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ICONS NEXT STEP - JANUARY 2019

 

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IN THIS ISSUE:

 

 

Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & FundingCurrent listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe, & Asia: Dance Camera West CA, Dance on Camera NYC, BalletX Open Call for Choreographers, USA; T-Dance Festival Open Call , ITALY; Seyr Dance Film Festival, IRAN; Dansearena Nord, NORWAY; International Young Choreographer Project, TAIWAN; Choreographers and Composers Lab, UK

New Works & Events: New Davis Dowson for Dutch National Ballet, Angelin Preljocaj for La Scala; Jiri Bubenicek for Opera Rome; Nakamura Megumi for National Ballet of Japan; Alexander Whitley for Saddlers Wells; Dimitris Papaioannou and Alan Lucien Øyen for Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. ChoreograpHER at Boston Ballet.

Trending: Choreography and Politics – a Brief-Case Study

Learning Opportunities: American Dance Festival, USA, ImPulse Tanz, Vienna, AUSTRIA

Competition: 33. International Choreographic Competition Hannover 2019, GERMANY, and others in NETHERLAND; MEXICO; MACEDONIA, SLOVENIA.

New Movies: The Beast in the Jungle directed by Clara van Gool, with dancer-actress Sarah Reynolds - Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) will have its premiere at International film festival Rotterdam. 

 New Books: Pina Bausch's Dance Theatre Tracing by Lucy Weir, Consuming Dance Choreography and Advertising by Colleen T. Dunagan

 

 

CHOREOGRAPHIC RESIDENCIES, CREATIVE OPPORTUNITIES, & FUNDING:

 

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CALIFORNIA: Dance film choreographers are invited consider Los Angeles’ prominent Dance Camera West 2020, which announced a call for submissions. The festival is open to film media in any dance style or genre. Categories include: short films, feature length, documentary, animation, and interactive dance media. Apply by June 16, 2019.   Visit: http://www.dancecamerawest.org/

 

CALIFORNIA: The National Choreographers Initiative promotes 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: http://nchoreographers.org/chordanc.htm

 

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 3, 2019 for projects taking place between July 1, 2019 -June 30, 2020. Visit: http://www.midatlanticarts.org/usartists-international/

 

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: www.dancetheyard.org/residencies

 

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: https://www.nefa.org/grants_programs/grants/national-dance-project-travel-fund

 

NEW JERSY: Applications are open for Small Plates Choreography Festival, a curated dance performance series to be presented from March 11, 2019.  Same deadline applies for performances in Richmond VA, which will take place on June 28&29, 2019. Apply by March 1, 2019. Visit: https://smallplatesdance.com/apply/

 

NEW YORK: Battery Dance Festival, NYC’s longest-running public dance festival, has featured over 200 dance companies ranging in style from classical ballet to post-modern, from Indian classical to Afro-Cuban. The festival runs August 10-16, 2019.  Apply by February 1, 2019. Visit: www.batterydance.org/festival/apply

 

NEW YORK: The 47th Annual Dance on Camera Festival will be presented between July 12- 15, 2019 by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Submissions are accepted now. Apply by April 15, 2019. Visit: filmfreeway.com/DanceonCameraFestival

 

NEW YORK: BRIClab is a commissioning and residency development program for Brooklyn- and New York City-based artists to explore and expand the possibilities of their work.  Artists receive stipends and an intensive residency in BRIC’s artist studio with development time, opportunities for artistic mentoring, and work-in-process performances.  Apply by February 7, 2019Visit: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/briclabres

 

NEW YORK: Designed with the choreographer in mind, the Uptown Rising Performance Series strives to create affordable programs, workshops and performance opportunities that connect artists to space, their art, and to the growing community at the Bridge. Apply by February 9, 2019. The performance will be on March 30, 2019. Visithttps://www.bridgefordance.com/uptown-rising

 

NEW YORK: Sans Limites Dance encourages choreographers, movement artists, performance artists, physical theater groups, and all movement-centered innovators to apply to 2019 MOVEMENT-- taking place from May 29 - June 2, 2019.  Apply by Jan 15, 2019. Visit: SansLimitesDance.com

 

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, etc.  Apply by January 14, 2019. Visithttp://www.jazzchoreography.com/guidelines

 

