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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & Funding: Current listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe & Asia:POP at Gibney Dance Center; BalletX Call for New Commissions; Urban Movement Arts Residency; Pretty Creatives; Princess Grace Choreography Award in USA; TRIP in Australia; FORM in Canada; OPEN SPACE in France; CHOREO LAB in Germany; BIDE in Spain; NEXT GEN in Italy; Play Practice & Tool Box Residencies in India; Fringe Festival in Turkey; DanceEast in UK.

New Works & Events: New William Forsythe in Boston, Ohad Naharin and Mark Morris in New York, Andrew McNichol and Andrea Walker in Chicago, Justin Peck in Houston, Nanine Lining and William Sánchez in Stuttgart, Motoko Hirayama in Tokyo, Hofesh Shechter in Goteborg, Alexander Ekman in Stockholm, Ingun Bjørnsgaard in Oslo.

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Learning Opportunities: ATLAS in Austria, PARTS in Belgium, B12 in Germany

Competition: 33. International Choreographic Competition Hannover 2019, Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, Denmark

New Movies: Akram Khan's Giselle and The Heart Dances by Rebecca Tansley

New Books: Choreographing Discourses, a Mark Franko Reader, by Mark Franko, Routledge






ARIZONA: Company choreographers are invited to apply for the Wickenburg Residency with the opportunity to pursue new projects, mount work or collaborate with other artists, free from everyday pressures. These residencies are intended for chamber dance companies. Previous dance companies have included American Ballet Theatre II and Northwest Dance Theatre. Residencies are up to three weeks and the average number of artists in residence at a time ranges between one and five. Application is open to U.S. artists and is ongoing. Visit:


CALIFORNIA: The Annual Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre Institute will take place in November 2019 in Palm Desert, California. Choreography by both emerging and established dance makers from across the nation will take center stage in McCallum’s popular festival. Winners will be announced at the conclusion of each performance. Highlighting dance as an art form, this event delivers an exciting mix of work by inventive artists. Cash awards up to $10,000.  Apply by May 1, 2019. Visit:


CALIFORNIA: Dance film choreographers are invited to consider Los Angeles’ prominent Dance Camera West 2020, which is calling 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:


LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Dance Shorts Film Festival is seeking Dance Films less than ten minutes long for the third annual film festival on June 22, 2019. Apply by May 3, 2019. Visit:


LOUISIANA: The National Performance Network (NPN) offers Artist Engagement Funds to directly foster engagement between touring artists and the community it is visiting by bringing artists and their creative tools to new constituencies and audiences across a wide array of settings. NPN residencies support salaries, transportation, housing, per diem, and more. Residencies take place at NPN partners in 28 states and 42 cities across the U.S. Visit:


MARYLAND: US Artists International supports performances by American artists at cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe with grants of up to $15,000. Apply by April 3, 2019 for projects taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Visit:


MASSACHUSETTS: XSection Dance and Science Film Festival seeks collaboration between dance, science, and film and now is accepting submissions. The methodologies of scientific research and dance creation are abstract. Films can document visual forms and create a tangible record of these concepts. Apply by April 30, 2019Visit


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:


NEW YORK: Periapsis Music and Dance is offering paid performance opportunities to choreographers and companies that are working with composers and/or live music. Performances will take place on May 10 & 11, 2019, at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at LIU Brooklyn. Apply by March 10, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: Our Women Before Us presents Still Life, a transdisciplinary workshop and performance. Participants will work across various artistic mediums to create a cohesive performance piece, which will be presented June 27-29, 2019 at Gibney Dance. Applications will be accepted from young adults ages 18-24. The workshop is free of charge. Apply by May 1, 2019Contact: with a statement of interest and a work sample.


