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IN THIS ISSUE:
Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & Funding: Current listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe, & Asia:
Springboard Project (U.S.), Internationale Tanzmesse 2018 (Germany), FIDCDMX (Mexico City)
New Works & Events: New Wayne McGregor, Autobiography; New Xavier Cha, Buffer; New Cynthia Oliver, Virago-Man Dem, New Gu Jiani, Exit; New Boris Charmatz, 10000 Gestures; Steirischer Herbst Festival (Austria); TPAM 2018 (Japan)
Trending: Choreography & Technology: Dancing Robots and More….
Learning Opportunities: Art Factory International in Italy
Competitions: 22nd International Solo-Dance-Theatre Festival Stuttgart
New Movies: STEP directed by Amanda Lipitz, starring Paula Dofat, Blessin Giraldo, and Cori Grainger
New Books: Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home by Janine Koyac, Published by Moxie Road Productions
ARIZONA: The 5th Annual Dance Shorts College Film Festival is now accepting film submissions from national and international college students. This festival provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to share their short dance films in a national venue. Apply by December 4, 2017. Visit: www.DanceShortsFestival.com
NEW YORK: The Jerome Robbins Foundation will launch the Springboard Project, designed to encourage collaborations in which choreography plays an integral part in the conception and creation of new musical projects – dance driven musicals. Creative teams wishing to apply may submit a letter of inquiry by October 6, 2017.
NEW YORK: Virginia B. Toulmin was a passionate supporter of the performing arts and of equity and fairness for women. The foundation she created supports the careers of emerging female composers, playwrights, and choreographers, commissioning their works and supporting their budding careers. Apply for fellowship by December 1, 2017. Visit: http://balletcenter.nyu.edu/fellowships/virginia-b-toulmin-fellowship-for-women/
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: http://www.greenspacestudio.org/performance.html
NEW YORK: ModArts Dance Collective (MADC) is calling for women choreographers of color to submit works for the third annual dance festival, “Collective Thread.” Collective Thread will consist of a 3:30 and 7:30 pm concert on March 10, 2018 at Dixon Place. The purpose of Collective Thread is to provide a voice and a platform for artistic self-expression to women of underrepresented ethnic groups within the medium of dance. Apply by December 15, 2017. Visit: https://www.modartsdance.com
NEW YORK: A generous grant by The Department of Cultural Affairs has made it possible for Triskelion Arts to offer one selected choreographer/company 100 hours of free rehearsal space in any of Triskelion’s five studios to be used between January and June 2018. The program culminates in a 3-night, paid performance to run in the Muriel Schulman Theater June 14-16, 2018. Apply by October 20, 2017.
NEW YORK: The Upstart Program is seeking dance, theater and performance works by New York City based artists who have no more than three years of experience showing their work in New York City. Work will be produced as part of a two-day showcase in the BAX Theater, March 16-17, 2018. Apply by October 2, 2017. Visit: artistservices.bax.org/upstart-application.
PENNSYLVANIA: The Iron Factory is offering free one-week residencies for individual artists and companies (up to 4 people). The residency includes 6 nights in the 2nd floor shared apartment and free access to the studio on the 3rd floor. Now accepting applications for January, March, and May 2018 residencies. Apply by November 1, 2017.
TEXAS: Austin Dance Festival produces professional artists working in the fields of modern dance, postmodern dance, contemporary dance, improvisation, and experimental dance. The festival also presents a Youth Edition Concert for dancers ages 13-18, as well as a series of master classes, artist interviews, and pop-up community dances. Festival Dates are April 6-8, 2018.
Apply by November 1, 2017. Visit: http://www.kdhdance.com/adf-guidelines/
U.S.: 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. Applications are now being accepted for a MAP Fund grant. Apply by October 30, 2017. Visit: https://mapfund.submittable.com/submit
WASHINGTON, DC: The S&R Foundation in Washington, D.C. is accepting applications for four $5,000 prizes to emerging artists from around the world. Apply by October 5, 2017. Visit: http://sandrfoundation.org/programs/washington-award.