NEW YORK: Sculpture Space provides 18-20 artists with two-month residencies annually to create new work and explore their creative potential.  Apply by January 15, 2019 Visit: http://www.sculpturespace.org/application-requirements/

 

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, 2019Visithttp://www.jazzchoreography.com/guidelines

 

NEW YORK: 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. Artists living and working in New York may apply. Apply by January 23, 2019. Visit: https://apply.nyfa.org/submit

 

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.  All over Westbeth is the site-specific program showing a variety of unconventional and unique approaches to dance and space. Apply by January 13, 2019. Visit: http://www.westfestdance.com

 

NEW YORK: HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) assists artists who are developing distinct artistic voices and experimenting with new approaches that expand the parameters of performance work. Apply by February 1, 2019. Visit: http://here.org/programs/harp/

 

NEW YORK: NYC Dance Week is looking for emerging choreographers to present their work at a fully curated dance festival in New York City on June 19, 2019. All revenue from the show goes to the Choreographer. Apply by January 31, 2019. Visit: www.nycdanceweek.org

 

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, 2019Visithttps://filmfreeway.com/MoviesByMovers

 

NORTH CAROLINA: The Choreographic Development Residency is a 5-week program to foster the development of new work by emerging choreographers of exceptional promise. UNCSA Summer Dance will award four choreographers the opportunity to further their choreographic research and create new dance works. The residency will be between June 16 July 20, 2019. Apply by February 28, 2019. Visit: https://www.uncsa.edu/summer/dance-summer-intensives/choreographic-institute/choreographic-development-residency.aspx

 

PENNSYLVANIA: 2019 Women in Dance Leadership Conference is accepting choreography submissions by female choreographers to present their work at Mandell Theater in Philadelphia with local, regional, national, and international presenters in the audience. The conference will take place between October 17- 19, 2019. Apply by January 31, 2019. Visit: http://www.womenindance.com/2019-choreography-submission/

 

PENNSYLVANIA: BalletX Artistic leaders and a distinguished panel of dance experts will select one promising choreographer to create a world premiere work on the BalletX company. Apply by March 29, 2019. Visit: https://www.balletx.org/programs/choreographic-fellowship/

 

TEXAS: The 5th Annual Barnstorm Dance Fest, presented by Dance Source Houston, will take place June 19-23, 2019 at MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.  Applications for works 5-15 minutes in length are being accepted from all dance genres. Selected applicants will perform their work twice during the festival. Apply by January 15, 2019Visit: http://www.dancesourcehouston.org/barnstorm-dance-fest/

 

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, 2019Visithttp://www.dogtowndancetheatre.com/

 

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: https://www.danceplace.org/get-involved/perform-at-dance-place/

 

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AUSTRALIA: Australian Ballet is calling submissions from their female classically trained dancer/choreographer. The purpose of this important initiative is to encourage and foster professional skills development for emerging female choreographers creating work in the classical and modern ballet genres. Apply by February 28, 2019. Visit: http://yaffa-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/yaffadsp/files/dmfile/efcc-entry-criteria2.pdf

 

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: https://www.tasdance.com.au/for-artists/

 

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: http://www.ianpotterculturaltrust.org.au

 

AUSTRALIA: QL2 Dance offers curated residencies both to young people (up to age 26), and older artists. Curated residencies provide theatre or studio space without charge, and may also include other support.  Write to Artistic DirectoRuth Osborne to apply.  Visit: http://ql2.org.au/2017/05/space-support-for-your-dance-project/

 

AUSTRIA: The danceWEB Scholarship Programme is a five-week further training programme, which will take place from July 10- August 14, 2019. within the ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival. It offers young professional dancers and choreographers from European but also from non-European countries the possibility to take part in an intense artistic further training programme. Apply by January 9, 2019. Visit: https://www.impulstanz.com/en/news/aid5900/

 

AUSTRIA: Atlas is a training program for emerging dance artists. It offers a dynamic environment that allows young dance artists with first choreographic experience to intensively work on their professional development. The program will take place between July 11- August 11, 2019. Apply by April 15, 2019. Visit: https://www.impulstanz.com/en/news/aid5949/

 

