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IN THIS ISSUE:
Choreographic Residencies, Opportunities & Funding: Current listings for the U.S., Latin America, Europe & Asia: Virginia B. Toulmin Choreographic Fellowship at NYU, USA; Kurt Jooss Choreography Award, GERMANY; CDCN Toulouse Chorégraphique Résidence, FRANCE; Dance Bridges Festival Open Call for Choreographers, INDIA; Saison Cultural Fund Choreographic Residency, JAPAN; and others…
New Works & Events: New Kyle Abraham for New York City Ballet; New Hofesh Shechter for NDT; New Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for Goteborg; New Spartacus by Lucas Jervies for Australian Ballet; and more…
Trending: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Kahn Create for Pop Music Stars Beyoncé & Jay Z, and Florence + The Machine.
Learning Opportunities: The American Dance Festival Winter Intensive in New York City, USA
Competitions: Les Lendemains Qui Dansent - 11th Young Choreographers Competition, FRANCE
New Movies: Mackie Messer by Joachim A. Lang, The “film within the film.” Based on an existing treatment by Bertolt Brecht for a movie that has never been realized – a new uncompromising Three-Penny Opera. Choreography by Eric Gauthier, Artistic Director of Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart.
New Books: Rhythm Field -The Dance of Molissa Fenley, edited by Ann Murphy and Molissa Fenley. Rhythm Field is a vivid and probing portrait of Fenley’s four-decade career, written by her fellow artists. The collection functions as a multi-faceted look into one woman’s complex performing arts legacy. The result is itself an aesthetic undertaking that investigates the ways in which Fenley straddles dance traditions, art genres, and gender norms and has been a model to the field.
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: https://www.nefa.org/grants_programs/grants/national-dance-project-travel-fund
NEW YORK: The Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance is a unique fellowship designed for women creators (e.g. choreographers, composers) that promotes broader gender equity in the field of dance. The program provides fellows with a stipend, access to studio and office space, an apartment in some cases, and time away from daily life to focus on their specified project – a ballet, a score or other work of their imagining related in some way to ballet. Apply by December 1, 2018. Visit: http://balletcenter.nyu.edu/fellowships/virginia-b-toulmin-fellowship-for-women-leaders-in-dance/
NEW YORK: The MAP Fund supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry. In particular, MAP is interested in supporting artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the current American landscape. Application information for 2019 Grant Cycle will be available on October 1, 2018. Apply November 26 - December 21, 2018. Visit: https://mapfundblog.org
FRANCE: Biennale de la Danse de Lyon will take place from September 11-30, 2018. The 18th edition of this contemporary dance festival features over 40 shows, including original creations representing all genres of dance. This eclectic line-up includes young emerging choreographers as well as established choreographers such as Merce Cunningham, Jerome Bel, Peeping Tom, Maguy Marin, Yoann Bourgeois, and many more. Visit: http://www.biennaledeladanse.com
FRANCE: La Place de la Danse (CDCN), Toulouse supports creation and research for choreographers by offering residencies, producing or co-producing their works, and offering opportunities for them to present their work throughout the season and during the yearly festival. The residency program is determined by the company’s needs, the feasibility and quality of the project, and is not necessarily linked to performance presentations. Residences are short term, lasting 1-2 weeks. Apply by September 16, 2018. Visit: http://laplacedeladanse.com/accompanger-les-artistes/aide-a-la-creation
FRANCE: The Camargo Core Program is the historical and flagship program of the Camargo Foundation. Each year an international call is launched through which 18 fellows (9 artists and 9 scholars/thinkers) are selected. The Camargo Core Program offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, create, and connect. Apply by October 17, 2018. Visit: http://camargofoundation.org/programs/camargo-core-program/