AUSTRALIA: The WDA Global Education Network is partnering with daCi and the University of South Australia to host a global dance education summit from July 8-13, 2018. Panpapanpalya 2018 will be one of the world’s largest gatherings of dancers, dance educators, and artists of all ages, generating new thoughts and ideas for dance learning and teaching in the 21st century. Apply by October 9, 2017. Visit: http://www.jointdancecongress2018.com
BRAZIL: Itaú Cultural is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 season, Rumos, to develop and mount diverse art projects and Brazilian cultural works, including dance. Apply by November 5, 2017. Visit: www.rumositaucultural.org.br.
CANADA: Open call for Springboard Danse Montréal 2018 which will take place
June 10-29, 2018. Apply by December 1, 2017. Visit:
FRANCE: The CCN of Créteil and Val-de-Marne welcomes and supports 15-20 companies per year in projects that include audience engagement or exchange such as open rehearsals, discussions, and master classes, etc. The Accueil Studio provides studio space and various technical resources according to the needs of the project. Apply by October 15, 2017. Visit: www.ccncreteil.com
FRANCE: The Camargo Core Program selects 19 international fellows and offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, create, and connect. By encouraging multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, it fosters connections between research and creation. Apply by October 17, 2017. Visit: http://camargofoundation.org/apply/current-calls/
GERMANY: The Internationale Tanzmesse 2018's call for proposals is open. Those who have contacted them prior may apply by October 16, 2017. The Tanzmesse provides marketing and production support, but not travel. You may apply to USArtists International for artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation. American Dance Abroad may also provide some support for artists selected to perform, contingent on availability of funding. Visit: https://www.tanzmesse.com/en/tanzmesse/2018/exhibitors/performance-proposal/
GERMANY: Lucky Trimmer is seeking original short pieces (under 10 min.) 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, 2017. Visit: http://www.luckytrimmer.com/index.php?id=14
GERMANY: TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund is a new German funding program aimed at established artists, ensembles and production structures with an international reach. The aim is to realise substantial projects that contribute to the artistic and structural development, strengthening, and profiling of the art form of dance in Germany. There will be two calls for applications in the pilot phase, in 2017 and 2018. The aim is to continue the funding instrument beyond 2021 with annual calls for applications. Apply by November 15, 2017. Visit: http://www.tanzpakt.de/en/home/
GERMANY: Choreographers up to age 40 can apply for a Guest Programme for Young Foreign Theatre People conducted by Goethe-Institut, Munich, and the Federal Republic of Germany Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). Grant recipients will be taken in by theatres in Germany to become familiar with production conditions and the conception and rehearsal process of at least one production. Visit: https://www.goethe.de/en/
GERMANY: As part of its residency program, K3 Center for Choreography Hamburg offers three choreographers a chance to work on site for eight months, usually from August to April. The programme is intended for choreographers currently at the beginning of their professional careers, but who have already produced some choreographic work of their own. Visit: http://www.k3-hamburg.de/en/ausschreibungen/
JAPAN: Saison Cultural Fund is now accepting applications from overseas artists for their artist in residency program. The residency will run between June 1, 2018 and March 3, 2019. Inquire by October 5, 2017 to request an application form. Visit: http://www.saison.or.jp/r_morishita/03.html
JAPAN: 2017 Tokyo Cultural Grant Program is calling for applications to support presentations of new works in Tokyo by artists from other countries, providing opportunities to encounter new forms of expression, while seeking to ensure that Tokyo becomes an attractive hub for international creative activities. Apply by October 6, 2017. Visit: https://www.artscouncil-tokyo.jp/ja/what-we-do/support/grants/cultural-program-grant-program/22118/
MEXICO CITY: Choreographers, dance companies and independent or emergent dance troupes are invited to participate in open call for The International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City, FIDCDMX, which will be held from August 2-12, 2018. Within only two editions, the Festival has brought more than 50 companies from 30 countries and almost 30,000 people. Apply by November 15th, 2017. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/FIDCDMX/
NEW ZEALAND: The Asia New Zealand Foundation and Creative New Zealand are calling for applications for a New Zealand choreographer to undertake a residency in Singapore with The Human Expression (T.H.E) Dance Company, or its semi-professional wing, T.H.E Second Company. The residency will take place between May and June 2018. Apply by October 23, 2017. Visit: http://www.asianz.org.nz/content/dance-company-residency-singapore
NEW ZEALAND: Wellesley Studios exists to make a real difference for the NZ performing arts sector. It is a space where artists can continue their training, connect, collaborate and create with others. Wellesley Studios is pleased to call for expressions of interest for its Summer Residency 2018. Residency dates are January 15-February 2, 2018. Apply by October 8, 2017. Visit: http://wellesleystudios.co.nz
SINGAPORE: M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival, presented by T.H.E Dance Company, invites contemporary dance artists from Singapore, Southeast Asia, East Asia and abroad to submit applications for an opportunity for programming at various festival platforms.