BRAZIL: Casa Na Ilha Art Residency Program is based in a colonial house on the Island of Ilhabela, Brazil. The residency program is an initiative to provide a space to encourage creativity and exchange of ideas among artists from different disciplines.  Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. Visit: http://www.casanailha.org

 

CANADA: For emerging modern dance choreographers, the celebrated Circuit-Est Choreographic Centre in Montréal, Québec, offers residencies for generative and/or disciplinary works. Travel expenses and per diems are not included. To be considered for a residency you must: be involved in a career in contemporary dance; utilize a research perspective and questioning process in your work; demonstrate artistic quality and show a distinctive and promising choreographic signature; already have presented your work to the public (minimum of two productions in a professional context); and use the residency time to work on a creation intended to be broadcast. Apply by March 1, 2019. Visit: http://www.circuit-est.qc.ca/en/support-for-creation/residencies

 

FINLAND: X Dance Festival aims to challenge, surprise and open access to dance through workshops, choreographic labs, discussions, and performance. The primary goal is to give the opportunity to professional inclusive standard work that can include everybody. The festival will take place between June 7-9, 2019. Apply by January 15, 2019. Visit: http://danceabilityfinland.com/kaaos/festivals-2.html

 

FRANCE: Take part in the Chalo! adventure by sending your own dance-video work, which has to be less than 10 minutes long. Theme is world explorer. Apply by January 31, 2019. Visit: https://influxforarts.com/2018/11/03/concours-video-danse/

 

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: http://www.tanja-liedtke-foundation.org/current-projects/fellowship_2019.html

 

GERMANY: Open submissions for the Performing Arts Festival Berlin 2019. Each year, the Berlin Performing Arts Festival presents the works created and artistic positions of the independent performing arts community to the city in a shared festival. This is only possible through the participation of the independent performing arts community; the performance venues, groups, collectives, and artists. Apply by January 15, 2019. Visit: https://www.performingarts-festival.de/en/2019/about/open-calls/open-submissions/

 

GERMANY: dance-techAIR at Lake Studios Berlin is accepting applications for their 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: https://www.lakestudiosberlin.com

 

GREECE: The highest-level event in the world of dance, 54th World Congress will take place between June 26-30, 2019 in Athens. Open to researchers, dance teachers, choreographers from all forms of dance. Visit: http://www.cid-portal.org/cdr

 

GREECE: Open call for performances at the Akropoditi DanceFest 2019, running July 6-19, 2019.  The festival offers two weeks full of workshops, performances, evening meetings, open presentations, lectures, and jams.  Apply by February 1, 2019. Visit: http://dancefest.akropoditi.gr/index.php/en/

 

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: die-wolke.org

 

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: https://www.facebook.com/1minutedance

 

INDIA: Goa Dance Residency 2019 is a comprehensive and affordable Contemporary Dance training course, choreographic research lab and skills exchange, for 3 months. The residency will take place between January 7-March 31, 2019. Apply by January 1, 2019. Visit: www.goadanceresidency.com

 

ITALY: International Contemporary Live Arts Fest TO GIVE RISE TO a Human Regeneration will be June 28- July 7, 2019 in Napoli. Proposals may refer to one or more finished and already debuted works. Apply by January 3, 2019. Visit: https://www.teatringestazione.com/altofest/altofest_en/

 

ITALY: An American nonprofit with a program in Italy, the Bogliasco Foundation awards one-month residential Fellowships to gifted artists and scholars of all ages and nationalities. During their month-long stay at the Center, Bogliasco Fellows are provided with living quarters, full board, and a separate private studio. For the fall 2019 semester, Apply by January 15, 2019. Visit: http://bfny.org/en/home

 

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: www.facebook.com/compagniabellanda/

 

ITALY: Open call to take part in T*danse festival 2019. T*Danse wants to build a real community of artists and audience, based on the sharing of instruments, ideas, worldviews. The festival takes place between October 20-27, 2019. Apply by January 10, 2019. Visit: www.tdanse.net

 

ITALY: Kulturfactory Performing Art 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: http://www.kultursciok.com/kulturfactory.html

 

IRAN: Dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and artists are invited to apply with dance short films, feature films, dance documentaries, installation works, and media artworks that consider movement as their main theme. Seyr Festival is Tehran’s International Festival of Screen-Movement and Media Arts. It embraces works that explore the connection between movement and media arts. The festival will take place between February 6-8, 2019. Apply by January 5, 2019. Visit: https://filmfreeway.com/SeyrFestival

