of ideas to the public.  Apply by March 15, 2018Visit:


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







NEW YORK: Wayne McGregor, one of the most well-known international choreographers of the 21st century, will choreograph AFTERITE as his first ballet for American Ballet Theatre (ABT). The visceral movement and contemporary sensibility of McGregor will bring an entirely new take on The Rite of Spring to the ABT stage. The world premiere is on May 21, 2018 at the MetVisit:


NEW YORK: Tulsa Ballet returns to the Joyce Theater for the first time in 9 years, with a program including a world premiere by resident choreographer Ma Cong, who studied Chinese classical dance before turning to ballet. Also planned is Shibuya Blues by Colombian-Belgian dance maker Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Meðal (Among) by Helen Pickett, an American choreographer who danced for Ballett Frankfurt under William Forsythe.  In theater from March 6-10, 2018.  Visit:


NEW YORK: Stephen Petronio Company will be at the Joyce Theater with the world premiere of Hardness 10 on March 20-25, 2018. Titled in reference to the diamond as the hardest gem, Petronio’s third collaboration with composer Nico Muhly arcs from amorphous rumblings to glimmering clarity.  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.  The world premiere of Cellular Songs will be at the BAM from March 14-18, 2018Visit:






AUSTRIA: The international dance festival TanzTage 2018 will run March 7 - April 26, 2018 at Posthof in Linz, Austria with companies like São Paolo Dance Company (BRA) and Hofesh Shechter Company II (GB).  Visit:


BELGIUM: Wherever the music takes you by Ayelen Parolin will premiere on March 22, 23 and 24, 2018 at the Festival XS, Théâtre National, Brussels.  Visit:


FRANCE: The 16th edition of the Festival Juste Debout will be held on March 4, 2018. The festival will bring together more than 4,000 dancers to celebrate the international hip hop scene: Seven disciplines are represented: locking, popping, hip hop new style, house, experimental, dancehall, and junior dance. At the immense AccorHotels Arena in Paris, this event welcomes more than 16,000 spectators from around the world.  Visit


GERMANY: The 14th German Dance Platform is hosted by PACT Zollverein in Essen and Gelsenkirchen from March 14-18, 2018. The most important event on the contemporary dance calendar in Germany presents outstanding dance and performance productions from the past two years and brings together presenters, artists and the general public for a lively and informed exchange.  Visit:


GERMANY: From July 15-28, 2018Tanzfestival Bielefeld combines qualified dance and choreography classes directed by international instructors, featuring performances by modern dance ensembles from around the world. Visit:


HONG KONG: CCDC presents Requiem HK from April 13-15, 2018.  Hong Kong artists Yuri Ng, Yin Ng and Chow Yiu-fai create a striking work with dancers singing and singers dancing to a requiem for Hong Kong.  Visit:


JAPAN: National Theater of Japan presents Dairakudakan Temptenshiki -- Crime and Punishment.  This new Butoh performance will premiere on March 17, 2018Visit:


NETHERLANDS: Dutch National Ballet will present a second edition of Dutch Doubles. This time, choreographers living in the Netherlands enter into dialogue with four renowned musicians. Dutch Doubles brings world premieres by Ernst Meisner and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Déjà Vu by Hans van Manen and Two and Only by Wubkje Kuindersma, created in close collaboration with musicians they admire.  Opens on March 24, 2018Visit:


NEW ZEALAND: Drawing on the rich inspiration of the 1993 film The Piano, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is staging the world premiere of The Piano: the ballet, a 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.  Runs through March 28, 2018Visit:


UK: Richard Alston celebrates his 50-year choreographic career with a piece that draws on the span of his work. Alston’s newest piece is set to Schumanns work for piano, Carnaval, inspired by the composer’s complicated personality. Martin Lawrances latest creation will also be performed in this program.  The performances are on March 23 & 24, 2018 at the Sadler’s Wells. Visit:





Technology and Choreography: Body Motion as Music Composer - Yamaha Artificial Intelligence (AI) Transforms a Dancer into a Pianist


Yamaha Corporation has created an artificial intelligence (AI) -powered system that uses sensors to capture the movements of a dancer’s body and translate them into piano keystrokes. This new system, showcased at a concert entitled “Mai Hi Ten Yu” on November 22, 2017 at Tokyo University of the Arts, featured world-renowned dancer Kaiji Moriyama.


The AI adopted in the system, which is now under development, can identify a dancer’s movement in real time by analyzing signals from four types of sensors attached to a dancer's body. This system has an original database that links melody and movements, and with this database, the AI on the system instantly creates suitable melody data (MIDI) from the dancer’s movements. The system then sends the MIDI data to a Yamaha Disklavier™ player piano, and it is translated into music.


Accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Scharoun Ensemble, Moriyama gave a brilliant dance performance with beautiful, synchronized piano sound.


Yamaha believes this performance represents steady progress in the pursuit of new forms of artistic expression and will continue to develop this technology to further expand the possibilities for human expression.










AUSTRIA: The Vienna International Dance Festival, ImPulsTanz Vienna 2018 offers ATLAS – create your dance trails, a module-based training program for emerging dance artists, from July 13 - August 13, 2018. It features a dynamic environment that allows young dance artists to intensively work on their professional development.  Apply by May 31, 2018. Visit:


AUSTRIA: ImPulsTanz Festival is a great venue for dance artists to obtain additional education to further their careers. ImPulsTanz offers Somatic Movement Teacher Training with Dieter Rehberg from July 23 - August 10, 2018, and DanceAbility Teacher Certification with Alito Alessi from July 1-27, 2018Visit:


FRANCE: La Fabrique de la Danse, meaning "the dance factory" in French, offers a Paris-based one-year program for French-speaking, emerging choreographers to study choreography in English. In addition, La Fabrique de la Danse is offering an intensive one-week Business Lab for English speaking choreographers.  This intensive program integrates daily choreographic workshops and specialized training in production, management, lighting and communication.  Visit:


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. Three weeks packed with contemporary dance will include showings from TanzFakturs residencies INCUBATOR, exhibitions, film screenings, artist talks, a teacher/choreographer platform, and inspiring lectures. Visit:


GREECE: Greek National Theatres Third International Ancient Drama Workshop will be held from July 16-30, 2018.  Apply by April 15, 2018.  The aim of the GNT is the study and dissemination of ancient drama, providing specialist knowledge to theatre professionals who wish to equip themselves with additional practice-based tools designed to be relevant to their work. The workshop will be conducted in Greek and English. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: Choreolab Europe will facilitate a spring lab intensive in Amsterdam on April 5-8, 2018.  Advanced and professional dancers, movers, dancing choreographers and dance students can participate.  Visit






DENMARK: The 11th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition is open to  applicants.  The competition will take place on July 13 & 14, 2018.  Apply by May 6, 2018.  Visit:


FRANCE: DADC International Short Dance Film Competition explores strong societal issues through the crossed perspectives of dance and cinema. The 2018 edition will take place on May 14-19, 2018Visit:


GERMANY: The International Competition for Choreographers "Choreography 32" in Hanover will take place 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 either a solo, duo, or trio, must be between 5 and 10 minutes long. Apply by June 30, 2018 using the application form at:  Visit:


NETHERLANDS: The 2nd edition of the Netherlands Choreography Competition is open for applications.  The competition is divided into ballet and contemporary dance. The competition will take place on June 9, 2018.  Apply by May 1, 2018Visit:


NETHERLANDS: Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition (RIDCC) will be presented in Theater Rotterdam. The contest is open to choreographers from all over the world -- and specifically welcomes duets in all dance styles. This contest is unique for being the world’s only competition dedicated exclusively to duets. Its principal aim is to support the development of new dance talent and offer emerging choreographers a chance to advance their careers in the choreography world. The RIDCC is set to be an annual event. The winner receives a €100,000 production budget -- making the RIDCC the choreography contest with the highest prize money in the world. Apply by April 1, 2018. Visit:


POLAND: Club ZAK announces The Solo Dance Contest 2018, a contest for a short contemporary dance solos (contemporary dance / contemporary ballet).  Solo pieces will be judged by an international jury composed of 5 members.  The competition will take place on June 11-15, 2018.  Apply by March 31, 2018Visit:


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






The Heart Dances is an upcoming documentary that explores the Bubenicek brothers' collaboration with the RNZB, its dancers and Artistic Director Patricia Barker alongside Maori advisor and well-known choreographer Moss Patterson, to highlight the challenges of making a new ballet. Film becomes a ballet becomes a documentary:






Béjart: Le Démiurge by Ariane Dollfus, Arthaud, France 2017, soft cover 429 pages, in French language.


In a new exhaustive and reasoned biography, Ariane Dollfus tells us about the tireless creator, intellectual, and beloved son of a philosopher father. By relying on many unpublished interviews with Maurice Béjart and with his family, Dollfus reveals a behind the scenes look at his creative process, but also the ambivalent personality of the Marseilles choreographer: flamboyant and humble, loving and distant, generous and demanding.


Béjart communicated his feelings to the dance world and was not afraid to put his dancers and his audience in conflict with modernity. Find out who was really hiding behind the famous bearded man with big blue eyes, the creator of Bolero, The Rite of Spring, The Firebird, and more than three hundred other ballets.








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