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Exchange Choreography Festival






EXCHANGE Choreography Festival provides a meeting point for professional dancers to showcase their choreographic work and engage in dialogue about process. Informal showings in a black box setting, discussion roundtables, lectures, and networking events are also included in the festival weekend, which runs in conjunction with the Summer Heat International Dance Festival and its array of master classes, repertory workshops, and performances.  10-15 choreographers are selected by The Bell House to present original dance works for EXCHANGE up to 10 minutes in length.

To submit choreography or register for the festival, follow the guidelines below and submit by May 1, 2019 or call 
(918) 549-1231 for further details and an email application. Early festival registration through July 1, 2019.  ARTISTS will be notified May 15th. 

Please make checks payable to Bell House Arts for $30.00/dance submission and return this completed form and all supplementary materials, as soon as possible, but no later than May 1, 2019 to the address below.

EXCHANGE Choreography Festival's mission to facilitate collaboration of ideas and people in the choreographic process. It is our belief that people furthering dance for dance's sake is not enough. Dance should further people and relationships between people, therefore fueling the generative nature of ideas.

Please make checks payable to Bell House Arts for $30.00/dance submission and return this completed form and all supplementary materials, as soon as possible, but no later than May 1, 2019 to the address below. If materials arrive postmarked later than May 1, your materials may not be evaluated. You may also send payment via PayPal to ~

EXCHANGE 2019 | More Than Movement 
9926 N. Ashfield Rd.
Owasso, OK 74055
Phone: (918) 549-1231

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Intercultural Indigenous Choreographers Creation Lab







This three-week lab for intercultural Indigenous choreographers and dancers focuses on re-embodiment and Indigenous voice. Departing from the belief that the body is the site of emotional, cultural, political, and spiritual history, the lab supports the exploration and creative development of personal voice and physical vocabulary. The program will explore the intersections of identity, movement, and creation.

The IICC Lab is led by Alejandro Ronceria, a Canadian choreographer of Colombian descent and a pioneer in Indigenous dance globally. Participants for the lab will be selected from diverse Indigenous backgrounds. Three Indigenous choreographers and 12 professional Indigenous dancers will be accepted.

What does the program offer?

Choreographers will have the opportunity to challenge and develop their creative concepts, and engage in one-to-one mentorship in choreography as well as deep dramaturgical exploration. Each choreographer will collaborate with four dancers, and will have access to a composer and lighting designer to develop and workshop their concept.

Through exploration of voice and the process of re-embodiment including daily movement work, choreographers and dancers will experiment with developing and re-defining their own body histories and language. Working with Alejandro Ronceria as well as creative collaborators including a composer and lighting designer, choreographers and dancers will present a short work in progress.

The IICC lab will also provide integrated opportunities for critical feedback, and creative dialogue circles with fellow choreographers and dancers.

Who should apply?

This program is open to Indigenous Canadian and Indigenous international choreographers / dancers.

We welcome applications from emerging and mid-level choreographers interested in examining lived experience, personal narratives, and cultural histories as well as developing personal choreographic work.

Professional Indigenous dancers working in diverse forms are also encouraged to apply.

Dates: June 03 - June 21, 2019

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee (Shared room)

$3 756.18 +GST

*Indigenous artists accepted to the program will be eligible for up to 100% scholarship to cover the Program Fee (Shared Room)

The program fee includes tuition, a shared room, and the Full Flex Meal Plan at Banff Centre. Travel to and from Banff Centre is the responsibility of participants.

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The Creative Gesture - Collective Composition Lab for Music and Dance 2019





Program Overview

This residency is part of The Creative Gesture dance program. The residency, for choreographers, composers, and dancers, will focus on creativity through practices of collaboration, composition, and improvisation.

Moderated by internationally acclaimed faculty Michael Schumacher, Anne Bourne, Carla Kihlstedt, Ami Schulman and Program Director Emily Molnar, the Collective Composition Lab for Music and Dance will present a positive and concentrated research space. Choreographers and composers will explore the dialogue between dance and music, as well as exercise their research with the participating dancers.

What does the program offer?

Five choreographers and nine composer/performer/improviser/sound artists will have two weeks of studio time to deepen their experience of the relationship between dance and music; with facilitation to explore improvisation, listening, and place as compositional sources for gesture and sound. Each choreographer and composer/performer team will have daily time to workshop ideas, rough drafts, and perhaps even the beginnings of more concrete collaborations. Participating dancers will have time to work with choreographer and composer teams in smaller groups. 

The residency also offers time in faculty led sessions for all artists to exercise instant composition, listening, and sound improvisation. These sessions will include the study of the participants’ pre-existing methods of improvisation and composition, as well as exercises and tools to help develop new systems and modalities of their own techniques.

Who should apply?

We invite applications from dancers who are curious about improvisation, instant composition, and working in intimate, collaborative spaces with choreographers, composer/performers, and faculty. 