Festival Dates are June 15-August 4, 2018. Apply by December 15, 2017. Visit: http://the-contact.org/blog-page/opencall2018/
SINGAPORE: Established in 2011, RAW Moves is a contemporary dance company that supports cross-disciplinary experimentation in dance through innovation and research, nurturing new talent through collaborative investigation and experiential learning, promoting dance in the community, and redefining the idea of movement. Apply by October 31, 2017. Visit: www.rawmoves.net
SPAIN: AADK Spain seeks artists and researchers from all disciplines who wish to produce works related to AADK’s primary lines of research – Body, Territory and Spatiality – with this call in particular emphasizing the idea of “Spatiality.” Apply by October 15, 2017. Visit: https://issuu.com/aadk/docs/opencall_18_oct-dossieren_192d82f6183020
NEW YORK: Choreographers & Cocktails 2017 is an evening of cocktails and a silent auction featuring the works of renowned choreographers. Join them on October 16, 2017. Visit: http://www.joyce.org/cc2017
NEW YORK: Dresden Semperoper Ballett makes its Joyce debut with an elegant program. On tap are two works by David Dawson, Stijn Celis, and a world premiere by New York-born, School of American Ballet-trained company member Joseph Hernandez, whose highly theatrical work exudes humor and emotion. Performance will run from October 31-November 4, 2017. Visit: http://www.joyce.org/performances/dresden-semperoper-ballett
NEW YORK: Conceived and directed by Xavier Cha, world premiere Buffer will be performed November 1- 4, 2017 at the BAM as part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival. Comprising three scenes that toggle back and forth like browser windows in a state of perpetual buffering, it lays bare the intimate yet alienated relationships we have with the bodies on our screens. Visit: http://www.bam.org/performance-art/2017/buffer
NEW YORK: World premiere of Virago-Man Dem, choreographed by Cynthia Oliver, will run from October 25-28, 2017 as part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival. With radical tenderness and dizzying force, Virago-Man Dem celebrates black masculinity and nuance, constructing a sweeping tableau of embracing, sashaying, speaking, screaming, and soaring individuals. Visit: http://www.bam.org/dance/2017/virago-man-dem
NEW YORK: Gibney Dance Company performs a shared evening featuring the New York premiere of Gina Gibney’s Drafting Foresight and a new work by Shannon Gillen of Vim Vigor Dance Company. The program will run October 26-28, 2017. Visit: https://gibneydance.org/performance/fall-2017/gibney-dance-company/
NEW YORK: The 32nd annual NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards Ceremony will take place October 9, 2017 at the NYU’s Skirball Center For The Performing Arts. To join the largest annual gathering of the city's dance makers and dance lovers, visit: http://bessies.org.
AUSTRIA: The Austrian Festival Steirischer Herbst is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The festival opened with the piece “to come (extended)” by Mette Ingvartsen. Among many concerts and performances, the emerging Austrian choreographer Simon Mayer is showing his piece “Oh Magic.” How can art and spirituality be brought together? Simon Mayer mounts a choreographic concert with a man-machine lineup culminating in a celebration of liberated joie de vivre. Visit: http://www.steirischerherbst.at/english/
CHINA: Gu Jiani's latest production "Exit" is touring to Norway CODA Oslo International Dance Festival and Taiwan Performing Arts Centre in Fall 2017. Inspired by the physics principle that all acting forces create equal and opposite reacting forces, “Exit” explores the interplay of cause and effect, as well as the human desire to exit the mundane. Watch: https://vimeo.com/195926734
FRANCE: As one of Europe’s most daring and exciting choreographers, Boris Charmatz will premiere 10000 Gestures at Theatre National de Chaillot, featuring a shower of movements, with twenty-five performers on stage. That is, 10,000 gestures will appear only once, and disappear immediately afterward, like an ode to the impermanence of the art of dance. Performance runs October 19-21, 2017. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30khL58
GERMANY: The Second Edition of Tanzfestival Rhein-Main runs at various locations in Germany, including Wiesbaden, Darmstadt and Frankfurt from October 16-31, 2017, featuring, among others, Brasilian choreographer Bruno Beltrao with his new creation INOAH.
