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

New Works & Events:  A new Mata Hari in Amsterdam with more than 300 costumes …  and more

Trending:  Environmental choreography on a San Francisco beach – modern or ancient?

Interactive:  Jacob’s Pillow’s guessing game – who’s that choreographer?

In the Movies: Fight choreographer Donnie Yen works with Mike Tyson on IP MAN 3

Choreography Talks:  Debbie Allen/Dancing Man/Merce Cunningham’s Fabrications 

Books:  Moving Still, by Lois Greenfield choreographing for the still camera






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


FLORIDA: The ​Regional Dance America’s ​National ​Choreography ​Intensive 2016 ​(NCI) ​is ​a ​multi-faceted ​program ​providing ​dancers, ​emerging ​choreographers, ​and ​seasoned ​choreographers with ​the ​unparalleled ​opportunity ​to ​work, ​study, ​and ​create ​under ​the ​guidance ​of ​nationally ​recognized ​professionals ​in ​the ​fields ​of ​music ​and ​dance. ​The ​NCI ​provides ​one-of-a-kind ​experience ​for ​dancers ​and choreographers to ​work ​within ​a ​variety ​of ​styles and genres.​ Visit:


ILLINOIS: Choreographers of diverse genres are invited to apply for Chicago Dancemakers Forum Residency. Four selected awardees will each receive $15,000 supporting the research, development and presentation of new work. Deadline is February 8, 2016. Contact: Victoria Bradford at 337-794-8222 or and/or Zachary Whittenburg at 312-850-9744, x136 or


IOWA: Choreographers representing diverse dance genres are invited to apply for The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Residency of eight weeks during the months of June, July, and August. The NHS provides lodging and a secure place for equipment and supplies at no cost to the artist. During the residencies, the artists interact informally with the public, present public interpretive programs, and contribute a work of art for display in the park in West Branch, Iowa. Residency is open to American visual and performing artists, writers, composers, and other artists. Deadline is Feb. 29, 2016.


MASSACHUSETTS: Multi-disciplinary choreographers are invited to apply for Offshore Creation Residencies at The Yard. Residencies are often decided a year or more in advance, and may be designed in relationship to themed series or festivals (e.g., TapTheYard:  A Festival of Rhythm and Beats; FOLLIES: Women Dance the Comic). All residency artists are hand selected by Yard staff only after viewing live performances or showings. There is no formal application process for interested artists, however choreographers are encourage to send press kits and information to The Yard for review. The Yard plans residency slots up to two years in advance. Visit:


NEW YORK; Young choreographers are invited to sign up for the eight-week Choreolab led by Alexandra Beller, beginning Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. An informal performance follows the final class, featuring professional videography. The workshop will work toward finding opposite sides of the critical eye: learning to create material in an uninhibited and impulse-driven manner, to be wild, fantastical, and daring, and to learn to strongly critique, edit, and objectively structure material for performance. Visit:


NEW YORK: Emerging and/or established artists can show work-in-progress or newly created work in Fertile Ground at Green Space, a non-curated showcase offering full production values. The evening consists of work shown by five or six choreographers, followed by a moderated discussion over wine and cheese that integrates the choreographers, dancers, and audience members. 2016 dates: April 17, May 22, June 19. All shows at 7:00 p.m. Deadline: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, first-come, first-served, until the performance dates are full. Visit:


NEW YORK: Seeking emerging and established choreographers and dance companies for the fifth Biomorphic Dance Festival hosted by Megan Lynn/Asterial Dance. This two-day festival will be held March 19 and 20 at the West End Theater. Choreographers can submit up to 15 minutes of new or existing work! For more information and an application, please contact Megan at


NEW YORK: Call for choreographers at Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE in Brooklyn. New Traditions Festival 2016 will be a performance dance festival celebrating contemporary expressions of Caribbean Culture, running from June 11-12, 2016. The artists participating in the festival will be primarily early and mid-career dance artists in addition to a featured choreographer who will be specially curated by the committee. Deadline for application: February 17. Visit:


NEW YORK: Norte Maar announces a call for choreographers for its 4th Season of CounterPointe: Women Choreographers making new work with the pointe shoe, April 8-10, 2016, at the Actor’s Fund Arts Center, Brooklyn. The group is interested in producing a program that represents the cultural diversity of New York City. There is no house style. Interested women choreographers should have a track record of presenting work and for this edition of CounterPointe must have interest in collaborating with a visual artist. If selected, the choreographer will be paired with a collaborator. Please forward a short letter of interest and links to recent choreography. Selection will be made on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit:


