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September 2018

Tanzmesse 2018 Recap

An inspiring group of American dance professionals joined us at internationale tanzmesse nrw in Düsseldorf, Germany, August 29-September 1, 2018. Enjoy our recap!

Delegates from inkBoat, Verb Ballets, Christine Bonansea Company, Heidi Duckler Dance, and Patricia Noworol Dance Theater
Anjal Chande and Samir Mirza from Soham Dance Project, networking with a new colleague
Tonhalle Düsseldorf and NRW-Forum
Tanzmesse attandees outside the NRW-Forum
Paul King, from the renowned Portland presenting organization, White Bird

Pavel Zuštiak of Palissimo Company and David Mack of Heidi Duckler Dance

Feedback from some of our Delegates:

"Once again, American Dance Abroad paved the way for me to connect with artists, organizations, venues and managers in a live format. It's so much more powerful than emails or phone calls. The personal touch promotes quick agreements, especially when the connection persists over time. Having been to Tanzmesse two years prior, I found myself connecting to folks I already knew and that led to "instant" intentions to collaborate."
–Shinichi Iova-Koga, inkBoat

"Great experience to meet fellow artists and presenters." –Valerie Green, Dance Entropy

"If you're interested in heading to Tanzmesse, I can't imagine a better point of entry than the seasoned team of American Dance Abroad to help guide you through this process. It can be a daunting conference, but having a group of like-minded artists and professionals can make this intense festival a really positive experience."
–Leslie Scott, BODYART
Patricia Noworol Dance Theater received a Rapid Response travel grant
to support their participation at Tanzmesse, for a showing of BANG!
"Our Open Studio presentation at Tanzmesse 2018 was extremely successful! Several presenters who were previously not aware of PNDT's work expressed serious interest in the company, and we already have at least two presenters who have offered residency, workshop, presentation and commissioning support for the new work that was excerpted during our Open Studio. Furthermore, our time at the conference allowed us to network with a significant number of international presenters, allowing us to cultivate those relationship in the future, which we believe may very well result in future opportunities for PNDT.
We were experiencing a funding shortfall for our Tanzmesse engagement, and support from Rapid Response enabled us to close the budget gap and cover airfares for all the members of our team."
The next deadline for Rapid Response is December 1, 2018.

Dance Dialogue: Focus on Danny Tan
CEO & Founding Artistic Director, Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd

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

Founded in 1999 by Dr. Danny Tan, Odyssey Dance Theatre Ltd (ODT Ltd) has evolved from a dance company to an illustrious dance institution. As one of Asia Pacific’s foremost full-time professional dance/arts organizations, ODT Ltd has earned wide respect for its consistency and extensive profile in delivering numerous impressive initiatives and productions that have impacted many people’s lives. In addition to its pursuit of excellence in dance, ODT Ltd’s remarkable records have demonstrated their passion and determination in engaging global audiences. ODT Ltd thrives with distinctive initiatives by its six divisions – ODT International, ODT Arts Education, ODT Cares, ODT Arts Hub and ODT Gives, supported by its performing arm, ODT Dance. This division is comprised of ODT Main, Young and Youth Companies with a team of Associate Artists in ODT Music Ensemble, ODT Dance Collective and ODT Production & Creatives.

Photo: Be Angels, at Victoria Theatre (600 seats)

ODT International has presented contemporary dance for the past two decades that represent the new wave and the most prolific companies, choreographers and artists from Asia, Asia Pacific, Europe, and the USA. This is to align with the latest developments and trends of contemporary dance around the world, bridging the understanding between the east and the west. ODT international also delivers an array of services, including the management and touring of artists/dance companies; the development and operation of dance festivals; consulting, advisory and event management work for artists, arts institutions and corporations; and, production of dance and arts projects. ODT International presents international works in several of Singapore's distinctive venues, from 100 to 2000 seating capacities. It runs two notable Singapore International Dance Festivals - Xposition 'O' Contemporary Dance Fiesta ( and DanzINC - International Dancers and Choreographers' Residency Festival ( since 2001 and 2004, respectively. 

ODT Ltd also partners with various stakeholders to open up new spaces. Most recently, the first of its kind, Singapore's Creative Arts & Cultural Hub has been launched, which is an incubator of ideas, a home to world cultures and a facilitator of exchanges between people and societies in Singapore, Asia and the world. It believes in inculcating cultural intelligence to advance a human-centered and inclusive approach to societal development. Creative Arts & Cultural Hub develops and supports platforms across the fields of creative arts, culture and education, which address contemporary challenges to create a shared future. For any interested parties, we love to receive your ideas on any presentation, partnership, residency or collaborative efforts on production. Please send your proposal to

Photo: DOKKAEBI, at Aliwal Arts Centre Multi-Purpose Hall (150 seats)

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

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

CINARS Biennale
Call for Registration
Sept. 30 (price goes up after 9/30)
Learn more

Dance Bridges Festival
Open call
Due Oct. 22, 2018
Learn more
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

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. 

Congress has once again rejected Trump's calls to eliminate the NEA and NEH.
The season will host artists as diverse as dance icons Lucinda Childs and Wendy Whelan and theater makers Kaneza Schaal and Andrew Schneider, as well as present live concerts and film screenings.
19 productions on stage, 19 works in MORE MORE MORE pitch, 14 seminars and workshops, a pre-trip and three morning classes – and more to be announced!
The CINARS team announces the official programming of the 18th edition in Montreal, from November 12-17, 2018. The jurors selected 23 dance, music and theatre  productions, and multidisciplinary arts from 10 countries.

Americans Touring Abroad | Sept.-Dec. 2018

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 

Thresh Inc Through Sept. 18
Performance, The Park's New Festival 2018

Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, and Bangalore, India

Martha Graham Dance Company

Sept. 3-8
Performance, Palais Garnier
Paris, France

Sept. 12
Performance, Rialto Theatre

Limassol, Cyprus

Sept. 14
Performance, Larnaca Municipal Theatre

Larnaca, Cyprus

Sept. 16
Performance, Strovolos Theatre

Nicosia, Cyprus

Sept. 19
Performance, National Theatre Grand Hall

Bucharest, Romania

Sept. 21-22
Performance, Staatstheater Darmstadt

Darmstadt, Germany

Sept. 25
Performance, Hugo- Eckerner- Saal in Graf- Zeppelin-Haus

Friedrich- shafen, Germany

Tim Rubel Human Shakes

Sept. 8-9
Performing Alien, Pfefferberg Theater

Berlin, Germany

Margaret Jenkins Dance Company Sept. 10-28
Performing Skies Calling Skies Falling, Färgfabriken and LAT.63 Art Arena

Stockholm, Östersund and Simrishamn, Sweden

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Sept. 11-15
Performance, Athens Concert Hall
Athens, Greece

Sept. 19-23
Performance, Théâtre du Léman

Genève, Switzerland

Sept. 25-30
Performance, Theater 11

Zürich, Switzerland

Degenerate Art Ensemble

Sept. 27-Oct.14
Performing in collaboration with the Czech band Uz Jsme Doma

France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Czech Republic, and more

Dayton Contemporary Dance Company

Sept. 27
Performance, Shanghai Magnolia Theater

Shanghai, China

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

Auckland, New Zealand

Christine Bonansea Company

Oct. 12-15
Performing OnlyHuman, BIDAN
Busan, South Korea

Oct. 20-28
Residency, 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

Christine Bonansea Company

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

Dec. 12-16

San Luis Potosí, Mexico

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