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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities, & Funding: Current listings for the US, Latin America, Europe, & Asia: National Choreographers Initiative, CA: SpringBoard ChoreoFest Open Call, CO; BalletX Choreographic Fellowship, PA; The MacDowell Colony Fellowship, NH; HAPR Funding, NY; WestFest Open Call, NY, USA; K3- Residency, GERMANY; Kalakeli Residency, INDIA; Florence Dance Festival Open Call, ITALY; Choreolab Europe, THE NETHERLANDS; Dansearena Nord Residency, NORWAY; Space Clarence Mews Residency, UK.


New Works & Events: New Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck, Jamar Roberts, Pam Tanowitz and Reggie Wilson in New York, Cathy Marston in San Francisco, Kyle Abraham in London, Sang Jijia in Hong Kong, among others.


Choreographic Competitions: 36. International Choreographic Competition Hannover 2022, GERMANY; Tanzplattform Bern, SWITZERLAND; RIDCC, NETHERLANDS; International Competition of Young Dance Creators, SLOVENIA


Trending: How the pandemic has impacted the art of choreography


New Movies: INTO THE BEAT, directed by Stefan Westerwelle, choreography by Pepita Bauhardt, Teen, Dance, Romance Movie © 2021 Salt & Sugar, commissioned by Fuel and directed by filmmaker J.J. Abrahams for Dance International Glasgow.



New Books: Kinetic Atmospheres: Performance and Immersion, by Johannes Birringer, published by Routledge, November 2021







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


CALIFORNIA: The National Choreographers Initiative (NCI) is accepting applications for its 2022 NCI Showing. Apply by January 28, 2022Visit:


COLORADO: Applications are now open for dancers and choreographers aged 16 and above to be a part of SPRINGboard ChoreoFest 2022. The program, which runs March 24-27, 2022, is an incubator for modern and contemporary dance choreography for emerging and seasoned artists. Due to COVID-19, this year’s mentors from professional dance companies will be providing daily challenges for the choreographers virtually. Apply by January 7, 2022Visit:


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 March 30, 2022, for projects taking place between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023. Visit:


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


NEW HAMPSHIRE: The MacDowell Colony is currently accepting applications for its fellowships. The program provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. Apply by February 10, 2022. Visit:


NEW YORK: 2022 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship, awarded in 15 different disciplines over a 3-year period, are $7,000 cash grants for unrestricted use made to individual artists living and working in the State of New York. Apply by January 26, 2022. Visit:


NEW YORK: Triskelion Arts, lovingly referred to as Trisk, is an artist-run nonprofit organization. The Resident Artist Program offers support and resources for a selected NYC-based, movement-based artist to explore their creative process. This year’s program will host a 150-hour studio residency and culminates in a 3-evening, in-person performance run in our theater.  The resident artist is curated through an open application process, with the final selection chosen in collaboration with a rotating panel of peer artists. This program aims to support the artistic process and provide space and time to put practice into action. Apply by January 7, 2022. Visit:


NEW YORK: WestFest is a cutting-edge, curated festival presenting emerging and established movement artists in the historic Westbeth Artists’ Residence. The festival has 2 distinct programs: WestFest Top Floor at the Martha Graham Theater, presenting visionary artists in a traditional theater setting, and the site-specific program showing a variety of unconventional and unique approaches to dance and space, which will take place all around Westbeth. Choreographers may apply to one or both programs. Apply by January 10, 2022Visit:


NEW YORKDance Omi is accepting applications from choreographers for its 2022 residency program, which offers artists the vital resources of space, time, and other artists with whom to create. Lodging, meals, and studio space on Art Omi’s beautiful 200-acre campus in the Hudson Valley are provided at no cost to the residents. Apply by January 2, 2022. The dates for the 2022 residency are July 21-August 8, 2022. Visit:


NEW YORK: Here Artist Residency Program (HARP) provides a commission, development support, career planning, and full production to hybrid artists, all within a collaborative environment of peers working across disparate art forms – including theatre, dance, music, puppetry, visual art, and new media. HARP provides significant long-term support, as well as up to $50,000 in cash and more than $75,000 in equipment, space, and services over 2-3 years to tailor each residency to each artist’s individual needs. Apply by 5:00 pm on February 1, 2022. 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: Fertile Ground is a non-curated showcase produced with full production values for emerging and/or established artists. 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:


NORTH CAROLINA: ADF’s Movies By Movers is a bi-annual festival dedicated to the celebration of the conversation between the body and the camera. Submissions for the 2022 season are now open. Apply by February 14, 2022. Films will be screened at the annual American Dance Festival this summer in Durham. 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 February 25, 2022. Visit:


WASHINGTON, D.C.: Dance Place is accepting applications for the 2022-2024 Artist In Residence (AIR) program. The AIR Program provides multi-year support to artists with a developed artistic point of view who have not received significant prior institutional support to advance this point of view. Apply by January 31, 2022.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, 2022. Apply by March 30, 2022. Visit:


AUSTRALIA: Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia may apply for the Cultural Trust, which encourages excellence and supports a vibrant world-class arts scene in Australia. The Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 to assist emerging and early-career artists of exceptional talent to take on professional development opportunities, usually overseas. Apply by January 25, 2022. 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: The choreographic training program Atlas allows you to create your dance trails in a module-based training program embedded in the ImPulsTanzVienna International Dance Festival. It offers both artists with first choreographic experiences and mid-career artists in different disciplines a dynamic environment to intensively work on their artistic development. Apply by March 31, 2022. 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 the exchange of ideas among artists from different disciplines. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basisVisit:


CANADA: Dance Collection Danse (DCD) is pleased to offer a pilot project for an Artist Researcher-in-Residence. The artist will be provided with research support from DCD staff and will be able to spend as much time as they wish conducting research at DCD or digitally through DCD Discover. The artist will give an informal presentation at the end of the residency to share their research and discuss how they see the research fitting into new creative work (this presentation may be offered digitally or in a hybrid digital/in-person format). DCD welcomes applications from artists at any stage of their professional career and from any form of dance practice. Apply by February 1, 2022. Visit:


CANADA: The Dance Center in Vancouver offers an Artist-In-Residence (AIR) program, CREATE + ENGAGE that will run from September 2022 to August 2023. The AIR program supports artists in the creative development of new work and connects them with wider audiences through outreach and adjunct activities. Artists receive fully subsidized studio and/or theatre space, with potential for supported presentation and participation in other programs, exchange and networking opportunities, and staffing and resource support for outreach initiatives. Apply by January 10, 2022. Visit:


FINLAND: Ice Hot Helsinki 2022 consists of more than 20 performances on stage and first release of selected artists and companies from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The festival will take place February 9-13, 2022. Visit:


GERMANY: K3 – Center for Choreography is calling for applications from Hamburg choreographers who wish to develop contemporary mobile dance pieces (pop-ups) for young audiences with premiere dates in winter 2022 and spring 2023. 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:


INDIA: Kalakeli movement arts at Jungle Dance in Arambol, Goa, is an intense training program that invites acclaimed international and Indian teachers from various movement disciplines to share their knowledge and inspire the next generation of movement artists from all over the world. The residency will take place from February 7 – March 4, 2022. It offers training in contemporary technique, traditional martial arts, yoga, meditation, breath work, fighting methodologies, improvisation, and creative research as well as complementing lectures in the sciences of the body, mind, and soul. Apply by January 7, 2022. Visit:


ITALY: Finding the Essence Workshop by Rainer Behr investigates the question of what makes human beings dance. When does dance happen and when does not? What do we have to put away so dance arises? Repertory work will be incorporated (Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch). The workshop will take place on January 29 & 30, 2022. To apply, write to Visit:


ITALY: The Florence Dance Performing Arts Festival firmly believes in the artistic value of dance and performing arts. The project has the main purpose of hosting, supporting, and promoting the new creations of emerging companies and young Italian and European choreographers. The festival favors the realization of innovative and contemporary-inspired choreographic projects, supporting their staging and facilitating mobility and exchange of artists from the international dance art scene, thus creating fertile ground for artistic and professional exchange and growth. The festival will take place from June 27- July 3, 2022. Apply by January 31, 2022. Visit:


