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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & Funding: Current listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe & Asia: New York City Ballet Choreographic Institute Open Call, National Choreographers Initiative, American Dance Call, American Dance Festival Dance Films Call, USA; Emerging Choreographers Project, CANADA; Festival Chorégraphique International de Blois, FRANCE; Solo-Dance-Theatre Festival Stuttgart, Choreographisches Zentrum Heidelberg, GERMANY; Chania International Contemporary Dance Festival, GREECE; Prisma Open Call, PANAMA; M1 Contemporary Dance Festival, SINGAPORE; Act Open Call, SPAIN; Sabotage and Signatures Open Calls, UK

New Works & Events:  New full-length Crystal Pite, Body and Soul, for Paris Opera Ballet and Pam Tanowitz at the Joyce Theater; Michelle Dorrance tap dance Nutcracker; Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s West Side Story on Broadway; Garrett Smith, Juliano Nunes, and Yin Yue for Pennsylvania Ballet; Maciej Kuzminski for Polish Dance Theater; Pontus Lidberg for Acosta Dance, CUBA; Xie Xin for Ballet Boyz, UK; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet and Andrea Miller for Rambert, UK

Trending: MONK by Aly Rose, Dance & Digital Art – Lucid Motion, Washington, DC, USA

Learning Opportunities: Movement For Actors / Acting For Dancers, AUSTRIA

Choreographic Competitions: International Competition for Choreographers Hannover, GERMANY; Arte Laguna Prize, ITALY

New Movies: Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words by Footwork Films, CATS directed by Tom Hooper, and Betroffenheit by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young 

New Books:  Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life, by Twyla Tharp, Simon & Schuster, October 2019








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 3 weeks and the average number of artists in residence at a time ranges between 1 and 5. The application is open to U.S. artists and is ongoing. Visit:


CALIFORNIA: The National Choreographers Initiative (NCI) is accepting applications for its 2020 NCI Showing. Apply by January 10, 2020Visit:


INDIANA: PlySpace is an artist-in-residence program in Muncie, Indiana, dedicated to offering visual artists, writers, performers, designers, and other creative individuals time and space to investigate and pursue their own practices. Additionally, it serves as a platform for experimentation and provocation by catalyzing conversation and collaboration with various Muncie communities. PlySpace facilitates opportunities for residents to engage with the public through partnership and programming that is tailored to their area of interest.  The Summer 2020 Residency Term Application is now open, with a deadline of November 1, 2019, at 11:59 PM. All applications are submitted through


MASSACHUSETTS: National Dance Project (NDP) Travel Fund provides monetary assistance for U.S. based presenters, curatorial staff, and residency directors to connect in-person to explore the feasibility of presenting NDP-funded works. Rolling deadline. Visit:


MASSACHUSETTSThe Yard at Marthas Vineyard offers residencies of 2 to 3 weeks, emphasizing the collaborative nature of dance making. Residents have daily access to the studio and/or theater, with the 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: New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Festival invites artists to apply for the annual festival to present experimental dance, interdisciplinary performance, and video. New Dance Alliance is looking for short works up to 15 minutes as well as longer works up to 30 minutes in length. Artists receive free, complimentary video documentation, and rehearsal space. The festival will be held on June 4-7, 2020 at University Settlement. This application is for artists currently living in the United States. International artists may participate in the Performance Mix Festival through personal invitation only. Visit:


NEW YORK: New York City Ballet’s New York Choreographic Institute is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 season. Apply by December 9, 2019Visit


NEW YORK: Asian Cultural Council is now accepting applications for Cultural Exchange Grants. Artists, scholars, and arts professionals are invited to submit proposals for travel and cultural exchange between Asia and the U.S., or between countries in Asia. Apply by November 7, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: Italian Dance Convention 2020 (IDACO) is calling for international choreographers and artists for creative residencies preceding the event. IDACO is interested in works of choreographers and filmmakers whose artistic idea or concept relates to Italian culture, regardless of their nationality. The convention will take place on May 17-21, 2020. Apply by December 2, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: 8 In Show is a quarterly series presented by Dixon Place Theater. It features 8 dance companies of emerging and established choreographers of all dance forms to showcase new pieces of 5-12 minutes.  Apply by November 17, 2019Visit:


NEW YORKDance Omi is accepting applications from choreographers for its 2020 residency program that consists of 3 weeks of the artistic process, sharing, and international community building. Apply by January 2, 2020. Visit:


NEW YORK: Breaking Boundaries Dance Festival is accepting applications. The festival is produced by the Brink Dance Projects at KOI Creative Space in White Plains, NY. Breaking Boundaries Dance Festival encourages the interaction between dancers and audience members, as well as musicians, dancers, and technology. Apply by November 7, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: Triskelion Arts is seeking improvisation performance artists for upcoming festivals and events. Artists who perform improvisation and have a practice in movement, sound, clowning, comedy, storytelling, vocalization, etc., are invited to apply. Rolling deadlines and submissions are reviewed on the 15th and 30th of each month. Visit:


NEW YORK: The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that exploration drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. Apply by November 25, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: New York City choreographers and dance companies are invited to apply for residencies via the CUNY Dance initiative (CDI). Designed to take advantage of underutilized facilities while integrating New York City’s dance community with the public university system, the CUNY Dance Initiative provides local artists with rehearsal and performance space on 13 CUNY campuses across the 5 boroughs. Apply by November 4, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: PMT Seasonal Showcases are dedicated to providing choreographers a chance to gain exposure and present their work on a professional stage. Apply by November 18, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: Gibney’s POP is a performance opportunity and provides the dance community with subsidized theater rental rates for showings and performances. Artists participating in the POP performance series receive time for technical rehearsal and a three-night performance run. The three-night POP Performance package costs $5,500. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Visit:


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


NEW YORK: HERE Arts Center is now accepting applications for its Creative Curated Rental Program. The 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 Mark DeGarmo Dance Salon Performance Series is accepting applications for a unique opportunity to view and engage with original performing arts and dance works-in-progress of DeGarmo and guest artists. Rolling deadline. Visit:


NEW YORK: ModArts Dance Collective (MADC) is calling for women choreographers of color to submit works for its third annual dance festival, “Collective Thread.” The festival will offer performances in March 2020. The purpose of Collective Thread is to provide a voice and a platform for artistic expression to women of underrepresented ethnic groups within the medium of dance. Apply from November 11 - December 21, 2019. Visit:


NORTH CAROLINA: American Dance Festival (ADF) is calling for applications for its dance on camera initiative Movies by Movers, a bi-annual festival dedicated to the celebration of the conversation between the body and the camera. Applicants are invited to share in the collaboration between the ephemeral art of live movement and the perpetual nature of film. Apply by February 14, 2020. Visit


PENNSYLVANIA: The Iron Factory is offering free 1-week residencies for individual artists and companies (up to 4 people). The residency includes 6 nights on the 2nd floor shared apartment and free access to the studio on the 3rd floor.  Now accepting applications for 2020 residencies. Apply by December 1, 2019.Visit


WASHINGTON, DC: Applications for Local Dance Commissioning Project at Millennium Stage are now open. The project supports the local dance community by nurturing the creation of new dance work and presenting that new work to a wide audience via the free daily performance series at the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Apply by December 13, 2019Visit:




AUSTRALIA: QL2 Dance offers curated residencies both to young people (up to age 26), and older artists. Curated residencies provide theater or studio space without charge, and may also include other support. Write to Artistic Director Ruth Osborne to apply. Visit:


AUSTRIA: Craft Choreography is looking for contemporary dance short pieces for performance at Brick-5, a dedicated space for showing works, exchanging ideas and socializing in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Apply by November 15, 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: In Springboard Danse Montréal 2020, the Emerging Choreographers Project provides selected artists with elite dancers, 26 hours of studio space, and the opportunity to present work alongside their principal companies. Candidates are selected based on experience and the quality of their previous work. Applications will be accepted after November 1, 2019Visit