NEW YORK: Princess Grace Choreography Awards Program is now accepting applications for its Choreography Grant Opportunity, available between September 1, 2019 & August 31, 2020.  Apply by April 30, 2019.  Fellowships are awarded to an emerging choreographer through the nominating organization to help fund the creation of a new work. Visit:


NEW YORK: POP Showings and Open Rehearsals are an opportunity for artists to invite friends and supporters into their creative process in a studio setting to cultivate audiences, funders, and support. Events consist of an informal, no-lighting/tech, studio showing followed by a reception. Artists participating in the POP Showing Series receive time in the studios, as well as event assistance. POP Open Rehearsals are available at Gibney Dance. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and dates are subject to availability. Visit:


NEW YORK: The call for choreographers for the 2019 season of the Dance Gallery International Festival is now open.  This is an exciting opportunity for choreographers to present larger and smaller works in a fully produced dance festival, teach master classes, and be considered for future residencies.  Apply by March 15, 2019.  Visit


NEW YORK: Now in its 6th year, the Queensboro Dance Festival is an annual 6-month tour of many performances taking place May 11 - October 6, 2019.  Queens-based cultural and contemporary dance groups of all styles may apply for the festival.  Apply by April 15, 2019Visit:


NEW YORK: Fertile Ground is a non-curated showcase for emerging and/or established artists produced with full production values. This series is an excellent opportunity for participants to share new and developing work and receive informative feedback in a supportive environment. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing, first-come, first-served basis until the performance dates are full. Visit:


NEW YORK: The 47th Annual Dance on Camera Festival, presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will take place from July 12 - 15, 2019. Submissions are being accepted now. Apply by April 15, 2019. Visit:


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 the space, their art, and the growing community at the Bridge. Apply by February 9, 2019. The performance will be on March 30, 2019Visit


OREGON: NW Dance Project announces a call for entries for Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition to identify two emerging choreographers who will have the opportunity to create an original work. Apply by March 31, 2019. Visit:


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:


PENNSYLVANIA: Urban Movement Arts (UMA) is seeking dancers, choreographers, and movement and/or performance artists as Artists-in-Residence for the summer of 2019. The residency season will take place May - July 2019 and offers free studio space, dance classes of the African diaspora/American vernacular, artistic support, and professional videography. There will be a public showing of the residents’ work, flexible in nature, at the end of the residency. Apply by March 15, 2019. Visit:


WASHINGTON, DC: Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship is a nine-month residential fellowship designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists working on projects that address issues of social justice, civic engagement, and community building. Arts Lab fellows strive to hone their practices and grow as leaders in their respective fields. The program accepts six national and international fellows, as well as two Washington, DC-based artists in each cohort. Apply by April 4, 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 audition on March 7 & 8, 2019. Visit:


USA: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation offers a grant program to fund performing artists/ensembles in the United States and its territories called USArtists International. The program supports professional development and performances by U.S. dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces around the world. Apply by April 3, 2019 for engagements between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Visit:





AUSTRALIATasdance 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 may apply for Australia Council Fellowships of $80,000 to support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years. Apply by June 4, 2019. Visit:


AUSTRALIA: Ausdance Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship is a biennial fellowship of $10,000 awarded to a mid-career choreographer (35 years and over). Fellowship applicants must be Australian citizens or residents and Ausdance members. Apply by May 31, 2019. Visit:


AUSTRALIA: The Ian Potter Cultural Trust is committed to encouraging excellence and supporting a vibrant, world-class arts scene in Australia. The Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 to assist talented emerging and early career artists to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas. The application process is open from March 25 - May 21, 2019Visit:


AUSTRALIA: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowships offer Australians the opportunity to travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field. Apply by April 30, 2019Visit:


AUSTRALIA: STRUT Dance provides ongoing opportunities for Australian dance artists supporting the development of choreographic methodologies and the creation of new work. A key component of this support for artists is STRUT’s SEED residency and the Rogues Program. Visit:


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 Director Ruth Osborne to apply.  Visit:


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


CANADA: The Bentway -- a new public space and programming platform in Toronto --  and Noémie Lafrance are calling for artists, performers, and community members of all ages who would like to participate in the creative process for a new site-specific work to be presented at The Bentway in June 2019. The creative workshop will take place from March-May, 2019. Visit:


CANADA: The Choreographic Marathon is a unique, ultra-intensive professional development and creation exchange platform for established and emerging artists from all forms of dance and movement arts. It will take place on May 18-20, 2019. Proposals will be assessed as they come in. Visit:


CANADA: F-O-R-M (Festival of Recorded Movement) International is calling for short movement films from youth and emerging artists that feature innovative concepts, exceptional camerawork and cinematography, experimental editing styles, and post-production effects that bring added layers to the subject matter. Apply by April 29, 2019. Visit:


FRANCE: Open Space 8 is a platform for young choreographers by L'Étoile du Nord in Paris. The theater L'Étoile du Nord is associated with several residence locations to permit companies to benefit from a one-week residency. The conditions of the residency include a research period from September-December 2019, a research period on stage from December 23, 2019 - January 22, 2020, a day with the technical team on stage, a presentation and discussion with the public, and two evenings of performances shared with two other companies. Apply by March 15, 2019.


FRANCE: Le Phare - Centre Chorégraphique National du Havre Normandie provides residency and support for Creation 2020. Le Phare offers 5 studio residences per year with the financial support of up to 13,000 euros, lodging, and technical support. Applicants must present a dossier about the company and intended creation, provisional budget, rehearsal calendar, and potential performances, Internet links to previous works, and calendars for previous performances. Apply by March 31, 2019. to the attention of Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh and Solenne Racapé.


FRANCE: Centre Chorégraphik Pole Pik is calling for projects for 2nd semester 2019. Pole Pik welcomes around 20 companies per year of various aesthetics and disciplines. This residency offers studios to be used for creation, a restating of repertoire, or targeted research with technical materials based on availability. Exchanges with the public, partners, and professionals will be organized through open rehearsals or showings, discussions with the artists, etc. Apply by March 31, 2019. To request the dossier for candidatures, email: Contact: Marie-Laure


FRANCE: Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie Accueil Studio 2020 will welcome a choreographer or company to come in residence for creation or research for at least two weeks, with workspaces and CCN participation in realizing a project. Projects with a strong connection to music will be favored. Six projects will be selected for a budget of 10,000 euros. Apply by May 12, 2019. Visit


FRANCE: For its 11th edition in July 2019, the International Video Dance Festival of Burgundy seeks screendance (dance films) that resonate with the theme of surrealism. This call is international, there is no fee to submit, and artists may send up to two films. Apply by March 31, 2019. Visit:


FRANCE: La Manufacture, a non-profit center for dance in Aurillac, welcomes emerging artists and young companies for a residency period of one month to one year. The objective of this residency is to choreograph a piece or remount an existing piece. 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: ‘Choreo Lab – Made in Ulm’ is looking to commission two talented emerging choreographers to create a work based on the famous equation E = mc². Einstein himself was born in Ulm and this is an exciting opportunity to conceptualize, create, execute, and premiere your work in a black box stage. Local choreographer Pablo Sansalvador will join in to create a triple bill evening premiering on August 23, 2019 and followed by two performances. Apply by March 25, 2019. Visit:


GERMANY: Choreographers up to age 40 are invited to apply for a Guest Programme for Young Foreign Theatre People conducted by Goethe-Institut, Munich, and the Federal Republic of Germany Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). Grant recipients will be taken in by theatres in Germany to become familiar with production conditions and the conception and rehearsal process of at least one production. Acceptance of applications is ongoing. Visit:


GERMANY: Young and emerging street dance and industrial choreographers are invited to apply for the international Urban Dance Camp (UDC). UDC 2019 offers more than 160 classes from July 25 - August 15, 2019. Visit:


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


GREECE: The highest-level event in the world of dance, 54th World Congress, will take place from June 26-30, 2019 in Athens. Open to researchers, dance teachers, and choreographers from all forms of dance. Visit:


INDIA: Play Practice Artist Residency program invites interdisciplinary movement and performing artists, dancers, and choreographers to participate in a 3-week residential program in Bangalore with a focus on in-depth creative research. Participants will have access to alternative studio spaces and the opportunity to offer workshops, lectures, and work-in-progress presentations and/or to take part in training exchange classes. Apply by March 15, 2019Visit:


INDIA: Omaggio Performing Company Goa accepts applications for its residency program throughout the year. Visit:


INDIA: Tool Box Roots Residency is a six-week residential program at Dhurii, India running August 5 - September 15, 2019. The residency invites national and international participants with a strong interest in enhancing their physical movement, performance quality, and choreographic research. Apply by April 30, 2019Visit:


ITALY: ANFIBIA is an immersive and multi-disciplinary training project conceived to supply and reinforce both performers’ and creators’ tools. ANFIBIA’s name already contains an idea of hybridisation and blend between different performative languages: theatre, dance, song, music, circus, and drama. The audition will take place on March 17 in Italy and on April 28, 2019 in Monaco. Visit:


ITALY: Kulturscio’k is a not-for-profit company dedicated to producing, discovering, and supporting international contemporary artists. The residency program, which runs all year long, invites candidates to submit an email request that include examples of work and a CV, as well as a statement detailing what they hope to achieve. Visit:


ITALY: Next Generation is a program open to individual artists, companies, and informal groups under age 35. Artists will have the opportunity to begin experimenting with ideas for new performances and to work individually or in groups on their own projects while immersed in the natural inspiring environment of La MaMa, Umbria. Apply by March 8, 2019. Visit:


ITALY:  Young and emerging contemporary dance choreographers are invited to apply for the Premio Prospettiva Danza Competition in Padua. The competition is open to European dancers and choreographers ages 18-40. Four finalists will be chosen whose pieces will then be presented to an international jury in the Teatro Verdi. Apply by March 17, 2019. 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 Art Residency hosts artists seven times a year for one week for an opportunity to be in a contemporary environment and to stay in one of the most creative areas in the world. Apply by April 15, 2019Visit:


KOREA: The Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture and the Seoul Dance Center (SDC) offer residencies to support artists in the dance field. This year’s residency is open to both national and international candidates to stimulate exchanges and networking among artists. Apply by March 10, 2019. Visit:


LEBANON: Citerne Beirut is a mobile steel structure of 1200 m2 with three multi-purpose spaces reconfigured according to the needs of the artists and can host a range of events, performances, exhibitions, and festivals. Citerne Beirut Director Maqamat aims to propose a new approach to performance spaces by allowing unique collaborations, cultural events, and interactions. The Citerne will host a festival that runs parallel to the 8th edition of Moultaqa Leymoun. Both events take place on April 4-7, 2019. Visit:


MALAYSIA: Sibu International Dance Festival (SIDF) will be held August 13-17, 2019. The festival is open to all forms of dance, traditional or contemporary, and to artists from all age groups and cultures, both locally and internationally. Apply by April 30, 2019. Visit:


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


SPAIN: The application process is now open for the Professional Training Program of Area Dansa Barcelona in contemporary dance and creation. The program aims to accompany students in their professional development in an open and diverse way, taking into account both technical and creative aspects, as well as the awareness and understanding of the complexity of what dance is today. Apply by April 5, 2019. Visit:


SPAIN: Robert Poole Creative Dance offers dancing and creative movement workshops in the open air, with nature and silence as inspiration. The essence of these workshops is the creative enjoyment in a beautiful, non-judgmental setting without walls or mirrors. The workshop will take place between July and August 2019. Apply by 7 days before the week of the workshop. Visit:


SPAIN: Each year a Barcelona International Dance Exchange (BIDE) Lab-meeting takes place in Barcelona with around 60 professionals in performing arts coming from at least 25 countries, welcoming dancers, choreographers and cultural managers for a networking and exchange platform. Apply by April 1, 2019. Visit:


TURKEY: Join the very 1st edition of Istanbul Fringe Festival, which will feature innovative and experimental works, including theatre, dance, performance, and workshops. Istanbul Fringe Festival is looking for new and experimental works by local and international artists. The festival will take place September 18-22, 2019. Apply by March 31, 2019Visit:


UK: DanceEasts next Rural Retreat in January 2020 is for individuals who aspire to lead a ballet or contemporary dance company or organization. This is an intensive think tank facilitated by two professionals with guest speakers from the worlds of the arts, media, sport, and business. The aim of the retreat is to provide an environment for aspiring dance leaders to gain insight into the multi-faceted role of a leader in today’s ever-changing and challenging world. The retreat will take place on January 3-6, 2020. Visit:








CALIFORNIA: San Francisco Ballet will present a world premiere by Choreographer in Residence Yuri Possokhov. The performance will take place from March 27 - April 7, 2019. Visit:


CALIFORNIA: San Francisco Ballet will present new work by Liam Scarlett on March 29- April 9, 2019. The program also includes works by Justin Peck and Arthur PitaVisit:


ILLINOIS: The Joffrey Ballet will present two world premieres by Andrew McNicol and Andrea Walker. The program also includes Vespertine by Liam Scarlett. The performance will take place from April 24-May 5, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: Ballet Hispánico presents world premieres by Bennyroyce Royon and Edwaard Liang that explore the vast connections between the Latino and Asian diasporas. In separate but related works, Royon and Liang touch on historical issues that are particularly resonant today, including migration, immigration, journeying, and assimilation. The program also features Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s stirring Sombrerísimo, an absorbing exploration of identity, which references the surrealist world of Belgian painter René Magritte. The performance will be at the Joyce Theater from March 26-31, 2019. Watch:


NEW YORK: Martha Graham Dance Company will perform at the Joyce Theater from April 2-14, 2019. Graham classics and new works come together in The EVE Project to celebrate female empowerment and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. The program includes two premieres, one by Pam Tanowitz and another by co-creators Maxine Doyle and Bobbi Jene Smith. Watch:


NEW YORK: As a part of the Australian Festival at the Joyce Theater, from April 29 - May 1, 2019, Indonesia’s tour-de-force music duo Senyawa and Melbourne’s choreographer Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forces with two of Australia’s leading dance companies, Lucy Guerin Inc. and Dancenorth to create Attractor. Dancers are propelled into wild abandonment and ecstatic release, creating a visceral experience for the audience, as unrehearsed volunteers join the company on stage to dissolve the demarcations between professionals and amateurs. Watch:


NEW YORK: Acclaimed choreographer Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Company present a new evening-length work, Venezuela, which explores the dialogue and conflict between movement and the content it represents. Premieres in New York on March 27-30, 2019 at BAM. Visit:


NEW YORK: Mark Morris presents a spirited new evening-length work that pays homage to a monument of 20th-century art: the Beatles’ 1967 revolution in sound, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. New York premiere is on May 8, 2019. Visit:


TEXAS: Justin Peck creates a World Premiere for Houston Ballet. The program also includes works by Azure Barton and Jiří Kylián. The performance will take place on March 21-24, 2019. Visit:


WASHINGTON STATE: The second mixed bill of Pacific National Ballet’s season offers Peter Boals selections, handpicked to introduce the audience to dance makers who are evolving the art form. His interest in American choreographers Robyn Mineko Williams and Matthew Neenan prompted commissions to make new works for the company. These are joined by a third new-to-PNB work by Justin Peck, set to a score by Sufjan Stevens. The performance will take place from March 15-24, 2019. Visit:


WASHINGTON, DC: The Washington Ballet’s annual program of commissioned works supports both the evolution of ballet and the dancer. Features new works by choreographers Dana Genshaft, Trey McIntyre, and Ethan Stiefel. The performances are run April 3-7, 2019Visit:





AUSTRIA: The award-winning Editta Braun Company from Salzburg presents its Vienna premiere Trails -- an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario. Deserted industry landscapes and traces of a perished civilization appear where nature has gained the upper hand. This breathtaking dance piece unfolds alongside impressive pictures from the documentary Homo Sapiens, by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. The performance will take place on March 22, 2019. Visit:


FRANCE: The festival Meilleurs voeux et rendez-vous will take place May 17 - June 22, 2019. Choreographers from all around the world will present their works. Visit:


FRANCE: Festival Juste Debout will take place at AccorHotels Arena in Paris on March 3, 2019. The 18th edition of the Juste Debout event celebrates the international hip-hop scene, bringing together more than 4,000 dancers who were selected after a 3-month international tour. Seven disciplines are represented: locking, popping, hip-hop new style, house, experimental, dancehall, and junior dance. This event welcomes more than 16,000 spectators coming from around the world. Watch


