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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & Funding:  Current listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe & Asia: Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists; MAP Fund; The Yard Offshore Creation Residencies, USA; Springboard Danse Montréal 2019, CANADA; Open Call, MEXICO; Split, FRANCE; Solo/Duo, HUNGARY; Real Showcase Open Call, HONG KONG; Young Choreographers Open Call, TAIWAN

New Works & Events: Arthur Pita for ABT; Alastair Marriott for Royal Ballet; Andrea Miller for Pennsylvania Ballet; Alexander Ekman and Marco Goecke for NDT; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani; New Virpi Pahkinen in Sweden; New Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez at Sadler’s Wells.

Trending: Choreography and Fashion: NYCB, Sydney Dance Company, National Ballet of Spain, L-E-V Company and Project PLI.é.

Learning Opportunities: The American Dance Festival Winter Intensive, NYC, USA

Competition: 2019 International Choreographic Competition, Hannover, GERMANY

New Movies: Midsummer Night’s Dream by Alexander Ekman, now on DVD

New Books: Dance and Fashion by Valerie Steele. Fashion Drive: Extreme Mode in der Kunst by Christoph Becker, Sonja Eismann, and Cathérine Hu.






MARYLAND: Baltimore Dance Invitational is calling for submissions to showcase professional work.  The call aligns to The Collective’s mission to connect the local professional dance community and provide opportunities for artists (and students where appropriate) to develop and showcase their own artistry. Apply by November 9, 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 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:


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 feasibility of presenting NDP-funded works. Rolling deadline. Visit:


NEW YORK: New York City Ballet’s New York Choreographic Institute is accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Sessions. Apply by December 10, 2018Visit


NEW YORK: NYC-based dance companies and individual choreographers working at a professional level in all styles are encouraged to apply for CUNY Dance Initiative rehearsal and performance residencies. Selected artists will have the opportunity to rehearse, teach and potentially perform at one of 13 CUNY colleges between July 2019 and June 2020. Apply by November 1, 2018. Visit:


NEW YORK: Asian Cultural Council is now accepting applications for Cultural Exchange Grants. Artists, scholars, and arts professionals are invited to submit proposals for travel and cultural exchange between Asia and the U.S., or between countries in Asia. Apply by November 15, 2018. Visit:


NEW YORK: Italian Dance Convention 2019 (IDACO) is calling for international choreographers and artists for creative residencies preceding the event. IDACO is interested in works of choreographers and filmmakers whose artistic idea or concept relates to Italian culture, regardless of their nationality. The convention will take place May 21-24, 2019. Apply by December 21, 2018. Visit:


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


NEW YORK: 8 In Show is a quarterly series presented by Dixon Place Theater.  It features eight dance companies of emerging and established choreographers of all dance forms to showcase new pieces of 5 -12 minutes.  Apply by November 18, 2018Visit:


NEW YORKDance Omi is accepting applications from choreographers for its 2019 residency program that consists of three weeks of artistic process, sharing, and international community building.  Apply by January 2, 2019. 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. Apply for the 2019 Grant Cycle between December 3, 2018 and February 15, 2019 at midnight EST. Visit:


NORTH CAROLINA: American Dance Festival (ADF) is calling for applications for its dance on camera initiative Movies by Movers.  ADF’s Movies By Movers is a bi-annual festival dedicated to the celebration of the conversation between the body and the camera.  Applicants are invited to share in the collaboration between the ephemeral art of live movement and the perpetual nature of film.  Apply in November 2018.



PENNSYLVANIA: The Iron Factory is offering free one-week residencies for individual artists and companies (up to 4 people). The residencies include 6 nights in 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


TENNESSEE: The Ballet Memphis New American Dance Residency is a two-week cultural immersion program that gives choreographers the opportunity to visit Memphis’ cultural and historic sites and to meet with experts on a wide range of subjects, including Memphis history, social justice, music and art. Each participant will have time in the second week for personal reflection or the opportunity to work with Ballet Memphis dancers to create choreographic studies. The program will culminate with a panel discussion, as well as an informal showing or presentation to the public. Successful candidates will receive travel, room and board, and a stipend. Visit:


TEXAS: Apply to be a part of the HIVE, a collaboration of Dance Source Houston and Houston Ballet. Selected choreographers will lead a choreography lab, open to the dance community, on February 17, March 31 or April 28, 2019. Dancers will sign up to take part in the session and the choreographer will offer participants a glimpse into their creative process during the 3-hour workshop. Houston-area choreographers in all genres, techniques, and career stages are encouraged to apply. Apply by November 1, 2018. Visit:


WASHINGTON, DC: Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists (DFA) provides fellowships to artists to support their creative and social change work, which impacts one or more communities in which they work. Apply by November 16, 2018. Visit:


WASHINGTON, DC: Applications for Local Dance Commissioning Project at Millennium Stage are now open. The project supports the local dance community by nurturing the creation of new dance work and presenting that new work to a wide audience via the Millennium Stage, the Kennedy Center’s free daily performance series. Apply by December 14, 2018. Visit:




ASIA: Southeast Asian Choreolab 2019 invites emerging contemporary dance choreographers, performance artists, or physical theatre creators from Southeast Asia to apply. This international choreographic laboratory will take place from June 22-30, 2019. Apply by November 30, 2018. 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 November 8, 2018. Visit:


CANADA: Festival Quartiers Danses (FQD) is extending an invitation to choreographers and directors of short films who would like to present a premiere work or new creation at its 17th edition, which will take place September 6-14, 2019. Apply by December 3, 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: Split is a new platform offering the opportunity to present finished work or work that is in process. Apply by December 17, 2018. Visit:ées-partagées/


FRANCE: Festival Chorégraphique International de Blois is calling for applications for pieces of 15-20 minutes maximum. Seven companies will be selected. The festival offers performances, short film screenings and master classes. Selected companies will have the opportunity to present their work during 2 evenings at the Scène Nationale La Halle aux Grains, to participate in a gala evening, and to give master classes. Travel, lodging, and remuneration for the artists are covered by the festival. Apply by November 15,


FRANCE: In parallel with the Festival International Montpellier Danse, Mouvements sur la Ville is calling for candidates to present their creations. Special attention will be given to professional companies in the Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée region. Apply by November 15, 2018. Visit


FRANCE: The network of the Petites Scènes Ouvertes is calling for professional companies to present their work during La Grande Scène in Autumn 2019 in Arles, France. La Grande Scène consists of 2 days of presenting choreographic work and time for reflection and formation. Selection will be made by video submission. Apply by November 30, 2018.


GERMANY: The Choreographic Center of Heidelberg is calling for applications for its residency, including a scholarship for the development of dance. Apply by November 30, 2018. Visit:


GERMANY: The 23rd International Solo-Dance-Theater Festival Stuttgart, running March 14-17, 2019, invites choreographers and dancers from around the world to perform new and imaginative solo pieces. Apply by November 11, 2018. Visit:


GERMANY: Lucky Trimmer is seeking original short pieces (under 10 min.) 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:  Twice per year, PACT Zollverein Essen awards residencies to professional artists in the area of dance.  Residencies are shaped to suit individual needs.  Rehearsal space, administrative and technical support from PACT’s team, and local accommodation are provided.  Grants to cover living expenses and travel costs are also provided.  Applications must be submitted online by December 10, 2018. Visit


GERMANY: dance-techAIR at Lake Studios Berlin is accepting applications for its residency, 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:


HONG KONG: As part of City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC), REAL Showcase is calling for proposals of full-length ballet pieces not less than 45 minutes, produced by emerging choreographers. Apply by November 21, 2018. Visit:


HUNGARY: Ork_Kota_Platform_2019 is now accepting one-minute dance films in the subject of 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 take place from January 9-12, 2019.  Apply via video by December 1, 2019. Visit:


INDIA: Play Practice Residency invites dancers, choreographers and martial artists to Fight Practice Residential Program, which takes place January 8-18, 2019 in Bangalore. The 10-day intensive residential martial arts program features Capoeira and Kalaripayattu and is focused on fight composition and improvisation based on martial arts principles. Apply by November 30, 2018. Visit:


JAPAN: Japan Arts Council is now accepting group submissions for its Art Cultural Trust.  Apply by November 11, 2018. Visit:


JAPAN: Tokyo Arts and Space supports artists by partnering with overseas countries. The organization invites artists to residencies overseas. Apply by November 15, 2018. Visit:


MEXICO: Choreographers and dancers, emerging and established, are invited to apply for Solos of Contemporary Dance and to be part of the program of the IV International Solo Contemporary Dance Festival Cuerpo al DescubiertoMiguel Ángel Palmeros. The festival will take place from March 1-10, 2019. Apply by November 25, 2018. Visit:


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


SINGAPORE: The 10th edition of M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival is calling for applications. Apply with an existing cutting-edge short solo or duet, a work-in-progress, or an idea you’d like to develop into a complete work. The festival will take place June 14-July 20, 2019. Apply by November 23, 2018. Visit:


SPAIN: Open call for proposals for Festival 10 Sentidos. Local, national and international artists can submit their work to be part of the program for the 2019 edition of the festival, in relation to the theme Beasts. The festival will take place May 2-19, 2019. Apply by November 12, 2018. Visit:


SPAIN: ACT Festival is calling for emerging artists in performing arts to apply to participate in its XVI edition. ACT is a festival, a contest, a fair with programmers and a space to share and learn, with pieces, workshops and classes. The festival will run May 29-June 1, 2019. Apply by December 15, 2018. Visit:


SWITZERLAND: Tanzcompagnie Konzert Theater Bern and its Director Estefania Miranda are calling for applications for their international dance festival and competition for choreographers. Apply by December 10, 2018. Visit:


TAIWAN: 2019 International Young Choreographer Project invites choreographers from abroad for a choreographic opportunity in Taiwan.  Apply by January 20, 2019. Visit:


UK: Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD) is seeking emerging dance makers based in the North of England for Northern Connections, its bi-annual artist development programme. Apply by November 5, 2018. Selected artists will receive funding for a 3-week studio residency with their dancers at NSCD. Visit:







NEW YORK: Tap dance company Dorrance Dance makes its BAM debut with a new site-specific work co-choreographed by Michelle Dorrance and Nicholas Van Young. As this year’s Harkness Foundation Artist-in-Residence at the BAM Fisher, Dorrance brings her uniquely expansive practice to bear on collaborations with the extraordinary range of talent in her company. World premiere is on December 5, 2018. Visit:


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:


PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Ballet will present a mixed repertoire program including works by Jiří Kylián and world premieres from award-winning choreographer 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. Performances are   November 9-11, 2018. Visit:


TEXAS: 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 feature a new work choreographed by principal Melody Mennite and celebrate principal Ian Casadys 20th anniversary with the company.  In theater on November 30, 2018.  Visit:


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





AUSTRIA: In Princess, choreographer Eisa Jocson examines the interrelations of emotional labor, embodiment, and the construction of racial and gender identities. Together with performance artist Russ Ligtas, Jocson hijacks Snow White’s physicality and speech and creates a playing field of identities. Performances are on November 1 & 2, 2018. Visit:


AUSTRIA: James Wilton Dance & Young Ensemble Vorarlberg will premiere Leviathan Evolution on November 8, 2018. James Wilton is not only known for sensational choreographic and dance success, but also for his sensitive and excellent youth work. Watch:


FRANCE: Paris Autumn Festival will take place through 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:


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, 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 Maurius 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 newly developed by Jerôme Kaplan.  Opening night is November 4, 2018. Visit:


INDIA: World Congress on Dance Research will take place in Mumbai from December 12-16, 2018. The congress endorses the harmony, peace and good will linking worlds through the didactic potency of dance and is open to all forms of dance:  Classical, Ballet, Modern, Folk, Ballroom, Oriental, Tango, Therapeutic, Recreational, and Revival. The performances will highlight the potency of dance to mirror the varied hues of life. This year’s theme is: ‘Dance is & for a cause’. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: Nederlands 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. Performance 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:


NORWAY:  The first part of Ina Christels upcoming trilogy “Who told you this room exists?” is a piece with a physical expression of detail and distinction, accompanied by experimental electronic music by Mika Vainio. The piece premieres at Dansens Hus in Oslo on November 8, 2018. Visit:


SCOTLAND: Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance present the world premiere of their second music-and-dance collaboration, Prelude - Skydiving From A Dream. The piece takes three rich pieces of music that push the boundaries and restrictions of artistic expression and creates something entirely new. Opens on November 9, 2018. Visit:


SWEDEN: Engelkes’ created a hybrid version of the fairytale about the ash-tree girl -- or Cinderella. World premiere is on November 23, 2018. Visit


SWEDEN: Virpi Pahkinens new work Monolit Polygon, with newly composed music by Jonas Sjöblom, premieres on November 7, 2018. Inspiration for the work comes from the Dutch visual artist and graphic designer M.C. Eschers mathematical-organic illusions, crystallographic reflections, and figures of eternal connections in unlimited space. Visit:


UK: The brand new Rambert2 will present a program with choreographers like Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company Rafael Bonachela and Sadler’s Wells’ newest Associate Artist Sharon Eyal. The program includes a new creation by Rambert’s guest artistic director Benoit Swan Pouffer. The performance runs November 6-10, 2018. Watch:


UK: Sadlers Wells associate artist and curator of the Darbar Festival dance programme, Akram Khan, offers insight into working within both the contemporary and classical Indian dance disciplines. In Conversation with Akram Khan will take place on November 23, 2018. Visit:


UK: Dystopian Dream is created from a concept originated by composer Nitin Sawhney and co-devised with Honji Wang and Sébastien Ramirez. It takes inspiration from threads woven through Nitin Sawhney’s album of the same name, which combines choreography, live music and theatre to examine themes of loss, isolation, surrender and continuity. Performances are on November 27 & 28, 2018. Watch:


UK: Swedish contemporary dance company GöteborgsOperans Danskompani brings two UK premieres choreographed by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, with designs by his regular collaborator, the sculptor Antony Gormley. In Icon, three-and-a-half-tons of clay are molded, heaped and shaped by 18 dancers, drawn from both GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and Cherkaoui’s own company, Eastman. The performance will take place on November 20, 2018. Watch:


UK: In Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaouis Noetic, 19 black-clad dancers, elegantly dressed by fashion design duo Les Hommes, manipulate pliable carbon fibres, designed by Cherkaoui’s regular collaborator, the sculptor Antony Gormley. This exploration of noetic (from the Greek noesis, meaning intellect) philosophy features live music by Szymon Brzóska. The performance is on December 1, 2018. Watch:


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 end of World War I. 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:





Choreography and Fashion:


Dance has profoundly influenced fashion. The two have been close partners since the Renaissance and Baroque Eras. The collaboration between choreographers and fashion designers reached its peak in the renowned dance history phenomenon of Ballet Russes. Today, many designers dream of collaborating with choreographers to create costumes for a ballet. The ultimate goal: beautiful couture to not only cover the body, but to also reveal itself in motion. 


Here’s a look at the latest samples at center stage:


The beauty of fashion and ballet came together for an unforgettable night as celebrated fashion designers created original costumes for three world premiere ballets at New York City Ballet’s 7th annual Fall Fashion Gala. Gothic visionary Gareth Pugh designed for choreographer

Matthew Neenan’s The Exchange, Italian romantic Alberta Ferretti created a world for 19-year-old choreographer Gianna Reisen in her ballet Judah, and couturier Giles Deacon illuminated choreographer Kyle Abraham’s The Runaway.





Christian Dior’s Spring / Summer 2019 Collection for Dance, by Maria Grazia Chiuri, came to life at the famed Longchamp racecourse in Paris’s Bois de Boulogne. Chiuri placed strong feminist women at the front of her collection. The inspiration was dancers and choreographers from different places and eras, including the late German Pina Bausch, Americans Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham, and the current Israeli choreographer, Sharon Eyal, who created a piece for the show performed by dancers from the L-E-V ensemble that she leads with her partner Gai Behar. Chiuri’s well-received collection made its way through inspirations from the world of dance and movement, emphasizing comfort and mobility.Article:

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Montreal-based artists Melika Dez and Pauline Loctin combined their imaginations in dramatic life-size origami costumes worn by ballet dancers. The result, Project PLI.é, fuses Dez’s skills as a movement photographer with Loctin’s expertise in paper art, and showcases dancers around the world wearing the hand-folded paper costumes. Loctin specifically formed each dress’s shape and color palette to the dancer who would be modeling it. Dez worked to situate her models in iconic settings from the streets of New York City to the Louvre Museum in Paris. 





