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Choreographic Residencies & Opportunities:  Current listings for the U.S. and around the globe

New Choreography & Events:  2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival | National College Dance Festival 2016

                                                            Nominees for 'ballet's Oscars' announced in Moscow

Conferences/Markets: Contemporary Ballet in NY | Dance/USA in TX | Tanzmesse Dusseldorf

Trending:  Alessandra Ferri’s Digital Duet | Genre Fusion of Hervé Koubi

Choreography Competitions: Win $5,000 by showing choreography in the U.S. and Denmark

Talks & Conferences: Uchizono, Durning and Mapp and PillowTalks

Books: Choreographies of 21st Century Wars, by Gay Morris and Jens Richard Giersdorf (Editors)







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


KANSAS: The Department of Dance at the University of Kansas offers a choreographic fellowship for dance makers to share and further develop a work while also giving dance students the experience of an intensive creative and rehearsal process with a professional choreographer. Selected choreographers teach master classes, set works on members of the University Dance Company. The next choreographic fellowship competition takes place in the fall of 2016. Submissions will be accepted starting April 1, 2016. Upload submissions via acceptd.


LOUISIANA/NATIONAL: An NPN residency directly fosters engagement between touring artists and the community it is visiting by bringing artists and their creative tools to new constituencies and audiences across a wide array of settings. A residency provides salaries, transportation, housing, per diem, and more. Residencies take place at NPN Partners in 28 states and 42 cities across the U.S. Email:


NEW JERSEY: The 7th annual Your Move Festival welcomes a wide range of movement performance including modern and post-modern dance, physical theater, dance-theater, improvisational performance, dance films, and more. Choreographers are invited to submit one movement-based piece (no more than 10 minutes in length) for consideration.  The entry piece can either be an existing dance, or a proposal for new work. Deadline: May 16, 2016. Accepted choreographers will be notified by mid-July. Performances are October 20-23, 2016, with each choreographer/company offered two performance slots over the three-day period.


NEW YORK: Mindflock: Making Meaning, Movement and Mindful Creation for Directors and Choreographers, May 21-22, noon-5:00 p.m., 889 Broadway, 4th floor, New York, N.Y. A two-day intensive workshop on directing and dramaturgy for directors and choreographers focuses on developing new strategies for jump-starting new work from scratch by layering compelling visuals, vivid relationships, coherent text and propulsive narrative. For theater and dance makers regardless of experience level who wish to build skills in movement, spatial relations, and imagery and discover tools for devising and coachng text, character, and specific meaning.


NEW YORK: MachineHDance is accepting applications for the MachineHDance Summer Festival July 20 to July 24, 2016, at the Royal Theater in Manhattan. The festival provides choreographers with the opportunity to showcase longer works (not generally accepted in a festival format) in an affordable and highly professional manner. Choreographers are asked to submit works that are between 10 and 30 minutes in length for consideration in two performances. There is no fee to apply and pieces of all dance genres will be considered. Deadline: May 22, 2016.


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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Dance Exchange is launching its 40th anniversary season with its summer training institute featuring innovative creative practices and boundary-breaking dance making opportunities. Institute participants from the greater Washington, D.C., region and across the globe gather with leaders, innovators, movers and thinkers in a multigenerational collective intent on deeply engaging in and with community. Open to dancers, dancemakers, and those interested in moving and community, participants will experience daily movement classes, sessions in core practices, including Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process, and meaningful dance making beyond the studio. Dates are: July 8-17, 2016 at Dance Exchange studios in Takoma Park, MD.





AUSTRIA: Young contemporary choreographers are encouraged to apply for the Vienna workshop ImPulsTanz Research Projects 2016, July 14 through August 14. The program presents a variety of dance and choreography  workshops as well as movement research laboratories. Information and application for choreographers will be online April 29, 2016.


GERMANY: The Pact Zollverein choreographic residencies in the Ruhr District are offered from January to July 2017. The residencies provide a working space and production support. A public presentation of the work isn’t envisioned. Online applications open May 9, 2016 through June 13, 2016. For more information, Visit:


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GERMANY: The well-known and respected TANZWERKSTATT  EUROPE, based in Munich, is offering workshops, performances and a symposium in July 27-August 6, 2016. The summer program and festival includes both technique classes and a choreographic lab for contemporary dance artists. Applications open April 2016.