 

NORWAY: Emerging modern dance choreographers, a regional center in Northern Norway, Dansearena nord, is interested in dancing with both a national and international orientation. The artist-in-residency form can be found online. Apply by February 10, 2019. Visit: http://www.dansearenanord.no/english.html

 

PORTUGAL: Companhia de Dança de Almada is organizing the 27th edition of Quinzena de Dança de Almada – International Dance Festival, a large forum for performance, dance, and interaction. The festival will take place between September 21-October 13, 2019. Professional choreographers, dance companies and video directors are welcome to submit their projects to be presented. Apply by January 14, 2019. Visit: https://quinzenadedancadealmada.cdanca-almada.pt

 

SWITZERLAND: Young Ballets International Dance Festival Geneva is calling submissions of contemporary and neoclassical works. The festival will take place between April 4-6, 2019. Choreographers must be younger than 27 years old. Apply by January 6, 2019. Visit: https://fondationdancearea.ch/en/actions/festival-international-jeunes-ballets-2019/

 

TAIWAN: 2019 International Young Choreographer Project invites choreographers from abroad to offer choreographic opportunity in Taiwan.  Apply by January 20, 2019. Visit: http://www.wda-ap.org

 

TURKEY: SOLO Contemporary Dance Festival will be held between June 28- 30, 2019. As participants in the festival, choreographers and dancers from around the world, are requested to perform a solo piece which is new, original, imaginative, unique and which displays unusual achievement. Apply by May 5, 2019. Visit: http://solodans.com

 

UK: Choreodrome is a studio-based research and development programme for UK-based dance makers with at least three years of professional experience.  Running from July 22-September 22, 2019, it offers artists the chance to test out new ideas within the supportive environment of an international dance house and with a peer network.  There is no expectation of a finished product at the end of the programme.  Apply by January 20, 2019Visit: https://www.theplace.org.uk/studio-residencies-and-commissions-0

 

UK: Phoenix Dance Theatre has announced its second Choreographers and Composers Lab in July 2019; a two-week intensive in our state-of-the-art dance center 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. The choreographers and composers will work with 12 professional dancers and four musicians who will assist them over the two-week period in the exploration of their collaborative visions. Apply by January 11, 2019. Visit: http://www.phoenixdancetheatre.co.uk/work/cclab/

 

UK: The Point is seeking applications from early career artists interested in joining The Point’s Associate Artist programme from April 2019. The one-year programme aims to support the creative practice and organizational development of emerging makers/practitioners who are keen to progress to the next stage and work with us to develop their practice further. Apply by January 23, 2019Visit: https://www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk/news/2018/12/associate-artist-callout-201920/

 

 

NEW CHOREOGRAPHY, WORLD PREMIERES, EVENTS, & NEWS:

 

 

NATIONAL:

 

HOUSTON: Stanton Welch AM brings his own interpretation to the classic story of the strong mythological heroine, the huntress Sylvia. This ballet is set to Léo Delibes’ famous score and provides an opportunity to see the classic story through Welch’s unique and creative narrative. Houston Ballet’s performances between February 21- March 3, 2019. Visit: https://www.houstonballet.org/seasontickets/2018-19-season/sylvia/

 

ILLINOIS: Led by choreographer  Yuri Possokhov, the world premiere of Anna Karenina is a collaboration between The Joffrey Ballet and The Australian Ballet. The ballet enlists an all-star creative team, including Possokhov; composer Ilya Demutsky, 2016 Golden Mask Award recipient, Russia's most prestigious theatre honor. Performance between February 13-24, 2019. Visit: http://joffrey.org/anna

 

MASSACHUSETTS: Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen announces the ChoreograpHER Initiative, a multi-year commitment in support of emerging female choreographers from within the Company and beyond. Boston Ballet’s ChoreograpHER initiative establishes a model for female dance students and professional dancers to develop choreographic skills and invests in new, innovative works by female artists. Visit: www.bostonballet.org

 