Performing Director Antonio Najarro of Ballet Nacional de España joined forces with Spanish fashion designer Oteyza to choreograph a fantastic runway show introducing the designer’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection. Najarro persuaded Oteyza to swap models for dancers, and then spent 3 weeks alone creating the choreography. The result: A stunning performance that combined the allure of masculine energy and movement with Spanish fashion. Sleek male dancers in the traditional Spanish costumes for men -- the cape, high trousers and hat -- entranced audiences and gained over 15 million views worldwide.  Article:


Najarro choreographed his first fashion show in 2015 for designer Juan Duyos, using female dancers from Ballet Nacional de España.





Sydney Dance Company: Australia’s iconic David Jones department store is undergoing a revolution with a bold reimagination of its flagship Elizabeth Street store in Sydney. To celebrate the launch of the store’s new Level 7, Sydney Dance Company partnered with David Jones and VOGUE for a collaboration worthy of a standing ovation. Features company dancers Chloe Leong, Jesse Scales and Charmene Yap.








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 scholarship. Visit:




AUSTRIA: International Physical Theatre Workshop and IUGTE Conference will take place December 13 - 21, 2018. The workshop is open to performers from different creative genres and techniques inspired by physical theatre. The program is designed for experienced dancers, actors of physical theatre, contemporary circus performers, choreographers, directors, and performing arts practitioners with professional stage experience in various genres, techniques and styles, who seek new international network opportunities and collaborators. Visit:


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




GERMANY: The 33rd International Choreographic Competition Hannover 2019 will take place on June 21 & 22, 2019. Choreographers under the age of 35 may apply. Apply by April 17, 2019. Visit:




Midsummer Night’s Dream, Choreographed by Alexander Ekman, produced by Xavier Dubois and directed for TV by Tommy Pascal. Now available on DVD & Blu-ray. Alexander Ekman created his Midsummer Night’s Dream in April 2015 for the Royal Swedish Ballet at the Stockholm Opera. The powerful contemporary piece explores the energy and the mysteries conjured up by the summer solstice in the Scandinavian tradition.


It is the height of summer, the longest day of the year, and everyone gets together to celebrate the most loved of all traditions - Midsummer. Expectations are high, seven kinds of flowers must be picked, schnapps must be drunk, and everyone dances giddily around the maypole - perhaps there will even be new love in the air? It is a night filled of love and eroticism as nature gushes with vitality. The border between the world of mortals and the kingdom of the supernatural becomes thinner and thinner as the bottle becomes emptier and emptier. Traditions play jokes on us, the world changes, and suddenly we are no longer sure. Is it all a dream? A vast and ambitious project, Midsummer Night’s Dream is set to music by Mikael Karlsson.






Dance and Fashion by Valerie Steele, Yale University Press, December 2, 2014


Dress and adornment have long played an important role in the visual allure of dance, and fashion designers have often been inspired by the way dancers look. The tutus and pointe shoes of the Romantic ballerina, for example, have influenced designers from Christian Dior to Christian Louboutin. Cristóbal Balenciaga was inspired by the drama of flamenco, Yves Saint Laurent by the Orientalism of the Ballet Russes, and Rick Owens by the dynamism of African-American steppers. Fashion designers also collaborate increasingly with choreographers to create stylish dance costumes—from the “bump” dresses by Comme des Garçons for Merce Cunningham, to Valentino’s “Bal de Couture” designs for New York City Ballet.


Lavishly illustrated with both contemporary and historical images, the book features essays by ten fashion experts, who explore various aspects of the reciprocal relationship between dance and fashion, from the liberating effects of the tango to the influence of ballet on Japanese girl culture. This book explores for the first time the synergy between dance and fashion and is an original and inspired contribution to the study of both art forms: Visit:



Fashion Drive: Extreme Fashion in the Arts, (English) paperback, by Christoph Becker, Sonja Eismann, Cathérine Hug, Nora Gomringer, Kerber Verlag Publishers, April 27, 2018. Visit:










Dance ICONS -- The Global Network for Choreographers!


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