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Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities, & Funding: Current listings for the US, Latin America, Europe, & Asia: L.A. Dance Project's Artist Residency, CA; Fertile Ground, Dance on Camera Festival, Asian Cultural Exchange Grants, HARP Residency, NY, USA; Ice Hot Helsinki 2022, FINLAND; UNESCO-Aschberg Programme, FRANCE; Festival Chorégraphique International de Blois, FRANCE; Choreographic Center of Heidelberg, GERMANY; Internationale Tanzmesse 2022, GERMANY; International Collaboration Grants, UK; and more.


New Works & Events: New Alan Lucien Øeyen for Gibney Dance Company in NYC; New Sharon Eyal for Paris Opera Ballet; New Jo Kanamori for Tokyo Ballet; New Damien Jalet with a visual artist in Austria; New Susanna Leinonen in Finland; New Marcos Morau and Nadav Zelner for NDT; Royal Ballet Emerging Choreographers Autumn Draft Works and Sadler’s Wells’ Young Associates Program, UK


Choreographic Contests: Danse Élargie International Competition, FRANCE; Tanzplattform Bern International Dance Festival and Competition for Choreographers, SWITZERLAND, International Choreography Competition - Choreography 36 Hanover, GERMANY


Trending: Choreographing Twerking!


New Movies: Steven Spielbergs West Side Story & In Balanchines Classroom


New Books: Nouvelle Histoire de la danse en Occident. By Laura Cappelle, with 27 international contributors, foreword by William Forsythe. Publisher: Éditions du Seuil, 2020. French Language.






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: L.A. Dance Project is seeking applications for its artist residency, which will take place from January 17, 2022 - February 6, 2022. The residency includes $3,000 artist stipend & $3,000 production stipend. Apply by November 5, 2021. Visit:


INDIANA: PlySpace is an artist-in-residence program dedicated to offering visual artists, writers, performers, designers, and other creative individuals time and space to investigate and pursue their own practices. Additionally, it serves as a platform for experimentation and provocation by catalyzing conversation and collaboration with various Muncie communities. Apply by November 15, 2021, to receive free application fees. Visit:


MARYLAND: USArtists International supports performances by US artists at cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of US-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 US-based presenters, curatorial staff, and residency directors to connect in-person to explore the feasibility of presenting NDP-funded works. Rolling deadline. Visit:


MISSOURI: Modern American Dance Company’s DARE TO DANCE Choreography Showcase will take place January 13-15, 2022. Dare to Dance offers opportunities for choreographers from all over the country to submit new and existing works for performance and the chance to set choreography on MADCO’s main company. Apply by November 7, 2021. Visit:


MONTANA: The Spring 2022 Artist Residency with Cohesion Dance Project offers artists compensation up to $5,000 + travel/lodging. Cohesion Dance Project is seeking a contemporary dance artist who has an idea or new work, in any stage of development and needs some support to bring their vision to life. Interested choreographers with experience dancing with and teaching a variety of ages, levels, and abilities are encouraged to apply. The residency lasts 10-12 weeks between March and June 2022. Apply by November 10, 2021. Visit:


NEW YORK: The 50th Annual Dance on Camera Festival, presented by Dance Films Association and Film at Lincoln Center, will be held February 11-13, 2022. The festival is devoted to supporting the art and elevating the craft of cinema. Apply by November 5, 2021, for late submissions. Visit:


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 a 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 February 1, 2021. Visit:


NEW YORK: Asian Cultural Council is now accepting applications for Cultural Exchange Grants from artists from Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan. Artists, scholars, and arts professionals are invited to submit proposals. Apply by December 1, 2021. 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:


ONLINE: Black Lives Rising Virtual Dance Film Festival is calling for submissions for dance films. This festival offers artists a meaningful platform to showcase a unique, authentic message about the Black experience through the art of dance on camera. Apply by November 30, 2021. Visit:


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:


WYOMING: PNB Dance Film Festival will be held on March 18, 2022. This new festival is born from an explosion of digital and dance creativity during the pandemic that stretched our art form in ways never experienced before. Apply by December 15, 2021. 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 both to 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:


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:


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


FRANCE: Festival Chorégraphique International de Blois, to take place June 30 - July 11, 2022, is calling for applications for pieces of 15-20 minutes maximum. The festival offers performances, short film screenings, and masterclasses. Seven companies will be selected to present their work during 2 evenings at the Scène Nationale La Halle aux Grains, to participate in a gala evening, and to give masterclasses. The Festival covers travel, lodging, and remuneration for the artists. Apply by December 31, 2021Visit


GERMANY: The Choreographic Center of Heidelberg is calling for applications for its residency, including a scholarship for the development of dance. Apply by November 30, 2021. Visit:


GERMANY: The 26th International Solo-Dance-Theatre Festival Stuttgart, to be held March 17-20, 2022, invites choreographers under the age of 30 and dancers from around the world to perform new and imaginative solo pieces. Apply by November 11, 2021. Visit:


GERMANY: The Internationale Tanzmesse 2022, a forum for exchange, knowledge transfer, and networking for contemporary dance creators is calling for proposals. 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. To apply, you must contact Tanzmesse prior to submitting your proposal, which is due by November 15, 2021. For details, 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:


GREECE: Open Call for performance and/or workshop submissions for the program of the 12th Dance Days Chania International Contemporary Dance Festival. The festival’s program includes performances, workshops, site-specific performances, video dance projects, and lectures. Apply by November 27, 2021. Visit:


HUNGARY: SzólóDuó Dance Festival is looking for short new dance videos. The films can be recorded by a mobile phone, camera, or film camera if their topic is related to Body_Dance_Picture. Apply by December 20, 2021. Visit:


INTERNATIONAL: Call for projects for the adapted for UNESCO Ashberg Program  Artists and Cultural Professionals, a $3.6 million program of grants focused on Technical Assistance for the protection and the promotion of the status of artists and cultural professionals. Apply by December 3, 2021. Visit:


IRELAND: Dublin Dance Festival will take place November 2-27, 2021. The Winter 2021 Edition includes May B by renowned French choreographer Maguy Marin and three premieres from award-winning Irish artists. Visit:


JAPAN: Japan Arts Council is accepting applications from Japanese artists for its grant program. Apply by November 19, 2021. Visit:


PORTUGAL: Once per year, Zaratan offers a 4-week residency grant, which covers the studio and accommodation fees for one artist. Emerging and professional artists, performers, musicians, curators, writers, and other cultural agents are eligible to apply. Apply by November 10, 2021. Visit


SPAIN: ACT Festival’s annual open call is from July 13 - 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 to also 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:


UK: Call for The British Council International Collaboration Grants, a £3.5m program of grants now available to support UK and overseas organizations to collaborate internationally. The grants are designed to support artists to make and develop creative artwork with their international peers and encourage new international partnerships and innovative ways of collaborating. Apply by November 4, 2021. 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:


NEW YORK: Dance-theater mix by Annie-B Parson—choreographer of David Byrne’s Tony-winning American Utopia, also a film by Spike Lee—depicts five sisters living in L.A. in 1980, with Holly Herndon’s music for Big Dance Theater. The world premiere is on November 30, 2021, at BAM. Visit:


NEW YORK: The reimagined Gibney Company expands the definition of what a contemporary repertory company can be. The new collective of 12 powerhouse performers takes the stage with three moving, technically stunning world premieres. The performance will take place at The Joyce Theater from November 2-7, 2021. Visit:


NEW YORK: COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet, in its 28th season, returns to The Joyce with its signature boundary-breaking style. The evening features the world premiere of SNATCHED BACK from the EDGES, a stirring testament to the indelible human spirit, set to a diverse soundtrack of spoken word from the film Black is Beautiful and music ranging from Beethoven and Jessye Norman to Aloe Blac and gospel legends Shirley Cesar and Yolanda Adams. The performance will take place November 16-28, 2021. Visit:


NEW YORK: Parsons Dance returns to The Joyce with four dazzling new works highlighting the company’s 36-year history of delighting audiences. The performance includes two David Parsons premieres: The Road and Balance of Power, a solo created for the “near-perfect” (The New York Times) Parsons dancer Zoey Anderson. Also on tap are two world premieres: Past Tense, an evocative full-company work by BalletX co-founder Matthew Neenan, and Chanel DaSilva’s On The Other Side. The performance will take place November 30 - December 12, 2021. Visit:


NEW YORK: Baryshnikov Arts Center presents Other Places of Being by Sooraj Subramaniam. World premiere commissioned by BAC will be digitally presented from November 1-15, 2021. Belgian-based Sooraj Subramaniam and Kuala Lumpur-based January Low explore their parallel experiences of the Odissi Indian classical dance form. Free of charge. Visit:






AUSTRIA: Vienna State Opera will present a triple bill including a world premiere by Marco Goecke. The program also includes works by Martin Schläpfer and George Balanchine. Premieres on November 14, 2021. Visit:


AUSTRIA: Choreographer Damien Jalet and visual artist Kohei Nawa explore the boundaries between art forms. At the heart of their work lies the most ancient Japanese book about the origins of the world: the Kojiki. Located in the land of reeds, human beings find themselves delicately balancing power and vulnerability, harmony and the struggle for survival, destruction, and evolution. Premieres on December 4, 2021. Watch:


FINLAND: Susanna Leinonen, an internationally acclaimed Finnish choreographer, is celebrating her company’s 20th-anniversary. The Susanna Leinonen anniversary piece BODY will premiere in Espoo City Theatre on November 26, 2021. Watch:


FRANCE: As part of its activities to support cultural and creative industries, the Institut français launches a call for applications for its program at the Cité Internationale des Arts for residencies of three or six months between April 2022 and April 2023. Apply by November 15, 2021. Visit:


FRANCE: Paris Opera Ballet will present a program that combines two great repertoire classics and new work. Former dancer and artistic collaborator of the Batsheva Dance Company, Sharon Eyal, reinterprets an emblematic work of the Ballets Russes, L’Après-midi dun faune, in her first creation for the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet, to music inspired by Claude Debussy’s legendary score. The performance will run from November 29, 2021 - January 2, 2022.



GERMANY: John Neumeier will bring The Sleeping Beauty back to the repertoire after 14 years. Neumeier will completely rethink his ballet, updating the work choreographically for the 21st century. Premieres on December 19, 2021. Visit:


JAPAN: Tokyo Ballet will present the world premiere of Kaguyahime, by Jo Kanamori. The ballet is based on a traditional Japanese tale. Premieres on November 6, 2021. Watch:


NETHERLANDS: The first NDT 2 program of the season, The play between, presents two voices new to Nederlands Dans Theater: Marcos Morau of Spain and Nadav Zelner of Israel. Idiosyncratic storytellers in their own right, will both present two new world premieres on November 4, 2021. Visit:


NETHERLANDS: Dutch National Opera and Dutch National Ballet are combining forces to present the world premiere How Anansi Freed the Stories of the World. The performance will take place from November 13-21, 2021. Visit:


ONLINE: The Royal Ballet presents The Dante Project, an inaugural co-production with Paris Opera Ballet, music co-commission with Thomas Adès and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and groundbreaking choreography by Wayne McGregor. The creative team unites in this three-part work for the full company to illuminate the extraordinary vision of Dante. The video stream is available until November 29, 2021. Visit:


POLAND: The newest premiere of the Polish National Ballet, the double bill Exodus/Flights – Harnasie, will take place on November 13, 2021. The main idea of the performance is the motif of movement, travel, and searching for your place. Presented to the music of Polish composers Wojciech Kilar and Karol Szymanowski. Visit:


POLAND: Sir Twardowski is a very popular ballet by Polish composer Ludomir Rozycki. The plot is based on the famous Polish legend of the alleged first Pole on the Moon. This year marks one hundred years since the world premiere of Sir Twardowski, which references Polish national dances as well as folk dances of other nations. The performance will take place on November 26, 2021. Visit:


POLAND: The Baltic Opera Gdańsk presents Young Choreographers Evening, a series of performances created by the dancers working in the ballet company. The event is an opportunity for the dancers to express their emotions and thoughts on stage through the medium of dance. The performance dates are November 26 & 27, 2021. Visit:


UK: Sadler’s Wells’ mixed bill introduces audiences to the next generation of choreographers, with the first live performances of work by Sadler’s Wells’ second cohort of Young Associates. The performance will also be digital and will take place on November 23 & 24, 2021. Visit:


UK: Birmingham Royal Ballet presents a tantalizing triple bill, including two recently premiered works and the world premiere of a new pas de deux created especially for Carlos Acosta and Alessandra Ferri. The performance will take place from November 4-6, 2021. Watch:


UK: The Royal Ballet presents Autumn Draft Works, which 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 dancers of The Royal Ballet and guest collaborators, as well as from the newly appointed Royal Ballet Emerging Choreographer. The performance will take place on November 17 & 18, 2021. Visit:









FRANCE: Danse Élargie International Competition is open to artists of all disciplines. Proposals for a maximum of 10 minutes with at least 3 participants will be considered. The competition will be held on June 25 & 26, 2022. Apply by December 31, 2021Visit


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:


GERMANY: International Choreography Competition - Choreography 36, Hanover, Germany. Apply at:



TRENDING: Choreographing Twerking!



American singer-songwriter Lizzo gives TED talk on the history and heritage of twerking, crediting dance with giving her confidence. “[Twerking] has a direct parallel to West African dances...Black people carried the origins of this dance through our DNA, through our blood, through our bones.” For the full article and video, go to:






Steven Spielbergs West Side Story, directed by Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Tony Kushner, West Side Story tells the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. Bringing together the best of both Broadway and Hollywood, the film’s creative team includes Kushner, who also serves as an executive producer, and Tony Award® winner Justin Peck, who choreographed the musical numbers in the film. From 20th Century Studios, The Walt Disney Company will release West Side Story in U.S. theaters on December 10, 2021. Trailer


West Side Story has been adapted for the screen from the original 1957 Broadway show, with a book by Arthur Laurents; music by Leonard Bernstein; lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; and concept, direction, and choreography by Jerome Robbins.



In Balanchine’s Classroom takes us back to the glory years of Balanchine’s New York City Ballet through the remembrances of his former dancers and their quest to fulfill the vision of a genius. Opening the door to his studio, Balanchine’s private laboratory, they reveal new facets of the groundbreaking choreographer, taskmaster, mad scientist, and spiritual teacher. Today, as his former dancers teach a new generation, questions arise: What was the secret of his teaching? Can it be replicated? Trailer:


Filled with never before seen archival footage of Balanchine at work during rehearsals, classes, and in preparation for his most seminal works, along with interviews with many of his adored and adoring dancers and those who try to carry on his legacy today, this film is Balanchine as you have never seen him, and a film for anyone who loves ballet and the creative process. 


Directed by Connie Hochman, In Balanchine's Classroom is a Zeitgeist Films release in association with Kino Lorber. Opened in theaters on September 17. Visit for more.






Nouvelle Histoire de la danse en Occident. By Laura Cappelle / With 27 international contributors, with a foreword by William Forsythe. Publisher: Editions du Seuil, 2020. French Language


Dance represents a real challenge for historians. An art of the ephemeral, it leaves only very partial traces in its wake once it has faded, and often continues to be forgotten in the tales of art history. In order to fill this gap, Laura Cappelle brought together twenty-seven of the best international specialists in western dance, whose work highlights over the long term, from Prehistory to the present day, a multiplicity of techniques and practices.


From the first signs of danced trances to the modern liberation of the body, from Renaissance ballets to current choreographic creation, this work deciphers movement in light of the social, cultural, and artistic dynamics that have shaped it in the West. The dance is contemporary, classical, Apollonian, Dionysian, political, aesthetic, popular; from the city to the stage, it blurs the boundaries and asserts both elevation and grounding, virtuosity and simplicity. An essential project for the results of research to nourish the general culture of dance as well as the understanding of works and practices today, this journey through history is aimed at all audiences. LINK TO PURCHASE:










Dance ICONS -- The Global Network for Choreographers!

Vladimir Angelov, Executive 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) and Maya Zhalova (India)