INDIA: Young contemporary dance choreographers looking for a safe environment to define or challenge their working methodologies are invited to apply for the 2016 edition of Gati Summer Dance Residency. The Laboratory for Young Choreographers is held in New Delhi between June 5 and 26, 2016. The intensive program includes classes, workshops, lectures and discussions on choreography, context and criticality with a range of practitioners from the field of performance-making.


ITALY: Video dance choreographers are invited to apply to the ALTER EGO Festival. The festival, along with a program that includes video and film screenings, performances, exhibitions, installations and laboratories, presents new trends in audiovisual and experimental performance, with a strong focus on physical and perceptive roots. Email your materials to: specifying the section and category to which you wish to register. Deadline: July 24, 2016.


JAPAN: Yokohama is seeking artists to provide cultural programs such as dance, music, visual art or other creation for the city. The Yokohama Art Grant offers three categories and the second or the third one is most likely to be beneficial to choreographers. Deadline: May 18, 2016.
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JAPAN: Organized by Japan Contemporary Dance Network, Odoriniikuze is looking for contemporary choreographers who wish to work across disciplines with different fields of arts, such as film, theater, and architecture. Rehearsal space, performance expenses and staff will be provided. International choreographers are welcome; email the network by May 18, 2016, at: or Visit:


TAIWAN: The Taipei Artist Village and Treasure Hill Artist Village are secluded by a serene garden, but within vibrant Taipei City. The residency provides opportunity for innovative makers of visual art, music, literature, and performance art and fosters artistic and cultural exchange between Taiwan and the rest of the world. Housing 10 residents for eight to 12 weeks, the program is open to U.S. and non-U.S. artists and includes private housing, use of studio, and media equipment. Email: or Visit







MASSACHUSETTS: The 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival opens June 18, with a gala performance and continues with more than 200 free and ticketed dance performances through August 18. Among the companies performing at the Pillow this summer are the world-premiere engagement And Still You Must Swing created by tap dance powerhouses Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith; former New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan and choreographer Brian Brooks in an evening of new duets and solos, titled Some of a Thousand Words; rare U.S. appearances by France-based Compagnie Hervé Koubi and South Korea-based contemporary ensemble Bereishit Dance Company; the powerful all-male company Che Malambo of Argentina; and the return of Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet.


NEW YORK: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s two-week Lincoln Center Season June 8-19, 2016, features world premieres by acclaimed Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti and MacArthur “genius” fellow Kyle Abraham. Abraham’s Untitled America: Second Movement is the second installment in a three-part suite that explores the impact of incarceration on African-American families. The piece features original music by contemporary composer Jordan Chiolis, The season includes new productions of VespersUlysses Dove’s ballet for six women, and The HuntRobert Battle’s heart-pounding work for six men, two of more than a dozen works featured on five different programs.


WASHINGTON, D.C.: Thirty-one college and university dance departments from around the country will perform in the American College Dance Association’s National College Dance Festival June 9, 10 and 11, 2016, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Aside from workshops, master classes and panels for emerging student choreographers and dancers, the festival features three distinct programs of outstanding college and university dance and choreography in the Terrace Theater at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. each day of the three-day festival. The dances were chosen for their artistic excellence from each of ACDA’s 12 regional conferences around the country.





AUSTRIA: Vienna’s annual festival Wiener Festwochen presents theater pieces, art works, installations and performances, including interesting dance performance pieces between May 13 to June 19, 2016. The roster includes “Climax” by Yasmeen Godder (Israel), “Primal Matter” by Dimitris Papaioannou (Greece), the Austrian premiere of the 24-hour marathon performance “Mount Olympus” by Jan Fabre (Belgium) and much more.


BELGIUM: “Ravel,” a new ballet evening of the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen May 28, 2016, in Antwerp, unites three pieces to music by Maurice Ravel: “Exhibition” by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and “Ma mère l’Oye” by Jeroen Verbruggen, both world premieres, are complemented by Maurice Béjart’s “Boléro.” Visit:


BRAZIL: Laboratório da Cena FUNARTE 2016, Brazil’s National Foundation of the Arts (FUNARTE) is accepting proposals for dance and other performing arts for its 2016 season from June until November 2016. Winning submissions will be presented in FUNARTE theaters in Belo Horizonte, Brasília and São Paulo. Visit:  


