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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & FundingCurrent listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe & Asia

New Works & Events: Royal New Zealand Ballet, The Piano by Jiří Bubeníček

Trending: Russia’s new choreographic voices of the 21st century: Ksenia Zvereva, Olga Vasilieva,

Vladimir Varnava, Ilia Zhivoi, Maxim Petrov, Yuri Smekalov, Emil Faski.

Learning Opportunities: Play Practice Residency offering The Infinite Liquid Fusion (India)

Competitions: 32nd International Competition for Choreographers Hanover (Germany)

New Movies: In the Steps of Trisha Brown, directed by Marie-Hélène Rebois

New Books: The Fact of Matter by William Forsythe, published by Kerber






CALIFORNIA: The National Choreographers Initiative (NCI) is accepting choreographers’ applications for its 2018 NCI Showing.  Apply by January 12, 2018Visit:


COLORADO: Applications are now open for dancers and choreographers aged 16 and above to be a part of SPRINGboard ChoreoFest 2018.  The program, taking place March 26-30, 2018, is an incubator for modern and contemporary dance choreography for emerging and seasoned artists.  Apply by January 30, 2018Visit:


ILLINOIS: Deeply Rooted Dance Theaters Emerging Choreographers Showcase, devoted to exhibiting emerging artistic talent, creates the pportunity for company dancers and choreographers to debut and mature their voice, while simultaneously providing an environment where established dancers and choreographers are able to experiment in taking their work in new directions. Apply by January 15, 2018.  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 5, 2018Visit


MASSACHUSETTSThe Yard at Martha’s Vineyard offers Offshore Creation Residencies of two to three weeks, emphasizing the collaborative nature of dance making.  Daily access to studio and/or theater will be provided, with option to lead community class or residency-related workshop and culminating in a minimum of two public performances.  Residency artists are hand-selected by Yard staff after review of live performances or showings.  There is no formal application process.  Interested artists are encouraged to send press kits and information to The Yard for review.  Visit:


NEW HAMPSHIRE: The MacDowell Colony is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2018 residency period.  The Summer Interdisciplinary Residency Season provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent.  Apply by January 15, 2018Visit:


NEW YORK: Battery Dance Festival, NYC’s longest-running public dance festival, has featured over 200 dance companies ranging in style from classical ballet to post-modern, from Indian classical to Afro-Cuban. The festival runs August 13-19, 2018.  Apply by March 1, 2018. Visit:


NEW YORK: BRIClab is a commissioning and residency development program for Brooklyn- and New York City-based artists to explore and expand the possibilities of their work.  Artists receive stipends and an intensive residency in BRIC’s artist studio with development time, opportunities for artistic mentoring, and work-in-process performances.  Apply by January 16, 2018Visit:


NEW YORK: The West Side YMCA Community Arts Department and Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre present the 4th Annual Footprints: A Modern Dance Festival, from May 17-19, 2018.  The festival celebrates emerging and established modern choreographers, showcasing innovative works of contemporary dance with a strong theatrical aesthetic.  Apply by March 1, 2018Visit:


NEW YORK: Spoke the Hub’s 18th Annual “Winter Follies!” on February 2 & 3, 2018, is calling performing artists to show a spanking new work or something old and beloved from their performance archives.  Apply by January 7, 2018Visit:


NEW YORK: Applications are open for Small Plates Choreography Festival, a curated dance performance series to be presented March 16-18, 2018.  All choreographers interested in presenting work in an intimate venue in the thriving artistic community in Newburgh are welcome to apply.  Apply by January 20, 2018Visit:


NEW YORK: Jazz Choreography Enterprises is seeking original finished works of jazz-classic, early jazz (e.g., Charleston, swing), musical theater, Latin jazz, or contemporary jazz, etc.  Apply by January 15, 2018Visit


NEW YORK: Sculpture Space provides 18-20 artists with two-month residencies annually to create new work and explore their creative potential.  Apply by January 15, 2018Visit:


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 then receive informative feedback in a supportive environment.  Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the performance dates are full.  Visit:


NEW YORK: The 2018 Dance Forum, on January 12, 2018, will bring together a wide variety of individuals working in the dance industry to explore creating dance for today’s society. The event will be presented workshop-style with opportunities to have dialogue with peers and speakers from across the country in both large and small groups. Dance Forum is free and open to the entire dance community.  Registration is not required. Visit:


NORTH CAROLINA: ADFs Movies By Movers is a bi-annual festival dedicated to the celebration of the conversation between the body and the camera. Submissions for the 2018 season are now being accepted.  Apply by February 9, 2018.  Films will be screened this summer at the annual American Dance Festival in Durham.  Visit


OREGON: NW Dance Project announces a call for entries for its annual Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition to identify two emerging choreographers who will have an opportunity to create original works during the annual summer LAUNCH project. Apply from January 1 - March 31, 2018Visit:


PENNSYLVANIA: Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers invites performance artists of all genres to submit work for KYL/D’s InHale Performance Series on February 23, 2018.  The Series offers a supportive environment that fosters creative exchange of ideas, cultivates community, and provides opportunities for members of the public to experience a wide spectrum of dance/movement disciplines.  Apply by January 5, 2018.  Visit:


PENNSYLVANIA: BalletX's Choreographic Fellowship Program is an opportunity for emerging artists to expand their experience and further develop their unique voice under the mentorship and guidance of established choreographers.  Apply by March 30, 2018. Visit:


TEXAS: The 4th Annual Barnstorm Dance Fest, presented by Dance Source Houston, will take place June 14-23, 2018 at MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.  Applications for works 5-18 minutes in length are being accepted from all dance genres. Selected applicants will perform their work twice during the festival. Apply by January 15, 2018Visit:


VIRGINIA: Dogtown Dance Theatre presents the 5th Annual Richmond Dance Festival, taking place April 27-May 12, 2018, featuring both local and national dance artists in the heart of the historic district of Manchester in Richmond, VA.  The festival will consist of live dance performances as well as film screenings.  Choreographers from all dance genres and stages of their career are invited to submit an application.  Apply by January 30, 2018Visit:


WASHINGTON, DCDance Places annually curated showcase features some of the best new works by emerging and established choreographers.  Register now to audition on February 2 or 3, 2018Visit:






AUSTRALIATRIP (Tasdance Residencies for Independent Practice) offers professional choreographic residencies from September to December to develop a new dance work, specific aspects or ideas within the resident’s dance practice, or for choreographic and other research.  Applications for 2018 are currently being accepted.  Visit:


AUSTRALIA:  Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia may apply for the Cultural Trust, encouraging excellence and supporting 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 up professional development opportunities, usually overseas.  Apply by January 16, 2018.  Visit:


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


BRAZIL: Casa Na Ilha Art Residency Program is based in a colonial house on the Island  of Ilhabela, Brazil. The residency program is an initiative to provide a space to encourage creativity and exchange of ideas among artists from different disciplines.  Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.  Visit:


CANADA: Shooting Gallery is calling for Canadian artists to submit experimental dance and theatre works, between 5 and 15 minutes in length.  The performance series runs on March 23 & 24, 2018 and is open to all forms of dance, theatre and/or live art, including both works in progress and premieres.  Apply by January 10, 2018.



GREECE: Die Wolke art group calls choreographers for the Unit Motives Initiative, for the creation of solo contemporary dance works on musical works by great composers. This year, the event aims to explore the different kinetic and choreographic approaches to the interpretation of works by John Cage, as well as his compositional methods.  The event takes place March 24-25, 2018.  Apply by January 28, 2018Visit:


GREECE: Open call for performances at the Akropoditi DanceFest 2018, running July 7-20, 2018.  The festival offers two weeks full of workshops, performances, evening meetings, open presentations, lectures and jams.  Apply by February 1, 2018Visit:


GREECE: Dance Days Festival, Chania is accepting proposals for performances, workshops, video dance projects, lectures or any other idea.  Apply by January 22, 2018Visit


GERMANY: WomenCinemakers is now accepting submissions from female filmmakers, directors and producers for its biennial edition.  Apply by February 28th, 2018Visit:


GERMANY: Tanztendenzen Festival, an international biannual festival taking place from October 22-27, 2018, is calling for submissions.  Up to three choreographies can be presented with the application. The choreography may be interpreted by the choreographer him/herself. Apply by February 28, 2018Visit:


GERMANY: Choreographers up to a maximum age of 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:


GERMANY: Centre for Choreographic Practice and Research, K3 – Center for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg offers different types of residencies. Each year, the programme provides three choreographers with a chance to work on site for eight months. Usually this working period runs from August to April and 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:


HUNGARY: Ork_Kota_Platform_2018 is calling for one-minute dance films to be presented in Budapest from January 10-14, 2018.  Apply by January 8, 2018. Visit:


ICELAND: Open call for Ice Hot Nordic Dance Platform, to be held in Reykjavík from December 12-16, 2018.  The platform offers live performances, artistic presentations and discussions.  Apply by January 31, 2018Visit:


JAPAN: Ongoing AIR is a residency program organized by Art Center Ongoing, a small independent alternative art space in Tokyo.  English speaking staff will be available to assist you as needed in Tokyo.  Apply by January 15, 2018Visit:


NEW ZEALAND: The Clockmaker´s Loft New Zealand Pacific Studio is a unique space for dance, choreography and physical performers.  Founded in 2001, NZ Pacific Studio welcomes residents from New Zealand and internationally.  Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.  Visit:


SPAIN: Each year a BIDE Lab-meeting in Barcelona welcomes professional choreographers, dancers and performers for a networking and exchange platform.  Apply by April 2018Visit:


SPAIN: InDance™ Barcelona, the first ever of its kind within the heart of the city, is a platform for everyone in dance. The aim is to provide exposure for talented performers residing in Spain and beyond. InDance will provide a series of workshops and performances from flagship international choreographers. April 6-8, 2018.  Apply by March 1, 2018Visit:


SWITZERLAND: Pro Helvetia is launching a call for applications in connection with the Festival TransAmériques (FTA) for theatre and dance in Montreal.  To be eligible, candidates must be between 25 and 35 years old and have at least two years of professional experience in Switzerland, as well as a good command of French.  Apply by January 22, 2018Visit:


SWITZERLAND: Pro Helvetia is launching a call for performing arts cooperation projects across Europe. Pro Helvetia supports Swiss cultural institutions and organisations that want to initiate or intensify sustainable, long-term structural cooperation with other European partners.  Apply by March 1, 2018Visit: www.myprohel-


UK: Choreodrome is a studio-based research and development programme for UK-based dance makers with at least three years of professional experience.  Running from July 23-September 23, 2018, it offers artists the chance to test out new ideas within the supportive environment of an international dance house and with a peer network.  There is no expectation of a finished product at the end of the programme.  Apply by January 14, 2018Visit:







NEW YORK: Meredith Monk and her peerless vocal ensemble pair voice with movement, instrumentation, and a site-specific video installation to contemplate the fundamental unit of life and its relation to the universe.  World premiere of Cellular Songs will run at the BAM from March 14-18, 2018Visit:




GREECE: XENOS, a solo piece choreographed and performed by Akram Khan will have its world premiere on February 21, 2018 at Onassis Cultural Center.  Khan’s most anticipated new solo will mark his final performances as a dancer in a full-length piece. In this work, Khan explores the myth of Prometheus – the Titan who stole fire and gave it to mankind – through the experience of an Indian colonial soldier in the First World War.  Visit:


GERMANY: Ballett am Rhein's programme b.33, showing through January 21, 2018 in Düsseldorf, will include the world premiere of Roses of Shadow by choreographer Martin Schläpfer and composer Adriana Hölszky. The new piece is flanked by Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto and Hans van Manen's Polish PiecesVisit:


GERMANY: Through January 13, 2018, the 7th edition of NORDWIND Festival in the cities of Berlin and Hamburg will offer performances, discussions, exhibitions & concerts revolving around productions from the Arctic region and the African continent. Visit:


INDIA: Rhythmosaic-Sengupta Dance Company from Kolkata will present its new production “Ekalavya" in January 2018.  Watch:


JAPAN: Le Grand Gala will take place January 11-13, 2018.  The program features the top young dancers of OpéraNational de Paris dancing in the exciting new ballet Tristan & Isolde by Soeree Speciale, as well as a world premiere ballet by Giorgio ManciniVisit:


NEW ZEALAND: Drawing on the rich inspiration of The Piano, the Royal New Zealand Ballet is staging the world premiere of this new full-length dance work by Jiří BubeníčekThe Piano gives Ada’s story a new and distinctively New Zealand voice and in dance, a powerful new means of expression.  The performance will run between February 23 and March 28, 2018Visit:



Russias New Choreographic Voices of the 21st Century:  Ksenia Zvereva, Olga Vasilieva, Vladimir Varnava, Ilia Zhivoi, Maxim Petrov, Yuri Smekalov, and Emil Faski. After the decades long choreographic dominance of the living legend Yury Grigorovitch, a different type of Russian choreographer who danced and began choreographing mostly abroad, stormed the world stage in the face of today’s well-established dance makers -- Yuri Possokhov and Alexei Ratmansky.

After the first decade of the 21st century and with the stabilization of the Russian economy and political climate, a new breed of young Russian chorographers is rising with vigor, confidence and originality. Meet the New Generation:


Ksenia Zvereva: Winner of many prizes, such as the Stora Daldansen international ballet competition and IFMC international competition, Zvereva received a diploma at the Runway Youth Festival of Contemporary Choreography.  She was a dancer with the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus.  Her work has been presented with Cullberg Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre, Royal Swedish Opera Foundation and Astana Opera.


Olga Vasilieva: Winner of the competition of young choreographers at the Contemporary Dance Festival Context and competition Riga Spring, Vasilieva graduated from the Choreography Department of the Leningradskaya Oblast College of Culture and Arts.  She has created choreography for the production of The Captain’s Daughter at the Ulyanovsk Drama Theatre and performed in the productions by Lilia Burdinskaya, Alexander Lyubashin, Pedro Gomez, Mikko Lampinen and Maura Morales.


