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February 2020

Awards & Special Recognitions

Recognizing awards and special recognitions received by American artists both at home and abroad. Click here to submit an award for inclusion.


United States Artists Announces 2020 Fellows 

Since 2006 United States Artists has provided unrestricted support to multiple creative disciples across the country. This year 50 artists across 10 creative disciplines received a $50,000 cash reward. This is the largest cohort of USA Fellows United States Artists has had since 2011. 

Representing the dance disciple are 5 choreographers and dancers:

Abby Zbikowski

Abby Zbikowski created her company Abby Z and the New Utility in 2012 with founding members Fiona Lundie and Jennifer Meckley. She is an assistant professor of Dance at the University of Illinois and on faculty at American Dance Festival. She has taught at the Academy of Culture in Riga, Latvia; at Festival Un Pas Vers L’Avant in Abidjan, Ivory Coast; and studied at Germaine Acogny’s L’École de Sables in Senegal. Zbikowski holds a BFA in dance from Temple University and an MFA from The Ohio State University.

Zbikowski has performed with Charles O. Anderson/Dance Theater X, Momar Ndiaye, and the Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project. Her company has been presented nationally, performing at venues such as Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, MA, and the Fuse Box Festival in Austin, TX, among others. Her company’s new work Radioactive Practice is set to premiere at New York Live Arts in New York City in March 2020.

Dianne McIntyre

Dianne McIntyre is a dancer, choreographer, researcher, mentor, director, producer, and dance-driven dramatist. McIntyre’s artistic intention is to “express dance as music moving.” She has sustained a career over many decades with choreography in concert dance, theatre, film, and opera. In the 1970s, after moving from Ohio to New York City, she founded Sounds in Motion in Harlem, which grew from a dance/music company into a school into a mecca for artists, scholars, and activists through the 1980s.

Current work for her company and others is performed internationally and encompasses dance connections with live “jazz” music, cultural history, social movements, personal narrative, and legend. She has transformed words into dance, from the work of acclaimed writers Ntozake Shange, James Baldwin, and August Wilson to the aviator stories of her mother. Her work spans genres and collaborators including Olu Dara, Lester Bowie, Cecil Taylor, Amina Claudine Myers, Bartlett Sher, Regina Taylor, and Jonathan Demme. She has choreographed for Broadway plays, London’s West End, over forty regional theatre productions, and for film with Beloved. She received an Emmy nomination for HBO’s Miss Evers’ Boys.

Elizabeth Streb

Elizabeth Streb has dived through glass, walked down London’s City Hall, dumped a ton of dirt on her head, and set herself on fire, among many other feats of extreme action. Streb founded the Streb Extreme Action Company in 1979 and established SLAM (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in Brooklyn in 2003. Streb holds a MA in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University, a BS in Modern Dance from SUNY Brockport, and honorary doctorates from SUNY Brockport, Rhode Island College, and Otis College of Art and Design, and has received numerous honors including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Doris Duke Artist Award.

A board member of the Jerome Foundation, she has been a featured speaker at TED2018: The Age of Amazement, BRAINWAVE at The Rubin Museum, TEDxMET, the Institute for Technology and Education, POPTECH, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series, Chorus America, and on NPR’s Science Friday. 

Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson is a choreographer, improvisational performer, videographer, collaborative artist, editor, publisher, and educator who has been exploring the role of the senses in the performance and observation of movement for nearly five decades. Improvisational dance, which posits values of collaboration, dialogue, and flexible survival strategies (both biological and cultural), has been at the core of her artistic research and practice.

Since 1976, she has co-edited and published the independent dancer-written Contact Quarterly dance and improvisation journal, a forty-five-year archive of movement experience and exploration. Her writings appear in numerous journals and books. She maintains long-term collaborations, including with Steve Paxton, who was instrumental in developing a worldwide network of workshops for independent dance artists, and founded Videoda in 1978, a documentation project for improvisational dance. 

Currently, she is developing two digital publications with the Brussels publisher, Contredanse, that invite a wider public into the innate creativity and pleasure of their senses of movement and touch. Nelson lives and farms in Vermont.