GERMANY: The City of Essen and the Anna and Hermann Markard Foundation jointly issue an international call for applications for the Kurt Jooss Prize. The prize is intended to encourage and foster choreographers not yet fully established in their profession. There are no restrictions regarding style or age. This prize comes with an endowment of 10,000 euros. Deadline for submissions: October 24, 2018. To apply, visit: https://www.essen.de/kultur_und_bildung/kultursparten_1/tanz/kurt_jooss/Ausschreibung_Kurt_Jooss.en.html
GERMANY: dance-techAIR at Lake Studios Berlin is accepting applications for its residency, which offers international interdisciplinary movement and media artists the possibility to live and make art in a peaceful artist-run working, living and performance space in Berlin. Rolling deadline. Visit: https://www.lakestudiosberlin.com
INDIA: Dance Bridges Festival invites dance artists to apply for the third edition of the Festival. This is a special opportunity for artists from around the world to gather in Kolkata and experience the city’s vibrant arts scene. The festival will run from August 1-5, 2019. Apply by October 22, 2019. Visit: http://dancebridges.in/festival-2019/
INDIA: Play Practice Apprenticeship Program in Bangalore invites dancers, choreographers, and performing artists to a 3-week international residential program, focused on physical training and artistic research development. The program includes 3 intensive workshops led by internationally experienced choreographers, ending with an evening presentation. Apply by September 30, 2018. Visit: www.playpractice.in/2018-coming-soon
ITALY: Shorofficine CAOS, an international cross-disciplinary hub for cultural and social innovation, is seeking emerging artists from abroad, who work in the fields of contemporary theatre and dance or performance or multimedia art, to present their work during the winter season, from January to April 2019. Apply by September 15, 2018. Visit: https://goo.gl/forms/OtRSHOetKcNCHtHM2
JAPAN: Saison Cultural Fund is now accepting applications from overseas artists for its artist-in-residence program. The residency will run from June 1, 2019 - March 2020. Apply by October 4, 2018. Visit: http://www.saison.or.jp/r_morishita/03.html
JAPAN: International Dance Film Festival 2018-2019, run by Tokyo Zokei University and Dance and Media Japan will take place on March 2 and 3, 2019. The festival is accepting films featuring dance. Apply by November 1, 2018. Visit: http://www.dance-media.com/videodance/
MEXICO: 2019 International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City, FIDCDMX, 2019, Fourth Edition - OPEN CALL. Choreographers, dance companies, and independent or emergent dance troupes are invited to participate. The festival runs from August 1 - August 11, 2019. For information, visit https://www.facebook.com/FIDCDMX. Apply by November 18, 2018. Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW ZEALAND: Wellesley Studios Summer Choreographic Residency 2019 is calling for applications from emerging choreographers for its Summer Residency 2019. Wellesley Studios exists to support and promote the New Zealand performing arts sector. It is a space where artists can continue their training, connect, collaborate and create with others. The 2019 Summer Residency is open to project-based work. Apply by September 30, 2018. Visit: http://wellesleystudios.co.nz/residencies/
UK: The Swallowsfeet Collective is searching for exceptional international live performance makers, visual artists, and filmmakers who use their practice to respond to or escape from their current surroundings. Apply by September 15, 2018. Visit: oopsfestival.co.uk
NEW YORK: Former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancers Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener work with structured improvisations to create a dance that is both formal and radical. In a world premiere, the company searches for new paths to a utopia that is constantly making and unmaking itself. The performance runs at the Joyce Theater from October 2-6, 2018. Watch: https://youtu.be/UcqVrNEjY5Y
NEW YORK: Donna Uchizono Company will present a world premiere work at the Joyce Theater from October 10-13, 2018. The new work acknowledges the NY Quadrille's four-perspective stage and explores what seeps through the cracks of confinement. Visit: https://www.joyce.org/performances/donna-uchizono-company
NEW YORK: Tap dancer and choreographer Michelle Dorrance challenges the rhythmic skills and athletic daring of the American Ballet Theater dancers in her new piece, co-commissioned with the Vail Dance Festival. The world premiere is on October 17, 2018 at David H. Koch Theater. Visit: https://www.abt.org/events/new-dorrance-fall/
