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October 2018

Rapid Response: nora chimpaumire


Company Manager Leonie Wichmann describes the importance of the company’s
residency and performance engagements in Germany and Italy.

nora chipaumire performed three sold-out performances of PORTRAIT to international audiences of 180 people-per-night at Tanz im August, in Berlin, Germany. We also held post-performance talks, which gave us the chance to discuss not only the work but also issues relevant to contemporary dance from a global perspective.        

The company performed
#PUNK to an international audience of 400 at Operaestate Festival in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. chipaumire led two workshops for local and international artists and arts professionals, exploring the idea of the body as a personal archive – how it tells the story and journey of an individual while also speaking to the person’s cultural and ancestral roots.

We accomplished our goals of accessing an audience and community of dance professionals that are defining contemporary dance on a global level and of deepening relationships with presenters in Europe. As a result of the engagements, we are in concrete discussions regarding future performance and residency opportunities.         

The support we received from American Dance Abroad’s Rapid Response travel subsidy was an essential help to finance our travel to these two important festivals on the European market, and we leveraged this opportunity to increase interest in nora chipaumire's touring work
PORTRAIT OF MYSELF AS MY FATHER, her current project, #PUNK 100%POP *N!GGA, and her upcoming work, NEHANDA. Without the support from Rapid Response, the engagement would not have been performed the same way, as we would have needed to travel with a smaller team. We would not have expanded our network or received these new touring and residency invitations for 2019/2020. Thank you!” –Leonie Wichmann, Company Manager

Photo 1: #PUNK 100%POP *N!GGA in Italy, © Riccardo Panozzo
Photo 2: Portrait of Myself as My Father in Germany, © Dajana Lothert

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

Dance Dialogue: Focus on Pierre Des Marais
Directeur général/Codirecteur artistique, DANSE DANSE


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

"Danse Danse is a specialized dance presenting organization based in Montreal (Quebec), Canada that principally uses three theatres in the Complexe of Place des Arts, one of the largest art complexes in North America and the largest in Canada (it contains six theatres, as well as the MACM, a contemporary art museum). The theatres that we use have 300, 1,400 and 3,000 seat capacities. We have a season that runs from September to May and we present up to 15 different productions per year. Each production runs for four to five nights.

What is unique about our season is that, since its beginning, we have concentrated on developing our public. Indirectly, it has permitted us to increase the number of performances for the companies being presented. We are presently close to 3,000 subscribers and they are the backbone of Danse Danse.
Year after year, Danse Danse presents strong seasons of exceptional contemporary dance – we receive exciting, compelling proposals from all over the world. Different aesthetics intersect and intermingle in the heart of the entertainment district, presented to audiences as diverse as the performances themselves. Danse Danse not only makes the essential repertoire of contemporary dance accessible to Montreal audiences, but also portrays the exhilarating rhythms of our times by creating striking new works.
 
With a strong focus on excellence at the core of its activities, Danse Danse tries to present to its public the range of what is available from around the world. Blending styles and interweaving disciplines, our dance offerings embrace a variety of artistic languages. Visual arts, theatre and music combined with gestures and physicality is very present in our programming, reflecting the amazing diversity of current contemporary dance practice at the local, national and international levels. From indie rock to exhilarating pop by way of classical elements, jazz rhythms and world beats, the music is becoming more prominent than ever this year and in the years to come. It is performed live on stage in several of the shows that we present and it is at the heart of the works we choose. 

Above: Alonzo King Lines Ballet
Our programming is quite international in scope and we do not focus on any particular countries. We gravitate toward excellence. We look for affirmative and strong choreographic voices. Because we use mainly large theatres, we look for companies and choreographies that are quite large in scope, in order to fill a 1,400-seat theatre.

We make an effort to stay apprised about what is happening in the dance world today, but we strongly suggest that choreographers and companies keep us informed on presentations and touring plans so that in some of our travels we may get the chance to see a performance*. We make every effort to see a performance before we decide to present it. Contact Pierre@dansedanse.ca and Caroline Ohrt at Caroline@dansedanse.ca."


*A Note from American Dance Abroad: Our newsletter reaches nearly 300 international programmers each month! In each issue, we include a list of “Americans Touring Abroad,” so that programmers can be alerted to companies touring in their regions and have the opportunity to attend their performances. Please fill out our form to ensure that your engagement is included in this list!

Upcoming Events and Opportunities


Visit the Events & Opportunities page on AmericanDanceAbroad.org for all the latest deadlines. Contact bonnie@americandanceabroad.org to submit an opportunity for inclusion.

Saison Foundation
Support & Residency Opportunities
Due Oct. 4, 2018
Learn more
The International Dance Film Festival 2019
Call for dance film entries
Due Nov. 1, 2018
Learn more
Camargo Core Program
Open call
Due Oct. 17, 2018
Learn more
Dance/USA Fellowships to Artists
Application for funding
LOI due Nov. 16
Learn more

 
Dance Bridges Festival
Open call
Due Oct. 22, 2018
Learn more
National Dance Project Travel Fund
Funding for U.S. presenters, curators, residency directors, or current NDP artist grantees
Rolling deadline
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.

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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. 

On 2 October, join The Australian Ballet, The Bolshoi Ballet and The Royal Ballet for a day long celebration of all things ballet.
CINARS Biennale will feature a record number of off-CINARS performances in Dance, Theatre, Multidisciplinary Arts, Music and Circus.
UNESCO is launching a global survey on policies and measures taken around the world to support the economic and social rights of artists. Deadline: 23 November 2018.
Alastair Macaulay, The Times’s chief dance critic, will retire from the position at the end of the year, but continue to contribute pieces while working on his own projects.
How does a company build an international profile without losing connection to its hometown? The directors of Tulsa Ballet, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Sarasota Ballet respond.

Americans Touring Abroad | October 2018-January 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 
website):

COMPANY DATE/VENUE/FESTIVAL CITY/ COUNTRY
Yaa Samar! Dance Theatre Oct. 6-7
Performing The Playground
Nuit Blanche Festival

Brussels, Belgium


L.A. Contemporary Dance Company Oct. 10-12
Performance & Teaching,
Q Theatre Rangatira

Auckland, New Zealand


Mark Morris Dance Group Oct. 10-13
Performing Layla and Majnun,
Melbourne International Arts Festival

Melbourne, Australia


Christine Bonansea Company

Oct. 15
Performing OnlyHuman, BIDAN
Busan, South Korea

Oct. 20-28
Residency for SPIKE, Dansometre

Vevey, Switzerland


Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion Oct. 17-18
Performance, Espace 1789

Saint-Ouen, France


Bellydance Evolution Oct. 19-22
Residency, Teaching and Performance, Nuevo Teatro Silvia Pinal

Mexico City, Mexico


Martha Graham Dance Company Oct. 30-31
Performance, National Centre for the Performing Arts

Beijing, China


Heidi Duckler Dance

November 9-11
Performance (venue TBA)

Valparaiso, Chile


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 CAMP_IN

San Luis Potosí, Mexico


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