FRANCE: Boston Ballet will debut at the historic Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris with a Forsythe program, including the European premiere of Playlist. The performance will take place on April 9-11, 2019. Watch


GERMANY: Smile, a contemporary dance work produced in cooperation with the inclusive company SZENE 2WEI, will premiere on March 19, 2019. Since October 2018, artistic directors William Sánchez H. and Timo Gmeiner have been working with a group of 40 people at Theaterhaus Stuttgart that includes people with disabilities, as well as dancers from the SZENE 2WEI ensemble. Smile aims to convey happiness and stress the importance of diversity. Visit:


GERMANY: Theaterhaus Stuttgart will present Deuces, which includes choreographies by Mauro Bigonzetti, Nacho Duato, Marco Goecke, Roni Haver, Guy Weizman, Rui Horta, Barak Marshall, Richard Siegal, and Ed Wubbe. Deuces premieres on March 16, 2019. Visit:


HONG KONG: The Hong Kong International Choreography Festival (HKICF) is modeled specifically after the residency (HKICAROS) so as to give more opportunities to local and international artists living and working in Hong Kong by interacting and working with international artists from across the world. The festival will take place from June 27-29, 2019Visit:


IRELAND: Dublin Dance Festival (DDF), a vital platform for artists for the creation of new work, will take place from May 1-29, 2019.  DDF generates opportunities for artists, both nationally and internationally, through residencies, commissions, and partnerships, and by encouraging artistic collaboration, experimentation, risk-taking, and innovation in dance.  Visit:


JAPAN: School of National Ballet of Japan will present two world premieres by Asami Maki, Director of Asami Maki Ballet Company and former Forsythe Company dancer Yasutake Shimaji. Performances will take place on March 16 & 17, 2019Visit:


JAPAN: Choreographer Yasutake Shimaji will present a new work created in collaboration with fashion designer Kozue Hibino. The program also includes the repertory work Fly, Fly, Fly. The performance will take place on April 13 & 14, 2019. Watch the repertory work at:


JAPAN: Motoko Hirayama has recreated her original Shakespeare-inspired work Poison. The performance will take place on March 22, 2019. Watch:


JAPAN: The KAAT artistic director has created a new work called Memory of Zero. The piece deals with what dance is about and where it is heading. The performances are on March 9 & 10, 2019. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: Dutch National Ballets 2019-2020 program presents a varied program of three world premieres, including the large-scale, full-length ballet Frida by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The ballet is inspired by the life story of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. There are also new works by Young Creative Associate Juanjo Arqués and by choreographers Wubkje Kuindersma, Ernst Meisner, and Remi Wörtmeyer. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: Cinedans FEST is a spectacular celebration of dance on screen at the venue Eye and in Playground at A-Lab in Amsterdam. Cinedans presents a variety of interactive installations, VR projects, presentations, debates, and workshops. During this year’s Practice & Potential edition, the focus will be on research and development and innovative techniques in dance film through a variety of talks and workshops. The festival will take place from March 8-10, 2019. Visit: 


NETHERLANDS: Both Bryan Arias and Felix Landerer will create their first ever piece for NDT 2. Together with the critically acclaimed Midnight Raga by Marco Goecke and Simple Things by maestro Hans van Manen, this program features a wealth of powerful pieces. The performance will take place between March 7 and June 15, 2019. Visit:


NORWAY: On April 25, 2019 artistic leader and choreographer Ingun Bjørnsgaard premieres a new work for The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, MÜNCHEN-TRILOGIEN that explores three female characters of Ibsen. Visit:


SWEDEN: Alexander Ekman has choreographed a new work on the Royal Swedish Opera. Now and then we want to get away from reality by daydreaming, listening to music, watching a movie or simply by creating an imaginary world inside our head. In this piece, we enter a world that we could never imagine. World Premiere of Escapist is on April 5, 2019. Visit:


SWEDEN: Life’s A Show combines the political, intimate poetry of the Spanish choreographer Marina Mascarell with the explosive energy from the unpredictable Israeli/British choreographer Hofesh Shechter in their first work for GöteborgsOperans Danskompani. World premiere is March 15 - April 14, 2019. Visit:


SWEDEN: Art of Spectra’s new piece Tension will premiere at Teater Halland on March 28, 2019. Visit:


SWEDEN: Gunilla Heilborn’s latest work Monument premieres at Turteatern in Stockholm on March 22, 2019. Combining the futile attempts to stage the fragments of an ancient play by Aristophanes with a visit to a Monument Research Center, this production will guide the audience through the construction and deconstruction of monuments. Visit:


UK: In a feat of physical endurance, world-renowned cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras plays all 6 Cello Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach, while contemporary dance luminary Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker builds on her choreographic language, developed in tune with Bachs musical one. De Keersmaeker captures an affinity between the music and the five dancers, of which she herself is one. UK Premiere is on April 24 & 25, 2019. Visit:


UK: Now in its seventh year, JV2 will present a triple bill premiering works created by David Lloyd and Maria Doulgeri. The program will culminate with Tomorrow, JV2’s signature work by Jasmin Vardimon. The program will be in the theater on April 26 & 27, 2019Visit:


UK: Celebrated Flamenco superstar Israel Galváns flair for the avant-garde brings the electric moments of the “fin de fiesta” to life - the time of freedom and improvisation following a Flamenco show. Performances are on April 27 & 28, 2019. Watch:


UK: In The Thread, which was inspired by Greek mythology and historic Hellenic dances, Maliphant’s choreography explores the changing forms of traditional and contemporary dance. Russell Maliphant & Vangelis’s The Thread will be in theater from March 15-17, 2019. Visit:


UK: Northern Ballet will perform a new production on Victoria from March 26-30, 2019. Choreographed by Cathy Marston, the latest creation Victoria reveals the life of one of history’s most intriguing women – a life so fascinating that her daughter Beatrice tried to rewrite history. Retold 200 years after Victoria’s birth, this major new production features dramaturgy by Uzma Hameed (Wayne McGregor’s Woolf Works) and an original score by Philip FeeneyVisit:


UK: In 2016, English National Ballet made headlines when it commissioned three female choreographers to create work that both celebrated and promoted women’s voices in dance. In a follow-up titled She Persisted, English National Ballet revives Annabelle Lopez Ochoas biopic of Frida Kahlo, Broken Wings and Pina Bauschs Rite of Spring. And, for her first main-stage commission, Stina Quagebeur, a first artist with the company, takes inspiration from Henrik Ibsen’s play A Dolls House in her new work, Nora. She Persisted is showing at Sadler’s Wells from April 4-13, 2019. Watch:





Google and Choreography: In an online Dance Magazine USA posting, Editor in Chief Jennifer Stahl contemplates whether Google could be the world’s next great choreographer:   


When coming up with phrases of movement, choreographers all have their habits: certain patterns they return to again and again, tendencies that repeat themselves, whether they mean for them to or not. What if artificial intelligence could be used to help choreographers mix things up by suggesting thousands of other options -- and ones that still fit their choreographic style, no less?


Wayne McGregor has long been known for experimenting with technology in his work. (He has an honorary doctor of science from Plymouth University.) But this is the first time he's experimented with using technology to create his work.


His work at the Google lab began with uploading his archive -- thousands of hours of video spanning 25 years of his repertory -- to train an algorithm to detect patterns. The AI uses that data to predict McGregor-like sequences that might follow a particular pose or phrase, generating up to 400,000 (!) iterations. Or, as McGregor puts in a promotional video for the project, " you all of these new possibilities you couldn't have imagined."




Basically, it's like the predictive text on your phone, except for dance. And with a lot more options.


The tool works in real time as a camera watches dancers move in space. And it's not simply suggesting something from the archive—it can offer ideas that are totally original. It can be set to reflect a particular dancer's style, or even combine the styles of two different dancers to come up with a hybrid.”


"I'm fascinated in how AI might actually develop the conversation around what is choreography, who has to make choreography, what are the potentials of choreography," McGregor says in the video, adding later that he'd love to see the tool used live onstage one day.