Will Rawls

Will Rawls is a New York-based choreographer, performer, curator, and writer. His work explores the relationship between dance and language through the prisms of blackness, abstraction, and opacity. His choreographic work has appeared at the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Danspace Project, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Issue Project Room, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, Fisher Center at Bard, and Abrons Arts Center. In 2016, he co-curated Lost and Found, a six-week program of performances and artist projects at Danspace Project focused on the intergenerational impact of HIV/AIDS on dancers, women, and people of color. 

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"Inheritance: A Litany" Receives Critics' award at the 2019 United Solo Theater Festival

Janis Brenner's Critics' Award was given on November 24, 2019 at the United Solo Theatre Festival annual Gala. More than 100 one-person shows were presented during the 2-month Fall season. "Inheritance: A Litany" has received four 5-star Critics' Choice reviews from All About SOLO since it premiered in 2018.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

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

Pitch New Works
Call for Forum Applications 
Due February 21, 2020
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Emerging Female Classical Choreographer 2020
Call for Female Choreographers
Due February 28, 2020
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Creative Capital Awards
Call for Funding Proposals
Due February 2020
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Theatre Laboratory SFUMATO
Call for Season Proposals
Due March 15, 2020
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Choreography 33
Choreography Competition
Due March 15, 2020
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Altofest 2020
Open Call for Residency & Festival
Due February 29, 2020
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*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. 

"Renegade" and the thorny ethics of the world's most popular dance memes.
An artist is drawing attention to the miracle-workers behind the scenes at New York City Ballet with more than 100 portraits of ushers, archivists, and more. 
Thirty years ago, dancers with such extreme flexibility were rare. Today, a far greater number of dancers across genres have exceptional range of motion with more opportunities to showcase it.
The former artistic director has chosen not to pursue being reinstated at Tanztheater Wuppertal.
What does it mean to be a “fine artist”? That’s the question vexing California’s performing arts community as it begins to grapple with the state’s new gig-economy law, which went into effect Jan. 1

Americans Touring Abroad | February–August

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 


Momix Feb. 12-March 1
Performance, Teatro Olimpico

Rome, Italy

Nora Chipaumire Feb. 14 - 15
Performance, Teatro de Barrio Alto

Feb. 20 - 22
Performance, Kampnagel

Lisbon, Portugal

Hamburg, Germany

Kyle Abraham/Abraham in Motion Feb. 21-22
Performance, Harbourfront Centre

Toronto, Canada

Valerie Green/Dance Entropy March 2-14 
Performance, Navdhara India Dance Theater

Mumbai, India 

BellyDance Evolution March 2-9
Performance/Residency, Theatersaal Langenhagen

Hanover, Germany

Trisha Brown Dance Company
March 11-13
Performance, Bernadette Lafront Theater


Nîmes, France

RIOULT Dance NY March 19
Performance, Grand Theater

March 21
Performance, Atrium de Chaville

March 24
Performance, Theatre du Vesinet 

March 26
Performance, Carpeaux Area 

April 2
Performance, Centre d'art et de culture

Le Perreux-sur-Marne, France  

Chaville, France 

Le Vésinet, France

Courbevoie, France

Meudon, France 

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet March 31
Performance, Stadthalle Neuss

Neuss, Germany 

Sidra Bell Dance New York March 2020
Performances & Residency, Threnos Project


Fidget April 6
Performance, Dance Fest Skopje

Skopje, North Macedonia

Stephen Petronio Company April 6
Performance, Dance Fest Skopje

Skopje, North Macedonia

Kyle Abraham/Abraham in Motion April 7 -8
Performance, Babs Asper Theater

April 21
Performance, L'onde Theatre Centre d'art

April 23
Performance, Theatre Paul Eluard

Ottawa, Canada

Velizy-Villacoublay, France

Bezons, France

TRIBE April 8
Performance, Antistatic Festival

April 12
Performance, Antistatic Festival

Skopje, North Macedonia

Fidget May 6
Performance, Dance Fest Skopje

May 16
Performance, Dance Fest Skopje

Sofia, Bulgaria

Pam Tanowitz  May 6-9
Performance, Barbican Centre

London, United Kingdom

Pizarts July 27 - 31st
Young Dancers Retreat

July 27 - August 1
Professionals Retreat

August 17 - 23
Artists Residency & Retreat 

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Bundoran, Ireland 

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