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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & Funding: Gibney POP; White Wave, NYC; ADF’s Movies by Movers, Philadelphia’s BalletX Open Call; Craft Choreography, AUSTRIA; Art Residency Program, BRAZIL; La Manufacture, FRANCE; Choreo Lab Made in Ulm, GERMANY; Artists Residency, INDIA; Blank Canvas, IRELAND; Saison Foundation Open Call, JAPAN; Istanbul Fringe Festival Open Call, TURKEY; Ramdam and Nomades Open Calls, UK, and more...

New Works & Events:  New Annabelle Lopez Ochoa in the Netherlands; Cathy Marston in UK & US; Justin Peck in US; Tero Saarinen in Finland; Robert Bondara in Poland; Xie Xin in UK; Young choreographers programs at the Mariinsky Ballet in Russia; National Ballet of Japan, and more...

Trending Predicting Trends in the 2020s by US Dance Magazine

Choreographic Competitions: Contact Energy’20 Contest for Contemporary Dance and International Competition for Choreographers, Hannover, GERMANY; Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition, NETHERLANDS; Dance Creators Competition, SLOVENIA

New Movies Children of Isadora/Les Enfants d’Isadora, directed by Damien Manivel; And Then We Danced, a 2019 Oscar® Selection, from screenwriter and director Levan Akin, produced by Ketie Danelia, Mathilde Dedy Production, Sweden/Georgia/France

New Books: Marius Petipa: The Emperor's Ballet Master, by Nadine Meisner, Oxford University Press, 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 from 1 to 5. The application is open to U.S. artists and is ongoing. Visit:


CALIFORNIA: Dance film choreographers are invited to consider Los Angeles’ prominent Dance Camera West 2021, which announced a call for submissions. The festival is open to film media in any dance style or genre. Categories include short films, feature-length, documentary, animation, and interactive dance media. Apply by October 10, 2020. Visit:


CALIFORNIA: The Annual Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre Institute will take place on November 14 & 15, 2020. 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 always delivers an exciting mix of work by inventive artists. Cash awards up to $10,000. Apply by April 1, 2020. Visit:


FLORIDA: The Regional Dance America’s National Choreography Intensive 2020(NCI) is a multifaceted program providing dancers, emerging choreographers, and seasoned choreographers with the unparalleled opportunity to work, study, and create under the guidance of nationally recognized professionals. Apply by March 15, 2020. Visit:


ILLINOIS: Choreographers of diverse genres are invited to apply for Chicago Dancemakers Forum Residency. Select applicants, based on their artistic vision and potential for creative growth, will be invited to submit expanded proposals for the second round of consideration. Four selected awardees will each receive $15,000, combined with a year of mentorship supporting their research, development, and presentation of new work. Apply by February 4, 2020. 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 1, 2020, for projects taking place between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. Visit:


MASSACHUSETTS: Through the New England Dance Fund, the New England Foundation for the Arts will award small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance. Apply by February 21, 2020. Visit:


MASSACHUSETTSThe Yard at Martha’s Vineyard offers 2- to 3-week residencies 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:


MICHIGAN: Detroit Dance City Festival 2020 is calling for submissions. DDCF 2020 will be held from September 11 - 13, 2020 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Choreographers and dancers are encouraged to attend all 3 days of the festival. Apply by March 15, 2020. Visit:


NEW JERSEY: Applications are open for Small Plates Choreography Festival, a curated dance performance series. Performances in Richmond, Virginia will be on June 21 & 22, 2020. Apply by April 1, 2020. Visit:


NEW YORK: WHITE WAVE is now accepting applications for their 2020 SoloDuo Dance Festival. Emerging and established contemporary choreographers/companies are encouraged to apply. Apply by February 10, 2020. Visit:


NEW YORK: Pizarts Dance Hub For Entrepreneurial Innovation invites dance makers and choreographers, as well as emerging and established companies to submit work to be presented during Pizarts International Choreographers Showcase at Ailey Citigroup Theater on April 8, 2020. All styles and forms of dance are welcome. This is a paid opportunity and each group will have up to 15 minutes to present their work(s). Apply by February 15, 2020. Visit:


NEW YORK: Seven artists will be selected to participate in the 2020 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence program. This is a two-year residency program providing commissioning support, rehearsal space, performance and related opportunities designed to support the individualized creative process of movement-based artists. Apply by March 4, 2020. Visit:


NEW YORK: J CHEN PROJECT (JCP) is announcing a call for entries for their 2020 CORE Choreography Competition (#C3), to 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 for their NYC Season. Apply by April 13, 2020. Visit:


NEW YORK: CrossCurrent Contemporary Dance Festival is produced by Nai- Ni Chen and presented by Flushing Town Hall. The festival seeks to bring together some of the best and the most creative contemporary dance choreographers in the New York Asian American Community in one performance. The festival is looking for up to 6 new choreographers to share the stage with Nai-Ni Chen on April 25, 2020. Apply by February 15, 2020. Visit:


NEW YORK: Salvatore LaRussa, Artistic Director of Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theatre- The Academy Studio, is now accepting applications for NEW informal dance series, Queens Informal Dance Showcase 2020. The series will give choreographers the opportunity to present, in an informal studio showing, at their Queens, NY studio, their work-in-progress works. Each series will include a discussion with the audience and the artist. Apply by February 15, 2020. Visit: WWW.SLDT.ORG


NEW YORK: Creative Capital supports bold, challenging, and genre-stretching ideas from artists across the country. The program offers project funding, mentorship and advisory services, workshops, and webinars. Apply by February 29, 2020. 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 space, their art, and to the growing community at the Bridge. Apply by February 21, 2020. The performance will be on March 28, 2020Visit


NEW YORK: The 47th Annual Dance on Camera Festival will be held from July 17-20, 2020 by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Apply by March 1, 2020. Visit:


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


NEW YORK: New 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 lasting up to 30 minutes. Artists receive a fee, 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: 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: 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 3-night performance run. The 3-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: The Performance Lab Series by Steps NYC is an opportunity to present completed works, works in progress, or experimental concepts in a studio theater setting. Produced two to three times a year, each Lab is tentatively scheduled for one performance, the number of applicants and acceptances determining the necessity of additional performance. Emerging & established dance, theater, and performance artists are encouraged to apply. The performance will take place on May 2, 2020. Apply by March 9, 2020. 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 by DeGarmo and guest artists. Rolling deadline. 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 the film. Apply by February 14, 2020. Visit


OKLAHOMA: Oklahoma International Dance Festival offers an opportunity for emerging choreographers to present group works as part of the Festival’s 2020 Choreography Showcase. Selected choreographers will participate in a festival's main stage performance and receive feedback from an international panel of festival faculty. Oklahoma International Dance Festival is a 2-week annual summer dance event held at Quartz Mountain Resort Arts and Conference Center. The vision of the festival is to create a high-quality international dance training and performing experience in the Central Region of the United States. Visit:


OREGON: NW Dance Project announces a call for entries for its Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition to identify 2 emerging choreographers who will have the opportunity to create original work. Apply by March 31, 2020. 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 27, 2020. Visit:


USA: USArtists International (USAI) grants programs support performances by American artists at cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. USAI is committed to the presence of U.S. artists on world stages and provides grants to performers in dance, music and theater. Grants of up to $15,000 are awarded towards artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation. Apply by April 1, 2020. Visit:




ARMENIA: HIGH FEST International Performing Arts Festival is calling for applications from performing arts companies and artists to present their productions in all genres of performing arts. The festival will run from October 1-8, 2020. Apply by March 15, 2020. Visit:


AUSTRALIA: Australian Ballet and Sydney Opera House are calling for submissions from female classically trained dancers/choreographers. The purpose of the initiative is to encourage and foster professional skills development for emerging female choreographers creating work in the classical and modern ballet genres. Apply by February 28, 2020. Visit:


AUSTRALIA: QL2 Dance offers curated residencies to both 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 Vienna, a platform for presenting short contemporary works, is looking for submissions. Apply by February 10 for performance on March 12, 2020. The cultural venue of Brick 5 / Erbsenfabrik opens its doors to the dance community and offers a dedicated space to show works, exchange ideas, experiment, and socialize in a warm and friendly atmosphere. 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:


BULGARIA: The Small Season Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2020. To mark the occasion, the Sfumato Theater Workshop announces an international open invitation for performances for the festival program. Artists from any discipline who work within the theatrical tradition and are interested in sharing their work in Sofia may apply. Apply by March 15, 2020. Visit:техническа-информация_117_126


CANADA: Canadian youth and emerging artists are invited to submit a new or existing short film concept to be premiered at the annual Festival of Recorded Movement (F-O-R-M) in September 2020 at the SFU Woodward’s Cinema. The festival was created as a platform for movers and filmmakers to share and create short films that revolve around the body in motion. Selected artists will receive up to $2,000 toward production funds as well as facilitation and equipment resources through partner organizations. Apply by February 10, 2020. Visit:


CANADA: For emerging modern dance choreographers, the celebrated Circuit-Est Choreographic Centre in Montréal, Québec, offers residencies for generative and/or disciplinary works. To be considered for a residency you must: be involved in a career in contemporary dance; utilize a research perspective and questioning process in your work; demonstrate artistic quality and show a distinctive and promising choreographic signature; already have presented your work to the public (minimum of two productions in a professional context); and use the residency time to work on a creation intended to be broadcast. Apply by March 1, 2020. Visit:


FINLAND: Dance Theatre Minimi, a professional dance theatre and a multifaceted performing arts organization, is calling for submissions. Apply by March 15, 2020. Visit:


FRANCE: La Manufacture, a non-profit center for dance in Aurillac, welcomes emerging artists and young companies for a period of one month to one year. The objective of this residency is to choreograph a piece or remount an existing piece. Visit:


FRANCE:  For a few days or a few months throughout the year Théâtre Paris-Villette welcomes companies to create, research and share their work. This call for projects is for artists or collectives with projects in creation or research in the performing arts for a period of 1-2 weeks between September 7, 2020, and July 2, 2021. Apply by February 3, 2020. Visit:


FRANCE: In support of artistic creation and incorporation of site-specific works, the network Nos Lieux Communs has developed the NOMADES program with multiple sites of creation for artistic professionals. The program offers 10,000 euros maximum in co-production and lodging for up to 4 people. Apply by February 29, 2020. Visit:


GERMANY: The ballet of the State Opera of Hannover and the festival TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL are looking for 3 young contemporary dance choreographers for the "Think Big" 2020 Artists in Residence Program in Hanover. Each choreographer will create a production of a maximum of 20 minutes for up to 10 dancers. Apply by February 21, 2020Visit:


GERMANY: DANZAAR, a new international dance auditions festival, is dedicated to auditions for top contemporary dance and ballet companies. Dance companies from around the world are invited to hold their own auditions within the festival’s 3 days. Companies will have the opportunity to see multiple professional dancers and find the best candidates for their company. The festival will take place from March 6-8, 2020. The application process will close once a certain number of auditions are booked. Visit:


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


GERMANY:  Dance-tech at Lake Studios Berlin is accepting applications for its dance-tech artist-in-residence 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: Choreo Lab Made in Ulm is offering talented upcoming choreographers 30 hours to create a 15-minute work for 4 dancers based on a “choreographic failure.” Apply by submitting a 60-second dance film documentation of a “choreographic failure.” Apply by March 30, 2020. Visit:


GERMANY: Accent is a platform for upcoming artists, dancers and choreographers to share their works in progress or finished works over a long weekend hosted by Harake Dance Company. The company gathers dancers from all parts of the globe, and through diversity, showcases their language. The event will take place on March 26 - 28, 2020. Apply by February 12, 2020. Visit:


INDIA: Farm Studio International Artists Residency hosts artists from September to March each year, with accommodations available for up to 6-12 residents at one time. Artists of all disciplines creating in any media are welcome to apply. Apply by February 20, 2020. Visit:


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


IRELAND: Laois Dance Platform invites artists in dance, movement, image and video to submit their dance films to the 7th edition of the festival, which will be held April 2-5, 2020. All films submitted should incorporate dance and youth in any way, shape or form, made with or for young people with strong elements of movement and dance. Apply by February 17, 2020. Visit:


IRELAND: The focus of the BLANK CANVAS International Exchange Residencies is not on creating finished work but on studio-based research that allows artists to deepen, interrogate or refine their choreographic practice. However, participants are expected to share the outcome of their research, in whatever way is appropriate, during the Friday end-of-residency platform that is shared with other BLANK CANVAS residents. Apply by Monday 24th February 2020. Only email proposals will be accepted. Email your proposal – with BLANK CANVAS in the subject line – to  Visit


ITALY: The Municipality of Padua Culture and Tourism Council, in collaboration with Arteven Regional Circuit, announces the 11th edition of the Prospettiva Danza Teatro International Prize 2020. Choreographers aged 18-40 at the time of application may participate in the artistic project. Apply by February 3, 2020. Visit:


ITALY: Choreographers of all ages, nationalities, and genres are invited to apply for the Glosolí International Residency for Artists in Torino. Glosolí is a research space for artists, dance creations, choreography, and Afro-contemporary dance in particular. Glosolí is interested in the connection between art and nature, assisting residents in finding wonderful locations and inspiration for original artwork. The presentation of artists’ work is arranged on a case-by-case basis. Visit:


JAPAN: Fukuoka City Foundation for Arts and Cultural Promotion is accepting applications from organizations and individuals to promote the appreciation of culture and art to the public, or to target activities that contribute to human resource development and environmental development of cultural and artistic fields. The activity period must be from April 1, 2020 - February 28, 2021. Apply by February 14, 2020. Visit:


JAPAN: Saison Foundation is accepting applications from foreign dance artists for its fellowship program. The program will allow residency in Tokyo. Apply by October 3, 2020. Visit:


NEW ZEALAND: The Clockmaker’s Loft New Zealand Pacific Studio, a unique space for dance, choreography and physical performers, provides studio and residential facilities for selected national and international creative practitioners/researchers to facilitate their intensive work and to foster inter-connectivity among residents. Application is ongoing. Visit:


NORWAYDansearena Nord, a regional center in Northern Norway, is seeking submissions from emerging modern dance choreographers for its artist-in-residence program. The application form can be found online. Apply by February 10, 2020. Visit:


PORTUGAL: Professional choreographers, dance companies and video directors are invited to submit their projects to be presented at Quinzena de Dança de Almada - International Dance Festival Video Dance Showcase. The festival will take place from September 18 - October 11, 2020. Apply by February 16, 2020 (Video Dance Showcase). Visit:


SPAIN: FRE3 BODIES, a Barcelona-based creation, and performance program is calling for applications for 2020/21. FRE3 BODIES is an eight-month post-graduate program from October 2020 - May 2021. Participants will have the opportunity to work with national and international artists as well as perform for a wide range of audiences. Co-directors Nadine Gerspacher and Nicolas Ricchini create a work environment based on a professional company, a bridge for the students to consolidate their technique, creative tools, and stage experience. Auditions are by invitation only. Apply by March 1, 2020. Visit:


TURKEY: Istanbul Fringe Festival is looking for contemporary and experimental works including dance, performance, and theater as well as site-specific works and workshops from artists from around the world. The festival will take place from September 21-27, 2020. Apply by March 29, 2020. Visit:


UK: Affiliate of the Compagnie Maguy Marin, the RAMDAM is an art center that supports the creation, artistic synergy, and interdisciplinary research. A call for residencies is open to artists or teams of all practices devoted to creation, research, or experimentation. Apply by February 16, 2020. Visit:


UK: Nomades Program 2020-2021 is calling for projects for its residency. The selected artistic teams will be invited to immerse themselves in different spaces to create work. The Nomades program guarantees financial support for the coproduction of 10,000 euros and lodging for 4 people maximum during the residency. Apply by February 29, 2020. 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 deadline. Visit:








CALIFORNIA: The African & African American Performing Arts Coalition and K*Star*Productions are proud to announce the 16th annual Black Choreographers Festival. The festival will run from February 22 - March 8, 2020. Visit:


CALIFORNIA: San Francisco Ballet’s Dance Innovations offers a chance to see 3 different ideas of what ballet can express: the beautiful poignancy of Edwaard Liang’s The Infinite Ocean, the world premiere of Trey McIntyre’s The Big Hunger, and the thrilling display of classical movement that is Etudes. The performance will run from February 13 - 23, 2020Visit:


CALIFORNIA: San Francisco Ballet presents Accelerator. The program includes Tomasson’s 7 for Eight, a poetic, neoclassical work for eight dancers, a world premiere by Cathy Marston titled Mrs. Robinson, and David Dawson’s Anima Animus, ballet pushed to every extreme. The program will run from March 24-April 4, 2020. Visit:


NEW YORK: From March 4 - 7, 2020 New York City Center will host Nederlands Dans Theater and its NYC premiering works in celebration of the company’s 60th anniversary season. NDT will present Shut Eye by NDT’s house choreographers - Artistic Advisor Sol León and Artistic Director Paul Lightfoot, The Missing Door by Gabriela Carrizo, and Marco Goecke’s Walk the Demon. Visit:


NEW YORK: Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker makes its return to Joyce Theater from February 4 - 9, 2020 with Cão Sem Plumas (Dog Without Feathers) inspired by João Cabral de Melo Neto’s poem of the same name. The piece is a winner of the international Prix Benois de la Danse. Visit:


NEW YORK: Royal Ballet of Flanders celebrates its 50th anniversary with a Joyce Theater debut. The company will perform Akram Khan’s Kaash, Artistic Director Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Faun, which is inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky’s iconic solo set to Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi dun faune, and an acclaimed Ten Duets on a Theme of Rescue, by choreographer Crystal Pite. Visit:


NEW YORK: With New York City Ballet, Justin Peck will choreograph to a commissioned score by acclaimed American composer Nico Muhly in a program also highlighted by Christopher Wheeldon’s Danse à Grande Vitesse. World premiere is on February 26, 2020. Visit:


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


TEXAS: Houston Ballet presents a program featuring two of the most successful ballets ever created on the company and a world premiere by a choreographer who grew up in Houston. The program includes works by Jorma Elo, Christopher Bruce and award-winning choreographer Trey McIntyre, who trained at Houston Ballet Academy and danced for Houston Ballet before becoming the company’s first choreographic associate. The program will run from March 12-22, 2020. Visit:






AUSTRIA: Animals on the Beach & my choreographed body…revisited will have its Austrian premiere on February 28, 2020. Choreographer Deborah Hay is known as one of the most influential choreographers of postmodern dance in the 20th and 21st century. She was a founding member of the experimental Judson Dance Theater and toured with the world-renowned Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Her creative energy, methods, and artistic practices are still a source of great inspiration to young dancers today. In late February, this legend of choreography will present two new productions at Tanzquartier Wien. Visit:


FINLAND: Tero Saarinen Company will present its new creation Third Practice at the Finnish National Opera’s Almi Hall in Helsinki on June 10-17, 2020. Choreographer Saarinen's latest brings new dimensions to opera pioneer Claudio Monteverdi’s revolutionary music. Third Practice had its world premiere at the Monteverdi Festival Cremona 2019 in Italy. Watch:


FRANCE: Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite has a world premiere of Body and Soul, her new production for the Paris Opera BalletTrailer:

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FRANCE: Festival de danse Faits d’Hiver runs until February 8, 2020. The festival features 16 companies, 12 locations, and 36 performances including 12 premieres. Not only are there new encounters with well-known and emerging choreographers, but many of these works speak to relevant sociological and political issues of today. Watch


JAPAN: Yokohama Dance Collection will run until February 16, 2020. The event includes the 25th international choreographic competition, as well as several world premieres by Yoko Omori and Izumi Kurosu. Visit:


JAPAN: National Ballet of Japan presents DANCE to the Future, a project for nurturing choreographers from the company. This season, the company has invited Endo Yasuyuki in an advisory role. The program will run from March 24-29, 2020. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: Dutch National Ballet presents the world premiere of Frida, a ballet inspired by the life story of Frida Kahlo. Annabelle Lopez Ochoa choreographs the ballet about one of the most intriguing artists of the 20th century. Premieres on February 6, 2020. Visit:


POLAND: The Baltic Opera in Gdansk will present the premiere of A Midsummer Night’s Dream choreographed by Gray Veredon. This production was inspired by the version that Veredon prepared in1985 for the ballet of Grand Theatre Lodz. Opens on February 28, 2020. Watch:


POLAND: The Grand Theatre Lodz will present a renewal of the ballet Zorba The Greek choreographed by Lorca Massine. Mikis Theodorakis wrote the music for the performance. The plot is based on the famous novel by Nikos Kazantzakis. Premieres on February 29, 2020. Watch:


POLAND: The world premiere of the ballet Don Juan, created by young but already acknowledged Polish choreographer Robert Bondara, will take place in the Grand Theatre Poznań on February 21, 2020. The ballet is inspired by Moliere’s play and includes music by Gluck and Bach. The choreographer invited for cooperation his permanent team: Julia Skrzynecka is responsible for set and costume design and Maciej Igielski will create light design. Watch:


RUSSIA: The opening of the XIX International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY will take place on March 11, 2020. The festival includes A Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers on March 17, 2020 as well as their showing on March 27, 2020. Visit:


SWEDEN: Björn Säfsten's latest work Lost Night opens at Atalante in Göteborg on February 20, 2020. In Lost Night three individuals gather in space. They form a choir whilst being three different individuals and three different voices. They are processing something. They try to sort out their impressions, actions and thoughts. Visit:


UK: Richard Alston Dance Company brings new work set to Claudio Monteverdi, Benjamin Britten and Edward Elgar for their final ever performances. The performance will take place on March 7 & 8, 2020 at the Sadler’s Wells. Watch:


UK: BalletBoyz is celebrating their 20th anniversary year in a program with some of the world’s most exciting and innovative choreographers and composers. Chinese dancer and choreographer Xie Xin creates a work set to an original score by composer Jiang Shao-feng, whilst Maxine Doyle collaborates with jazz musician and composer Cassie Kinoshi. Watch:


UK: Message In A Bottle is the new dance-theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee Kate Prince to the iconic hits of Sting. With a mix of exhilarating dance styles, dazzling footwork and breathtaking athleticism set to the music of Sting, Message In A Bottle tells a vital and uplifting story of humanity and hope. World premiere is on February 6, 2020 at the Sadler’s Wells. Watch:


UK: Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Michael Keegan-Dolan’s new work acknowledges how life’s polarities can come together and find resolution. The Irish-language word mám describes the pass that connects two sides of a mountain and is the inspiration for his next work. UK premiere is on February 5, 2020 at Sadler’s Wells. Watch:


UK: Alina Cojocaru, lead principal dancer with Sadler’s Wells associate company English National Ballet and resident guest artist with Hamburg Ballet, curates and performs in a new programme of classical and contemporary works. Performance will take place from February 20-23, 2020. Visit:


UK: As Lin Hwai-Min, founder of the world-renowned Taiwanese company, steps down in 2020, Cloud Gate Dance Theatre brings works from the current and new artistic directors. Lin’s Dust uses Dmitri Shostakovich’s response to the destruction of Dresden to form his own requiem for this century. Dancers struggle through smoke and dirt until they are swallowed up in darkness. UK premiere is on February 26, 2020 at Sadler’s Wells. Watch:


UK: The Royal Ballet presents the world premiere of Cathy Marston's first work for the company on the main stage alongside a revival of Jerome Robbins’s timeless classic of pure dance. Premieres on February 17, 2020. Watch:


UK: BalletBoyz will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a 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: Twenty-five years after legendary dance iconoclast Lloyd Newson first dragged British pub culture kicking and yelling onto the stage, Rambert and Sadler’s Wells present Newson’s recreation. The critically acclaimed original production was made into an Emmy Award-winning film. Premieres on February 14, 2020. Visit:





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GERMANY: Contact.Energy’20 Contest For Contemporary Dance competition is looking for choreographers and dancers who can showcase their ability to create a connection between the artist and audience through the power of their energy. The competition will take place on October 9, 2020. Apply by June 30, 2020. Visit:


GERMANY: Ballett 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 be held on June 5 & 6, 2020. Apply by March 15, 2020. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition offers a production budget of €100,000, an audience award and 9 partner awards at one of the participating partner companies. The aim of the competition is to offer opportunities to choreographers from around the world. The competition will be held from June 11-13, 2020. Apply by March 1, 2020. Visit:


SLOVENIA: The 12th International Competition of Young Dance Creators OPUS 1 – short dance piece 2020, is now accepting applications. Rather than promote competitiveness, the aim of this competition is to promote contemporary dance, discover fresh talent and foster the creativity of young performers. The event will take place on April 11, 2020. Apply by March 1, 2020. Visit:





Children of Isadora/ Les Enfants d'Isadora, Shellac Distribution, 2019, directed by Damien Manivel, with Agathe Bonitzer, Manon Carpentier, Marika Rizzi, and others After the death of her two children in April 1913, the legendary dancer Isadora Duncan composed a solo entitled The Mother. In a gesture of great gentleness, a mother strokes and cradles her child one last time before letting him go. A century later, four women meet this dance. Trailer:


And Then We Danced, a 2019 Oscar® selection, Levan Akin,Writer-Director; produced by Ketie Danelia, Mathilde Dedy; Sweden/Georgia/France, 2019. Levan Gelbakhiani dazzles as Merab, the star student at Georgia’s national dance academy whose customary role as the leading male dancer is usurped by the arrival of a talented newcomer, Irakli (Bachi Valishvili). But feelings of rivalry soon become a mutual attraction for the pair of young dancers navigating the institutionalized, rigidly conservative world of traditional Georgian dance. Levan Akin’s drama overflows with finely observed social details and boasts outstanding performances from its talented young cast of actor/dancers. Source:







Marius Petipa: The Emperor's Ballet Master, by Nadine Meisner, Oxford University Press, 2019. One of the most important ballet choreographers of all time, Marius Petipa (1818 - 1910) created works that are now mainstays of the ballet repertoire. Every day in cities around the world, performances of Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty draw large audiences to theatres and inspire new generations of dancers, as does The Nutcracker during the winter holidays. Link:










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