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August 2021

Tanzmesse Announces New Leadership

Isa Köhler and Katharina Kucher will jointly take over the management of the internationale tanzmesse nrw for the editions 2022 and 2024.

Katharina Kucher and Isa Köhler (c) Daniel Hofer
The new co-directors of the Internationale Tanzmesse, Isa Köhler and Katharina Kucher, have extensive 
knowledge of the dance and cultural scene. ​
In North Rhine-Westphalia. Isa Köhler worked as a project manager at PACT Zollverein, Tanztheater 
Wuppertal Pina Bausch and the Pina Bausch Foundation, and in Berlin as production manager of the Tanz 
im August festival and the Dance On Ensemble. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the 
International Performing Arts Network (IETM).​

Katharina Kucher was most recently head of project and contract management at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, 
Berlin. She also worked as a freelance researcher for the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e. V. and wrote 
several studies on cultural development and cultural funding. Kucher has worked in various theatre 
companies, including the Deutsches Theater in Berlin and the Schaubühne Berlin. 
"We are looking forward to the task of jointly expanding the Tanzmesse as a central place for new 
collaborations and making outstanding artistic ideas visible. We want to make this possible by 
strengthening the conference character as well as by opening up new spaces, including digital ones."  
Isa Köhler and Katharina Kucher 
The Tanzmesse is looking forward to a future-oriented development against the background of the changing 
challenges to the distribution, production and presentation of contemporary dance. Digitalization, ecological 
and economic sustainability, as well as accessibility, diversity and solidarity-based cooperation are topics 
that are currently occupying contemporary dance professionals and thus also the Internationale Tanzmesse 

The 14th edition will take place in Düsseldorf from 31 August - 03 September 2022.  

Announcing Rapid Response Recipients

Rapid Response is a travel subsidy program to assist American dance companies and artists who receive invitations to perform, teach, or conduct creative research outside of the United States.

American Dance Abroad is pleased to announce the most recent round of Rapid Response recipients:

Photo by Steven B Schreiber.⠀Studies on a Farewell (2019) by Kyle Abraham

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham

The mission of A.I.M by Kyle Abraham is to create a body of dance-based work that is galvanized by Black culture and history. The work, informed by and made in conjunction with artists across a range of disciplines, entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on music, text, video, and visual art.                                   

Dates: 08/7/21-8/23/21           

Program: International Festival Kampnagel           

Location: Hamburg, Germany

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Valerie Green/Dance Entropy   

Intersecting mortal and transcendent, sensual and sophisticated, visceral and self-aware, VG/DE invites the artist, the audience—the human—into a compelling, physical experience. VG/DE combines performance and specialized outreach programs to inspire communities in cultural institutions throughout the world. 

Dates: November 13-28, 2021                  

Program: Amalgam Studio                

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

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Centrifuge Arts                  

Centrifuge Arts is a company of actors, dancers, musicians, writers, and interdisciplinary artists. They develop innovative, integrity-driven performance works at the intersection of art, science and technology.                     

Dates: Summer 2021   

Program: Teatre Lliure     

Location: Barcelona, Spain

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Labros Filippou is a Greek born, NYC based Stage Performance and Acting Coach, as well as a multi-disciplinary artist.  He founded LFacting in 2015 to mentoring artists from all over the world.                                                      

Dates: 27-31 July           

Program: Dance Days Chania     

Location: Crete, Greece

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If you are interested in participating in a future round of Rapid Response you can learn more here.

Awards and Special Recognitions

Recognizing awards and special recognitions received by American artists both at home and abroad.
Click here to submit an award for inclusion
Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches $30 Million International Digital Accelerator Program
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the launch of the Digital Accelerator Program to help cultural non-profit organizations stabilize and thrive in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic through strategic improvements to their technology infrastructure. Recognizing that digital adaptation is critical for the non-profit cultural sector to remain competitive and fulfill its potential, $30 million (£25 million) in support will be dedicated to help arts organizations invest in tools and training. The program seeks to help cultural organizations build audiences, increase fundraising, drive revenue, and continue to deliver dynamic programming virtually and in person – including extensive educational offerings. The sector-defining program will also create a network of non-profit cultural organizations with an initial cohort of 46, expanding further in the coming year. Bloomberg Philanthropies invited organizations to apply based on creative excellence, service to diverse communities, talented leadership, and their efforts to improve digital capacity during the pandemic. The first phase of the program will focus on institutions in the US and the UK which will receive training and support. 

Organizations selected from the dance community include:
  • Ballet Hispánico
  • Mark Morris Dance Group
  • Ballet Black

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

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

Camargo Foundation
Open Call for Residency Program
Due: October 1, 2021
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The Saison Foundation
Open Call for Research Residency Applications
Due: August 26, 2021
Learn more
Cindanza 2021
Open Call for Video Submissions
Due: August 24, 2021
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Open Call for Choreography Competition Applications
Due: September 10, 2021
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ACT Festival
Open Call for Festival Applications
Due December 13, 2021
Learn more
International Contemporary Dance Festival of Mexico City
Open Call for Festival Applications
Due: August 31, 2021
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.

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.

In March 2020 Dance/USA launched a survey to assess the initial impact of the pandemic on the dance field. This follow-up study measures the actual effects of COVID-19 and reflects the experiences of dance organizations and individuals working in dance.
Losing my job without warning the week of Thanksgiving was, put lightly, a disappointing experience, but worse was the vaguely evasive language that fooled me into thinking that I might return. I felt crushed again as I later watched the company hire two new dancers and realized that my "last dance" had long since passed.

After a year of solo practices and virtual performances, dancers are back on stage doing what they do best: Performing in front of live audiences. But for some of the field’s biggest, most transformative stars, choreographing the future of an art form steeped in tradition means leaving some things in the past.

The Broadway League announced today that the owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theaters in New York City will require vaccinations for audience members, as well as performers, backstage crew, and theatre staff, for all performances through October 2021.
The #Creators4BIPOC movement is helping the choreographers behind the likes of the ‘Savage’ and ‘Up’ dances get proper credit for their creations

Virtual U.S. Dance Presentations of Note

Chicago Dance Makers Forum
Ten artists and their collaborators premiere new works created during the first half of 2021 through Chicago Dancemakers Forum’s 2021 Digital Dance Grants program. These local dance creators and their projects reflect a spirit of collaboration, experimentation, and artistic exploration in using digital technologies during the era of COVID-19.

July 16 - October 2021

6pm CT


  Register Here

Sara Zalek This series focuses on the moments of co-creation and gives the artists a play-space to discover new ways of working together and interacting with the audience. The performance itself demonstrates the power of working together in the unknown, possibilities for Queering space, and the beauty in re-starting while making art! Date:
August 14, 2021

Learn More Here

Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival The 2021 festival extends well beyond the Jacob’s Pillow grounds. This summer, watch full performances on-demand, join livestream presentations and community events, and hear from the artists themselves in the signature PillowTalks series.  Date:
July 1- September 23

Free - $15
Learn More Here

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