OREGON: NW Dance Project in Portland announces a call for entries for Pretty Creatives International Choreographic Competition to identify two emerging choreographers who will each have the opportunity to create an original work. Selected choreographers will participate in a six-day summer residency from July 11 to 16, 2016, during the innovative LAUNCH Project. Deadline is March 25, 2016. Visit:





BELGIUM: Young contemporary dance choreographers are invited to apply for The Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) – an international school for contemporary dance in Brussels, founded and directed by choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Auditions are for young dancers and choreographers looking for international, top-level training in dance and choreography. The student body is composed of young artists from Iceland, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, Japan, Lebanon, the U.S., and Brazil.


CANADA: Dance company choreographers and directors, the call for applications to present a showcase in the official program of the CINARS 2016 - International Exchange for the Performing Arts Biennale in Montreal, Canada, from November 14-19, 2016, is open. The official programming will feature selected full-length showcases and showcased excerpts of works in dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary arts, and circus. The call is open to artists from all countries. Deadline: February 14, 2016. A non-refundable CA$125 processing fee will be charged for every submission. Visit:


CANADA:  For emerging modern dance choreographers, the celebrated Circuit-Est Choreographic Centre in Montréal, Québec, offers residencies for generative and/or disciplinary works. Travel expenses and per diems are not included. To be considered for a residency you must already have presented your work to the public (minimum of two productions in a professional context); and use the residency time to work on a creation intended to be broadcast. Deadline: March 1, 2016. Visit:


CHINA: Ballroom dance choreographers and groups can presenting their Latin dance at China International Salsa Festival? The “Step up” Program gives performance teams the opportunity to show their talent to a large international audience and take the first step up on the way to the stars. Deadline: March 1, 2016. Visit:


FRANCE: Dance film choreographers are invited to apply for The Festival International de Vidéo Danse de Bourgogne. This annual platform promotes dance films, works of video art, and other forms of experimental cinema that explore movement through bodies, animation, objects, and a wide range of compositional methods. The festival seeks submissions that resonate with the theme Les Danses Macabres: Death and the Moving Image, exploring concepts surrounding death that have occupied a central role in film, dance, and other art forms across diverse historic periods and styles. Deadline: February 15, 2016. Visit:


GERMANY: Interdisciplinary choreographers are invited to apply for six to twelve week performing arts residencies from September to November 2016, at Dance Research NRW 2016. For Dance Research #18 Cologne the topic is Real vs. Virtual Spaces, and for Dance Research #19 Wuppertal it is Analogue vs. Digital Bodies. The residency includes rent-free accommodations and a grant of up to €7,500 (approx. $7,000 USD), plus personal support, mentoring, and guidance. Deadline: February 14, 2016. Visit:


GERMANY: Emerging ballet choreographers interested in creating their first piece in a professional environment can apply to the Baden State Ballet Karlsruhe. Artistic Director Birgit Keil aims to nurture talent from within her company’s own ranks, but applications from abroad are welcome, too. The new pieces will be presented on July 9, 2016, at the State Theater Karlsruhe. If interested contact:



GERMANY: Young and emerging street dance and industrial choreographers are invited to apply for  the international Urban Dance Camp in Lörrach, Germany. UDC is the world’s leading international dance intensive workshop of street dance styles with the highest standard of dancers, teachers and choreographers from more than 33 countries worldwide. Visit:

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INDIAContemporary choreographers are invited to apply for the annual artist-in-residence program, hosted by Gati Dance Forum in New Delhi, which facilitates the creation of new work by providing choreographers with free access to studio space, professional classes, and workshops. At the conclusion of the three-month program the choreographer is expected to present a work-in-progress. A short biography and a note on the proposed work are required.  Contact or visit


INDIADance film and interdisciplinary emerging choreographers are invited to apply for the 5th edition of Avayava Contemporary Dance Festival held in Pune April 7–10, 2016.  The organizers offer site-specific performances, intensive workshops, master classes, seminars, film screenings, and installations/exhibitions around the city. Participants may apply under the following categories: Dance on Film; International Workshops; Performance and Other. Deadline: February 29, 2016. Visit: 