Vladimir Varnava: Recipient of the Golden Mask, Russia’s most prestigious theatre prize, Varnava graduated from the Khanty-Mansiysk branch of the Moscow State University of Culture and the Arts. He was a dancer with the Music Theatre of the Republic of Karelia, performing lead roles in classical and contemporary ballets. Varnava took an internship at the Carolyn Carlson Company and performed as a guest soloist at the Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre and in Gap Filling at the Akhe Engineering Theatre.  He takes part in various projects and performances in Russia and abroad. He debuted as a choreographer in 2011, staging Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella at the Music Theatre of the Republic of Karelia.


Ilia Zhivoi: Ilya Zhivoi, a dancer with the Mariinsky Theatre and a regular participant in the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers at the ballet festival Mariinsky, has been annually presenting new productions on his home stage since 2013. For the last season’s Creative Workshop, Zhivoi prepared the one-act “SeasonS” to music by Max Richter.


Maxim Petrov: Born in the village of Novolisino, Leningrad Region, Petrov graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2012 and joined the Mariinsky Ballet the same year.  In April 2014, as part of the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers at the Mariinsky Theatre, Maxim Petrov presented the one-act ballet Cinéma to music by Erik Satie.


Yuri Smekalov: Prize-winner at the VII International Competition of the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO, Smekalov is a recipient of the Golden Mask.  Born in Nizhny Tagil, he graduated from the Vaganova Academy and danced with the St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre of Boris Eifman and the Mariinsky Theatre.  His choreographic miniatures Requiem for Narcissus and Parting have been performed in Europe and Asia. Smekalov works with the coach Alexei Mishin and he is involved in creating programmes for Russia’s figure skating team.


Emil Faski: After graduating from the Vaganova Academy, Emil Faski became a soloist with the Leonid Yakobson State Ballet Theatre. Since 2007 he has worked as a choreographer with numerous ballet companies and in 2009 he made his debut as a ballet master at the Mariinsky Theatre.  In 2013, as part of the Mariinsky Theatre’s project A Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers, Emil Faski presented an extract from the ballet The Tragedy of Salome to music by Florent Schmitt.






NEW YORK: Movement of the People Dance Company's (MOPDC) Winter Intensive will take place January 13-15, 2018 at Barnard College.  Choreography Lab offers participants the chance to create socially conscious dance theater choreography facilitated by MOPDC company members. Each day will conclude with 3 hours of collaborative group choreography-making or solo work, where participants will be lead through MOPDC's best practices in creating socially conscious choreography.  Visit:




AUSTRIA: International Winter School of Physical Theatre, primarily aimed at high-level dancers, choreographers, directors and actors, is designed to enhance understanding of performance-making, rehearsal processes, and skills in pedagogy.  February 19-24, 2018.  Visit:


INDIA: Play Practice Residency is organizing The Infinite Liquid Fusion workshop for dancers and choreographers, offering classes in Vinyasa dance, which combines physical and spiritual approaches to movement. The workshop will take place on February 10-11, 2018 in Bangalore.  Visit:




GERMANY: Ballet Society Hanover is organizing the 32nd edition of the International Competition for Choreographers Hanover.  The competition will take place on June 29 & 30, 2018.  Apply by May 5th, 2018.  Visit:




In the Steps of Trisha Brown, Directed by Marie-Hélène Rebois


Trisha Brown has transformed contemporary dance, defying the law of gravity, instilling an extraordinary fluidity and a new imbalance.  The film follows Lisa Kraus’s work and Carolyn Lucas with the dancers of the Opera. Buoyed by the enthusiasm and energy of Lisa and Carolyn, the film immerses us in the innovative and mesmerizing movement of Trisha Brown. 


Marie-Hélène Rebois, Director

Passionate about dance and movement, Marie Hélène Rebois films the work of the dancers on stage and in rehearsals. She makes documentary films about great choreographers and more particularly on the body's memory and the legacy of contemporary dance. She received the Beaumarchais Medal SACD for her work on contemporary artistic creation.  In the Steps of Trisha Brown received the Jury Prize at the International Film Festival on Art, Montreal 2017 FIFA. Watch:







The Fact of Matter by William Forsythe, published by Kerber


Over the past four decades, William Forsythe (born 1949) has created for himself a unique dance world, developing groundbreaking ballet choreographies, experimental dance pieces, digital dance scores and site-specific installations that unexpectedly turn viewers into performers themselves.

With The Fact of Matter, Forsythe marks the beginning of a new chapter in his choreographic oeuvre at a fitting location: an exhibition in a modern art museum, the MMK Frankfurt am Main. Featuring recent work by Forsythe (including a selection of performative objects, video installations and interactive environments) in dialogue with works from the museum’s collection, the exhibition and its accompanying catalogue investigate the threshold between the visual arts and choreography -- a line that Forsythe has explored continually in his work.








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