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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & Funding:  Current listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe & Asia: Fertile Ground, NYC; Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship, NYC; The Iron Factory, Philadelphia, PA; Springboard Danse Montréal 2019, Canada; Chania International Contemporary Dance Festival, Greece; Open Call, Mexico; Saison Cultural Fund, Japan

New Works & Events: New Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, and Bath Gill at The Joyce Theatre NYC, New Michelle Dorrance and Jessica Lang ABT, New Kyle Davis PNB

Trending: Choreographers as Activists for the Environment! Works by Deborah Colker, Molissa Fenley, and Diana Movius

Learning Opportunities: ADF NYC; Artistic Development Program, Germany; Centre for Art and Somatic Practices, India; Le Marchepied, Switzerland

New Movies: Play by Alexander Eckman for Paris Opera Ballet; Béjart ein Leben für den Tanz, Arte, Nureyev, directed by Russell Maliphant

New Books: Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical by Kevin Winkler, Oxford University Press, 2018








MASSACHUSETTS: National Dance Project Travel Fund provides monetary assistance for U.S.-based presenters, curatorial staff, and residency directors to connect in person to explore the feasibility of presenting NDP-funded works. Rolling deadline. 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 on-going, first-come, first-served basis until the performance dates are full.  Visit:


NEW YORK: Virginia B. Toulmin was a passionate supporter of the performing arts and of equity and fairness for women. The foundation she created supports the careers of emerging female composers, playwrights, and choreographers, commissioning their works and supporting their budding careers. Apply by December 1, 2018. Visit:


NEW YORK: The MAP Fund supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. In particular, MAP is interested in supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape. Application information for 2019 Grant Cycle will be available on October 1, 2018.  Apply from November 26 - December 21, 2018. Visit:


PENNSYLVANIA: The Iron Factory is offering free one-week residencies for individual artists and companies (up to 4 people). The residency includes 6 nights on the 2nd floor shared apartment and free access to the studio on the 3rd floor.  Now accepting applications for January and March 2019 residencies.  Apply by November 1, 2018. Visit





AUSTRIA: Artists-in-Residence programme of ERSTE Foundation is now calling for applications from artists, curators or theoreticians from Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic, and Slovenia. Apply by October 1, 2018. Visit:


CANADA: In Springboard Danse Montréal 2019, the Emerging Choreographers Project provides selected artists with elite dancers, 26 hours of studio space, and the opportunity to present work alongside their Principal Companies. Candidates are selected based on experience and the quality of their previous work.  Apply by December 1, 2018. Visit


FRANCE: The Centre Chorégraphique National of Créteil welcomes and supports 15-20 companies per year: emerging or established, regional, national or international, of diverse aesthetics and disciplines. Projects that include an exchange with the public, such as open rehearsals, performances, discussion, workshops or master classes, are given particular attention. Apply by October 15, 2018. Visit


FRANCE: Paris Autumn Festival will take place until December 31, 2018. This year, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is the featured choreographer with 11 of her works presented in 20 theaters and during the grand opening weekend of the festival at the Centre National de Danse. Visit:


FRANCE: The Camargo Core Program is the historical and flagship program of the Camargo Foundation. Each year an international call is launched through which 18 fellows (9 artists and 9 scholars/thinkers) are selected. The Camargo Core Program offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, create, and connect. Apply by October 17, 2018. Visit:


GERMANY: Lucky Trimmer is seeking original short pieces (under 10 minutes) by both emerging and established artists.  Lucky Trimmer stands between worlds by bridging the avant-garde and the mainstream and by combining artistic excellence with the lightness of entertainment.  Apply by November 15, 2018. Visit


GERMANY: Dance-techAIR at Lake Studios Berlin is accepting applications for its residency program, which offers international interdisciplinary movement and media artists the possibility to live and make art in a peaceful, artist-run working, living and performance space in Berlin. Rolling deadline. Visit:


GREECE: Open Call for performance and/or workshop submissions for the program of the 9th Dance Days Chania international contemporary dance festival. The festival’s program includes performances, workshops, site-specific performances, video dance projects, and lectures.  Apply by November 17, 2018. Visit:


HUNGARY: Ork_Kota_Platform_2019 is now accepting one-minute dance films in the theme of the festival: Body_Dance_Picture. Apply by January 6, 2019. Visit:


HUNGARY: SzólóDuó International Dance Festival 2019 (20th session) is looking for new short dance productions. The festival will run from January 9-12, 2019.  Apply by December 1, 2019, via video. Visit:


INDIA: Adhyaya Dance Festival, organized by Nritarutya Dance Company, opens its doors to artists and choreographers from across the world. The festival showcases cutting-edge work that brings tradition to today’s audiences by telling ancient stories in newer ways.  Visit:


INDIA: Dance Bridges Festival invites dance artists to apply for the third edition of the Festival. This is a special opportunity for artists from all over the world to gather in Kolkata and experience the city’s vibrant arts scene. The festival will run from August 1-5, 2019. Apply by October 22, 2018. Visit:


JAPAN: Saison Cultural Fund is now accepting applications from overseas artists for its artist-in-residence program.  The residency will run from June 1, 2019 - March 2020.  Apply by October 4, 2018. Visit:


JAPAN: International Dance Film Festival 2018-2019, run by Tokyo Zokei University and Dance and Media Japan, will take place on March 2 & 3, 2019. The festival is accepting films featuring dance.  Apply by November 1, 2018. Visit:


MACAU: Rollout Dance Film Festival invites dance, movement, image and video artists to submit their dance films to the 2nd edition of the Festival. Apply by October 15, 2018. Visit:


MEXICO: 2019 International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City - FIDCDMX, 2019 is calling for applications for its fourth edition. Choreographers, dance companies and independent or emergent dance troupes are invited to participate in their open call. Festival will take place August 1-11, 2019.  Apply by November 18, 2018. Visit:








HOUSTON: Houston Ballet will present Jubilee of Dance, a one-night-only event showcasing the amazing talents and full range of company members in excerpts of signature works and beloved classics. This year’s Jubilee of Dance will also feature a new work choreographed by principal Melody Mennite and will celebrate principal Ian Casady’s 20th anniversary with the company.  In theater on November 30, 2018.  Visit:


NEW YORK: Melting Dance Art will perform Alchemic Cities at the International Video Art Limousines Festival in October 2018.  The piece is an innovative video art exhibition that will take place in New York City. Watch:


NEW YORK: Contemporary dance makers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener, who met while performing in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, work with structured improvisations to create a dance that is both formal and radical. In a world premiere for The Joyce’s expanded stage, the company searches for new paths to a utopia that is constantly making and unmaking itself. Runs October 2-6, 2018. Watch:


NEW YORK: Beth Gill makes her Joyce Theater debut with a world premiere. The piece utilizes symbolism and storytelling to weave surreal landscapes and rogue characters into a dreamlike space that reaches for the past and future simultaneously.  October 4-7, 2018. Watch:


NEW YORK: Donna Uchizono Company will return to The Joyce with a world premiere. Featuring six dancers, the work acknowledges the NY Quadrille's four-perspective stage and explores what seeps through the cracks of confinement. October 10-13, 2018. Visit:


NEW YORK: Jonah Bokaer Choreography kicks off its 15th anniversary with a long-awaited Joyce debut. Eight international dancers perform visually striking works rarely seen in the United States, including the New York premiere of Late Nights On Air, which features an original score by Nico Muhly performed live onstage. Performances are on October 27 & 28, 2018. Watch:


NEW YORK: Internationally acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance returns to the Joyce with powerful Afro-Caribbean styles. This engagement includes dynamic world premieres by Garth Fagan and Norwood Pennewell. Runs October 30 - November 4, 2018. Watch:


NEW YORK: Award-winning choreographer and director Arthur Pita joins forces with American Ballet Theatre principal James Whiteside to present The Tenant. Based on the novel by surrealist Roland Topor and set in Paris in the near future, this dance play chronicles a harrowing and fascinating descent into madness brought to life by acclaimed ballet stars. November 6-11, 2018. Visit:


NEW YORK: Contained within weightless aluminum clouds, 14 dancers expand and contract their limits to the thrum and heartbeat of echoing space. The relentlessly exploratory choreographer Sasha Waltz returns to BAM with a staggering feat of collaboration examining the human body’s fraught relationship to structures of power. US premiere of Kreater is in theater November 2-5, 2018. Visit:


NEW YORK: New York City Ballet presents 21st Century Choreographers 2.  This is its second series, featuring three world premieres, choreographed by Matthew Neenan, Kyle Abraham and Gianna Reisen, along with the return of In Vento by Mauro Bigonzetti. In theater from September 27 - October 6, 2018.  Visit:


NEW YORK: Former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener work with structured improvisations to create a dance that is both formal and radical. In a world premiere, the company searches for new paths to a utopia that is constantly making and unmaking itself. At the Joyce Theater October 2-6, 2018. Watch:


NEW YORK: Tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance challenges the rhythmic skills and athletic daring of the American Ballet Theater dancers in her new piece, co-commissioned with the Vail Dance Festival. World Premiere is on October 17, 2018, at David H. Koch Theater. Visit:


NEW YORK: Jessica Lang will collaborate with American artist Sarah Crowner on a new work that builds on Jessica’s 20 years of creation with American Ballet Theater.  World Premiere at David H. Koch Theater on October 19, 2018. Visit:


PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Ballet will present a mixed repertoire program including works by Jiří Kylián and world premieres from award-winning choreographers and Pennsylvania Ballet company dancer Russell Ducker, and Gallim Dance founder and Artistic Director Andrea Miller, the 2017/2018 Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. November 9-11, 2018. Visit:


WASHINGTON STATE: Pacific Northwest Ballet’s mixed-repertory program brings new works from choreographers the world is watching. Alejandro Cerrudo, Alexander Eckman and PNB soloist Kyle Davis, who brings his premiere, A Dark and Lonely Space, to the main stage. Runs November 2-11, 2018. Visit:





AUSTRIA: James Wilton Dance & Young Ensemble Vorarlberg will premiere Leviathan Evolution on November 8, 2018. James Wilton is known for sensational choreographic and dance success, as well as for his sensitive and excellent youth work. Watch:


AUSTRIA: Danza Y Frontera, a piece by Amanda Pina, is based on a dance that arises at the border between Mexico and the US. World Premiere is on October 11, 2018Watch:


GERMANY: Theaterhaus Stuttgart will present Grandes Dames. The program includes world premiere work by Virginie Brunelle, along with works by Eric Gauthier & Andonis Foniadakis, Marco Goecke and Helena Waldmann. Opening night is October 10, 2018. Visit:


GERMANY: Semperoper Dresden will present Labyrinth, which unites four different perspectives on the maze of human passions, temperaments, fantasies, and emotions. Features works by George Balanchine, Martha Graham, and Ohad Naharin, as well as Joseph Hernandezs latest creation. Premieres on November 3, 2018Visit:


GERMANY: Staatsballet Berlin will present choreographer Alexei Ratmanskys reconstruction of the ballet La Bayadère, created by Marius Petipa in 1877. Ratmansky uses Petipa’s nearly intact notations to get as close as possible to the original in this love drama that develops with almost menacing sensuality. The stage design and costumes are being newly developed by Jerôme Kaplan.  Opening night is November 4, 2018. Visit:


HONG KONG: CCDC resident choreographer Sang Jijia’s new work Mr. Blank boldly challenges the controversies in the use of surveillance. Premieres on October 5, 2018. Watch:


NETHERLANDS: Netherlands Dance Theater’s (NDT 1) 2018-2019 season opens with a triple bill of four choreographic masterminds whose choice of music is as important as the stories they tell through their respective dance languages. Marco Goecke and Hofesh Shechter will both present new creations. The evening concludes with Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Singulière Odyssée. The performance opens on September 27, 2018, and runs through December 21, 2018. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: NDT 2 will present new work by Alexander Ekman along with new work by Phillip Chbeeb, a young dance maker with a strong connection to hip-hop. Opening night is November 15, 2018. Visit:


SWEDEN: Norrdans enchants with a triple program of physically demanding dance and newly written music. Mari Carrasco, Peter Sventon and José Agudo will premiere works on October 18, 2018. Watch:


SWEDEN: GöteborgsOperans Danskompani will present Dust to dust, a new creation by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The program will also include Swedish premiere of Solo Echo by Crystal Pite. Runs October 12 - December 14, 2018. Visit:


SWITZERLAND: Ballet Zurich will present Winterreise by Christian Spuck. Accompanying music is from Franz Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey), a cycle of 24 songs for voice and piano, written in the autumn of 1827. The world premiere is on October 13, 2018. Visit:


SWITZERLAND: Ballet Zurich Junior Ballet will present its own ballet evening with three world premieres. The Madrid-born choreographer Goyo Montero will be working in Zurich for the first time. Louis Stiens will also be a guest in Zurich for the first time. Born in Munich, he has danced with the Stuttgart Ballet since 2011. The world premiere is on October 20, 2018. Visit:


UK: In collaboration with the renowned classical Indian dancer Mavin Khoo, José Agudo weaves his Flamenco roots with a unique, contemporary style in Silk Road, a universal and personal story of East meets West. Performed with an evocative live score, Silk Road is a fascinating exploration of the rituals along nomadic routes, conjuring images of the pilgrims, monks, traders and urban dwellers who made their way from China to the Iberian Peninsula. Premieres on October 19, 2018. Watch:


UK: In an exciting mixed bill that is the first opportunity for the public to see the work of the inaugural Young Associates Programme, Sadler’s Wells aims to both celebrate and support young artists as they embark on their choreographic careers. Performances are on October 9 & 10, 2018. Visit:


UK: Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the current theatre, Sadler’s Wells has commissioned three works from a new generation of UK-based dance-makers. Julie Cunningham, Alesandra Seutin and Botis Seva will offer a springboard for distinctive voices that help us see the world in a different light. World Premiere is on October 11, 2018. Visit:


UK: Trained at the Athens School of Fine Arts, Dimitris Papaioannou draws on the Greek classics and his visual arts background in this investigation of life and death. Papaioannou marks his first work to be performed at Sadler’s Wells on October 16 & 17, 2018. Watch:


UK: A Sadler’s Wells Summer University artist, Eva Recacha is a London-based, Spanish choreographer whose distinctive voice has seen her placed twice as a Place Prize finalist. Eva brings us the world premiere of her new full-length work – an absurd and humorous duet set in limbo, where two women suffer from eternal boredom and lack of acknowledgment. Performances are on October 25 & 26, 2018. Visit:


UK: Two contrasting ballets from Wayne McGregor and George Balanchine return to frame a world premiere by Alastair Marriott at the Royal Ballet’s main stage. Marriott's new ballet to a commissioned score from Dario Marianelli marks the centenary of the ending of World War I in October 2018. Performances run November 20-29, 2018Visit:


UK: Alastair Marriott creates a new work for The Royal Ballet, to commemorate the centenary of the ending of World War I. The Unknown Soldier is in theater November 10-19, 2018. Watch:


UK: Sadler’s well will present William Forsythe — A Quiet Evening of Dance on October 4-6, 2018. Forsythe has imagined something akin to an evening of chamber music, designed to be listened to. The evening is performed by seven of Forsythe’s most trusted collaborators, who promise to provide insight into the workings of ballet and the mind of the man who has dedicated his work to this task. Watch:





Choreographers as Activists for the Environment!


Dance and nature have been connected since the very beginning of human existence. Early rituals were always nature-based. Today’s contemporary society, however, is struggling to preserve nature, as many choreographers are focusing their artistry on environmental issues, preserving nature and connecting with the fundamentals of human existence:


- Deborah Colker and her work Dog Without Feathers (Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., October 18-20, 2018) is a vivid interpretation of the beautiful, yet impoverished Capibaribe River Region in Brazil. The choreography features regional influences such as the “coco” dance style, but also influences from abroad like the African “kuduro.”


- Molissa Fenley and her series Water Table explore the patterns of large bodies of water. "We find ourselves in a situation now with global warming where extreme storms, hurricanes, and rising sea levels are happening throughout parts the world, and water is scarce or wasted in others," says choreographer Molissa Fenley.


