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February 2019

Dance Dialogue: Focus on Jesper de Neergaard
Artistic Director, Bora Bora

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

“Bora Bora is an Island of Dance in the middle of the smallest and cutest metropole you can find in Denmark: the city of Aarhus. It’s a dance venue with two theatre rooms: one for an audience of 200 and one for 75. Dance performances are therefore quite intimate experiences for the audience at Bora Bora.

We also have a festival of dance for babies every two years and we are on our way to creating a small international festival in 2020.

Bora Bora Residency Centre has 10 paid residencies per year and this focus on development and co-creation is making Bora Bora a very lively place to work.

My role at Bora Bora is Artistic Director, but I feel more like part of a team consisting of varied competencies that fulfill a rather broad field of performing arts disciplines. Most of the staff here are dramaturges with different specialties. The constant flow of new methods and styles through our different resident artists and co-producers is a stimulating assurance that we will not stagnate, but will continue to add new competencies and specialties.

Bora Bora building. Photo by Lars Kjær Dideriksen.

In Denmark, the classical tradition of Bournonville ballet is danced almost exclusively at the Royal Ballet in Copenhagen. Contemporary dance has a lot less financial support and there are only a few small venues at which it is presented. Bora Bora is one of two dance venues that presents contemporary dance on a regular basis.

The aesthetic of contemporary dance is – from my perspective – all dance that is not ballet. It does not put skill and grace foremost. It is more of an entity where concept, urgency of mindset, and overall artistic skill and will is crucial. Contemporary dance is, for me, the performing artform that most quickly disseminates descriptions of human life here and now from different parts of the world. It is very potent as a means of discussion between audience and artists about our ‘biological state of mind’. So, personal clarity – not political viewpoints – is the most important element for me. Dance should embrace modernity and experimentation. The surprise I get from a good performance, how it disturbs me, is the entertainment I enjoy.
Sync, by Anastasia Valsamaki. Photo by Christoffer Brekne.
My programming is half national and half international in scope and there is no special preference for certain countries or nationalities. However, capacity is limited: being one of only two curated dance venues in the country brings a lot of limitations as to how much dance from the whole world you can show in relationship to how much Danish dance you must show. We also have a lot of partners, such as Aerowaves and the European Dancehouse Network, which creates certain obligations of presentations each year.

Proposals are welcome, and I am very happy for the opportunity to stay tuned in to what happens in different parts of the world, even if I cannot accept a request. Anyone interested in getting in touch can write to the venue, using the contact information provided at” – Jesper de Neergaard

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

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

FACE Contemporary Theater 
Call for theater projects
Due Feb. 15, 2019
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BIDE 2019 Meeting
Call for Registrations
Due April 1, 2019
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Emerging Female Classical Choreographer
Call for female choreographers
Due Feb. 28, 2019
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Choreography 33 
Choreography Competition
Due April 17, 2019
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National Dance Project
NDP Production Grants
Due March 1, 2019
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SOLO Contemporary Dance Festival
Call for Festival Applications
Due May 5, 2019
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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. 

Among the most disruptive events in an unsettled year at Lincoln Center were the departures of James Levine at the Metropolitan Opera, Debora L. Spar at the center itself and Peter Martins at New York City Ballet.
The Kinetic Light Collaborative challenges core beliefs about movement and the human body. *Note: See Kinetic Light featured in our Pitchbook: Volume V !
Whelan encourages us to look back at how dance has developed throughout history and examine its shortcomings and successes as we navigate forward.
Pointe shares favorite quotes from their Director's Notes column over the past few years to give you a deeper glimpse into the minds of 10 artistic directors.
Dance/NYC has announced the recipients of its New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Americans Touring Abroad | February–May 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 

Gus Solomons jr

Feb. 14-16
Performance, Centre Pompidou

Paris, France


Feb. 22
Performance, Chäslager Kulturhaus

Stans, Switzerland

Paul Taylor Dance Company

Feb. 26
Performance, LAC Lugano
Lugano, Switzerland

Feb. 28
Performance, Teatro Communale Citta d’Vicenza

Vicenza, Italy

Mar. 3
Performance, Todi Teatro Communale

Todi, Italy

Mar. 12
Performance, Internationale Tanzwochen Neuss – Stadthalle

Neuss, Germany

Mar. 14-15
Performance, Metropol Theater Bremen

Bremen, Germany

Janis Brenner & Dancers Mar. 2-12
Teaching & Performance, Shanghai Dance Academy

Shanghai, China

Bellydance Evolution Mar. 3-10
Residency, Teaching & Performance, The Concourse Theatre

Chatswood, Australia

Mark Morris Dance Group Mar. 20-23
Performing Pepperland, Sadler's Wells
London, England

Mar. 26-27 
Performing PepperlandBirmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham, England

Mar. 29-30
Performing Pepperland, The Lowry

Salford, England

Apr. 2-3
Performing Pepperland
Alhambra Theatre

Bradford, England

Apr. 5-6
Performing PepperlandEdinburgh Festival Theatre

Edinburgh, Scotland

Apr. 9-10
Performing PepperlandThe Marlowe Theatre

Canterbury, England

Apr. 12-13
Performing Pepperland, Wales Millennium Centre

Cardiff, Wales

Apr. 16-17
Performing PepperlandTheatre Royal Plymouth

Plymouth, England

Apr. 19-20
Performing PepperlandMayflower Theatre

Southampton, England

Apr. 23-24 Performing PepperlandTheatre Royal Norwich

Norwich, England

Apr. 26-27
Performing PepperlandTheatre Royal Newcastle

Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Apr. 30-May 1
Performing PepperlandBord Gáis Energy Theatre

Dublin, Ireland


March 26
Performance, Teatro Ristori

Verona, Italy

Maura Garcia Dance

April 24-27
Performance, West Village Theatre

Calgary, Canada

Camille A. Brown & Dancers April 25
Performing ink,
The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo May 7
Performance, Il Rossetti
Trieste, Italy

May 16
Performance, LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura

Lugano, Switzerland

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