Of course, we're not exactly headed down the road to hiring robot choreographers just yet. The point is not to replace choreographers—just to remind them of their creative options.


But in our age of technology, much of the pleasure of dance stems from the refreshing fact that it's such a viscerally human form of communication. So what would it mean if the movement came not from an artist, but a machine? You can't help but wonder how its message might shift, or how its impact might evolve.


Or, for that matter, whether Google would get credit in the program.








FLORIDA: The Regional Dance America’s National Choreography Intensive 2019 (NCI) is a multi-faceted program providing emerging and seasoned choreographers with the unparalleled opportunity to work, study, and create under the guidance of nationally recognized professionals in the fields of music and dance.  The NCI provides a one-of-a-kind experience for dancers and choreographers to work within a variety of styles and genres. Visit:





AUSTRIA: Atlas is a training program offering a dynamic environment that allows young dance artists with first choreographic experience to work intensively on their professional development. The program will take place from July 11 - August 11, 2019. Apply by April 15, 2019. Visit:


BELGIUM: From September 2019 onwards, PARTS will launch an advanced 2-year program, called STUDIOS. It is a 2-year full-time research program for dance-makers and choreographers who intend to develop their creative voice and practice in a learning environment that is communal and collaborative. Visit:


GERMANY: The Ostrenko Brothers’ Method is a systematic approach to performance, which generates innovative productions utilizing concepts, ideas, and existing play-texts. It introduces some of the effective techniques and approaches towards contemporary performance practice in the context of the short rehearsal time and multicultural aspect of the creative team. Various workshops are available between June and November 2019. Visit:


GERMANY: b12 is a new festival for contemporary dance and performance art in Berlin. Apply by April 12, 2019. Visit:


IRELAND: In May 2019 choreolab europe offers a 4-day Spring Lab in Dublin for advanced and professional dancers, movers, dancing choreographers and dance students. Spring lab will run from May 9-12, 2019. Visit:


UK: Choreographers Observership Programme enables choreographers to observe another choreographer of their choice at work. The programme was launched in response to demand from choreographers for opportunities to observe other artists at work, either to open up new areas of work or to learn from another artist’s creative practices. Visit:






DENMARK: The Copenhagen International Choreography Competition (CICC) is a platform to discover and promote emerging contemporary choreographers. Since its founding in 2008, the CICC has been an annual event attracting talent from around the world, as well as becoming one of the most recognized choreography competitions in Europe. Exposure from CICC showcases has launched the careers of many talented artists. Apply by May 5, 2019. 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:





Akram Khan’s Giselle, now on DVD/Blu-Ray: Release on March 1, 2019.Hailed as "a masterpiece of 21st century dance" (The Mail on Sunday), Akram Khan’s Giselle is released for sale on DVD and Blu-Ray for the first time. The critically acclaimed reimagining of the iconic ballet has toured to eight cities in the UK and internationally, including Auckland, Dublin, and Hong Kong. It tours to Chicago this month, as well as Luxembourg and Moscow later this year.

Directed for the screen by Ross MacGibbon and filmed at Liverpool Empire, Akram Khan’s Giselle on DVD and Blu-Ray will be available internationally on Amazon, and is available for pre-order in the UK now. View Trailer:


The Heart Dances - the journey of The Piano: the ballet, directed and produced by Rebecca Tansley. An iconic film is re-imagined by celebrated Czech dancers Jiří Bubeníček and Otto Bubenicek for The Royal New Zealand Ballet and sets the stage for a voyage to uncharted territory for everyone involved. Video Trailer:






Choreographing Discourses, A Mark Franko Reader, by Mark Franko, Routledge, 2019. This volume is especially appropriate for undergraduate and graduate teaching, as it focuses on some of the most prominent twentieth- and twenty-first-century dance artists and choreographers such as Oskar Schlemmer, Merce Cunningham, Kazuo Ohno, William Forsythe, Bill T. Jones, and Pina Bausch.









Dance ICONS -- The Global Network for Choreographers!


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

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

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

Christina Nikolaidis-Strommer (Austria)

Elizabeth Gahl (France) and Maya Zhalova (India)