- Diana Movius, a Washington, D.C.-based emerging choreographer, has created a multimedia ballet, GLACIER: A Climate Change Ballet. The work immerses the audience in a world of ice, turning climate change into a live emotional experience. The dancers ripple, crack and plunge, embodying the science behind icecap collapse.  The show includes live video projections by Robin Bell, whose witty #resist projections on Trump Hotel have been shown worldwide:


- Six choreographers were recently covered by Dance Magazine in an online feature by Nicole Loeffler-Gladstone. Their artistic efforts are to address and influence climate action in unexpected ways. The physical, interpersonal nature of dance has the unique ability to transform people's understanding of the world around them. Movement can lay the foundation for a sense of connection with the earth. Visit:







NEW YORK: The American Dance Festival Winter Intensive in New York City is eight days of classes, conversations, and performances with NYC-based artists and educators. Apply by November 16, 2018, for a scholarship. Visit:




GERMANY: The Artistic Development Program will offer a mentoring process of creation. The program is open to 2 choreographers based in the Freiburg region and professional dancers from any location. The program will take place from November 26 - December 2, 2018.  Apply by October 5, 2018. Visit:


INDIA: Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices in Bangalore presents The Evolution of Movement. The course is based on the exploratory work of Professor Raymond Dart and will be conducted within a framework of consciousness of the principles and practice of the F.M. Alexander Technique.


SWITZERLAND: Le MARCHEPIED builds relationships between dancers and choreographers by offering choreographic opportunities to professional dancers. During the course of one or two weeks, those seeking work have the chance to meet choreographers and to experience the dynamics of intensive group work in a professional context. Apply by December 20, 2018. Visit:





Play:  A sparkling personality on the contemporary dance scene, Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman has been invited for the first time to work with the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet. His language, both visceral and tinged with humor, combining theatricality, and classical and contemporary vocabulary alike, perfectly resonates with the incredible versatility and stage presence of the ballet: the result is Play, a piece that evokes the world of childhood and its careless pleasures. But beyond pure entertainment, this performance contemplates the meaning and the importance of play when we become adults.


Béjart, ein Leben für den Tanz:  Maurice Béjart revolutionized ballet and defied the critics and the choreographers of the old school. Goodbye, tutu!éjart-ein-leben-für-den-tanz-arte/1850514668575040/


Nureyev: This striking and moving documentary from BAFTA-nominated directors, Jacqui, and David Morris, traces the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most famous male dancer that transcended fame in the dance world to become a pop culture icon of his time. The film charts his rise from humble beginnings, to his eventual defection to the West, an event that shocked the world. The film contextualizes not just the man, but also the time in which he lived, discussing the politically charged divide between Russia and the West and the critical role that Nureyev played as a cultural and global phenomenon.


Blending never-before-seen footage, an original score by award-winning composer Alex Baranowski, and a spellbinding series of exclusive modern dance tableaux directed by Royal Ballet alumnus Russell Maliphant, Nureyev is a theatrical and cinematic experience like no other biopic.





Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical, by Kevin Winkler, Oxford University Press, 2018

A fascinating look at the evolution of Fosse as choreographer and director, Big Deal: Bob Fosse and Dance in the American Musical considers Fosse's career in the context of changes in Broadway musical theater over four decades. It traces his early dance years and the importance of mentors George Abbott and Jerome Robbins to his work. It examines how each of the important women in his adult life—all dancers—impacted his career and influenced his dance aesthetic. Finally, the book investigates how his evolution as both artist and individual mirrored the social and political climate of his era and allowed him to comfortably ride a wave of cultural changes.  Visit:











Dance ICONS -- The Global Network for Choreographers!


Vladimir Angelov, Founding Director | Asami Seki, International Network News Coordinator

Camilla Acquista, Content Editor | Theo Kossenas, Director of Web Development

We are thankful to all our amazing Dance ICONS Global Representatives, especially:

Christina Nikolaidis-Strommer (Austria)

Elizabeth Gahl (France) and Maya Zhalova (India)