BRAZIL: Ayudas a la creación escénica iberoamericana en residencia: The Hispanic-American Fund for the Performing Arts (Fundo de Ajuda para as Artes Cênicas Iberoamericanas) is in its tenth season of accepting proposals to support residencies for the creation of choreography and dramaturgy. Submissions must be from Brasil, Argentina, Colômbia, Costa Rica, Chile, Equador, El Salvador, Spain, México, Panamá, Paraguai, Peru or Uruguay. The total amount available is 6M Euros for individual choreographers and 8M Euros for institutions. Online applications will be accepted from May 2 through September 30, 2016. Visit:


BRAZIL: La Residencia de Creación Zona Ibsen: The Hispanic-American Fund for the Performing Arts (Fundo de Ajuda para as Artes Cênicas Iberoamericanas) is calling choreographers and other performing and visual artists up to 35 years old whose projects are experimental in nature. Applications for the Creation Residency at Zona Ibsen will be accepted through June 15, 2016. Visit:


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BULGARIA: “Metronome,” produced by the Bulgarian modern dance powerhouse Derida Dance Center, makes its world premiere May 12, 2016. The piece by Zhivko Zhelyazkov focuses the spectator’s attention toward two aspects of the same sense – the sense of time. Presently, the impulse to seek an idea of the future sometimes takes one’s presence away, however the choice always lies within us. Video:


CANADA: More than 20 performances by many of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies, choreographers, and artists are featured in the 2016 Canada Dance Festival performance schedule. This year’s festival in the nation’s capital showcases challenging new ideas through powerful movement and beautiful movers — all telling uniquely Canadian stories in dance. The festival runs June 4-11, 2016, in Ottawa. Video:


FRANCE: The French contemporary dance festival Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis announces its 2016 program running May 11- June 18, 2016, in Bagnolet cedex, an eastern suburb of Paris. The lineup includes 25 companies, 50 performances at 10 theaters, two focusing on Korea as part of the Year of France-Korea relations and four performances  for young audiences. Video:


FRANCE: The Ballet of the Opéra National du Rhin presents “Kaléidoscope,” a double bill of new contemporary pieces by two up-and-coming choreographers: Ezio Schiavulli’s “i-ME and Myself” highlights the physicality of dance, while Bruno Benne’s “Ornaments” revisits the codes of Baroque dance with music by Jean-Philippe Rameau. “Kaléidoscope” opens at the Salle Jean-Pierre Ponnelle in Strasbourg June 9, 2016.

GERMANY: Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart is premiering resident choreographer Marco Goecke’s Nijinski, a bio-ballet about iconic star who, as choreographer single-handedly propelled the field into modernism, creating what we now know as modern dance. The work features music by Chopin, Glazunov, and Russian folk and punk music. The ballet premieres June 18-26, 2016, at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart in Germany.


GERMANY: “upDATING YOU” is documentary, multimedia dance theater work that explores the influence of the Internet and its virtual spaces on human relationships. A co-production of the association VisAbility e.V., the DIN A 13 tanzcompany, and video artist Ralf Jesse, the piece includes professional dancers, some of them disabled, joined by a virtual ensemble of Internet users who were invited  to participate via a social media campaign. “upDATING YOU” premieres at the Sommerblut Festival in Cologne May 13, 2016.


GERMANY: POOL 16 INTERNACIONALES/Tanz Film Festival BERLIN: Berlin’s International Dance Film Festival is accepting submissions for dance films of less than 30 minutes through June 15, 2016.
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ITALY: MosaicoDance presents Interplay, which brings companies and choreographers from around the world to Turin May 18 to June 10, 2016, for performances in theaters as well as site-specific events in museums and urban spaces throughout the city. Thirty companies from 15 foreign countries and many Italian regions will be hosted, presenting 11 national debuts and 14 regional debuts showcasing a new generation of contemporary dance. The festival begins at the Teatro Astra (May 18 and 20), moves on to the Fonderie Teatrali Limone (May 23, 27, and 28), then to the Lavanderia a Vapore in Collegno (May 25 and 31), while Metropolitan Blitzes will take place on various places, from Piazza Vittorio Veneto (May 21) to the site-specific events at the MEF Museo Ettore Fico (June 10), as well as in the outdoor areas of some theaters. 


NETHERLANDS: Dutch National Ballet mounts a mixed bill of old and new works on June 11, 2016. “Transatlantic” comprises Justin Peck’s “The Year of the Rabbit,” George Williamson’s “Dawn Dances” and “Overture” by David Dawson. Ernst Meisner, artistic coordinator of Dutch National Ballet’s junior company, contributes a yet-to-be-titled world.