ITALY: Young choreographers can consider summer workshops at Dance Italia. The program thrives on the creative exchange of ideas, exploration, and opportunities for participants to experience a diverse spectrum of dance/movement disciplines. Dancers expand their skills through daily classes, workshops, discussions, informal showings, and performances while meeting world-renowned artists and networking through informal discussions and social gatherings. The program will take place from July 9 - August 6, 2022. Apply by June 1, 2022. Visit:


JAPAN: The Asian Cultural Council makes fellowships and grants to support cultural exchange in the arts for practicing artists, scholars, and arts professionals. Japanese artists may apply between January 13 and February 3, 2022. This program is open to applicants who are citizens of or residing in Japan and to organizations from Japan. In March 2022, applicants from the United States will be eligible to apply for travel and research in Japan. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: The goal of Choreolab Europe, a collaborative artistic research platform for dance and choreography, is to enhance personal and artistic growth. It provides an artistic playground where new ideas and questions can be born, shared, and reflected on in a peer-to-peer setting where advanced and professional dancers, dancing choreographers, and dance students can participate. Apply by January 15, 2022. The program will take place March 2-6, 2022Visit:


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, 2022. Visit:


UK: Space Clarence Mews in London is offering a residency program that is ideal for artists/companies/collectives working within and across all performance disciplines to push the boundaries of their own process and practice within a mutually supportive context. Both emerging and established artists/companies are welcome to apply. Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. Visit:






CALIFORNIA: Dance Camera West Film Festival 2022 will take place January 6-15, 2022. The festival highlights include the world premiere of six Dance Camera West commissioned films. Visit:


CALIFORNIA: San Francisco Ballet presents Mrs. Robinson, a world premiere by Cathy Marston, along with the brilliance of Balanchine’s Symphony in C and the playful elegance of Tomasson’s Trio. The world premiere will take place on February 1, 2022. Visit:


NEW YORK: The 50th Annual Dance on Camera Festival will be held from February 11 – 13, 2022, presented by Dance Films Association and the Film at Lincoln Center. Dance on Camera remains the longest-running dance film festival in the world, providing a platform for choreographic storytelling and creative expression, as well as intimate access to innovative media artists and their cinematic works. Each year in New York City, the festival presents feature-length documentary and narrative films, inventive short films, filmmaker panels, and special events, cutting-edge media and art installations, as well as engaging community and student programs. Visit:


NEW YORK: Reggie Wilson brings his Fist & Heel Performance Group home to Brooklyn for a revelatory weekend of “moving into the spirit.” In Power, developed at Jacob’s Pillow and the neighboring Hancock Shaker Village, Wilson imagines the mutual Black-Shaker influence as shaping experimental 19th-century American dance worship. The performance will run January 13-15, 2022 at BAM. Visit:


NEW YORK: Choreographer Pam Tanowitz creates a sublime and thrilling performance from T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. These haunting and evocative poems emerged in 1943 from the chaos of World War II as hopeful testaments to the redemptive power of spirituality, art, and human goodness in the darkest of times. Tony Award-nominated Kathleen Chalfant (Angels in America, Wit) performs Eliot’s text live in this much-lauded collaboration, the first authorized performance based on Four Quartets. The NYC premiere will take place on February 10, 2022, at BAM. Visit:


NEW YORK: Set to the music of the neo-soul, Grammy Award-winning R&B artist D’Angelo, An Untitled Love serves as Kyle Abraham’s creative exaltation of Black love and unity. Abraham dedicates this feel-good work—its visceral hope, solace, and joy—to family, culture, and community strengthened over generations and lifetimes. Nearly three decades after first befriending Brown Sugar, D’Angelo’s debut album, Abraham choreographs to the music of a singular artist for the first time in a work of this scale. Personifying love in all forms, this work shines through devotion to detail in the music and through movement. NY premiere will take place on February 23, 2022 at BAM. Visit:


NEW YORK: Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca return to the Joyce Theater, discovering fresh techniques and subject matter to create new work for the new year. Drawing from New York’s cultural landscape, Artistic Director Martín Santangelo and lead dancer and choreographer Soledad Barrio have shaped this program to celebrate life together again as the dance world resumes its place before audiences. Joined by the masterful artistry of its company members, Noche Flamenca brings the heart of flamenco back into the spotlight. Premieres on January 25, 2022. Visit:


NEW YORK: A world premiere from Jamar Roberts opens New York City Ballet’s triple bill program. As resident choreographer at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Roberts returns to NYCB for his first main stage work following the fall 2020 dance-on-film premiere of Water Rite. It is joined by Pam Tanowitz’s first dance for the company, Bartók Ballet, an ensemble piece fusing neoclassical choreography with modern and folk steps. The program concludes with Kyle Abraham’s genre-bending work for the 2018 Fall Gala, The Runaway. The world premiere is on February 3, 2022. Visit:


NEW YORK: NYCB presents a program including resident choreographer Justin Peck’s world premiere along with two convention-challenging works by Merce Cunningham and Christopher Wheeldon. Premieres on January 27, 2022. Visit:


NEW YORK: The New Group’s delayed world premiere of Black No More, a new musical inspired by George S. Schuyler’s 1931 Afrofuturist novel of the same name, set during the Harlem Renaissance, will run January 11-February 27, 2022, at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Directed by Scott Elliott with choreography by Tony winner Bill T. Jones. Visit:







AUSTRIA: The creation Mist for the dancers of NDT 1 presents the debut of the Belgian-French choreographer Damien Jalet with the company. The critically acclaimed works by Jalet are often visually stunning, kinetic, and thought-provoking. The world premiere will take place on January 6, 2022. Watch:


AUSTRIA: Concerto, which had its world premiere in Lisbon in 1993 performed by the Lucinda Childs Dance Company, marks the first time that a work by this important American choreographer will be seen at the Vienna State Ballet. The Austrian premiere will take place on January 14, 2022. Visit:


AUSTRIA: Gloria is a choreographer, witch, fairy, and artist, who is as baroque as she is whimsical, and she can’t live without dance. Having visited in 2018 with his acclaimed creation Carmen (s), José Montalvo now presents the second part of his diptych, Gloria. The Austrian premiere is on January 28, 2022. Watch: José Montalvo / Gloria - Maison de la Danse Lyon - YouTube


FINLAND: Katrín Gunnarsdóttir is a choreographer and dancer from Reykjavík, Iceland. In her work, she is interested in soft encounters, quietness and resonance, relentless ever-changing flow, the labor of the dancer, and the body as an archive. The new work ALDA is a dance performance installation that draws upon the history of women’s collective physical labor and, in particular, its relation to repetitive motions and song, to generate a situation of intimate female assembly, convergence, and coalescence. The premiere will take place on February 10, 2022Visit:


GERMANY: The spectacular stage program for the COLOURS festival center Theaterhaus Stuttgart is almost complete. Five German premieres and one world premiere, three of them in co-production with COLOURS, will create plenty of festival buzz. The program includes Nederlands Dans Theater, La Veronal, Emanuel Gat Dance, L-E-V Sharon Eyal & Gai Behar, and the companies of Wayne McGregor, Josef Nadj, and Dada Masilo, and more. The festival will take place from June 25-July 17, 2022. Visit:


GERMANY: The Stuttgart Ballet’s new triple bill PURE BLISS opens with a revival of choreographer Johan Inger’s Out of Breath, a stirring piece that explores the fine line between life and death. The evening concludes with a world premiere by Inger: for his first work for the Stuttgart Ballet, Inger plans a one-act comedy based on the famous classical ballet The Sleeping Beauty. This collaboration between Inger - whose roots lie in classical ballet as well as contemporary dance - and the dancers of the Stuttgart Ballet - who are known for their openness, versatility, and passionate commitment to choreographers - is sure to be a fruitful one. The world premiere is on February 25, 2022. Visit:


HONG KONG: CCDC presents Pa | Ethos. The name originates from the words, ‘Pathos’ and ‘Ethos’ from Aristotle’s Rhetoric. ‘Ethos’ emphasizes precision, while ‘Pathos’ evokes passion and feelings. Choreographer Snag Jujia explores the uninhibited inner world of the dancers, unleashing infinite possibilities of movement and immobility. The world premiere is on January 22, 2022. Visit:


ICELAND: Ice Hot Nordic Dance Platform, to be held in Reykjavík from February 9-13, 2022, offers live performances, artistic presentations, and discussions. Visit:


INDIA: Attakkalari Center for Movement Arts in Bangalore announces the 10th edition of the Attakkalari India Biennial (AIB), one of  South Asia’s largest and preeminent movement and digital arts festivals. AIB has emerged as a revered stage for renowned dancers and choreographers the world over and as a platform for encouraging new talent in the contemporary movement arts space in the region. The lineup features internationally acclaimed dance companies from India, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, UK, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Japan, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Australia. The festival runs from December 2021 - February 2022. Visit:


JAPAN: Japanese choreographer Motoko Hirayama has choreographed a piece that connects the traditional Japanese string instrument Koto, traditional Ainu culture, and contemporary dance. The world premiere will take place on February 17, 2022. Visit:


JAPAN: Japanese traditional dance Noh meets contemporary dance in choreographer Yasutake Shimaji’s new production. The world premiere will take place on January 13, 2022. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: For the first time in the Netherlands, Dutch National Ballet presents its own production of Marius Petipa’s legendary ballet Raymonda. Associate Artistic Director Rachel Beaujean is creating a completely new version of this masterpiece of the Russian ballet. The choreographic splendor will be retained, but the story will have an exciting new twist. The world premiere is on February 11, 2022. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: The dancers of NDT 1 and NDT 2 have developed a unique program filled with new choreographies created by the dancers. The entire revenue from the program will be donated to a charity fund of their choice. The performance will take place on January 15, 2022. Visit:

NORWAY: Carte Blanche brings a star team of artists for an entire evening with the company’s 14 dancers. A collaboration with Hungarian artist Eszter Salamon, the full-length production will focus on experimentation and history with all the dancers on stage. The world premiere of Monument 0.10: The Living Monument is on March 10, 2022. Visit:


POLAND: Opera at The Castle Szczecin proposes a new version of the classical story of Don Quixote and his faithful servant, Sancho Panza. Anna Hop, a young and talented Polish choreographer, will present to Szczecin’s audience her own version of the famous classical ballet. The world premiere is on January 29, 2022. Visit:


SWEDEN: Charlotta Öfverholm and DV8 colleague Jordi Cortes are premiering their new work In a Cage of Light, which takes the audience into a physical world with fast changes between humor and darkness. Live music will be performed by Lauri Antila. The performance will take place from January 5-9, 2022 at Orion Theatre in Stockholm. Visit:


SWEDEN: Scenkonst Sörmland and Giron Sámi Teáhter collaborate on the new production Vindvaka with Virpi Pahkinen Dance Company as a partner. Four dancers travel through the hydrosphere, exploring how water transforms from a liquid and flowing state to bellowing and gushing to finally form itself into the secretly organized pattern of a snow crystal. The premiere will take place on February 4, 2022. Visit:


UK: A Gandini Juggling production in collaboration with the Merce Cunningham Trust presents LIFE, a brand new work from masters of contemporary circus. The work includes Gandini Juggling based on the innovative choreography of Merce Cunningham. The performance will run from January 12-15, 2022 at Sadler’s Wells. Visit:


UK: Royal Ballet’s Draft Works gives audiences an opportunity to see new creative processes at work. Encouraging fresh thinking and giving insights into rising talent, these programs bring together a sample of new choreographic ideas from Royal Ballet dancers and guest collaborators, as well as from the newly appointed Royal Ballet Emerging Choreographer. The intimacy of the Clore Studio allows audiences to see movement at the choreographic cutting edge up close. The performance will take place February 5-9, 2022. Visit:


UK: Taking inspiration from the groundbreaking spirit of Florence Nightingale and the women who supported the war effort in Crimea, Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, creates a new version of the classic story ballet, Raymonda. The premiere will take place on January 13, 2022. Watch:


UK: Set to the music of the neo-soul, Grammy Award-winning R&B artist D’Angelo, An Untitled Love serves as Kyle Abraham’s creative exaltation of Black love and unity. Abraham dedicates this feel-good work—its visceral hope, solace, and joy—to family, culture, and community strengthened over generations and lifetimes. Nearly three decades after first befriending Brown Sugar, D’Angelo’s debut album, Abraham choreographs to the music of a singular artist for the first time in a work of this scale. Personifying love in all forms, this work shines through devotion to detail in the music and through movement. The performance will run February 9-12, 2022 at Sadler’s Wells. Visit:


UK: NDT 2 will perform works by celebrated international choreographers: Marco Goecke, Hans van Manen, and Johan Inger, featuring two UK premieres. The performance will take place from February 16-19, 2022 at Sadler’s Wells. Visit:








GERMANY: 36. International Choreographic Competition Hannover 2022 will take place online on July 1 & 2, 2022. Cash prizes and production prizes will be awarded. Apply by April 15, 2022. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: RIDCC is a unique annual dance festival that brings together new choreographic voices with renowned artistic leaders and programmers, both nationally and internationally. Up-and-coming choreographic talents from all over the world, in all imaginable dance styles, participate in a duet competition, where they can win outstanding awards. The competition will take place June 23-25, 2022. Visit:


SLOVENIA: The 13th International Competition of Young Dance Creators will be held on April 16, 2022. The aim of this competition is to promote contemporary dance, discover fresh talent, and foster the creativity of young dance creators, not to push for competitiveness. The competition is open to dancers born between 1998 and 2006. Apply by March 1, 2022. Visit:


SWITZERLAND: Bern Ballet is calling for applications for TANZPLATTFORM BERN

International Dance Festival and Competition for Choreographers. The event will take place June 21-25, 2022. The chosen choreographers will be invited to perform the submitted dance piece in Bern and will receive a performance fee, travel costs, and accommodation. Apply by January 10, 2022. Visit:


TRENDING: How the pandemic impacted the art of choreography


Dark times have lessons to teach us if we’re open to receiving them. An article in Dance Informa online magazine examines the impact the pandemic has had on the art of choreography. The article describes notable trends by providing several examples, and it is written from a position of a reviewer/dance critic. Link:





Into the Beat, directed by Stefan Westerwelle, choreography by Pepita Bauhardt, Teen, Dance, Romance Movie © 2021 – Netflix. Into the Beat is an inspiring coming-of-age story of a dancer finding her own style. The film is based on an original screenplay penned by German film director Stefan Westerwelle, also the director of the film, and Hannah Schweier. Choreographer Pepita Bauhardt ideated the standalone dance segments, while Jeff Jimenez took the responsibility of choreographing group-led dance performances, like the one that introduces viewers to the Battle-Land.


Partly teenage romance and partly dance drama, the film revolves around teenager Katya, who overcomes all odds to reinstate her talent as a dancer. Dancing comes naturally to Katya as she belongs to a family of acclaimed dancers. But will she choose the traditional ballet dance that she has trained in from early childhood or the freestyle hip-hop that she has recently stumbled upon and has gained considerable mastery over in a short span of time? Movie trailer link:



Salt & Sugar, commissioned by Fuel and directed by filmmaker JJ Abrahams for Dance International Glasgow, is a beautiful, intensely personal film, but bracingly unsentimental. At age forty, critically acclaimed choreographer and dancer Hemabharathy Palani is looking back and taking stock of her life thus far. This film isn’t a linear, autobiographical piece though—it is lyrical and dense, showing Palani dancing, teaching, and exercising in a variety of locations, such as forests, shimmering grassy fields, and indoors in practice studios. This is an advance screening of the film as a work-in-progress, with a final edit to be released later in 2022. Link to view full screening of the film:





Kinetic Atmospheres: Performance and Immersion, by Johannes Birringer, published by Routledge, November 2021. This book offers a sustained and deeply experiential pragmatic study of performance environments, here defined at unstable, emerging, and multisensational atmospheres, open to interactions and travels in augmented virtualities. If landscapes are autobiographical, and atmospheres prompt us to enter blurred lines of a "forest knowledge," where light, shade, and darkness entangle us in foraging mediations of contaminated diversity, then such sensitization to elemental environments requires a focus on processual interaction. Link:













Dance ICONS -- The Global Network for Choreographers!


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

Camilla Acquista, Content Editor | Charles Scheland, Executive Assistant  | Theo Kossenas, Director of Web Development

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

Christina Nikolaidis-Strommer (Austria) Ana Lejava (US)

Elizabeth Gahl (France) Karol Urbański (Poland) Veronica Posth(Germany) and Maya Zhalova (India)