Join the ICONS

Dance ICONS is a global network for choreographers of all levels of experience, nationalities, and genres. We offer a cloud-based platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, inspiration, and debate. Dance ICONS is based in Washington, D.C., and serves choreographers the world over. 


Subscribe today to receive our news and updates. Become a member of your global artistic community ​-- join the ICONS!





Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities, & Funding: Current listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe, & Asia: Wickenburg Residency, AZ; USArtists International, MD; Center for Performance Research, Fertile Ground, NYC; Princeton Arts Fellows, NJ; Opine Dance Film Festival, PA, USA; Aerowaves Open Call, GREECE; Camargo Core Program, FRANCE; ACT Festival, SPAIN; YPAM Fringe, JAPAN; Ensibuko Arts Festival, UGANDA, and more.


New Works & Events: New works by Akram Kahn and Hofesh Shechter in the UK; Alejandro Cerrudo in the US; José Montalvo, Damien Jalet, and Kohei Nawa in FRANCE; Helena Franzén in Sweden, and more.


Trending: Phone Apps for Choreographers!


Competition: Linkage International Choreographic Competition, Bulgaria.


New Movies: Writing On Water, a film by Pontus Lidberg; Imprinted, a film by JoAnna Mendl Shaw; Ailey, directed by Jamila Wignot; Can You Bring It: Bill T. Jones; and D-Man In The Waters, directed by LeBlanc and Tom Hurwitz.


New Books: Physical Listening: A Dancer’s Interspecies Journey, authored by JoAnna Mendl Shaw.










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 U.S. artists. Rolling deadline. Visit:


GEORGIA: The Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University invites two nationally-emerging or mid-career choreographers to apply for a four-week residency to create two world premieres on the KSU Dance Company. The resident choreographers receive a $5,000 honorarium. Housing, travel, and per diem are included. Apply by October 30, 2021. Visit:


MARYLAND: USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S.-based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music, and theater. Apply by December 1, 2021. Visit:


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


NEW JERSEY: The Hodder Fellowship will be given to artists of exceptional promise to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the 2022-2023 academic year. Apply by September 14, 2021. Potential Hodder Fellows are composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, translators, writers, or other kinds of artists or humanists who are selected more “for promise than for performance” and have “much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts” as traditionally defined. Visit:


NEW JERSEYPrinceton Fellowship funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching. Apply by September 14, 2021. Applicants should be early-career. Visit:


NEW YORK: The Shubert Foundation supports not-for-profit professional dance companies in the United States. The Shubert Foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support, rather than funding for specific projects. Apply by October 14, 2021Visit


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 ongoing, first-come, first-served basis until the performance dates are full. Visit:


NEW YORK: Center for Performance Research invites all eligible applicants to apply for its 2022 Artist-in-Residence Program. Established in 2012, this year-long residency seeks to support a wide range of artists, from emerging to established, working within various perspectives of contemporary dance and performance and time-based forms. Apply by September 7, 2021Visit:


PENNSYLVANIA: Opine Dance Film Festival is an annual event that celebrates dance filmmakers locally, nationally, and internationally who are creating meaningful work. The festival is interested in short dance films that speak to wider themes of identity, defying conventions, crossing borders, and pushing boundaries. Apply by December 17, 2021. Visit:






AUSTRIA: Artists-in-Residence programme of ERSTE Foundation is now calling for applications from artists, curators, or theoreticians from Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic, and Slovenia. Apply by September 12, 2021. Visit:


BELGIUM: i-Portunus, a short-term pilot project funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, is calling for submissions. The program provides financial support to artists of all ages, nationalities, educational qualifications, and levels of experience who legally reside in participating countries. Apply by October 3, 2021.


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 basis. Visit:


EUROPE: Aerowaves is calling for applications for 20 talented emerging choreographers based in Europe to present their work at the Spring Forward Festival in May 2022 in Elefsina, Greece. Apply by September 15, 2021. Visit:


FRANCE: The Camargo Core Program awards 18 international fellowships in the arts and humanities, supporting research and experimentation that challenge the borders of academic and artistic inquiry while promoting cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural exchange. Apply by October 1, 2021. 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:


ITALY: Kulturscio’k is a not-for-profit company dedicated to discovering, producing, and supporting international contemporary artists in a residency program. Guest accommodation is provided. Resident artists are integrated into community life in the village of Domicella. Rolling deadline. To apply, email


JAPAN: YPAM Fringe 2021 will run from December 1-19, 2021. It is an open-call festival that invites registrations of performances and projects to be carried out in Yokohama and Tokyo during the period of YPAM. As an opportunity for promotion, it can be boosted by participating also in the exchange program of YPAM. There is no selection process, and it does not offer financial support. Apply by October 14, 2021. Visit:


NEW ZEALAND: The Asia New Zealand Foundation supports New Zealand professional arts companies, events, and organizations to deliver projects that will grow New Zealanders’ awareness and knowledge of Asian arts. Apply by October 11, 2021. Visit:


SPAIN: ACT Festival call opens annually from July 13 through December 13, 2021. To participate, send a video of a completed piece, a work in progress, or a rehearsal, but not a teaser. The final piece must be 30 minutes maximum, without exception. Apply by December 13, 2021. Visit:


UGANDA: Ensibuko Arts Festival, an annual arts gathering at the heart of the historical jinja city, will be held on October 16 & 17, 2021. The festival brings together people from diverse cultures and backgrounds to exchange knowledge, artistic skills, and life experiences, but also to showcase and market their work. The festival provides artists with a platform for joint learning, exhibitions, performances, and knowledge exchange to open opportunities for local and international creatives. Rolling deadline. Visit:









NEW YORK: Internationally acclaimed choreographer and Pacific Northwest Ballets first resident choreographer, Alejandro Cerrudo, brings It Starts Now, a silky, cerebral, and virtuosic work to The Joyce. It Starts Now is a capsule of life’s moments and a contemplation of the nonlinear nature of time. Cerrudo deconstructs the space of the theater in this dramatic, mind-bending world premiere. The performance runs from September 28 - October 3, 2021 at the Joyce Theater. Visit:






AUSTRIA: On September 25, 2021, the Austrian premiere of Swan Lake by Angelin Preljocaj will be performed. Star choreographer Angelin Preljocaj sets his multi-layered creation in a world that seems near enough to touch. His excellent ensemble is guided by Tchaikovsky’s familiar ballet music, which has been arranged into a highly dramatic score. A powerfully visual evening of dance shifts from featherlight magic to deep melancholy. Visit:


DENMARK: The History of Sexuality opens October 6 &7, 2021, at The Genderhouse Festival at the Bora Bora Theater. It is an interactive, do-it-yourself performance that addresses the taboos, desires, power, and social grip that sex has over all of us. Watch:


 FRANCE: The world premiere of Gloria by José Montalvo runs September 9-11, 2021, at Maison des Arts de Créteil. In the face of the announced ecological chaos, in the face of violence, terror, blind greed, exclusion, and all-out commodification, Gloria carries within her a utopia, a naivety, an antidote. Watch

FRANCEFestival Le Temps d'Aimer la Danse Biarritz runs from September 11-20, 2021. This year marks the 31st edition of the festival. Artistic Director Thierry Malandain will feature 29 companies, 6 creations, and 5 ballets in 6 cities and 7 theaters throughout the Basque region. During this 10-day festival, there will also be open rehearsals, outdoor performances, conferences, and expositions.  Visit


FRANCE: World premiere of Planet Wanderer by Damien Jalet and Kohei Nawa will take place from September 15-30, 2021, at Théâtre National de Chaillot. Between choreography and visual experimentation, Planet [Wanderer] exposes the bodies of the dancers to different materials to describe the visceral and oneiric link between human beings and their planet.  Visit


NORWAY: Ingun Bjørnsgaard Prosjekt is proud to announce their new project HOJOTOHO! in collaboration with CODA Oslo International Dance Festival. The world premiere will be on October 22, 2021 at Dansens Hus. The performance is based on the artwork by artist Vanessa Baird. Visit:


POLAND: “Youth Spirit of Dance” is a Polish-Japanese project that takes place on September 3 & 4, 2021. Devised by well-known Polish choreographers and danced to music by Polish composers, the project features 50 young Polish and Japanese dancers, including finalists of Young Dancer of the Year 2019, Prix de Lausanne, and Youth American Grand Prix, presenting Polish folk and national dances using a variety of techniques ranging from classical dance to tap-dance. The performance is set against Janusz Marchewas video images showcasing the young performers getting ready to go on stage. Visit:


SWEDEN: Helena Franzen's new work From Now On/Från Och Med Nu will premiere on September 29, 2021 at Lidingö stadshus. In the performance, Franzén asks questions about identity and how we change and adapt our characteristics and peculiarities. Watch:


SWEDEN: The title I SJÄLVA VERKET arises from efforts to open up conversations that choreographer Björn Säfsten has had the last eight years with audience members regarding contemporary dance and theories of dance practices. The performance is a co-production between fsten Produktion and Riksteatern. Premieres at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern on September 24, 2021. Visit:


UK: A thrilling new double bill by internationally celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter presents two distinctly contrasting pieces for our times, where violence, tenderness, and hope are all laid bare. The performance runs September 14-18, 2021 at Sadler’s Wells. Visit:


UK: Fast-moving and spellbinding, Nobody uses Motionhouses renowned dance-circus style to tell this ultimately uplifting story, full of twists and turns. The world premiere will run from September 22-25, 2021 at Sadler’s Wells. Visit:


UK: Renowned choreographer Akram Khan returns to Sadler’s Wells with a full-length production for English National Ballet to follow the success of Giselle in 2019. Creature is an unearthly tale of exploitation and human frontiers inspired by Georg Büchner’s expressionist classic Woyzeck, with shadows of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Drawing on themes of abandonment, isolation, and the fragility of the mind, Creature is the tale of an outsider and the search for belonging. The performance runs from September 23 to October 2, 2021. Visit:





1) ArrangeUs, developed by Andriy Stefanchuk

Do you think that planning formations for your performances are difficult and boring? Do you wish that it took less time? If so, ArrangeUs is the perfect fit for you! Easy, fast, and stylish, ArrangeUs has everything to help choreographers move their formations from paper to the App. To purchase, visit:


2) ChoreoRoom, developed by Aaron Aquino

ChoreoRoom provides an elegant way of creating and sharing dance formations with ease. Quickly set your dancers and then preview their transitions between formations. Tweak your piece by assigning names, adding colors, designating dancers as off-stage, and rearranging the order of your formations. When you're finished, easily share your work with others via email and AirDrop. To purchase, visit:


3) Formation: Position Creation, developed by Yuma Ikeda

The "Formation" is an application that can create a continuous standing position configuration of dancers and performers on the stage. You can share your configuration with others as images or PDFs. To purchase, visit:









BULGARIA: The second digital edition of the Linkage International Choreographic Competition is open to young choreographers or dance artists up to age 40 from the international dance scene. The event runs from September 24-30, 2021 at Derida Stage with a live and online screening, which will be available to Internet users 24 hours after the start of the live screening. Apply by September 10, 2021. Visit:






1) WRITTEN ON WATER, a film by Pontus Lidberg, is a dance feature film about an artist whose happy and comfortable married life is upended when she unexpectedly falls in love with someone else. Featuring Paris Opera Ballet’s Aurélie Dupont; Ballet Zurich principal dancer Alexander Jones; and choreographer, dancer, writer, and director Pontus Lidberg. Written on Water conveys the drama of desire and the turmoil of the creative process. Starring in the film are Aurélie Dupont, Alexander Jones, Pontus Lidberg, Stina Ekblad, and Leslie Caron; Choreographer and Director – Pontus Lidberg; Original Music – Stefan Levin; Pianist – Magnus Svensson; Director of Photography – Martin Nisser FSF; Editor – Lars Gustafson; A Bel Air Media production with Written on Water LLC in collaboration with ZDF / ARTE and Adb.


Buy DVD:   Blu-ray:



2) IMPRINTED, a film by JoAnna Mendl Shaw, chronicles the first moments of the life of two newborn foals and the genesis of an interspecies dialogue. Three Equus Projects dancers merge improvisation with natural horsemanship to bond with mares and their foals. This human-equine dance translates behavior into shared language and plays into choreographic dialogue.


This is a story about listening, compassion, and interspecies communication - themes that have powerful resonance in 2021, as the world emerges from a devastating pandemic. Humans must discover how to connect beyond 24/7 news feeds and invest in our capacity for non-verbal, physical listening. For full information on cast and film crew:




3) AILEY, Director: Jamila Wignot, music composed by: Daniel Bernard Roumain,

Executive producers: Tony Hsieh, Bryn Mooser, Regina K. Scully; Cast: Alvin Ailey,

Producers: Jamila Wignot, Lauren DeFilippo, Release date: July 23, 2021 (USA)


Alvin Ailey was a trailblazing pioneer who found salvation through dance. AILEY traces the full contours of this brilliant and enigmatic man whose search for the truth in movement resulted in enduring choreography that centers on the Black American experience with grace, strength, and unparalleled beauty. Told through Ailey’s own words and featuring evocative archival footage and interviews with those who intimately knew him, director Jamila Wignot weaves together a resonant biography of an elusive visionary.



4) CAN YOU BRING IT: BILL T. JONES AND D-MAN IN THE WATERS, Directed by Rosalynde LeBlanc and Tom Hurwitz, the film explores how one dance responds to tragedy, and, by turn, the hard questions to answer when responding to grief as a group.

Web reference:

Watch Trailer:






Physical Listening: A Dancer’s Interspecies Journey, authored by JoAnna Mendl Shaw, invites audiences to explore her unusual dance career, a path that took her into a deep dive into the world of horses and equine training. Shaw follows her Equus Projects Company as they devise interspecies performances with local equestrians and their horses and bring their innovative training, improvisation, and choreographic strategies into dance departments, corporate board rooms, and communities throughout the United States and in Europe. Shaw takes readers into her inter-species creative process that has revealed far more about life, love, and leadership than she ever expected.











is the International Choreograophers' Organization and Networking Services 

Dance ICONS -- The Global Network for Choreographers!

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

Camilla Acquista, Content Editor | 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) and Maya Zhalova (India)