RUSSIA:  For the first time in the history of the Benois de la Danse Awards, a record number of choreographers – eight – were nominated.  They include Mauro Bigonzetti (Cinderella, La Scala Ballet), Zhang Yunfeng (Emperor Yu Li, Beijing Dance Academy), Benjamin Millepied (Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward, Paris Opera Ballet), Justin Peck (Rõdeõ: Four Dance Episodes, New York City Ballet), Alexander Ekman (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Royal Swedish Ballet) and Johan Inger, who was nominated for the prize for two performances – Carmen (Compañia Nacional de Danza) and One on One (Netherland Dance Theater). Also nominated were two Russian choreographers – Yuri Possokhov (Hero of Our Time, Bolshoi Ballet) and Maxim Petrov (Le Divertissement du Roi, Mariinsky Ballet). The award ceremony will be held at the Bolshoi's Historic Stage on May 17, 2016.






Contemporary Ballet: Exchanges, Connections and Directions is a two-day conference taking place in New York at the Center for Ballet and the Arts (NYU) on May 20, 2016, and at Barnard College (Columbia University) on May 21, 2016. A provisional schedule for the two-day special topics conference on contemporary ballet in New York City is now available at


Dance/USA’s Annual Conference for dance professionals, including choreographers, will take place in Austin, Texas, June 8-11, 2016. The campus-style  gathering is designed to allow for conference attendees to engage in active discussion and learn from industry experts. This exciting national convening will inspire you to advance dance both in business and on stage.


TANZMESSE Dusseldorf (Germany) is the largest professional dance conference in Europe. Dedicated exclusively to contemporary dance, it takes place August 31 to September 3, 2016. At the Tanzmesse, where artists from more than 50 countries in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia find an equal opportunity to present their works to a professional audience of presenters, directors and cultural workers. The event brings together more than 1,600 dance and arts professionals.




Video projection, holograms and digital media usage has been deeply influencing 21st-century dance and choreography. Watch this advertisement for the new No. 7 Lift & Luminate triple action serum, starring world-class ballet dancer Alessandra Ferri, 52, dancing with a hologram of her 19-year-old self. The ad was created without the use of any CGI, using Mission 3D, one of the world’s leading hologram companies. Directed by Tom Harper, it was choreographed by Wayne McGregor. Visit:


Contemporary dance today is being re-defined by the phenomena of genre fusion. An example of this is the Compagnie Hervé Koubi, which offers jaw-dropping acrobatics, gymnastics, b-boying, modern dance and ballet. The troupe will be performing in the U.S. this summer at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The latest repertory work captures stunningly fluid moves for 12 French-Algerian and African male dancers trained in capoeira, martial arts, urban and contemporary dance. Here is a sample:





CALIFORNIA: The Choreographer’s Cup studio competition by Monsters Dance has helped launch hundreds of dancers’ careers through performance and training opportunities. The Choreographer’s Cup is designed for aspiring choreographers worldwide who will put their skills to the test at this year’s Choreographer’s Cup in Los Angeles in August 2016. Top prize is $5,000.


DENMARK/EUROPE: Copenhagen International Choreography Competition is accepting applications from professional choreographers under age 45. Works may be solos, duets or group pieces, between 5 and 15 minutes in length, created after January 1, 2015 (or premiering at the competition). The competition is focused on contemporary works and takes place August 5-6, 2016, as a platform to discover and promote emerging contemporary choreographers. Deadline: May 22, 2016.





May 27 at noon: Durning, Mapp and Uchizono – three choreographers with deeply personal movement vocabularies and highly personal content in an intimate public conversation. Fridays at Noon, 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street, New York, NY. Visit:


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PillowTalks: Hour-long talks with choreographers are held Fridays at 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. in Blake’s Barn at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Mass. (next to the box office). All talks are free and open to the public. Visit:





Choreographies of 21st Century Wars, by Gay Morris and Jens Richard Giersdorf, Editors


Choreographies of 21st Century Wars is the first book to analyze the interface between choreography and wars in this century, a pertinent inquiry since choreography has long been linked to war and military training. The book draws on recent political theory that posits shifts in the kinds of wars occurring since the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War, all of which were wars between major world powers. Purchase at:





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