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March 2021

Rapid Response Travel Subsidy Program Reinstated 

American Dance Abroad’s Rapid Response travel program will be re-opened anticipating that invitations for international opportunities may be forthcoming in the near future.  In conversations with international dance programming colleagues, there is strong desire to re-establish presentations (with social distancing protocols in place) and efforts to re-engage with audiences as soon as is appropriate.  Thus, the next deadline for Rapid Response consideration is May 1, 2021 for travel as of June 15, 2021.  

Subsequent 2021 deadlines (pending the decline of pandemic restrictions) will be August 1 and November 1, 2021.

 Dance Dialogue Focus on: National Dance Theatre Budapest

Dance Dialogue is a segment focusing on international programmers and the venues/festivals that they program.
Five Questions with Executive Director Péter Ertl and International Manager Zoltán Sándor

- What are your positions or roles with the Nemzeti Táncszínház (National Dance Theatre Budapest)?
Péter:  I, as the executive director of the theater, support the organizational work. National Dance Theatre Budapest has been serving Hungarian culture since 2001 as the center of the Hungarian dance scene. Its main task is to represent Hungarian dance and to promote it both nationally and internationally. Approximately 300 performances are presented annually. The new building of the National Dance Theatre Budapest was opened in 2019. The theatre has a Great Hall with a capacity of 368 seats, a small stage with 120 seats. The café in the new lobby - independently from the theatrical season - also serves the concept of creating a new community space. National Dance Theatre Budapest organizes (generally in springtime) the annual Budapest Dance Festival, which is coordinated by the team at the National Dance Theatre Budapest.
Zoltán: I began my career as a dancer, but for last 10 years I have been working as a cultural manager. In January 2021, I began my position as the International Manager at the National Dance Theatre Budapest, under the direction of Péter Ertl. As the International Manager, I handle the international relations of National Dance Theatre Budapest and organizing the international performers of Budapest Dance Festival.

- Are your drawn to a particular aesthetic or genre when you are programming?

Basically, our festival represents modern and contemporary dance companies, but when organizing it, we always strive to include as many genres as possible in our program with a constantly updated professional concept. Thus, in addition to contemporary Hungarian and foreign folk dance, classical and neoclassical ballet have been included in our program.
We are focusing rather on quality, variety, colourfulness and internationalism rather than genres in our program. We try to present a wide range of styles for the Hungarian public when inviting foreign companies. At the same time, our goal is to introduce Budapest and Hungary to the wider circle of international dance.

- Is your programming national or international in scope?

Budapest Dance Festival is an annual international cultural event in Hungary. We compile the program from the performances of Hungarian modern and contemporary dance companies, which inform the repertoire of the National Dance Theater Budapest, and we also schedule performances by foreign companies.

- Do you gravitate to particular country or region and why?

National Dance Theater Budapest pays special attention to establishing new contacts with foreign, European, overseas and Asian professionals, and to expand the existing relationships. Therefore, every year we host artists from different nations, dance companies from several countries, but the selection is made on an artistic rather than geographical basis.

- If an artist believes that you might be interested in his or her work, what steps should they take?

Péter: The National Dance Theatre is very fortunate to have a dedicated position for international relationships.  Zoltán as the International Manager of National Dance Theater Budapest joined our staff in 2021.  He has a strong background in dance from his years as a dancer himself.  Zoltán follows the international dance scene all year round and constantly refers us the material of the most exciting dance companies/productions. We work closely with professional companies performing at National Dance Theater Budapest so, if possible, premieres or performances can take place in the frameworks of the festival.  My door is always open to those who want to join as a new performer to National Dance Theater Budapest.

Zoltán: Péter and I, as well as the other competent colleagues of the National Dance Theater Budapest, are constantly monitoring the Hungarian and international dance scene throughout the year and, thus, we have the opportunity to present the works of more and more exciting artists and companies in the program of the Budapest Dance Festival. Usually we reach out directly to the companies that are invited to perform at the National Dance Theater Budapest, but the management of the theater is open and happy to receive proposals from companies and artists from different countries who want to perform for the Hungarian public. Of course, we have a limited possibility to invite foreign artists and companies, but we are happy to keep materials and invite the companies later, when the right time has arrived. I am reachable under the following address:

Credit for the photo of the National Dance Theatre Budapest: ©Hlinka Zsolt
Credit for Zoltán's portrait photo: ©Csendes Krisztina

Awards and Special Recognitions

Recognizing awards and special recognitions received by American artists both at home and abroad.
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Crain's Notable Black Leaders and Executives 

Photo courtesy of Crain's

Crain's aim was to spotlight Black men and women who have affected New York City with their professional, communal and philanthropic achievements, particularly in matters of diversity and inclusion hailing from an assortment of industries.

Kyle Abraham, Artistic Director of A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham, was named to Crain's list of Notable Black Leaders and Executives for 2021. 

Some of New York’s most renowned cultural institutions—Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, for example—have had the privilege of hosting Kyle Abraham and his dance team. Abraham, a choreographer and founder of the dance company A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, is much sought-after. He has been commissioned to create dance pieces for the New York City Ballet and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, among other celebrated dance companies. Abraham sees his company’s mission as creating dance that explores Black culture and history. He has received many industry accolades for his work. Abraham is a devoted supporter of the nonprofit Dancers Responding to AIDS.
Heidi Duckler Dance Receives Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Grant

Heidi Duckler Dance has received grant funding from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for its participation in the first round of USArtists Internationals (USAI) 2021 program year. USAI supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Just like American Dance Abroad, USAI is committed to the presence of U.S.-based artists on world stages. They provide grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music, and theater invited to perform at significant international festivals. Heidi Duckler Dance is being recognized for its work in Fintdaz, Chile. The support received from this grant will allow Heidi Duckler Dance to return to Chile in October of 2021 to participate in FINTDAZ, International Festival of Theater and Dance Antifaz organized by ANTIFAZ Theater Company / Cultural Association.

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

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

IUGTE Conference
Call for Conference Proposals
Due: Rolling
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Prospettiva Danza Teatro International 
Open Call for Festival Applications
Due May 10, 2021
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Dancin'Bo World Connection
Open Call for Festival Applications
Due March 10, 2021
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Copenhagen International Choreography Competition
Open Call for Submissions
Due: May 1, 2021

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Choreography Competition Aplications
Due March 12, 2021
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Casa Na Ilha
Residency Program
Rolling Applications
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USArtists International
Call for Grant Applications
Due: March 31, 2021
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Choreography 35
Choreography Competition Aplications
Due March 26, 2021
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Istanbul Fringe Festival
Open Call for Festival Applications
Due March 27, 2021
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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  

American Dance Abroad brings you links to relevant COVID-19 articles of international importance. Please send us your suggestions for new links to include next month.

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A somewhat surprising array of university presenters have found creative ways to honor contracts they inked with dance companies, helping the troupes create new work and reach larger audiences in the process.

This digital toolkit aims to support the planning process that the dance industry faces while it works toward its eventual reopening.
In this time of rebuilding for the dance industry, choreographer Kimberly Bartosik examines what overhauling the funding model might look like.
New Visa rules, taxes, and transport restrictions are some of the hurdles British dance and theatre organizations must now overcome to tour Europe on top of COVID restrictions.
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