NEW YORK: Jessica Lang will collaborate with American artist Sarah Crowner on a new work that builds on Jessica’s 20 years of creation with American Ballet Theater. World Premiere at David H. Koch Theater on October 19, 2018. Visit: https://www.abt.org/performances/fall-season/
NEW YORK: New York City Ballet presents 21st Century Choreographers. First series featuring three world premieres, choreographed by Matthew Neenan, Kyle Abraham, and Gianna Reisen, along with the return of In Vento by Mauro Bigonzetti. In theater from September 27- October 6, 2018. Visit: https://www.nycballet.com/Season-Tickets/18-19-Season-Page/Fall-2018.aspx
NEW YORK: NYU Skirball presents Analogy Trilogy on September 22 & 23, 2018. Developed by Bill T. Jones with Associate Artistic Director Janet Wong and Company, Analogy Trilogy is based on oral histories and inspired by W.G. Sebald’s award-winning novel The Emigrants. Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIW7EADjreM&feature=youtu.be
PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Ballet will present a mixed repertoire program including works by Jiří Kylián and world premieres from award-winning choreographer and Pennsylvania Ballet company dancer Russell Ducker and Gallim Dance Founder and Artistic Director Andrea Miller, the 2017/2018 Artist in Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Performances run from November 9-11, 2018. Visit: http://paballet.org/programs/november/
AUSTRALIA: One of The Australian Ballet’s most popular works springs to new life. Spartacus tells the story of a gladiator who led a slaves’ rebellion against the Roman Empire. Lucas Jervies is a choreographer, a NIDA-trained director and a former dancer of The Australian Ballet. Premieres on September 18, 2018. Visit: https://australianballet.com.au/the-ballets/spartacus
AUSTRIA: “Carlos Acosta -- A Celebration” will premiere at Festspielhaus St. Pölten on September 22, 2018. The former star soloist of the Royal Ballet, a choreographer, author, and director of the company he founded in 2015, Acosta Danza from Cuba, Carlos Acosta celebrates his 30 years on stage as a unique artist. Visit: https://www.festspielhaus.at/en/calendar/273-acosta-danza-tonkuenstler#2018-09-22-19h30
GERMANY: Theaterhaus Stuttgart will present Grandes Dames. The program includes world premiere work by Virginie Brunelle, along with works by Eric Gauthier & Andonis Foniadakis, Marco Goecke, and Helena Waldmann. Opening night is October 10, 2018. Visit: https://www.theaterhaus.com/theaterhaus/
GERMANY: Semperoper Dresden will present Labyrinth, which unites four different perspectives on the maze of human passions, temperaments, fantasies, and emotions. Features works by George Balanchine, Martha Graham, Ohad Naharin, and Joseph Hernandez’s latest creation. Premieres on November 3, 2018. Visit: https://www.semperoper.de/en/whats-on/schedule/stid/labyrinth-en/61275.html#a_26724
GERMANY: Staatsballet Berlin will present choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s reconstruction of the ballet La Bayadère, created by Maurius Petipa in 1877. Ratmansky uses Petipa’s nearly intact notations to get as close as possible to the original in this love drama that develops with almost menacing sensuality. Opening night is November 4, 2018. Visit: https://www.staatsballett-berlin.de/en/spielplan/la-bayadere/04-11-2018/718
FRANCE: Paris Autumn Festival will take place from September 10 - December 31, 2018. This year, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is the featured choreographer, with 11 of her works presented in 20 theaters during the grand opening weekend of the festival at the Centre National de Danse. Visit: http://www.festival-automne.com
HONG KONG: Jumping Frames International Dance Video Festival 2018 will take place September 8-16, 2018. The only one of its kind in Asia, the festival is a platform for artists, featuring talks, workshops, commissioned works and competitions. Visit: https://issuu.com/ccdcmkt/docs/jf18_bookletfinal3
HONG KONG: Independent artist Enoch Cheng will present his world premiere work Shuffle on September 8 & 9, 2018. Concerned with the everyday subtleties in contemporary urban lives, Cheng explores recurrent themes of place, travel, fiction, memory, time, and destination. Visit: http://www.ccdc.com.hk/en/site/p/328
HONG KONG: In an explosive celebration of Hong Kong’s trendsetting creative class, Hong Kong Cultural Centre presents seven world premieres. Eight Hong Kong-based choreographers collaborate with local artists in different media in performances running September 13-16, 2018. Visit: http://www.hkballet.com/en/Whats-On/Productions/Hong-Kong-Cool.html
