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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & Funding Current listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe & Asia: National Choreographers Initiative in California; Ballet Memphis Residency, Tennessee, USA; TRIP, Australia; SE.S.TA, Czech Republic; Split, France; GOA Dance Residency, India; Prisma Danza, Panama; International Young Choreographer Project, Hong Kong; Choreographers and Composers Lab, UK

New Works & Events: New works by Rennie Harris, Valery Green in US; Richard Segal in Germany; Angelin Preljocaj in Italy; Saburo Teshigawara in Japan

Trending: Jerome Robbins - Centennial Celebration Concludes

Learning Opportunities: ImPuls Tanz; IUGTE Conference, Austria; Le MARCHEPIED, Switzerland;

Competition: 33. International Choreographic Competition Hannover 2019

New Movies: Suspiria, directed by Luca Guadagnino, choreographed by Damien Jalet, starring Dakota Johnson

New Books: Jerome Robbins, A Life in Dance by Wendy Lesser; Embodied Philosophy in Dance: Gaga and Ohad Naharin's Movement Research by Einav Katan-Schmid








CALIFORNIA: The National Choreographers Initiative (NCI) was developed to promote the creation and production of professional dance. It is also an opportunity to engage outstanding choreographers from around the United States in the creative process. Application for 2019 NCI is now open. Apply by January 8, 2019. 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 the 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 a 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 US-based presenters, curatorial staff, and residency directors to connect in person to explore the feasibility of presenting NDP-funded works. Rolling deadline. Visit:


NEW JERSEY: Residents of New Jersey and New York may submit applications for Dance on the Lawn’s (DOTL) dance festival on September 7, 2019.  The DOTL will bring a total of 10 performers/companies to participate in the event.  Apply by December 14, 2018Visit:


NEW JERSEY: Applications are open for Small Plates Choreography Festival, a curated dance performance series to be presented on May 11, 2019.  The same deadline applies for performances in Richmond VA, which will take place on June 28 & 29, 2019. Apply by March 1, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: ModArts Dance Collective (MADC) announces its fourth annual dance festival, Collective Thread, on March 1-2, 2019 at Mark Morris Dance Center. Collective Thread provides a voice and a platform for artistic expression to women/womyn identifying as artists of underrepresented ethnic groups within the medium of dance. Collective Thread strives to imbue artists with the necessary tools to increase diversity and gender equality through leadership roles in the dance field. Apply by December 14, 2019Visit:


NEW YORK: Sans Limites encourages choreographers, movement artists, performance artists, physical theater groups, and all movement-centered innovators to apply to 2019 MOVEMENT-- taking place May 29 - June 2, 2019, at Hudson Guild Theater.  Apply by December 15, 2018. Visit:


NEW YORK: Jazz Choreography Enterprises is seeking original finished works of jazz-classic, early jazz (e.g., Charleston, swing), musical theater, Latin jazz, or contemporary jazz. Apply by January 14, 2019Visit


NEW YORK: WestFest is a cutting-edge curated festival presenting emerging and established movement artists in the historic Westbeth Artists’ Residence. The festival has two distinct programs: WestFest Top Floor at the Martha Graham Theater, presenting visionary artists in a traditional theater setting, and the site-specific program showing a variety of unconventional and unique approaches to dance and space, which will take place all over Westbeth. Choreographers may apply to one or both programs. Apply by January 13, 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 being accepted on an on-going, first-come, first-served basis until the performance dates are full.  Visit:


NEW YORK: Italian Dance Connection 2019 (IDACO), running May 22 - 24, 2019, seeks works of choreographers and artists whose artistic idea or concept relates to Italian culture, regardless of their nationality.  Apply by December 21, 2018Visit:


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


NEW YORK: New York City Ballets New York Choreographic Institute is accepting applications for its 2019-2020 sessions. Apply by December 10, 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: 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 by December 21, 2018. Visit:


NORTH CAROLINA: ADF’s Movies By Movers is a bi-annual festival dedicated to the celebration of the conversation between the body and the camera. Submissions for the 2019 season are now open.  Apply by February 23, 2019Visit


VIRGINIA: Dogtown Dance Theatre presents the 6th Annual Richmond Dance Festival, April 26 - May 11, 2019, featuring both local and national dance artists in the heart of the historic district of Manchester in Richmond. The festival will consist of live dance performances as well as film screenings. Choreographers from all dance genres and stages of their career are invited to submit an application. Apply by January 31, 2019. Visit


WASHINGTON, DC: Dance Place’s New Releases Festival is an annual, audition-based mixed-bill presentation, which features new works by established and emerging choreographers. Sign up for an audition on March 7 & 8, 2019. Visit:


WASHINGTON, DC: Applications for Local Dance Commissioning Project (LDCP) are now open. The Millennium Stage LDCP 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, 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 2019 are currently being accepted.  Visit:


AUSTRALIA: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia may apply for the Cultural Trust, which encourages excellence and supports a vibrant, world-class arts scene in Australia. The Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 to assist emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas.  Apply by January 15, 2019Visit:


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.  To apply, write to Artistic Director Ruth Osborne at Visit:


AUSTRIA: European Cooperation Projects 2019 is calling for applications. Apply by December 11, 2018. Visit:


CANADA: Festival Quartiers Danses (FQD) invites choreographers and directors of short films who would like to present a premiere work or new creation to apply for its 17th edition, which will take place September 6 - 14, 2019. Apply by December 3, 2018. Visit:


CZECH REPUBLIC: Centre for Choreographic Development SE.S.TA is calling for artists interested in sharing their research in interdisciplinary dialogue with invited lecturers and participants during a week-long residency in a baroque castle in the Czech Republic. The residency will take place March 25-31, 2019. Apply by December 20, 2018Visit:


FRANCE: Split is a new platform offering the opportunity to present finished or work-in-process work. Apply by December 17, 2018. Visit:


GERMANY: The Tanja Liedtke Foundation is now accepting applications from Australian dancers/choreographers for the Tanja Liedtke Fellowship taking place July 29-August 25, 2019Visit:


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: Die Wolke art group invites choreographers and dancers to its Unit Motives initiative for the creation of solo contemporary dance works on musical works by the composers of the Groupe de Recherches Musicales. The event will take place on March 30 & 31, 2019. Apply by January 13, 2019. 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:


INDIA: Goa Dance Residency 2019 is a comprehensive and affordable Contemporary Dance training course, choreographic research lab, and skills exchange in Arambol, Goa, India. When: January 7 – March 31. Apply by December 14,


INDIA: Play Practice Residency invites dancers, choreographers and physical movement practitioners to Yoga Practice, which takes place March 1-23, 2019 in Bangalore. The 3-week intensive residential training program focuses on yoga research and development alongside intensive physical training. At the end of the course, participants will receive an internationally recognized yoga teacher certification. Contact: Apply by December 31, 2018, Visit:


ITALY: The experimental dance festival Bellanda Suite IV has an open call to select short choreographic pieces by Italian and European performers who want to compete and show their own perspective. The festival will take place on May 25, 2019. Apply by March 31, 2019. Visit:


ITALY: Kulturfactory Performing Arts Residency hosts seven times a year for one week artists from everywhere which is a great opportunity to be in a contemporary environment and to stay in one of the most creative areas in the world. Apply by April 15, 2019. Visit:


ITALY: The 6th edition of Breaking 8- International Festival of Videodance is now accepting submissions. The selected works will be screened as the final event of the international contemporary dance festival FIND 36 – Festival Internazionale Nuova Danza 2018 on December 22, 2018. Apply by December 15, 2018. Visit:


PANAMA: Fundación Prisma Danza is now accepting submissions for the 8th edition of PRISMA–International Contemporary Dance Festival of Panama, taking place October 6-13, 2019. Apply by December 31, 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 take place 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 to commission work with the company in the 2019/2020 season. 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: Phoenix Dance Theatre announces its second Choreographers and Composers Lab, a two-week intensive in its state-of-the-art dance centre in Leeds. Four choreographers and four composers will be selected to participate in an immersive creative process of experimentation on cross-disciplinary collaboration and artistic partnerships. Apply by January 11, 2019. Visit:








NEW YORK: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates 60 years with news works by Rennie Harris, who will bring his rousing mix of modern and African dance. The performance will run at City Center through December 30, 2018. Visit:


NEW YORK: New York City Ballet will present a new work from resident choreographer Justin Peck. The program is joined by encore performances of Kyle Abraham’s The Runaway and the first full staging of Herman Schmerman since 1994. Visit:


NEW YORK: Choreographed by Valerie Green, in collaboration with visual artist Keren Anavy, and with original music by Mark Katsaounis, VG/DE’s newest evening-length work, Utopia, explores the idea of a perfect place through dance and visual art. The work questions whether Utopia might be an internal place, investigated through personal and intimate moments and alongside the community. The performance will take place on December 13-15, 2018. 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. The world premiere is on December 5, 2018. Visit:





AUSTRIA: KREATUR represents a return to the roots of Sasha Waltzs artistic work, exploring social reality and such disruptive questions as community/isolation, freedom/surveillance, power/absence of power, with the collaboration of artist Iris van Herpen, who made the costumes, and the Soundwalk Collective. Austrian premiere is on December 8, 2018. Watch:


GERMANY: Richard Siegal has created a situation where four actors of Schauspiel Köln and four dancers of Ballet of Difference face the challenge of the new omnipresent, often disturbing global communications of post-fact society. World premiere is on December 20, 2018. Visit:


ICELAND: Iceland Dance Company premiere work SABLÓT will be in theater until December 29, 2018. The work is inspired by darkness and the vulnerability of the human body. Visit:


INDIA: Shoonya - Centre for Art and Somatic Practices in Bangalore presents La Bayadère – a lecture by Rajika Puri, an eminent dance exponent, historian and coach for the mime-sections in the Berlin Staatsballet’s recent production of Marius Petipa’s iconic work. The new version is a brilliantly reimagined reconstruction based on extensive notes made by Petipa in 1900, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky. Rajika Puri will discuss and demonstrate the gestures of ballet mime compared to the use of gestures in Indian Classical dance. The presentation will take place on December 15, 2018Visit:


For more on Alexei Ratmansky’s La Bayadère, visit:


INDIADISHA Dance - International Contemporary Dance Festival in Kochi will take place from January 14-25, 2019. Visit


ITALY: The French choreographer and filmmaker Angelin Preljocaj reinterprets Franz Schuberts Winterreise (Winter’s Journey) for La Scala Theatre Ballet. The world premiere is on January 24, 2019. Visit:


JAPAN: Saburo Teshigawara will perform in his new work Pierrot Lunaire on December 1-4, 2018 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. Watch:


JAPAN: Choreographer Toru Shimazaki will present his students in a world premiere graduation performance at Kobe University. Audience members are invited to attend a talk following the performance. December 13-15, 2018. Visit:


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 runs through December 21, 2018. Visit:


HONG KONG: As a showcase for City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) dancers to express their choreographic talent, the acclaimed Dancers’ Homework will premiere new works on January 18-20, 2019. Visit:


HONG KONG: Taiwanese choreographer Chou Shu-yi created a new work drawing on Qiao Yang’s more than four-decade career as a dancer. For two years, Chou is given unprecedented access to Qiao’s dancing life through visits, field trips, and conversations, working closely with screendance director Maurice Lai, set and lighting designer Lee Chi-wai and the rest of the creative team to turn Qiao’s story into heartfelt choreography. The performance takes place on January 25-27, 2019. Visit:


UK: Akram Khan will give his last ever performance of the epic and theatrical Until the Lions, adapted from Karthika Naïr’s award-winning book Until the Lions: Echoes from the Mahabharata. Exploring notions of gender and time in a battle for justice and liberty, this piece showcases Khan’s powerful blend of classical Indian Kathak movement with the very best in contemporary dance. The performance takes place January 11-17, 2019. Visit:






JEROME ROBBINS - Centennial Celebration Concludes! The world came together in 2018 for The Jerome Robbins Centennial, a global celebration of the 100th birthday of Jerome Robbins (1918-1998), the director and choreographer whose creative genius during the 20th century is a continuing inspiration today.


Creator of film, theater, and dance that have resonated for generations, Robbins is rightfully regarded as a towering figure in American cultural history. His legacy from the last century is assured and his influence is ongoing. During 2018, the Jerome Robbins Centennial celebrated the life and career of the cultural giant with performances, screenings, events, exhibitions, and discussions around the world.


Below is a link with a list of celebrations of Robbins’ artistic accomplishments throughout this past year, as well as an inspiring short video summarizing the vision of the great master in his own words:








AUSTRIA: danceWEB is a five-week scholarship program in the field of contemporary dance and performance, taking place from July 10-August 14, 2019 within ImPulsTanz 2019 –Vienna International Dance Festival. The festival offers more than 200 workshops and research projects, as well as up to 100 performances, artistic accompaniment by internationally renowned artists and a unique platform assembling students, choreographers, companies, journalists, producers, teachers and visitors. Apply by January 9, 2019. 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 and directors -performing arts practitioners with professional stage experience working in various genres, techniques and styles - interested in finding 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: 33. 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:






Suspiria is a supernatural horror film directed by Luca Guadagnino with a screenplay by David Kajganich, based on the 1977 film of the same name directed by Dario Argento. The film stars Dakota Johnson as an American woman who enrolls at a prestigious dance academy in Berlin that is run by a coven of witches. The film incorporates stylized dance sequences choreographed by Damien Jalet, which form part of its representation of witchcraft. Video Samples:



The Art of Ohad Naharin, now on DVD and Blu-ray. Naharin’s Virus by Batsheva Dance Company was filmed at the Théâtre de Chaillot in 2014, and Last Work was filmed at the Théâtre de Chaillot in 2017. Watch






Jerome Robbins, A Life in Dance, by Wendy Lesser, Yale University Press, October 9, 2018. Jerome Robbins (1918–1998) was born Jerome Wilson Rabinowitz and grew up in Weehawken, New Jersey, where his Russian-Jewish immigrant parents owned the Comfort Corset Company. Robbins, who was drawn to dance at a young age, resisted the idea of joining the family business. In 1936 he began working with Gluck Sandor, who ran a dance group and convinced him to change his name to Jerome Robbins. He went on to become a choreographer and director who worked in ballet, on Broadway, and in a film. His stage productions include West Side Story, Peter Pan, and Fiddler on the Roof. In this deft biography, Wendy Lesser presents Jerome Robbins’s life through his major dances, providing a sympathetic, detailed portrait of her subject.



Embodied Philosophy in Dance: Gaga and Ohad Naharin’s Movement Research (Performance Philosophy) by Einav Katan-Schmid, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan. Representing the first comprehensive analysis of Gaga and Ohad Naharin's aesthetic approach, this book follows the sensual and mental emphases of the movement research practiced by dancers of the Batsheva Dance Company. Considering the body as a means of expression, Embodied Philosophy in Dance deciphers forms of meaning in dance as a medium for perception and realization within the body. In doing so, the book addresses embodied philosophies of mind, hermeneutics, pragmatism, and social theories to illuminate the perceptual experience of dancing. It also reveals the interconnections between physical and mental processes of reasoning and explores the nature of physical intelligence.










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