GERMANY: Dancers, choreographers, filmmakers and artists will show dance short films and dance animations during this year's edition of the POOL Festival held from October 4-7, 2017 at Berlin's DOCK 11. The 11th Edition of POOL presents a selection of fascinating dance film productions from all over the world, making the event a meeting place for creative people involved in the fields of dance, film, fashion and advertisement. Visit: www.pool-festival.de
GERMANY: From October 26-November 5, 2017, eigenarten Intercultural Festival Hamburg will show productions based on the deeply-rooted experiences of people at home in more than one culture. Visit: http://www.festival-eigenarten.de/2017/programm/c/Tanz/
GERMANY: Lectures, discussions and practical formats revolving around the central themes of Technique, Posture, and Future, will take place from October 13-15, 2017 at Folkwang University's Institute for Contemporary Dance in Essen. Participation is free of charge.
GERMANY: SPIELART Festival has been exploring and researching trends and movements in the world of international theater since 1995 and presenting them to audiences in Munich every two years. This year's edition will take place from October 27-November 11, 2017 at various locations in Munich, featuring, among others, choreographer Eisa Jocson (Manila) with PRINCESS. Visit: http://spielart.org/programm/alle/?L=1
HONG KONG: City Contemporary Dance Festival is a major festive event of the contemporary dance scene in Hong Kong. CCDF will run from Nov. 21-27, 2017. Visit: http://ccdfestival.hk/en/
INDIA: Odisha Biennale 2017 is a platform for young choreographers and dancers to showcase their creative talents to the national and international audience. The festival strives to set up a dynamic hub for current ideas and an open society that creates a brand new view of Asian art. A total of 4 new performance pieces will be presented within a theme called ‘body± cloth='. The festival runs October 28-November 5, 2017. Complimentary workshops by internationally acclaimed dancers/choreographers will be offered. Visit: www.odishabiennale.com
JAPAN: Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2018 (TPAM2018) will be held from February 10-18, 2018, organized by The Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2018 Executive Committee. Register for TPAM Fringe by November 13, 2017. TPAM Fringe offers an introduction to productions and projects in Yokohama, Tokyo and overseas. Visit: www.tpam.or.jp
JAPAN: Sankai Juku’s new work "MEGURI―Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land” will be performed at the National Theater of Japan on November 25 & 26, 2017 before touring in Europe. Visit: http://www.nntt.jac.go.jp/dance/performance/33_009654.html
JAPAN: The Niigata International Dance Festival (NIDF) is an opportunity to “Encounter Asia’s Here and Now: Niigata City, from the Whole World Over” and additionally, as a cultural program looking toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games -- the dance pieces, created within their respective environments, transmit culture via workshops and symposiums from Niigata to the rest of Japan, and the rest of the world. Festival runs from September 29, 2017-December 17, 2017. Visit: https://artscouncil-niigata.jp/nidf/
UK: Company Wayne McGregor will premiere Autobiography at Sadler’s Wells from October 4-7, 2017. This new work charts McGregor’s adventure into his autobiography, and asks the question of how to understand a life. Visit: http://www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2017/company-wayne-mcgregor-autobiography/
UK: BalletBoyz will perform at Sadler’s Wells from October 10-14, 2017 with a quartet of new works playing with the concept of balance and imbalance. Choreographers Javier de Frutos, Craig Revel Horwood, Iván Pérez and Christopher Wheeldon have teamed up with composers Scott Walker, Charlotte Harding, Joby Talbot and Keaton Henson to create their pieces. Watch: https://vimeo.com/212275992
UK: Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform a triple bill of new and much loved pieces on November 3 & 4, 2017 at Sadler’s Wells. Arcadia is the ancient god Pan, unleashed in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s first artist Ruth Brill’s new work, with a new score by saxophonist John Harle. Watch: https://vimeo.com/220947504
Choreography & Technology: Dancing Robots, and More….
