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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & Funding:: Current listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe & Asia: UNESCO Innovative Projects Call for Proposals; Wickenburg Residency, USA; Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie, France; Choreographisches Zentrum Heidelberg, Germany; Play Practice Residency, India; Theatricultural Exchange, Iran; RE-SEARCH Residency, Israel; Kyoto Experiment Fringe, Japan; Seasonings, Netherlands; ODT Arts Hub, Singapore.

New Works & Events:  New Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for Royal Ballet; Mats Ek for Paris Opera Ballet; Jiří Bubeníček for Royal Swedish Ballet; Jeroen Verbruggen for Finnish National Ballet; Justin Peck and Pam Tanowitz for NYCB; Jorma Elo for Pennsylvania Ballet, plus new Akram Khan, Tero Saarinen, Robert Bondara, Bryan Arias, Felix Landerer, Dimo Milev and Marion Motin.

Trending: Why Do We Dance – a new travel documentary TV series moderated by Akram Khan, airing on Sky Arts

Learning Opportunities: National Choreography Intensive, USA; ChoreoLab, Ireland; PARTS, Belgium; PRES, Germany; Choreographers Observership Programme, UK

Competitions:  CORE Choreography Competition, NYC, USA; Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, Denmark.

New Movies: If the Dancer Dances, moderated by Stephen Petronio and directed by Maia Wechsler; The White Crow, by Sony Classic, is a film about a dazzling Rudolf Nureyev arriving in Paris; Steven Spielberg will direct West Side Story, with choreography by Justin Peck.

New Books: The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance by Bruce Baird, Rosemary Candelario







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. 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: Dance film choreographers are invited to consider Los Angeles’s 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:


CALIFORNIA: In its 13th season, Hart Pulse Dance Company’s annual MixMatch Dance Festival brings more than 50 dances in Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Tribal, Contemporary, Jazz, Belly & more from choreographers from Southern California and across the United States. Submissions are being accepted now for the festival, which runs August 16-18, 2019. Visit:


CALIFORNIA: Mbongui Square Festival promotes the intersectionality of art forms and encourages ethnic diversity. This event creates a bridge between local, national and international artists to enrich the local experience and reinforce the vision of a society that coalesces through the art of dance, music, spoken word, poetry, and visual arts. The festival will run on December 20-22, 2019. Apply by June 15, 2019. Visit:


LOUISIANA: The National Performance Network (NPN) offers Artist Engagement Funds which 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:


MASSACHUSETTSThe Yard at Marthas Vineyard offers residencies of 2 to 3 weeks, emphasizing the collaborative nature of dance making.  Provides daily access to studio and/or theater, with an option to lead community class or residency-related workshop. Culminates in a minimum of 2 public performances.  Residency artists are hand-selected by Yard staff after review of live performances or showings.  There is no formal application process. Visit:


NEW YORK: MODArts Dance Collective (MADC) is announcing its free Collective Thread Residency. The residency is an incubator for women/womyn who identify as people of color to focus on shaping their creative voices through journaling, round table discussions, and movement-based classes. The four-week residency will culminate in an informal showcase on June 29, 2019. Apply by May 6. 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: Alison Cook Beatty Dance is excited to provide subsidized opportunities for engaging choreographers to show their work as part of a fully self-produced, high-level performance season with a limited financial commitment. The performance will also include two world premieres by the company. Apply by May 26, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: Take Root Evergreen at Green Space is now accepting applications. This curated, once per month series supports dance makers by providing a venue, Green Space, with technical and marketing support for a paired evening of work. Green Space’s Take Root program aims to feature seasoned artists, 30 years of age or older, who are experienced choreographers but may be exploring new facets of their work. Minimum 8 years of professional experience required. Apply by May 24, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: The Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation awards prizes biennially to a choreographer and composer for the best original dance with original music that has had its premiere performance within the previous 2 years of each award date. The next Gross Family prize will be given in 2020 for works first performed in 2018 and 2019. Equal awards will be given to the choreographer and composer ($15,000 each).  Visit:


NEW YORK: HERE Arts Center is now accepting applications for its Creative Curated Rental Program. This program provides subsidized performance and rehearsal space, technical assistance, and administrative support, including a fully staffed box office. The center accepts applications from artists around the world for the opportunity to show work.  All work at HERE is curated based on the strength and uniqueness of the artist’s vision.  Rolling deadline. Visit:


NEW YORK: The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) invites New York City-based dance companies to apply to an open call for the Tenth Annual Making Moves Dance Festival 2019. Performances will take place on September 20 & 21, 2019. JCAL encourages new, emerging and underrepresented professional choreographers to apply. Apply by May 30, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: Triskelion Arts is seeking proposals for its new Experimental Works Program at the Douglas Elliman Studio Theater. Through this program, Triskelion Arts will co-present works that the proposer views as “experimental” in the areas of theater, dance, performance art, or any other medium. Rolling deadline. 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: Fertile Ground is a non-curated showcase for emerging and/or established artists produced with full production values. This series offers an excellent opportunity for participants to share new and developing work and receive informative feedback in a supportive environment.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing, first-come, first-served basis until the performance dates are full. Visit:


USA: Within the framework of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), UNESCO is accepting proposals for innovative projects that aim to strengthen the cultural and creative sectors in developing countries. Now in its 10th year, IFCD is a multi-donor fund, established by the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions to support its implementation in developing countries. Apply by June 13, 2019. 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 (age 35 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. Apply by May 21, 2019. 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 being accepted on an ongoing basis. Visit:


CANADA: TransFormations creation laboratories facilitate enriching exchanges and research within the dance community. The laboratories are a meeting point, a crossroads of creative ideas and inventive approaches. Apply by May 26, 2019. Visit:


CANADA: The Guelph Dance Festival celebrates its 21st season in 2019 with the best in Canadian contemporary dance presented in theatres, parks, and studio settings. The festival runs from May 31 - June 2, 2019. Visit:


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


FRANCE: Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie Accueil Studio 2020 is welcoming 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 with music will be favored. Six projects will be selected for a budget of 10,000 euros. Apply by May 12, 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: TANZWERKSTATT  EUROPE, based in Munich, is offering workshops, performances and a symposium from July 31-August 10, 2019. The summer program and festival include both technique classes and a choreographic lab for contemporary dance artists. Apply by June 6, 2019. Visit:


GERMANY: As a center for choreographic practice and research, K3Center for Choreography Tanzplan Hamburg, offers a residency program intended for choreographers at the beginning of their professional careers, but who have already produced some choreographic work of their own. The working period usually runs from August to April. The call for applications takes place annually in early summer for the residency starting in the following year. The application period, start and deadline, will be announced in the K3 newsletterThe application is accessible only through the online form on the K3 homepage, which will be activated during the application period. Visit:


GERMANY: At Choreographisches Zentrum Heidelberg, the new application round is open for globally focused residencies taking place between February and July 2020. Apply by November 30, 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, 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: The highest-level event in the world of dance, the 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:


HUNGARY: International Dance Week Budapest is a workshop-festival that provides a creative platform for dancers from all over the world. It is a place to share experiences and explore new ways of gaining knowledge, to work hard, and to have fun. The festival will take place from July 1-12, 2019. Visit:


INDIA: Anveshan is a choreographic residency for dancers, movers and movement enthusiasts to create original works over the course of 10 days. The residency will take place from June 1-10, 2019. Apply by May 5, 2019. 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 concentration on creative research. The 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. Contact: Visit:


INDIA: Omaggio Performing Company Goa is accepting applications for its residency. Submissions are accepted throughout the year. Visit:


IRAN: The third Theatricultural Exchange will take place from August 23-29, 2019, and will focus on the “Immigrant Artist.” All artists who are active in the fields of theatre, dance, and choreography are invited to participate in this event, which is organized by Bohemi Theatre Group in collaboration with MadArt House Institute. Apply by May 20, 2019. Visit:


ISRAEL: The RE-SEARCH Exchange Program invites international dancers to join for one trimester (3 months) the Professional RE-SEARCH Training Program (a two-year full professional program). The program targets creative individuals who wish to research what a contemporary dancer is and what contemporary dance is, and those who wish to develop their creative space together with other artists. Apply by May 30, 2019. Visit:


ITALY: Citofonare Pimoff Residencies Programme supports contemporary dance projects and performances at their creation phase and encourages research by hosting artists through residencies. The program provides the conditions needed for the development and long-term sustainability of the selected projects, both nationally and internationally. The residency period will be from one to two weeks from March to June 2020. Apply by May 31, 2019. Visit:


JAPAN: Registration is now open for Kyoto Experiment Fringe, which will take place from October 1-27, 2019. There is no screening process and work will be accepted regardless of genre. Apply by May 13, 2019. Visit:


JAPAN:  Established in 1987, The Saison Foundation offers grants to support projects and activities related to contemporary Japanese theater and dance. Now accepting applications for Saison Artist in Residence Visiting Fellows 2019. Apply by May 23, 2019. Visit:


JAPAN: Kinosaki International Arts Center is accepting applications for the Artist-In-Residence Program 2019-2020.  Kinosaki is located in Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture, which is well known for its rich natural environment and for having successfully reintroduced the Oriental White Stork back into the wild. KIAC is a facility where artists can concentrate on their creative activities.  Apply by June 9, 2019Visit:


JAPAN: Awaji Art Circus is calling for applications from performing artists of all genres during the period of September 18 - October 28, 2019. Two-way economy class air ticket from your nearest airport to Kansai International Airport will be covered. Apply by May 6, 2019Visit:


NETHERLANDS: United Cowboys, a collective of international artists, is calling for applicants for Seasoning, which takes place on June 21 & 22, 2019. Seasoning is a quarterly event series presenting national and international work by artists from different disciplines at the art house in Eindhoven. This series is curated by the Artistic Directors Pauline Roelants and Maarten van Der Put. Apply by May 31, 2019. Visit:


PHILIPPINES: Artist registration is now open for the Fringe Manila 2020 Festival. An open-access, uncensored arts and community festival, Fringe Manila focuses on showcasing fresh, daring, groundbreaking new work by emerging and established artists from the Philippines and around the world. Visit:


SINGAPORE: Global Artist Programme is seeking contemporary dance artists to participate in a workshop that leads to a showing in DanzINC, a biennial festival that provides a unique cross-cultural experience. The festival will take place in November 2019. Apply by June 30, 2019. Visit:


SINGAPORE: ODT Arts Hub is offering a short-term opportunity (up to 6 months) designed to support local and international experimentation and exploration of refreshing arts practices. Studio space, mentoring, and the opportunity for presentation of ideas to the public will be provided. Visit


TAIWAN: The Taipei Artist Village offers residency opportunities for innovative makers of visual art, music, literature, and performance while fostering artistic and cultural exchange between Taiwan and the rest of the world. The artistic villages are secluded by a serene garden located within the vibrant city of Taipei. Housing 10 residents for eight to 12 weeks, the program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. artists and includes use of studio and media equipment. Apply by June 10, 2019. Visit:


THAILAND: The call for applications for 2020 AIR Taipei is now open. The festival aims to increase the crossover cooperation among cultural industry and horizontal alliances, foster the cultural exchange between Taipei City and global cities, and support the career development of domestic and international young artists through the AIR Taipei program. Apply by June 10, 2019. Visit:


UK: DanceEast’s next Rural Retreat in January 2020 is for individuals who aspire to lead a ballet or contemporary dance company or organization. It will take place from January 3-6, 2020. This is an intensive think tank that will be facilitated by two professionals with guest speakers from the worlds of the arts, media, sports, 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, challenging world. Visit:






NEW YORK: Aurélien Bory’s intrepid work of physical theater is inspired by the life and work of writer-trickster Georges Perec, best known for his wordplay and droll wit. Using Perec’s Species of Spaces as a jumping-off point and diving into a physical riddle of arrivals and departures, presence and absence, Espæce stretches the void of the stage and destabilizes our expectations to moody and mischievous effect. New York premiere runs June 20-22, 2019 at BAM. Visit:


NEW YORK: Maria Kochetkova takes the stage in production all her own, accompanied by friends from top ballet companies. The program includes works by William Forsythe, Drew Jacoby, Myles Thatcher, David Dawson, Marco Goecke, and Marcos Morau. Additionally, the conceptual dance maker Jéme Bel offers audiences a glimpse into Kochetkova’s inner world, with a poetic new solo inspired by this remarkable dancer’s life. The performance will take place July 16-20, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: KoDaFe in NYC is an international dance festival held by i KADA Contemporary Dance Company. KoDaFe in NYC unites artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world and offers a special cultural exchange. The festival will take place from June 23-26, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: The Australian Ballet presents a program of works by homegrown choreographic talent. Alice Topp’s acclaimed Aurum, the award-winning duet Unspoken Dialogues by Stephen Baynes, and a new work by Resident Choreographer Tim Harbour will round out the program. The performance will take place at the Joyce Theater from May 9-12, 2019Watch:   Tickets:


NEW YORK: Limón Dance Company offers two world premieres and two Limón masterpieces. Alongside the sweeping ensemble dancing of Psalm, the potent tragedy of The Moor’s Pavane speaks eloquently of social issues central to our time. The performance will take place at the Joyce Theater from May 29 - June 2, 2019Watch:  Tickets:


NEW YORK: New York City Ballet will present its annual Spring Gala on May 7, 2019. New ballets from Resident Choreographer Justin Peck and New York-based choreographer Pam Tanowitz, who is known for her post-modern treatment of the classical dance vocabulary, will headline the gala, joined by the return of Balanchine’s sumptuous Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3. 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:


PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Ballet will present a program with Christopher Wheeldon’s DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, Jorma Elo’s all-new ballet, and the company premiere of Jerome Robbins’ Glass Pieces, set to the music of composer Philip Glass. Performances are on May 7-12, 2019. Visit:




AUSTRIA: On May 18, 2019, Festspielhaus will present a program by emerging choreographer Shahar Binyamini, who is a longtime member of Ohad Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Company and Artist-in-Residence. He will present three dance pieces, among them the new production Ballroom, danced by an especially casted international ensemble. Visit:


AUSTRIA: On June 7, 2019, Sydney Dance Company will have its European Premiere of From the Inside, the company’s newest production, choreographed by Rafael Bonachela. Visit:


AUSTRIA: LifeLongBurning (LLB) is a multi-annual cooperation project supported by the EU Creative Europe Program that comprises dance houses, festivals, choreographic centers, and networks, as well as production houses. LLB is hosting 8 professional platforms over the course of the 4 years to address current issues in the field and to establish the notion of contemporary dance as European cultural heritage. Part of this initiative is a Choreographic Convention that includes lectures and panels, workshops, presentations of works, and advocacy activities. The convention will take place from October 23-25, 2019Visit


FINLAND: Finnish National Ballet presents three highly renowned choreographers at different stages of their careers: Jiří Kylián, Marco Goecke and Jeroen Verbruggen, who will create a new production for 14 dancers with music by Bernard Herrmann. The performance will take place from May 10-22, 2019. Visit:


FRANCE: Major 20th century choreographer Mats Ek returns to the Paris Opera with two eagerly awaited new creations: Boléro set to Maurice Ravel’s mythical score, and Another Place conceived on Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B minor. Mats Ek views society and the world with a sharp gaze, resulting in writing that is precise, uncompromising and sometimes disturbing. The performance runs from June 22 - July 14, 2019. Visit:


FRANCE: The 39th Montpellier Dance Festival will take place from June 22 - July 6, 2019. Visit:


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


HONG KONG: The Hong Kong International Choreography Festival (HKICF) is modeled specifically after the residency HKICAROS to provide opportunities to local and international artists living and working in Hong Kong. The festival runs June 27-29, 2019Visit:


HONG KONG: CCDC will present Winterreise·The Rite of Spring. Inspired by Franz Schubert’s Winterreise from1827, the piece describes the inner journey of a wayfarer alone on a wintry road. The performance runs through May 5, 2019. Visit:


INDIA: Dance Bridges Biennial in Kolkata is an international dance festival with an emphasis on building an artistic exchange and promoting cutting-edge contemporary choreography through live performances and film screenings. The festival takes place July 22 - August 5, 2019, and provides dance education/training opportunities through choreographic residencies, workshops, artist talks, internships, and further special outreach events. Visit:


INTERNATIONAL: BALLET RISING is a startup aiming to generate funds for a documentary travel mini-series. It is dedicated to connecting people far from traditional centers of western art, whose passion for ballet is redefining cultural boundaries and elevating ballet as a truly global art form.  Watch:   Visit:


IRELAND: Dublin Dance Festival acts as a vital interchange between contemporary dance artists and audiences. The festival runs May 1-19, 2019. Visit:


ITALY: Tero Saarinen Company and Helsinki Baroque Orchestra join forces to create a gripping contemporary fusion of dance, live music, opera, and design. World-renowned choreographer Tero Saarinen’s new magnum opus explores radical shifts in values and perspectives. Claudio Monteverdi’s revolutionary, breathtakingly beautiful madrigals are incarnated by twelve dancers and musicians, plus tenor Topi Lehtipuu and virtual soprano Núria Rial. The world premiere is on May 29, 2019. Watch:   Visit:


ITALY: The 26th edition of the Fabbrica Europa Festival is characterized by a crossing of performative, sound and artistic gestures that express creative geography that reaches Asia from Europe, passing through the South of the world. The festival opens on May 3, 2019. Visit:


JAPAN: International Dance Workshop Festival in Kyoto has developed into a vibrant community of international students, performers, educators, and choreographers who gather in Kyoto. The festival offers a supportive atmosphere aimed at fostering a creative exchange of ideas, encouraging exploration of new ground and providing opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of dance/movement disciplines. Runs through May 6, 2019Visit:


NETHERLANDS: For Switch ’19, the dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT) take full control in a unique programme of new choreographies they have created themselves. In addition, the dancers had responsibility for all production, fundraising, and marketing efforts. The evening’s revenue will be donated to a charity fund chosen by the dancers. Performance is on June 7, 2019. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: NDT and Korzo join forces to stimulate the development of young creators. For this edition of Up & Coming Choreographers, Juliano Nunes, Ihsan Rustem, and Dimo Milev get a chance to make new creations. In a short time span of several weeks, the choreographers are challenged to work on a ballet entirely according to their own interpretation. This is done under professional supervision and in the intimate setting of the Korzo Theater in The Hague. The performance runs June 20-July 6, 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, the program features a wealth of powerful pieces. The performance will take place until June 15, 2019. Visit:


NORWAY: Echo Flux is Annabelle Bonnéry’s first programming as artistic director of Carte Blanche. It is a double bill focusing on the relationship between dance and music. The world premiere is on May 23, 2019. Visit:


POLAND: On May 18, 2019, The Opera at the Castle in Szczecin will premiere a double bill “Polish Ballets – a new approach to the classics.” Italian choreographer Paolo Mangiola, Artistic Director of ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble, will choreograph the first ballet - The Song of The Earth. Polish choreographer Robert Bondara, ballet manager at The Grand Theatre, will create the second piece of the evening - On the Billet. Visit:


POLAND: XXV Ballet and Dance Festival Lodz Ballet will take place from May 11 - June 23, 2019. The festival will open with the premiere of the ballet Silence by Ivan Cavallari and will close with The Tokyo Ballet in The Kabuki, featuring the choreography of Maurice Béjart. Visit:


POLAND: XV Festival of Dance Theatres Zawirowania will take place May 26-27 & June 14-25, 2019.  The festival invited Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, which will present the newest performance of Rami Be’er Asylum. Visit:


SWEDEN: Iceland Dance Company (IDC) premieres AION at POINT Festival, Gothenburg, with a new piece by Erna Ómarsdóttir, IDC’s artistic director. Features a new composition by the celebrated composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, performed by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. AION invites the audience on a magical voyage where music and movement merge in an unorthodox manner. Showing on May 24, 2019.  Visit:


SWEDEN: Inspired by a novel Processen by Franz Kafka, Czech choreographer Jiří Bubeníček has created a brand new work for the Royal Swedish Ballet. The work revolves around the most absurd form of bureaucracy and, like Kafka’s writings, is brutal – both physically and psychologically. World premiere is on May 17, 2019. Visit:


UK: Akram Khan Company will present Outwitting the Devil, a world premiere, in coproduction with COLOURS. One of the inspirations for the world premiere is the newly discovered fragment of the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the world’s earliest surviving great works of literature. Khan’s new work is a concentrated epic about ritual and remembering. The performance runs on July 13 & 14, 2019Visit:


UK: Featuring a performance from Company of Elders, Elixir Extracts Festival celebrates lifelong creativity with a platform dedicated to older artists. Takes place June 14-16, 2019 at Sadler’s Wells. Watch: Tickets:  


UK: Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to Sadler’s Wells for its first visit of the year with a new triple bill -- [Un]leashed.  The performance runs on June 25 & 26, 2019. Visit:


UK: Approaching group rituals from two different angles, Phoenix Dance Theatre presents an energetic double-bill at Sadler’s Wells. The Rite of Spring draws on the themes of ceremony and sacrifice in a captivating performance for today’s modern global society. Alongside Rite of Spring will be a new work from established choreographer Amaury Lebrun. Using precise choreography, moments of unison, interaction, sporadic bursts of movement and sudden stillness, Lebrun poses the question: How sensitive and aware can we become when we lose one of our senses? The performance takes place on June 27 & 28, 2019Watch:    Tickets:  


UK: Modern dance meets cutting-edge drone technology in the magical and inspiring new work by Britain’s Got Talent finalists, Another Kind of Blue. Flirt With Reality explores the very nature and extent of reality and how those borders have become blurred in our increasingly virtual world. Dancers literally collide with digital matter and drones in an imaginative, gravity-defying dreamscape of fantasy and rhythm. The performance will take place at Sadler’s Wells from July 9-14, 2019. Watch: Tickets:


UK: The Royal Ballet will present a program in revivals of works by Christopher Wheeldon and Crystal Pite and a world premiere by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The performance will take place from May 8-21, 2019. Visit:


UK: Using Stravinsky’s iconic score, alongside Tibetan-inspired music, Yang Liping reunites with designer Tim Yip for her new work, Rite of Spring, which will be performed at Sadler’s Wells from May 9-11, 2019. For more information and trailer, visit:


UK: Rambert uncovers early works by Wayne McGregor and Hofesh Shechter. Completing the triple bill is a new work by Marion Motin, whose hip-hop-influenced style is best known through her work for Christine and the Queens. The performance will be in theater on May 14-18, 2019. Visit:



TRENDING: Why Do We Dance – a new travel documentary TV series by Akram Khan


In celebration of this year’s World Dance Day on April 29, Sky Arts TV launches a five-part, 60-minute documentary series that asks -- Why Do We Dance? -- a global survey presented and curated by the acclaimed British choreographer and dancer Akram Khan. Khan takes viewers on an international journey through the most dynamic, seductive and influential dance forms of our time, and profiles the artists redefining the art form for modern audiences. Crossing continents and decades, on dirt floors and dance floors, in public spaces and on the world’s great stages, Khan searches for answers to the question: Why do we dance?


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FLORIDA: The Regional Dance America’s National Choreography Intensive 2019 (NCI) is a multifaceted 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. Apply by May 31, 2019. Visit:




AUSTRALIA:  Australian Youth Dance Festival will take place from July 7-12, 2019. The festival will thrive on creation and collaboration as participants dance, think, make, and talk dance together through daily sessions in contemporary dance, choreography, repertory, and improvisation. Visit:


AUSTRIA: The International Physical Theater Workshop is for actors, dancers, and performers from around the world who are interested in mastering their acting, directing, performance making, and movement skills. The workshop will take place from June 10-17, 2019Visit:


BELGIUM: From September 2019 onward, Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (PARTS) will launch STUDIOS, an advanced, 2-year, full-time research program for dance-makers and choreographers to develop their creative voice and practice in a collaborative learning environment. Visit:


GERMANY: Postgraduate Residence Studios and Performance Research Studies (PReS) is a one-year artistic research program that supports new talent, develops participants’ personal choreographic or dance signature, and incubates practice-based research in an international artistic and educational context. Apply by May 10, 2019. Visit:


GERMANY: Conscious Body System Summer Intensive will create short pieces that will be shown for an open audience (free admission) at the end of the workshop. The workshop will take place from August 19-30, 2019. Visit:


GERMANY: TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA is a workshop for new ideas and aesthetics in contemporary dance and performance, as well as a hot spot for choreographers, teachers, and professionals. The audience comes from Munich, Bavaria and the whole world. The program will take place from July 31 - August 10, 2019. 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 from June - November 2019. Visit:


INDIA: Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in Bangalore continues auditions for the Diploma Programme in Movement Arts and Mixed Media 2019-20. The auditions will be combined with workshops that offer insight into the unique vocabulary developed by Attakkalari Dance Company through years of research and drawing sustenance from many Indian physical and performance traditions as well as global contemporary dance idioms. Visit:


IRELAND: In May 2019 choreolab europe organizes 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:


ITALY: ANFIBIA is a multi-disciplinary training project for performers and contemporary creators. Auditions will take place on May 5, 2019, in Brussels, June 9, 2019, in Berlin, and June 23, 2019, in Bologna. Visit:


ITALY: Dance Italia is a vibrant community of artists, students, educators, and choreographers who come together each summer to dance, sweat, discuss, learn, grow, and perform while making new friends and connections in a rigorous, non-competitive, professional environment. The intensive will take place from July 15 - August 8, 2019. Visit:


SPAIN: Robert Poole Creative Dance offers dancing and creating movement in the open air inspired by nature and silence. The essence of these workshops is the creative enjoyment in a beautiful, non-judgmental environment that is free of walls and mirrors. The workshop will take place from July 15 - August 23, 2019. Apply 7 days before the workshop week. Visit:


UK: The 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 practice. Visit:







NEW YORK: Submissions to J CHEN PROJECT’s 2019 Inaugural CORE Choreography Competition are now open. The project will identify one emerging to the mid-career choreographer who will have an opportunity to create an original work for the company to be presented at a professional theater in New York City. Apply by May 10, 2019. Visit:




DENMARK: The Copenhagen International Choreography Competition (CICC) is a platform to discover and promote emerging contemporary choreographers. CICC has been an annual event attracting talent from around the world and is becoming one of the most recognized choreography competitions in Europe. The competition will take place on July 12 & 13, 2019. Apply by May 10, 2019. Visit:





The White Crow: A dazzling Rudolf Nureyev arrives in Paris and makes a choice that changes his life forever. The White Crow by Sony Classics, starring professional dancer Oleg Ivenko and directed by Ralph Fiennes, opens in NY/LA on April 26. For tickets, visit:


West Side Story: Tony Award-winning choreographer Justin Peck has joined the production team of Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story film. Peck, the resident choreographer and soloist dancer with the New York City Ballet, won a Tony this year for his choreography of Carousel, the Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway revival directed by Jack O’Brien. “This is a total dream-come-true,” Peck said of his new gig. “Getting a chance to work alongside such an illustrious and inspiring team to present a West Side Story for today’s audience is something I never imagined I would experience. The original West Side Story was one of the guiding forces that led me to dance in the first place, so I feel very honored on a deeply personal level.”Source:


If the Dancer Dances, moderated by Stephen Petronio and directed by Maia Wechsler, invites viewers into the intimate world of the dance studio where dancers are determined to breathe new life into RainForest (1968), an iconic work by the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham. With help from three members of the former Cunningham Company, the film tracks Petronio’s dancers as they strive to re-stage this great work, revealing what it takes to keep a dance – and a legacy – alive. Timed to coincide with Cunningham’s centennial, If the Dancer Dances is the first documentary on the subject of Cunningham’s work since his passing in 2009. Screening locations and times: Watch video trailer:





The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance, 1st Edition, by Bruce Baird, Rosemary Candelario, Routledge, August 2018. The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance provides a comprehensive introduction to an analysis of the global art form Butoh. Originating in Japan in the 1960s, butoh was a major innovation in twentieth-century dance and performance, and it continues to shape-shift around the world. Taking inspiration from the Japanese avant-garde, surrealism, and authors such as Genet and Artaud, its influence can be seen throughout contemporary performing arts, music, and visual art practices. This companion places the form in historical context, documents its development in Japan and its spread around the world, and brings together the theory and the practice of this compelling dance. The interdisciplinarity evident in the volume reflects the depth and the breadth of butoh, and the editors bring specially commissioned essays by leading scholars and dancers together with translations of important early texts. To purchase, visit








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