CANADA: Festival Quartiers Danses (FQD) is extending an invitation to choreographers and directors of short films who would like to present a premiere work or new creation at its 17th edition, which will take place September 11-20, 2020. Apply by December 1, 2019. Visit:


FRANCE: Festival Chorégraphique International de Blois is calling for applications for pieces of 15-20 minutes maximum. Seven companies will be selected. The festival offers performances, short film screenings, and masterclasses. Selected companies will have the opportunity to present their work during 2 evenings at the Scène Nationale La Halle aux Grains, to participate in a gala evening and to give masterclasses. Festival covers travel, lodging, and remuneration for the artists. Apply by December 20, 2019. Visit


FRANCE: Danse Élargie International competition is open to artists of all disciplines. Proposals for a maximum of 10 minutes with at least 3 participants will be considered. The competition will be held on June 13-14, 2020 at Théâtre de la Ville Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris. Apply by December 15, 2019. Visit:


GERMANY:  Dance-tech at Lake Studios Berlin is accepting applications for its dance-tech artist in the residency program. The program is a self-generated residency offering an experience in collaborative living and creation. Residents will have the opportunity for artistic exchange and access to inside information about the dance scene in Berlin while enjoying a unique living and creative working space. Rolling deadline. Visit:


GERMANY: The 24th International Solo-Dance-Theatre Festival Stuttgart, to be held March 11-15, 2020, invites choreographers and dancers from around the world to perform new and imaginative solo pieces. Apply by November 11, 2019. Visit:


GERMANY: Women Cinemakers is now accepting submissions from female filmmakers, directors, and producers for its biennial edition. Apply by February 28, 2020. Visit:


GERMANY: Lucky Trimmer is seeking original short pieces (under 10 minutes) by both emerging and established artists. Lucky Trimmer stands between worlds by bridging the avant-garde and the mainstream and by combining artistic excellence with the lightness of entertainment. Apply by November 15, 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, working, living and performance space in Berlin. Rolling deadline. Visit:


GERMANY: At Choreographisches Zentrum Heidelberg, the new application round is open for globally-focused residencies that will take place between February and July 2020. Apply by November 30, 2019. Visit:


GREECE: Open call for submissions to the 4th international solo choreography and contemporary music festival Unit Motives, this year focusing on composer Luciano Berio. The festival will run from March 25-29, 2020. Apply by November 25, 2019. Visit:


GREECE: Open Call for performance and/or workshop submissions for the program of the 10th Dance Days Chania International Contemporary Dance Festival. The festival’s program includes performances, workshops, site-specific performances, video dance projects, and lectures. Apply by November 30, 2019. Visit:


HUNGARY: Ork_Kota_Platform_2020 is now accepting 1-minute dance films on the subject of Body Dance Picture. Apply by December 1, 2019Visit:


HUNGARY: SzólóDuó International Dance Festival 2020 is looking for new short dance productions in the theme of the festival: Body_Dance_Picture. The festival will run from January 15-18, 2020. Apply by December 1, 2019. Visit:


ITALY: The San Nicola International Dance Competition is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2020. Directed by Simona De Tullio (Breathing Art Company), the competition supports young talented dancers with scholarships and gives them the chance to study around the world. Apply by December 1, 2019. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: SOLO performance laboratory offers artists the time and space to research, construct, complete and present a solo performance work in the full breadth of its multiple meanings and manifestations. A limited group of 5 autonomous artists will share a 3 months’ investigative journey, working as a cooperative to strengthen and nurture each individual process. Apply by November 15, 2019. Visit


NETHERLANDS: RESID-ENS is a new residency program offered by Stichting ENS, an independent dance platform with a dance company. During the first 3 weeks of 2020, multiple dance makers will work with ENS company dancers. Dancemakers will create a piece with full artistic freedom and will present the work with full technical support. During the residency, ENS will provide extra support and coaching for the makers. Apply by December 1,  2019. Visit:


PANAMAPRISMA International Contemporary Dance Festival of Panama, Fundación PRISMA Danza, is now accepting submissions from independent choreographers and chamber dance companies. The festival will be held in Panama City from October 11-18, 2020. Apply by December 31, 2019. The first 500 proposals received will be considered. Visit:


SINGAPORE: M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, presented by T.H.E Dance Company, invites contemporary dance artists from Singapore, Southeast Asia, East Asia and internationally to submit applications for an opportunity to be programmed in various festival platforms. Apply by November 30, 2019. Visit


SPAIN: ACT International Festival for Emerging Performing Artists is calling for applications. Applicants must send a video of their piece, which can be a work-in-progress or a rehearsal. The final piece must be 30 minutes maximum, without exception. Apply by December 15, 2019Visit:


SWITZERLAND: Tanzcompagnie Konzert Theater Bern and its Director Estefania Miranda are calling for applications for Tanzplattform 2020 - an international dance festival and competition for choreographers, taking place June 16-20, 2020. Apply by December 9, 2019. Visit:


UK: Sabotage is a platform for interdisciplinary artists seeking to work with dancers in free studio space. Sabotage brings together dancers in training and artists eager to workshop ideas with talented and open-minded people in a supportive environment. Rolling deadlineVisit:


UK: Signatures showcases the work of emerging dancers, choreographers and recent dance graduates, offering the opportunity to perform as part of Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2020. Apply by November 22, 2019. Visit:







CALIFORNIA: San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2019 (SFDFF) programs contain both feature-length films and curated collections of short films. Each program highlights the power of dance to tell a compelling story. The festival will run from November 2-10, 2019. Watch: Visit:


NEW YORK: On November 9 & 10, 2019, the Joyce Theater presents a Bessie Award-winning Mr. Tol E. Rance, created by Camille A. Brown. Inspired by Spike Lee’s provocative movie Bamboozled, and Mel Watkins’s book On the Real Side: A History of African American Comedy from Slavery to Chris Rock, Brown’s trilogy is a comical, theatrical and expressive commentary on black identity. Visit:


NEW YORK: The Ailey Company opens its New York season on December 4, 2019, at the New York City Center’s main stage. The company will premiere 3 brand-new works: Resident Choreographer Jamar RobertsOde; Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Ounce of Faith; and Donald Byrd’s Greenwood. The season will highlight and focus on Ailey’s theatrical roots and commitment to social justice. The company will also premiere Aszure Barton’s BUSK, Camille A. Brown’s City of Rain and, for the first time in Ailey’s history, 2 solos by Merce Cunningham. The season also features new productions of Judith Jamison’s Divining and Lar Lubovitch’s Fandango. Visit:


NEW YORK: On November 24 & 25, 2019, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will host a performance celebration of the 100th birthday of modern dance legend Merce Cunningham. Dylan Crossman, a former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, curates a program featuring the Cunningham Centennial Solos: Works & Process at the Guggenheim, the arrangement, made especially for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed theater at the Guggenheim. The performance is set to music by John King and features costumes by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung. Visit:


NEW YORK: On December 9, 2019, New York Live Arts will host an intimate conversation with its founder Bill T. Jones and Elizabeth Diller (world-renowned artist/architect of projects including The High Line and The Shed, partner/founder of Diller Scofidio + Renfro) about their collaboration on the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s upcoming work premiering in Spring 2020. Visit:


NEW YORK: Joyce Theater presents an evening-length new work created by choreographer Pam Tanowitz and pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Dinnerstein brings her nuanced understanding of the demanding Bach score to Tanowitz’s witty and unflinching abstractions of classical and popular dance forms in a delightful interplay of rhythm, style, and idiosyncrasy. The performance will run from December 10-15, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: Michelle Dorrance and her tap dream team will present a world premiere. Dorrance sets the piece to Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s sublime interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. The performance will open on December 17, 2019, at the Joyce Theater. Visit:


NEW YORK: New York Live Arts will present Christopher Williams’s Narcissus, which is set to Nikolai Tcherepnin’s ballet score Narcisse et Echo, composed in 1911 for Ballets Russes. This original evening-length work means to “reappropriate themes of the eponymous ancient Greek myth on which it is based to re-imagine the original ballet through a contemporary queer lens.” The performance is on November 8, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: Dimitris Papaioannou is a Greek director-choreographer who started as a painter, led the creation of the opening ceremonies for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, and recently became the first artist invited to create a new work for Tanztheater Wuppertal since Pina Bausch’s death. The New York premiere of his work will be presented at BAM on November 14, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: Cape Verdean-born, Lisbon-based choreographer and performance artist Marlene Monteiro Freitas dares you to traverse the order and wild chaos of Euripides—and ultimately, the depths of the human psyche. US premiere is on November 9, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: Belgian dance-theater collective Peeping Tom sets the scene for 32 rue Vanderbranden, a hilariously unpredictable, relentlessly clever Olivier Award-winning work. To everything from Bach to K-pop, performers contort and overextend with easy elasticity, unearthing the truth of our selves when turning inward is the only option. US premiere is on November 20, 2019. Visit:


NEW YORK: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s new West Side Story will open on Broadway in February 2020. Visit:


PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Ballet presents 3 new ballets created for the company. The program includes works by Garrett Smith, Juliano Nunes, and Yin Yue. The performance will run from November 7-10, 2019. Visit:


WYOMING: Pacific National Ballet (PNB) presents 3 world premieres by Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater Donald Byrd, TONY nominated (The Color Purple) and Bessie Award-winning (The Minstrel Show) choreographer Eva Stone, and PNB dancer Miles Pertl. The performance runs from November 8-17, 2019. Visit:






AUSTRIA: A brand new work by American choreographer Richard Siegal celebrates Merce Cunningham’s 100th birthday. New Ocean is the second full-length choreography that the one-time Festspielhaus artist-in-residence will create for his new company, Ballet of Difference. Siegal tracks down the mythical Greek god Oceanus, inspired by music by John Cage, and allows chaos to invade the cosmos. Premieres in Austria on December 6, 2019. Watch:


AUSTRIA: When Ludwig von Beethoven wrote his String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, op. 132 in Vienna almost two centuries ago, the composer was almost completely deaf. For Danza Permanente, choreographer DD Dorvillier and composer Zeena Parkins have translated compositional structures and tonal qualities of the score into dance movements. The 4 dancers are each assigned to 1 of the 4 instruments. The performance will run on November 21 & 22, 2019. Visit:


FRANCE: Crystal Pite is listening to Chopin alone in her dressing room. The Canadian choreographer has a world premiere of Body and Soul, her new production for the Paris Opera Ballet. “I was listening to some of the 24 preludes that I haven’t even touched yet. So … that’s challenging.” Read more at:


FRANCE: Festival de Danse - Cannes Côte d’Azur France will be held from November 29 -December 15, 2019. This edition’s program is eclectic, featuring many new creations and premieres. Opening with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, the program also includes a classical production of Giselle and a hip-hop creation by Mickaël Mer entitled Butterfly. The festival closes with a new creation featuring Marie-Agnès Gillot, Andrés Marin and Christian RizzoWatch


GERMANY: Stuttgart Ballet presents 3 world premieres by Fabio Adorisio, Andreas Heise and Roman Novitzky. The performance is on November 30, 2019. Visit:


HONG KONG: Re-Mark is a thought-provoking new work by City Contemporary Dance Company’s (CCDC) Resident Choreographer Sang Jijia. Based on his research with Italian dancers, Sang continues to study the relationship between body, spatiality, and memory in his signature multi-faceted way. The performance will run from November 16-24, 2019. Watch:


HONG KONG: City Contemporary Dance Company Festival 2019 is a major contemporary dance festival in Asia. The festival includes two representative works from CCDC. The festival will be held from November 16-24, 2019. Visit:


JAPAN: Former Nederlands Dans Theater dancer Kenta Kojiri has collaborated with Arditti Quartet. Premieres on November 30, 2019. Visit:


JAPAN: Japanese choreographer Ryohei Kondo will present new work in celebration of the opening of a new theater, Brillia HALL in Tokyo. The piece consists of 180 dancers. Premieres on November 20, 2019. Visit:


JAPAN: Since 1963, Japan Ballet Association has been presenting Ballet Creation, a performance chance for emerging choreographers. This year’s performance will take place on November 9, 2019. Visit年度balletクレアシオン/


NETHERLANDS: Sierra Oscar Foxtrot Tango presents a surprising mix of 4 contrasting choreographic voices for dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT 2), with works by former NDT dancer Medhi Walerski, Marco Goecke, Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar. French choreographer Yoann Bourgeois will show his new Little song. The performance will run from November 1 - December 20, 2019. Visit:


NORWAY: Jo Strømgren Kompani started rehearsals for its new children’s production, The Tired Man. The show is about a man who oversleeps every day. When people cannot get up in the morning, they are often called lazy and indifferent. But if we follow this man’s extreme desire to change through a tiresome day, we may realize that he’s a hero. World premiere is on December 5, 2019. Visit:


POLAND: Polish National Ballet Warsaw will present the premiere of triple-bill  “Lost souls” on November 16, 2019. The evening will consist of ballets by Bronislava Nijinska, Krzysztof Pastor and Wayne McGregor. Watch:


POLAND: On November 9, 2019, Opera Nova Bydgoszcz will premiere the ballet Coppelia with music by Leo Delibes and choreography by Polish choreographer Jacek Tyski. Watch:


POLAND: Polish choreographer Maciej Kuzminski works on his new production, which was inspired by the works of Polish national composer Stanislaw Moniuszko and poet Edward Stachura, with dancers of Polish Dance Theatre. Premieres on November 20, 2019. Visit:


RUSSIA: Mariinsky Theatre presents works by participants of the Mariinsky Theatre’s Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers. The performance will take place on November 22, 2019. Visit:


UK: BalletBoyz will celebrate its 20th anniversary with its new show Deluxe. The program includes new works by Xie Xin of Shanghai, China and Punchdrunk’s Maxine Doyle. The Deluxe tour kicks off at Sadler’s Wells in London on March 25, 2020Visit:


UK: Rambert2 presents a new program featuring Sin, a duet by Damien Jalet and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, created as part of their 2010 piece Babel. It also includes new work by Andrea Miller, and Terms and Conditions by Jermaine Spivey, a dancer, and choreographer is best known for his standout performances with Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot. The performance is at Sadler’s Wells on November 4 & 5, 2019. Visit:


UK: Carlos Acosta’s eclectic Cuban company brings the second program of new and existing works to Sadler’s Wells. Acosta himself makes a guest appearance in the iconic Rooster, choreographed by Christopher Bruce to music by the Rolling Stones. The Company also performs new works Paysage, Soudain, la nuit by Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg, and Satori by breakthrough Cuban choreographer Raúl Reinoso. The performance will run from November 18-23, 2019. Watch:





MONK by Aly Rose. A new film by NYU Shanghai Associate Arts Professor Aly Rose exploring traditional Chinese Buddhist devotional life through the medium of dance for camera has been earning accolades from film festivals around the world. MONK has earned official selection honors from 20 film festivals around the world, including the prestigious San Francisco Dance Film Festival and the Los Angeles Experimental Film Festival. The film earned an honorable mention for Best Short Film in the April 2019 Global Shorts competition and was also named a finalist for best short film at the dance film festival Choreoscope and Out of the Can International Film Festival. Video of the MONK - a Dance Film by Aly Rose:

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Dance & Digital Art:  Lucid Motion


Lucid Motion aims to examine human motion from various standpoints by using next-level technologies and expression methods to elaborate into three unique installations. Visitors will get to engage with dance performances themed on human motion, lights and shades as they experience these through multiple rooms. “An Interdisciplinary Digital Renaissance Man”


Rhizomatiks Research co-founder Daito Manabe is known for his innovative approaches to the human body, programming, data, computers and other uses of arts and technology. Always future centric, the Tokyo-based artist and creative technologist uses programming, sound design and interaction design to develop groundbreaking production technology for major international events and art projects, from augmented reality videos for musicians to live interactive technology-driven performances for dancers.