Choreographers who are interested in furthering their relationship to musical form and composition, to their own craft, and discovering new modalities are also encouraged to apply.

Composers, improvisers, and sound artists who perform their own work and are interested in collaborative process, discovering new starting points for composition, and engaging deeply with the aesthetics and practices of dance are welcome. 

Musical applicants should be able to realize their own compositions/improvisation without other musicians. While composer/performers will be paired, there may also be opportunities to work individually with a choreographer. Acoustic instrument, and electroacoustic or field recording composer/performers are welcome. 

Dates: July 29 - August 10, 2019

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The Creative Gesture - Dramaturgy for Dance 2019





Program Overview

To make sense of a world saturated by complex flows of energy, information, randomness, chance, and change, the human brain has become extremely sensitive to patterns and their disruption. Dramaturgy works with perception and meaning, and can be thought of as a relational practice – a way of understanding and navigating the complexities of the creative process with awareness and care.

This two-week research workshop is part of The Creative Gesture dance program. Led by dramaturg and writer Ruth Little alongside acclaimed choreographer, writer, and educator Liz Lerman, the program will consider dance dramaturgy as an ecosocial practice based on intimate attention to the world and its processes. The workshop will explore the uses of practical, adaptable tools for generating mental, physical, and social movement.

What does the program offer?

Through immersive, embodied, and collaborative research involving faculty members, visiting artists, and the rich physical context of Banff Centre, this workshop will explore the role of dramaturgy as the fundamental craft underlying the creation, articulation, and interpretation of dance works. Participants will explore how dramaturgical thinking involves the application of embodied ecological and ethical insight, and the development of skills for enabling change and working with resistance in multiple contexts.

Topics include:

  • The structures of living systems
  • Chaos and complexity
  • Sensitivity to initial conditions
  • Scale
  • Resonant objects, vibrant matter
  • 'Stalking the image': tools for initiating and developing movement, including thinking grids, equivalents, movement metaphor, editing
  • Critical response
  • Extending the edge: subculture, permaculture, thresholding
  • Failing better: error, difficulty, imbalance
  • Context: place-based sensing and learning
  • The adjacent possible
  • Ambiguity
  • Hiking the horizontal: studio, social, and civic practice

Who should apply?

A wide range of professional artists – Canadian and international – who are interested in a deeper understanding of dramaturgy as a choreographic and social practice are encouraged to apply. We welcome artistic directors, choreographers, dancers, dance practitioners (teachers, rehearsal directors, etc.), dance writers, and professional artists in other mediums.

Application Deadline: March 13, 2019

Date: July 29 - August 10, 2019

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DanceBARN Festival



About the Festival

The DanceBARN Festival is an annual event that brings professional dancers, choreographers, and dance educators together for one week of dancing, creating, relaxing, and performing in the heart of the lakes.

A Collective Experience

The DanceBARN Festival can't happen without you. Our directors curate a diverse week of classes, screenings, performances, recreational and community events, and select choreographers to produce work during the week-long festivities. Apply to be part of the 2019 Festival!

Share Dance with our Community

Battle Lake, Minnesota is a resorting community nestled in "the heart of the lakes" that thrives off of summer tourism. The town is supportive of the arts and always ready to learn from the dancers attending the festival. We would love you to share your passion for dance with our town!

Connect and Relax at the Lake

Not only do you get to spend an entire week dancing and creating with incredible teachers and choreographers, but you also enjoy communal meals, great conversation, and afternoons at the lake. 

We are so excited to be partnering with The Hideaway at Xanadu Island for lodging!




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JBAF Artist-In-Residence Cycle 2 OPEN / Deadline June 11



Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation
2018 Cycle 2 Applications Are Now Open!

Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation offers three month creative residencies dedicated to fostering the creation, development, and performance of new work by both emerging and mid-career choreographers. Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation provides 100 hours of fully subsidized rehearsal space during off-peak hours, monthly peer forums, and a culminating performance at the Bushwick studio space to support the creative processes of selected artists. Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation residency artists are curated through an open application process, and final selections are chosen by a panel of professionals and influencers of the performing arts industry.


Resources Provided by Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation:

  • 100 hours of rehearsal space during off-peak hours (Monday – Sunday, 8am – 11am & 7pm – 11pm)
  • 3 peer group showings with other artists in residence
  • Culminating presentation of new work in a Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation Presents 2Night Show at the studio


Application Due: Monday June 11th 

Panel : Monday June 25th

Residency Notification: Wednesday June 27th

AIR Meet & Greet: Wednesday July 3rd

Studio Residency: July 9th - October 7th

Performance Dates: September 27th - 28th (tbc)


Deadline to Apply:

All application packages must be delivered or postmarked by June 11th 
Hand delivered applications must be submitted by 4pm on June 11th to:

Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation / STUDIO 
Attn: Residency Program 
304 Boerum Street #23
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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