NEW YORK: The boldly inventive choreographer and artistic director of Gallim, Andrea Miller, returns to The Joyce after a year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as its first choreographic Artist-in-Residence to present the world premiere of To Create a World. The piece is a culmination of research that began at the ancient Temple of Dendur and resulted in a unique movement language that takes audiences from a pre-human past to a post-human future. Performances between February 12- 17, 2019. Watch: https://youtu.be/J-8tOiKmf2s

 

NEW YORK: The preeminent dance company of Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker performs a reconstruction of her 1995 work, Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), set to Arnold Schönberg's eponymous late-romantic score. New York Premiere on January 30, 2019. Visit: https://bacnyc.org/performances/upcoming-performances

 

NEW YORK: Brazil’s leading contemporary dance troupe Grupo Corpo returns to BAM with two wildly different works that showcase their extraordinary range and mastery of ballet, modern, and Afro-Brazilian dance idioms. US premiere between January 31-February 2, 2019. Visit: https://www.bam.org/dance/2019/grupocorpo

 

 

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AUSTRIA: The world of today as a sinking ship and a music band that continues to sink: With Hofesh Shechter’s new work Grand Finale, the choreographer heaves the visually stunning dystopian vision of a human on the stage before the abyss. The end-time mood arises when the ten dancers fight against a violent maelstrom of sound and darkness. Austrian premiere on January 31, 2019. Visithttps://www.festspielhaus.at/de/kalender/323-hofesh-shechter

 

FRANCE: Three unique visions of dance and theatre are brought together for this Paris Opera’s new programme. Choreographers include German choreographer Marco Goecke, Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Performance between February 5-March 2, 2019. Visit: https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/season-18-19/ballet/goecke-lidberg-cherkaoui

 

ITALY: The French choreographer and filmmaker Angelin Preljocaj is reinterpreting Franz Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter’s Journey) for the La Scala Theatre Ballet. The world premiere on January 24, 2019. Visit: http://www.teatroallascala.org/en/season/2018-2019/ballet/winterreise.html

 

JAPAN: The company in its 15th season, Noism will perform an experimental dance. The world premiere on January 25, 2019. Visit: http://noism.jp/en/npelist/?category=noism1

 

JAPAN: National Ballet of Japan will celebrate the New Year with three outstanding choreographic masterpieces by prominent choreographers from the 20th century to the present and into the future. The program includes The Firebird, a brand new work choreographed by Nakamura Megumi, a driving force in the contemporary Japanese dance world. Performance between January 12 - 14, 2019. Visit: https://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/english/productions/detail_011633.html

 

NEDERLANDS: Dutch National Ballet associate artist David Dawson’s Requiem is a monumental new work that explores the essence of faith as a fundamental belief in life. His choreography explores the behavior of Angels and the concept of separating the soul from the body while imagining an existence free from the fear of death. Performances between February 9- March 1, 2019. Visit: https://youtu.be/L7hJSc4XP4o

 

TAIWAN: A showcase for CCDC dancers to express their choreographic talent, the acclaimed Dancers’ Homework will premiere new works on January 18-20, 2019. Visit: http://www.ccdc.com.hk/en/site/p/4?pid=78

 

TAIWAN: Taiwanese choreographer Chou Shu-yi created a new work drawing on Qiao Yang’s life as a dancer for more than four decades. 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 will take place between January 25 - 27, 2019. Visit: http://www.ccdc.com.hk/en/site/p/4?pid=76

 

UK: Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Alexander Whitley has choreographed a new creation, Spring. It is performed by a mix of virtuoso jugglers and contemporary dancers and is set to a baroque-meets-techno score by leading composer Gabriel Prokofiev, and lighting by multi-award winning designer Guy Hoare. Performances between January 31- February 2, 2019. Watch: https://vimeo.com/265369812

 

UK: Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch was forged over decades performing Pina Bausch’s huge catalog of extraordinary work. Following the choreographer’s death in 2009, the company are now ready to embark on the expansion of this hallowed repertoire. New Piece I marks the creation of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch’s first full-length work by a guest choreographer, while also being the first work that Greek choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou has created outside of his own company. UK premiere on February 14, 2019. Visit: https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2019/tanztheater-wuppertal-pina-bausch-new-piece-1-dimitris-papaioannou/

 