NETHERLANDS: Netherlands Dance Theater’s (NDT 1) 2018-2019 season opens with a triple bill of four choreographic masterminds whose choice of music is as important as the stories they tell through their respective dance languages. Marco Goecke and Hofesh Shechter will both present new creations. The evening concludes with Sol León and Paul Lightfoot’s Singulière Odyssée. The performance opens on September 27, 2018. Visit: https://www.ndt.nl/en/tickets/saisonnier.html
NETHERLANDS: NDT 2 will present new work by Alexander Ekman along with new work by Phillip Chbeeb, a young dance maker with a strong connection to hip-hop. Opening night is November 15, 2018. Visit: https://www.ndt.nl/en/tickets/significant-moments.html
SWEDEN: GöteborgsOperans Danskompani will present Dust to dust, a new creation by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The program will also include Swedish premiere for Solo Echo by Crystal Pite. Performances run October 12 - December 14, 2018. Visit: https://en.opera.se/forestallningar/dust-to-dust-2018-2019/
SWEDEN: The world premiere of Alfhild Agrell’s Arv by Norrdans will take place on October 18, 2018, at Härnösands Teater. Featuring three passionate interpretations about everyone’s equal worth, Norrdans enchants with a triple program of physically demanding dance and newly written music. Visit: en.norrdans.se/evenemang/alfhild-agrells-arv/
SWITZERLAND: Ballet Zurich will present Winterreise by Christian Spuck. Accompanying music is from Franz Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey), a cycle of 24 songs for voice and piano, written in the autumn of 1827. The world premiere is on October 13, 2018. Visit: https://www.opernhaus.ch/en/spielplan/calendar/winterreise/season_50348/
SWITZERLAND: Ballet Zurich Junior Ballet will be presenting its own ballet evening with three world premieres. The Madrid-born choreographer Goyo Montero will be working in Zurich for the first time. Louis Stiens will also be a guest in Zurich for the first time. Born in Munich, Stiens has danced with the Stuttgart Ballet since 2011. The world premiere is October 20, 2018. Visit: https://www.opernhaus.ch/en/spielplan/calendar/juniorballett/season_50348/
UK: Two contrasting ballets from Wayne McGregor and George Balanchine return to frame a world premiere by Alastair Marriott at the Royal Ballet’s main stage. Marriott's new ballet to a commissioned score from Dario Marianelli marks the centenary of the ending of World War I. Performances run from November 20-29, 2018. Visit: https://www.roh.org.uk/mixed-programmes/the-unknown-soldier-infra-symphony-in-c
UK: Superstar ballerina Natalia Osipova brings together a handpicked programme of exciting and new works to Sadler’s Wells. Osipova will dance Antony Tudor’s The Leaves are Fading and Roy Assaf’s Six Years Later, alongside three brand new works by Alexei Ratmansky, Iván Pérez and Yuka Oishi that have been specially commissioned for the programme. Performances are from September 12-16, 2018. Watch: https://vimeo.com/282002165
UK: Sadler’s Wells will present William Forsythe — A Quiet Evening of Dance from October 4-6, 2018. Forsythe has imagined something akin to an evening of chamber music, designed to be listened to. The evening is performed by seven of Forsythe’s most trusted collaborators, who promise to provide insight into the workings of ballet and the mind of the man who has dedicated his work to this task. Watch: https://vimeo.com/253416314
TRENDING: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Akram Kahn Create for Pop Music Stars Beyoncé and Jay Z; Florence + The Machine
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, a 42-year-old dancer, and choreographer of Flemish and Moroccan descent has experimented with various styles of contemporary dance, hip-hop motifs, martial arts, and even spoken word. He mainly occupies the fine-arts realm, but he does have experience choreographing music videos for Sigur Rós and folk-pop singer-songwriter Woodkid. Right now, his main project is choreographing Jagged Little Pill, the new Alanis Morissette musical. Sidi just completed the choreography for a music video for Beyoncé and Jay Z. See article with an interview and video sample below:
Akram Khan and Florence Welch (of Florence + The Machine) have paired together to create the music video for “Big God” with choreography attributed to Khan and Welch.In the video, Welch leads a group of women standing in an eerily reflective pool of water until they begin shedding their colorful veils, their movements ranging from animalistic to aggressive as the song progresses. "Big God" carries elements of everything we've come to expect from Khan's work. The result is a jaw-dropping melding of their styles, perfectly suited to the cool theatricality of Florence + The Machine's sound. Video Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kIrRooQwuk
NEW YORK: The American Dance Festival Winter Intensive in New York City is eight days of classes, conversations, and performances with NYC-based artists and educators. Apply by November 16, 2018, for the scholarship. Visit: http://www.americandancefestival.org/education/2019-new-york-city-winter-intensive/
SWITZERLAND: Le MARCHEPIED builds relationships between dancers and choreographers by offering choreographic opportunities to professional dancers. During the course of one or two weeks, Le MARCHEPIED aims to offer those seeking work the chance to meet choreographers and to experience the dynamics of intensive group work in a professional context. Apply by December 20, 2018. Visit: www.utilitepublique.ch
FRANCE: Les Lendemains Qui Dansent will hold a Young Choreographers Competition, 11th Edition. Three companies selected by their dossier and video will be invited to present their work to a jury of dance professionals and programmers. This competition is for emerging professional dance companies not yet recognized on a national level that has been active for less than 7 years. The winning company will be programmed by La Barcarolle for an evening during the festival “Les Choeurs Dansants.” Apply by September 19, 2018. Visit: https://www.labarcarolle.org/festival/les-lendemains-qui-dansent
ITALY: LIS Lab Performing Arts announces the fourth edition of the International CROSS Award for artists and companies in the field of performing arts and music, with particular attention to productions focused on the close interaction between musical composition and action on stage. The award aims to stimulate the investigation and artistic expression related to the union of different styles and genres. The call is open to individual artists, professionals, and companies. Apply by September 5, 2018. Visit: http://www.crossproject.it/en/call-cross-award-2/
Mackie Messer by Joachim A. Lang
Inspired by the quarrels and lawsuit over the first screen adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's hit play Die Dreigroschenoper (Three-Penny Opera), directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst in 1931. Joachim Lang tells an alternative story on two narrative levels. One is set in the Berlin of the Roaring Twenties. The radical author Brecht files a suit against the film production company in order to prove that in the arts, too, it is “first the grub, then the morals.” The second level is the “film within the film” which is based on an existing treatment by Brecht for a movie that has never been realized – a new, even more, uncompromising Three-Penny Opera.
The choreographies were created by Eric Gauthier (Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaqTlV4Mem4&feature=youtu.be
Rhythm Field -The Dance of Molissa Fenley, Edited By Ann Murphy and Molissa Fenley, Seagull Press/University of Chicago, 2015
Molissa Fenley, one of the most influential artists of postmodern dance, has had a lasting impact on performance. In dance, she has explored extreme effort and duration in highly crafted patterns and performed with an explosive, joyous energy that infused her work with endurance, balance, and life force. She challenged modern dance orthodoxy and redefined the character of a woman’s moving body in the late twentieth century, bringing post modernized ritual to the stage.
Rhythm Field is a vivid and probing portrait of Fenley’s four-decade career, written by her fellow artists. The collection functions as a multifaceted look into one woman’s complex performing arts legacy. The result is itself an aesthetic undertaking that investigates the ways in which Fenley straddles dance traditions, art genres, and gender norms and has been a model to the field. The collection offers several scholarly analyses of the choreographer’s work and is a vibrant record from the field. Rhythm Field sits at a necessary midpoint between criticism and scholarship. Visit: https://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/R/bo19121881.html
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