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November 2018

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Have you browsed American Dance Abroad's website lately? It is updated with opportunities, engagements and information nearly every day, so there is always something new to see!

View the new archive of our "Dance Dialogue" articles, written by international programmers

Rapid Response: Shamel Pitts' Residency + Performance
in Germany & Bulgaria

Katherina Vasiliadis, International Communications & Cultural Management, describes Shamel's experiences at Dock 11 in Berlin, Germany and the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Photos by Anna Kazanova

"Shamel Pitts was able to create his new work Black Hole in two amazing places for dance, in Berlin and Sofia. He and his team of eight people from five countries had the opportunity to live and work together for seven weeks and create the third and last part of Shamel’s trilogy.

The work was premiered in a beautiful 400-seat theater in Sofia on September 24, and we are already in contact with several festivals, theaters and sight-specific venues around the world about performances and other future engagements around this production.

Our relationships with Dock 11 EDEN and Derida Dance Center have been developed and deepened throughout the last weeks and, as a result, Shamel has been invited for another residency program in Berlin in August 2019, as well as for a creation process with the students of DDC in summer of 2019. We are grateful for our new, ongoing partners and are looking forward to additional collaborations, as well as performance opportunities for
Black Hole around the world.

We are learning how valuable good collaboration partners are, and how productive and inspiring a long-lasting relationship between an artist and a production house/festival can be. We are grateful for this experience!"

Note: The next deadline for Rapid Response is December 1, 2018.

Dance Dialogue: Focus on Eddie Nixon
Director of Artist and Theatre Development, The Place

Dance Dialogue is a segment focusing on international programmers
and the venues/festivals that they program.

The Place is London’s pioneering creative powerhouse for dance development, leading the way in dance training, creation and performance. As an international centre of excellence in the development of contemporary dancers and dance-makers, The Place is one of Europe’s most exciting, innovative dance spaces, where artists from all over the world come to push creative boundaries, to experiment and to perform outstanding new work for audiences who expect to be surprised, inspired and delighted. The Place is home to London Contemporary Dance School, Richard Alston Dance Company, a 280-seat theatre, an extensive range of classes, courses and participatory opportunities for adults and young people and professional development programmes for artists.

Eddie Nixon is Director of Artist and Theatre Development, leading a team of colleagues to shape the public programmes, theatre performances, classes, youth group and outreach programmes. In particular, The Place supports and commissions emerging artists to research, develop and create new work.

Fagin's Twist. Photo by Rachel Cherry.
The team isn’t looking for one specific aesthetic quality but supports and programmes people with interesting, original ideas that connect with audiences. The Place is a dance venue, so the ideas have to be on some level embedded in physicality or in the body. “Even if the work uses words and design and all kinds of physicality that might not look very much like dance to many people, it is important that the ideas find a metaphor you can express with the body.” Furthermore, Eddie emphasises the importance of rigour and virtuosity. “That doesn’t mean tricks or traditional showy dance technique - it’s about precision and knowing how magnetic details can be for an audience.”

The Place programmes dance that is contemporary in the truest sense of the word. It’s about the world now and the latest developments and directions dance is taking. There is no repertoire, and the programming avoids work that only draws on traditional dance techniques and forms, favouring work which is transforming ideas, aggravating them and fusing them together. Programming is as international as resources allow. Based in Europe, The Place is more likely to present work that is created and touring around Europe but this is more a question of logistics. Explicitly, The Place is looking for diversity and different voices in the programme. “We are looking for creativity and inspiration everywhere and we want our stage to be filled with artists that represent the diversity of London and the world.”

Igor and Moreno. Photo by Alicia Clark.

While artists seeking to be programmed are welcome to send in video tapes, it is more likely that new artists are discovered at showcases and platforms, through artist development projects and key partner organisations such as Aerowaves and European Dance House. From there, The Place is committed to building relationships and starting a dialogue with exciting emerging artists. A vivid exchange of artistic visions and networking is also flowing through the summer school, post graduate programmes and initiatives such as Resolutions and Choreodrome, facilitating a buzzing community of creation and experiment.

Most importantly, The Place aims for a balance between artist development and audiences. Both are of equal importance to the venue. “We are as much about supporting artists and developing new ideas as we are committed to those who come to experience and enjoy the work.”

Find out more here:

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Visit the Events & Opportunities page on for all the latest deadlines. Contact to submit an opportunity for inclusion.

Asian Cultural Council
Applications for Cultural Exchange Grants Open
Due Nov. 15, 2018
Learn more
Onassis AiR – residency program in Athens
Call for residency applications
Due Nov. 26, 2018
Learn more
Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists
Application for funding
LOI due Nov. 16, 2018
Learn more
Choreographic Residencies In Heidelberg
Call for residency applications
Due Nov. 30, 2018 (for Feb-July '19)
Learn more
M1 Contact Contemporary Dance Festival
Call for dance festival applications
Due Nov. 23, 2018
Learn more
Choreography 33 
Choreography Competition
Due April 17, 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. 

The Arts + Social Impact Explorer draws together data points on how the arts integrate into—and impact—different sectors.
Over three days, Startin’ Point Festival showcased work that honours the African heritage.
Northwestern University is launching an initiative that aims to help Puerto Rican artists revive the island’s cultural landscape following the extensive devastation caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017. 
Out with abstraction and virtuosity for its own sake: these idealistic young choreographers are making empowering work that tackles big issues.
The new magazine explores dance across Europe through opinion, videos, interviews and more. 

Americans Touring Abroad | Nov. 2018–Feb. 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 

Lori Belilove & The Isadora Duncan Dance Company November
Residency and performance,
Jornada de Danca da Bahia

Salvador, Brazil

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Nov. 2-3
Grand Opera House

Belfast, UK

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Nov. 7-8
Performance, Nanjing Poly Grand Theatre
Nanjing, China

Nov. 10-11
Performance, Shanghai Grand Theatre – Lyric Theatre

Shanghai, China

Nov. 14-15
Performance, Chongqing Grand Theatre – Opera House

Chongqing, China

Nov. 19-20
Performance, Zhuhai Grand Theatre – Opera House

Zhuhai, China

Nov. 24-25
Performance, Hefei Grand Theatre –
Opera House

Hefei, China

Mark Morris Dance Group Nov. 13-17
Performing Layla and Majnun,
Sadler's Wells

London, England

Christine Bonansea Company

Nov. 29-Dec. 2
Work-in-progress showing of OH-2, DOCK11
Berlin, Germany

Dec. 12-16

San Luis Potosí, Mexico


Gus Solomons jr Jan. 17-20
Performance, Gessnerallee
Zurich, Switzerland

Feb. 14-16
Performance, Centre Pompidou

Paris, France

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