UK: Norwegian choreographer, director, and award-winning playwright Alan Lucien Øyen takes on the challenge to create the second new full-length piece for the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. UK premiere on February 22, 2019. Watch: https://vimeo.com/283452735

 

UK: The Royal Ballet makes its first appearance in the newly-refurbished Linbury Theatre, performing five world premieres to contemporary music never before used for dance. Choreographers are Aletta Collins, Alexander Whitley, Goyo Montero, Royal Ballet Soloist Calvin Richardson and Principal Character Artist Kristen McNally.  Performances between February 6-9, 2019. Visit: https://www.roh.org.uk/productions/new-work-new-music-by-various

 

UK: The Royal Ballet School and The Royal Ballet share the stage for a mixed programme. The Royal Ballet School presents a new work choreographed by Liam Scarlett that shows the wonderful appeal of dance through the skill of talented new dancers. Performances between February 12-16, 2019. Visit: https://www.roh.org.uk/mixed-programmes/the-royal-ballet-school-the-two-pigeons

 

UK: World-renowned ballerina Alessandra Ferri returns to the Royal Opera House to perform an innovative programme with American Ballet Theater Principal dancer Herman Cornejo and acclaimed pianist Bruce Levingston. The evening features specially commissioned choreography by Russell Maliphant, Demis Volpi, Fang-Yi Sheu, Herman Cornejo and Wayne McGregor as well as dance devised by Angelin Preljocaj.  Performances between January 17-27, 2019. Visit: https://www.roh.org.uk/productions/trio-concertdance-by-alessandra-ferri

 

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 will take place on January 11-17,2019. Visit: https://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2019/akram-khan-company-until-the-lions/

 

 

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CHOREOGRAPHY AND POLITICS – A Brief-Case Study

 

Before looking at how choreographers interact with politics, let’s clarify what the term “politics” might mean for dance makers. How do prominent choreographers of today portray political issues in their works?

 

For choreographers and their dances, “politics” can be broken down into three sub-categories based on origin, approach, and content. These categories overlap and interact with each other:

 

1. GOVERNMENT POLITICS - Political systems, government policies, constitutional frameworks, authoritarian regimes, citizen and human rights: In summary, the philosophy of politics and its influence in our lives.

SAMPLE:  Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Fractus V incorporates Noam Chomsky’s narrative of government manipulation of information:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONvy-I9r_e0

 

2. SOCIAL [JUSTICE] POLITICS - Topics about the nature of societal/geopolitical infrastructure and divisions; social justice; prejudice; religion, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation; ethical frameworks, moral standards, social awareness, equality, equity and welfare; and how these factors influence our lives.

SAMPLE: Crystal Pite’s Flight Pattern reveals the struggles of immigrants as they cross borders and their journey of uncertainty and hope:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYv1vQ-5wKk

 

SAMPLE:  Yuri Possokhov’s Nureyev, a biographical show about the dancer Rudolf Nureyev, choreographed for Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, was about to premiere but was cancelled at the last minute. No official reason was given for the sudden cancellation, but it is rumored that the production’s frank portrayal of Nureyev’s homosexuality might have been deemed too daring for the Bolshoi’s main stage:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCVnm1Tt1Vc

 

3. AGENDA POLITICS - Individual advocacy, group activism, institutional dominance, corporate interests, business profits, industrial benefits, money and power versus the individual and society, environmental issues, the wellbeing of humanity, and how these factors influence our lives.

SAMPLE:  Crystal Pite’s The Statement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uifA6EeO_80

 

 

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES::

 

 

NATIONAL:

 

 

NORTH CAROLINA: Each year, over 400 dance students and artists from around the world converge on the campus of Duke University to discover the endless possibilities at the ADF School. Under the direction of Dean Leah Cox, the school hosts its core summer programs of the Summer Dance Intensive, the Pre-Professional Dance Intensive, and the Dance Professional Workshops. Apply by March 1, 2019, for a scholarship. Visit: http://www.americandancefestival.org/education/summer-dance-intensive/

 

INTERNATIONAL:

 

AUSTRIA: danceWEB is a five-week scholarship programme in the field of contemporary dance and performance, taking place from July 10- August 14, 2019, within ImPulsTanz. It 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 at ImPulsTanz 2019. Apply by January 9, 2019. Visit: https://www.impulstanz.com/en/scholarship/