AUSTRIA: Movement For Actors / Acting For Dancers is an international workshop that will take place from November 22-29, 2019. The workshop is specifically designed to prepare participants for professional practice, both within the educational context and within the professional development of performers. Visit:


FRANCE: La Fabrique de la Danse offers a week of training for choreographers who wish to equip themselves to develop their company more effectively. This business intensive training program in Paris is suitable for company owners, choreographers, or artists preparing their 2020 schedule. The program will be held from December 16-20, 2019. Apply by November 15, 2019. Visit:









FRANCE: Danse Élargie International competition is open to artists of all disciplines. Proposals for a maximum of 10 minutes with at least 3 participants will be considered. The competition takes place on June 13-14, 2020 at Théâtre de la Ville Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris. Apply by December 15, 2019. Visit:


GERMANY: Ballet Gesellschaft Hannover is organizing the 34th International Competition for Choreographers Hannover. The competition is open to all forms of dance. Choreographers must be age 35 or younger to apply. The competition will take place on June 5 & 6, 2020. Apply by March 15, 2020. Visit:


ITALY: Entries are open for the 14th edition of Arte Laguna Prize, International Art Award based in Venice. The Arte Laguna Prize is an international art competition that aims is to promote contemporary art and its artists, allowing them to display their creative selves. The competition will run from March 21-April 13, 2020. Apply by November 27, 2019. Visit:






Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life, by Twyla Tharp, Simon & Schuster,  October 2019


At seventy-seven, Twyla Tharp is revered not only for the dances she makes—but for her astounding regimen of exercise and non-stop engagement. She is famed for religiously hitting the gym each morning at daybreak, and utilizing that energy to propel her breakneck schedule as a teacher, writer, creator, and lecturer.


This book grew out of the question she was asked most frequently: “How do you keep working? In Twyla’s own words: “This book is a collection of what I’ve learned in the past fifty-five years: from the moment I committed to a life in dance up until today... it identifies a ‘disease’ and offers a cure. That disease, simply put, are our fear of time’s passing and the resulting aging process. The remedy? This book in your hands. Keep It Moving is a series of no-nonsense meditations on how to live with purpose as time passes.


From the details of how she stays motivated to the stages of her evolving fitness routine, Tharp models how fulfillment depends not on fortune—but on attitude, possible for anyone willing to try and keep trying. Culling anecdotes from Twyla’s life and the lives of other luminaries, each chapter is accompanied by a small exercise that will help anyone develop a more hopeful and energetic approach to the everyday.

Twyla will tell you what the beauty-fitness-wellness industry won’t: chasing youth is a losing proposition. Instead, Keep It Moving focuses you on what’s here and where you’re going—the book for anyone who wishes to maintain their prime for life. Link:  







Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words by Footwork Films, in association with The Royal Ballet, BBC Two, BalletBoyz and Manila Productions. An audacious first in contemporary filmmaking, Romeo and Juliet: Beyond Words presents Kenneth MacMillan’s original choreography. Directed and produced by International Emmy award-winners Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, the film takes MacMillan’s choreography out of the theatre and places it in the streets of Verona, allowing viewers to experience a visionary reimagining of Shakespeare’s seminal love story. It is set to a unique recording of Sergei Prokofiev’s original score. Watch trailer:


CATS is coming to the big screen and scratches into theaters on December 20 -- and the cast couldn’t be more excited to show off their feline footwork. Directed by Tom Hooper (Les Misérables) and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), with Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, and Jason Derulo. Watch Trailer:


Betroffenheit, by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young, when the intermission comes, you’re still not exactly sure what you’re watching, and by the time it finishes, you’re speechless. The sense of the performance doesn’t so much unfold as slowly seep into the audience’s consciousness with growing horror – it’s a study of grief, trauma and addiction based on a tragic event in Young’s own life. The subject matter in itself carries enormous emotional clout, but it’s the craft that elevates this piece to genius levels. Trailer:












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:

Isabel Aillon (Bolivia) Christina Nikolaidis-Strommer (Austria) Ana Lejava (US)

Elizabeth Gahl (France) Karol Urbański (Poland) and Maya Zhalova Kanvar (India)