The Guinness World Records for the most robots dancing simultaneously was broken by the Chinese company WL Intelligent Technology Co. There were 1,069 in all that made it through the dance routine. The robots in the dance party are called "Dobi" and retail for $329.99. In addition to dancing, the Dobi robot can also do push ups and respond to voice commands. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZb_Yb6HPg
The Best 5 Humanoid Robots of 2017 are Inmoov, EZ Robot, Poppy, Plen 2, and Kengoro. Will we see them dancing on stage soon? Or, will they first invade our homes before taking center stage to perform for us? Here are some samples of how they move.... Visit:
Kat Sullivan is a Brooklyn based artist who is interested in the intersection between movement and technology. Working with a variety of mediums, she looks for ways movement and technology can form relationships rather than simply share a space. The 4th Choreographic Coding Lab was an outcome of MotionBank, a four-year research project of the Forsythe Company that brought together technologists, visual artists, and dancers for five days of exploration and creation. In collaboration with Sergio Mora-Diaz, she took the opportunity to create a series of programs to visualize the different trackable qualities of a dancer. Visit: https://vimeo.com/138653312
Movement, video and sound combine in Pepa Ubera and Josefina Camus’ duet Ellipsis Land as they explore the relationship between the body and the technology surrounding it. They invite us to consider the body as a container of energy in a sensorial set up, heightening our perceptions. With an original sound score by Simone Salvaticci creating an ambient immersive landscape, they aim to awaken unnoticed connections between the concrete and the digital. Visit: .https://vimeo.com/212774850
A breakthrough in soft robotics means scientists are now one step closer to creating lifelike machines. Researchers at Columbia Engineering have developed a 3D printed synthetic tissue that can act as active muscle. The material, which can push, pull, bend, and twist (thanks to its use of silicone rubber and ethanol-dispensing micro-bubbles) is also capable of carrying 1,000 times its own weight. Not only could the invention result in super-strong machines (like a Terminator that works in manufacturing), but it will also release soft robots from their current shackles.Visit: http://flip.it/.YWSV9
For anyone who’s ever tried a Virtual Reality experience, it’s possible you’ve experienced what many people don’t have a word for. That word you’re looking for is Vection, the feeling of moving when you are not. The human body is an interesting contraption because most of what you know about where you are in the world is based on a combination of sensory input that your brain processes and integrates to form a picture of your location and orientation. Your eyes tell you lots about the world. For virtual reality developers, the challenge has to do with motion, and how the user moves around in 3D space and what that feels like. Watch on 3D machine if possible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsN1RXcTFK0
U.S.: Professional Critique is a new American Dance Abroad learning tool to provide you with feedback from an international programmer. The programmer will review your work, marketing materials and production requirements, and then answer a series of questions designed to help you find your niche in the international landscape. Understanding how one’s work and organization are evaluated through the eyes of an international programmer can help to ensure a more positive touring experience. Contact: email@example.com
ITALY: Art Factory International hosts choreographers and artists from the international contemporary dance scene, offering participants important chances of improvement every month. The workshops will be held in Bologna in the new Art Factory International space.
GERMANY: 22nd International Solo-Dance-Theatre Festival Stuttgart will run March 15-18, 2018. Choreographers and dancers from around the world are requested to perform a solo piece that is new, original, imaginative, unique and which displays unusual achievement. Under the artistic direction of Marcelo Santos, the competition has been firmly established in the international and contemporary dance scene for the last twenty years. Apply by November 11,2017. Visit: http://www.solo-tanz-theater.de/
STEP, directed by Amanda Lipitz & starring Paula Dofat, Blessin Giraldo & Cori Grainger
STEP documents the senior year of a girls’ high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore. As each one tries to become the first in her family to attend college, the girls strive to make their dancing a success against the backdrop of social unrest in the troubled city.
Spinning: Choreography for Coming Home by Janine Kovac, Publisher: Moxie Road Productions
Janine Kovac, a former ballet dancer and software engineer, received the 2009 Glushko Prize for distinguished research in cognitive science for her thesis, “A Cognitive Linguistic Analysis of Parenting.”
In Spinning, when Janine gives birth to micro preemie twins nearly four months early, she channels the grace and strength that carried her through a successful ballet career. The human body has amazing healing powers if you just know how to listen to it. But old habits bring up old haunts and bitter memories -- the futile quest for perfection and a career-ending injury. In the sterile, fluorescent world of the NICU, ballet breeds hope as the twins make a miraculous recovery. Can it also bring resolution to the dancer so many years after the abrupt and painful end to the career she loved so much?
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