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August 2019

Get Ready for Tanzmesse 2020!

The internationale tanzmesse nrw will take place August 26-30, 2020, in Düsseldorf, Germany.

International Tanzmesse 2018 - Photo by Dmitrijus Matvejevas 

Did you know that the internationale tanzmesse nrw hosts the largest professional gathering dedicated exclusively to contemporary dance? It takes place every two years in Düsseldorf, Germany, with the next edition falling on August 26-30, 2020. The exhibition halls, talks and information sessions are great places for networking. American Dance Abroad will host a booth at Tanzmesse and there are two great opportunities for U.S.-based dance professionals to get involved:

  • Submit a proposal for the artistic program. Artists/companies may submit a proposal(s) for fully produced performances or open studio showings. You must be invited to submit a proposal by an organization that will be hosting a booth (like American Dance Abroad). If you’d like us to issue an invitation, first create an account through the Tanzmesse website. Email Andrea Snyder and let her know which email you used to register your account and she will issue your invitation. Please note, while American Dance Abroad must issue your invitation to submit a proposal, the Tanzmesse staff makes all curatorial decisions. The Tanzmesse does not provide financial support, but here are some ideas for general funding resources you can explore.
  • Attend as an American Corner delegate. U.S.-based choreographers, dancers, agents, and presenters are encouraged to attend the Tanzmesse as part of American Dance Abroad's delegation, even if you will not be performing. You will be a booth attendant and will be assigned to "man" the booth at certain times. This is an excellent opportunity to network and practice your "elevator pitch" with international colleagues. American Dance Abroad covers the cost of the booth; you are responsible for travel costs and the Tanzmesse registration fee (€125,- incl. 7% VAT). Complete this FORM to register your interest in becoming a booth attendant.

Dance Dialogue: Focus on Kuik Swee Boon, Artistic Director/Festival Director and
Athelyna Swee, Festival Manager
M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival

Dance Dialogue is a segment focusing on international programmers and the venues/festivals they program. If you would like to be featured or would like to suggest someone to be featured, contact us.

M1 CONTACT Festival Group Shot 2019, photo by Malcom Fu.
Fondly known as “CONTACT” to the local dance community, M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival began in 2010 to promote contemporary dance in Singapore. Directed by The Human Expression (T.H.E) Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Kuik Swee Boon, this artist-led Festival pursues an attitude of openness where every individual’s point of view is valued. A major corporate donor of T.H.E, M1 Limited (a telecommunications company) came onboard as the Festival’s title sponsor in 2014, hence leading to the Festival’s current name.
Billed for its bold curation, residency programmes, commissioning of local and international works across several platforms, as well as a smorgasbord of workshops and technique classes, the Festival has become a pillar event for the contemporary dance scene in Singapore. Most of its platforms are held in collaboration with Esplanade-Theatres on the Bay, Singapore’s national performing arts center. In 2017, the Festival was revamped with a fresh focus on supporting and featuring up-and-coming local, independent dance artists, and its dates shifted from the year-end to the mid-year period.
Since then, it has also seen the incorporation of Dance at Dusk, a non-ticketed, accessible production at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, designed specially for audiences new to the multifaceted art form of contemporary dance. Off Stage, an intimate studio sharing of works-in-progress by local dance artists in different draft stages of their creation processes, was also introduced in the same year.
Kuik Swee Boon, Artistic Director & Festival Director
In recent years, the Festival has gradually allowed different voices to enter and shape its programmes. Besides an annual international open call which received close to 200 applications in 2018, the Festival has also built partnerships and exchanges with various international festivals such as MASDANZA International Contemporary Dance Festival of the Canary Islands in Spain; Machol Shalem Dance House in Jerusalem, Israel; Body.Radical International Performing Arts Biennial in Budapest, Hungary; Supercell - Festival of Contemporary Dance in Brisbane, Australia; New Italian Dance (NID) Platform in Italy; Fukuoka Dance Fringe Festival & Odoru Akita International Dance Festival in Japan; New Dance for Asia – NDA International Festival & Seoul International Dance Festival (SIDance) in South Korea; H.D.X. - Hong Kong Dance Exchange International Festival in Hong Kong; Contemporary Dance Exchange (CDE) Springboard in Macau. In the past year, it has also introduced an inaugural advisory panel for one of its platforms, leading to a more panoramic consideration of the final programme line-up. 
Athelyna Swee, Festival Manager
As one of Singapore’s arts writers, bakchormeeboy, described in 2018, “M1 CONTACT Contemporary Dance Festival has become a staple of the Singapore dance scene, and aims to dispel the myth of incomprehensibility while presenting quality international and regional works and championing new local artists.”
Learn more about the festival:

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Visit American Dance Abroad's Events & Opportunities page for all the latest deadlines. Contact to submit an opportunity for inclusion.

Tanzmesse 2020
Call for Festival Proposals
Due September 30, 2019
Learn more
Residency Program
Learn more
Camargo Core Program
Call for Residency Applications
Due October 1, 2019
Learn more
Casa Na Ilha
Residency Program
Applications open for 2019
Learn more
USArtists International
Call for Grant Applications
Due September 5, 2019
Learn more

CINARS Biennale 2020
Call for Festival Applications
Due Early September, 2019
Learn more
*The inclusion of an opportunity or event posted on American Dance Abroad's newsletter should not be interpreted as an endorsement of that opportunity. American Dance Abroad has created this listing in an effort to increase access to and knowledge about international opportunities.

News From the Field  

This American Dance Abroad newsletter section brings you links to relevant articles of international importance, from the dance field and beyond. Please send us your suggestions. 

In safeguarding the legacies of innovators like Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor, we risk losing their spirit. 
Vague promises of 'exposure' used as cover for poor pay and insecure working conditions.
Thanks to a new deal between Actor's Equity Association and The Broadway League, performers involved in a production's development will now receive their own cut of the earnings.
This 19th-century choreographer is the subject of a new biography, "Marius Petipa: The Emperor's Ballet Master".
How did dance get stuck with a devalued image?

Americans Touring Abroad | August–December 2019

Dance companies and international programmers who present American dance may complete this International Touring Form to share their news. Here's a sampling of scheduled tours
(see the full list on our 

Dance Visions NY, Inc. Aug. 1-4
Teaching, Performance and Panel discussion, Isadora Duncan International Symposium at "the Place"

London, United Kingdom

Gabrielle Revlock Aug. 1-5
Performing Unstructured Time, Dance Bridges Festival

Kolkata, India

Karlovsky & Company Dance Aug. 1-11
Performance, New World Dance Theatre

Cape Town, South Africa

Maura Garcia Dance Aug. 7 & 8
Performance, Vines Art Festival & Raven Spirit Dance 

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Bellydance Evolution Aug. 12-18
Residency, Teaching Performance, Teatro Nacional Sucre

Oct. 20-26
Residency, Teaching, Performance, Metropolitan Sura Sala

Quito, Ecuador

Buenos Aires

InkBoat Aug. 24-25, 
Workshop, Universe 9

Sept. 6 & 7,
Performance, TBD

Dec. 9-March 3, 2020
Winter Intensive,  Universe 9

Luzern, Switzerland

Kriens, Switzerland

Hergiswil, Switzerland

Alvin Aily American
Dance Theater
Aug. 28- Sept. 1
Performance, The Tivoli Concert Hall

Sept. 4-14
Performance, Sadler's Wells Theatre

Sept. 19-22
Performance, New Luxor Theater

Copenhagen, Denmark

London, United Kingdom

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Christine Bonansea Company Aug. 22-24
Collaborative Duet with Pamela Z, Sarah Shelton Mann Festival, DOCK 11 Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Christine Bonansea Company Aug. 29-Sept. 1
Premiere of OH-2, DOCK 11 Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Christine Bonansea Company Sept. 16-Oct. 3
Commission with Company AURA

Kaunas, Lithuania

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Sept. 21-Oct. 14
Japan Tour


Christine Bonansea Company Oct. 5-26
Workshops, lectures and exchange, BIDAM

Busan, Korea

Two Broad Oct. 28-Nov. 4
Kulturfactory International Residency

Domicella, Italy

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