 

 

COMPETITION:

 

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: www.ballettgesellschaft.de

 

MACEDONIA: DanceLab is a biennial international competition for young choreographers, incorporated within the framework of the established festival Dance Fest Macedonia. Choreographers up to the age of 35, from around the world, can apply for the Dancelab International Open Call, with their original choreography with a duration between 7 and 13 minutes. The festival will take place on April 5&6, 2019. Apply by January 15, 2019. Visit: http://dancefestskopje.com.mk

 

MEXICO: Tijuana Cultural Center and Lux Boreal call for artists to apply and present their work within the choreography competition: VIII 4 x 4 TJ Night 2019. The challenge is for choreographers and performers site-specific work within the limited space allotted. Apply by January 28, 2019. Visit: http://www.luxboreal.org/

 

NETHERLANDS: The 3rd edition of the Netherlands Choreography Competition is now open for applications. Emerging choreographers worldwide, who are willing to present their work and compete among other young talents are welcome to apply. NCC will shine with neoclassical and contemporary styles, that converge into a great variety of pieces of art, judged by a highly professional jury. The competition will take place on June 15, 2019. Apply by January 10, 2019. Visit: https://ncc-competition.eu/

 

NEDERLANDS: The Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition is accepting applications. Thanks to this competition, the XL production award prize of a 100.000 euro, the audience award and the production awards prizes that will be offered by several renowned dance companies and institutions the new choreographers will get the opportunity to develop themselves further by integrating into the professional dance world. The competition will take place between June 27-29, 2019. Apply by March 1, 2019. Visit: www.ridcc.com

 

SLOVENIA: The 11th International Competition of Young Dance Performers OPUS 1 is now accepting applications. The aim of this competition is to promote contemporary dance and discover fresh talents. Not to push for competitiveness, but rather to foster the creativity of young performers. Apply by March 1, 2019. Visit: http://www.jskd.si/ples/prireditve_ples/opus/opus_19/english_opus_19.htm

 

 

CHINEMA ON CHOREOGRAPHY & CHOREOGRAPHERS:

 

The Beast in the Jungle directed by Clara van Gool. The new film made by Clara van Gool with dancer-actress Sarah Reynolds - Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) it will have its premiere at International film festival Rotterdam. 

 

Director Clara van Gool adapted Henry James’ novel of the same name into a poetic mix of costume drama and dance film. The characters’ movements sometimes develop into a choreography, with brief dances. John and May experience various moments together in different ages: in 1903, during World War II, during the 1960s – they dance the twist – and in the present. A melancholy story about time’s inexorable forward march, whilst waiting for the 'beast from the jungle', told through choreography, smart sound design, repeating dialogues and beautiful cinematography: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=118&v=uoKKf3PFDtY&fbclid=IwAR2yDVyOU2YavoiHPwQVgdNI11GbdegMGiKliRt-2ce37mpRglTwcRPCSCM

 

 

BOOKS ON CHOREOGRAPHY & CHOREOGRAPHERS:

 

Pina Bausch's Dance Theatre: Tracing, by Lucy Weir Published by Edinburgh University Press. The first full-scale study interrogating the relationship between Bausch's Tanztheater and modernist theatre practice structured around a chronological framework of case study choreographies. A new theorization of the development of Bausch's oeuvre, locating her approach in a broader context of intercultural artistic exchange in the post-WWII period. Draws on literary and theatre theory to form an interdisciplinary methodology for understanding and interrogating Bausch's oeuvre. Based on extensive archival research and specialized knowledge of the evolution of modern dance:

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/pina-bauschs-dance-theatre-9781474436830?prevSortField=9&sortField=8&start=0&resultsPerPage=20&q=choreography&prevNumResPerPage=20&lang=en&cc=us

 

Consuming Dance: Choreography and Advertising by Colleen T. Dunagan

A first comprehensive book on dance in advertising. Based on the full history of television advertising. Companion website features an expansive collection of commercials: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/consuming-dance-9780190491369?q=choreography&lang=en&cc=us

 

 

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KEEP CHOREOGRAPHING -- MOVE DANCE FORWARD!

 

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

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Christina Nikolaidis-Strommer (Austria)

Elizabeth Gahl (France) and Maya Zhalova (India)