ITALY: Choreographers of diverse genres and all ages and nationalities are welcome for one to three months to Glosoli International Residency for Artists in Torino. Glosoli is a space for artists, different art forms, dance and Afro-contemporary dance in particular. Glosoli is particularly interested in the connection between art and nature, assisting residents in finding wonderful locations and inspiration for original art work. Presentation of artists’ works is arranged on a case-by-case basis. Visit:!about2/cfah


ITALY:  Young and emerging contemporary dance choreographers are invited to apply for the Premio Prospettive Danza Competition In Padua, Italy, taking place May 8, 2016. The competition is open to European dancers and choreographers ages 18-40. Four finalists will be chosen whose pieces will then be presented to an international jury in the Teatro Verdi in Padua on May 8, 2016. Deadline: February 15, 2016. Visit:

MALAYSIA:  Emerging contemporary dance choreographers who are fluent in English and from the regions of Southeast Asia are invited to apply for this international choreographic laboratory, facilitated by Japanese choreographer Akiko Kitamura at Rimbun Dahan, in Malaysia from May 28 -June 5, 2016. Deadline: February 15, 2016. Visit:




Jacob Pillow Dance Interactive invites you to test your knowledge of choreography and dance history with this great online quiz. How well do you know Jacob’s Pillow performances and artists? Answer 10 randomly generated questions to gauge your competency and guessing skills. Enjoy the game!





Environmental Choreography? The beauty and ephemerality of artist Andres Amador’s sand painting gets created on the beach and then washed way. This impermanence, even amid the perfection of the geometry of his designs, feels like the precision dancers and choreographers seek but that disappears once it’s performed, only to live again at the next performance. Take a look:


Dance on TV: Cillit Bang The Mechanic! When you have a powerful product to beat dirt, cleaning can become a source of satisfaction and thrill. Madonna dancer Daniel Cloud Campos cleans up in the dancing and choreography for this cleaning product commercial featuring the iconic song “She's a Maniac” from the 1980s hit movie “Flashdance.” Check out Campos’s choreography and dancing:


Choreographing without gravity? Indoor skydiving tunnels in Europe and the U.S., also known by the name Windoor Realfly, are beginning to attract movement artists who explore the possibilities of creating dances. Imagine putting yourself in a vertical wind tunnel chamber powered by strong, consistent, forceful air flow. Here are the male and the female winners of 2016 Wind Games Competition. Take a look:





IP MAN 3: Fight choreographer Donnie Yen works with Mike Tyson and other actors in the film IP Man 3. Take a look behind the scenes and the watch a short trailer at:







AUSTRIA: ImPulsTanz is presenting [Trans] Asia Portraits, in cooperation with the Weltmuseum Wien and the 21er Haus controversial artistic works on transformation in present-day Asian societies, curated by Michael Stolhofer.  The Weltmuseum Wien presents two vast religious sculptures out of today’s daily life culture of India and a film program curated by Cis Bierinckx is dedicated to issues of transgender and transsexuality and the struggle for official acceptance of sexual diversity. Visit:

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BRAZIL: The contemporary choreographer Vera Passos uses movement to integrate the physical and spiritual worlds of dancers and audience members alike. Inspired by her day-to-day experience in the Afro-Brazilian cultural mecca Salvador da Bahia, Passos integrates traditional modern and ballet vocabulary with Silvestre — a technique rich with symbolism from the orixás (Afro-Brazilian gods of the syncretic candomblé tradition) to the four elements of nature. Passos is developing a new work that will premiere soon. Take a look at her movement and process. Video trailer:


CHINA: Hong Kong Dance Podium – Dance On Mainland Tour presents Hong Kong choreographers touring to Beijing and Guangzhou, March 12 and 26, 2016, produced by  Guangdong Modern Dance Company and Beijing Dance/LDTX. Featured is Hong Kong City Contemporary Dance Company as well as choreographers presenting new works such as Dance for No Reason, Puzzleand Galaxy Dreamer. See sample of the company in past works here:


NETHERLANDS:  A new Mata Hari by Ted Branson is in the works at Dutch National Ballet. It promises to be a oversized production with more than 300 costumes. The premiere on February 6, 2016, is expected at home with great excitement. View footage from behind the scenes of different facets of  the production:


NETHERLANDS:  Running from through February 20, 2016, the Holland Dance Festival presents exciting contemporary dance works and companies from around the world. This is year celebrates 20 years of Samuel Wuersten as artistic director. View a video trailer of festival highlights:


PHILIPPINES: Ballet Manila’s REBEL is modern-day creative interpretation of the famous “Spartacus” and runs from February 25–28, 2016, at the Aliw Theater, Pasay City, Philippines. Choreography is by London-based Martin Lawrance, who wrote the libretto with BM Artistic Director Lisa Macuja Elizalde. Watch a clip:


UNITED KINGDOM: Inspired by John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Madame X from 1884, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has created Strapless, a new work – his eighth for the  Royal Ballet – that premieres February 12-March 11, 2016, at the Royal Opera House. Here is a an earlier recorded interview with him:


SOUTH AFRICA: Dance Umbrella festival in Johannesburg, under the management of Dance Forum South Africa, offers a free and open platform to any form of dance, especially new contemporary work. Taking place from February 25-March 6, 2016, the festival includes some of the most prominent and new choreographic voices on the dance scene. Video trailer of last year’s festival:





ARIZONA: Groundbreaking choreographer, dancer and public intellectual Liz Lerman is relocating to Arizona State University. Known for her early work with senior dancers and community dancers, as well as her collaborations with scientists, artists, clergy and others, Lerman is interested in cross-disciplinarily in multiple fields and will bring her expertise and her astute questioning to her practice with students in a variety of academic departments at the university. Her book of essays, Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes From a Choreographer, was released in paperback in 2014.


NEW YORK: LEIMAY brings its world premiere of borders to Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Fisher Space February 18-21, 2016. Video and design artist Shige Moriya and choreographer Ximena Garnica use sound, light, voice and movement to collide, fuse and repel dancers in a hauntingly evocative landscape of bodies. Still is set against high physicality. Forms dissolve through walls of light and mutable axes of space.

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SAN FRANCISCO: Blessed Unrest: An Arts and Social Justice Festival at CounterPulse’s new space in San Francisco includes excerpted and full-length works by 25 artists steeped in struggles against racialized, gendered and class-based oppression. Blessed Unrest aims to bring various artists together to encourage idea exchange and collaboration and encourage the Bay Area’s most accomplished artist-activists to break free of their silos.




NETHERLANDS: Top European college - School for New Dance Development SNDO -- is a full-time, four-year professional education course leading to a bachelor of dance in choreography. SNDO is seeking students passionate in the creative process. Former artists in residence include choreographers Steve Paxton, Debora Hay and others. Deadline: March 13, 2016. Visit:





ARCHITECTS OF CHANGEthe conversation series, facilitated by Maria Shriver. The event is followed by DADA’ s Annual GALA Performance of FREEZE FRAME, a dance-driven narrative by Debbie Allen. A panel discussion about how we can help make a change in the conversation about gun violence in America! February 4, 2016, 5:00 p.m. at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Beverly Hills, Calif. Visit:


FRIDAYS AT NOON, an educational collaboration between 92Y Harkness Dance Center and NYU’s Tisch Dance & New Media Program, live streams each Fridays At Noon performance, which are available at


Feb. 5, 2016, noon: The Dancing Man, from Randy James’ 10 Hairy Legs, to Dylan Crossman’s minimalism to Ryan Casey tap dancing to John Zullo’s architectural work to Trebien Pollard’s exploration of identity politics, delight in the dancing male body.


April 1, 2016, noon: Merce Cunningham’s Fabrications (1987), a full company dance with music by Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta, and décor by Dove Bradshaw.





Moving Still, by Lois Greenfield

A dance photographer who choreographs for the still camera, her latest book, has been called “dazzling,” “stunning,” and “a photo book that dances before viewers’ very eyes” by CNN.

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Dancers As Diplomats: American Choreography in Cultural Exchange
By Clare Croft, Oxford University Press
Interviews with dancers who served as ambassadors for the U.S. while touring internationally during the Cold War and after.

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Rhythm Field: The Dance of Molissa Fenley
Edited by Ann Murphy and Molissa Fenley, Seagull Book London, Ltd.
Rhythm Field takes a close look at Fenley’s 40-year career as a post-modern dancer, who burst on the scene in the 1980s with her high powered vocabulary that roused audiences. This book of essays on Fenley by her colleagues features a foreword by Philip Glass; essays by Rande Brown, Molissa Fenley, Bill T. Jones, David Moodey, Richard Move, Ann Murphy, Elizabeth Streb, Paz Tanjuaquio; interview with Peter Boal; conversation with Tere O’Connor; poetry by Bob Holman; epilogue by Stephen Greco.
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