This is a directory of contemporary dance festivals. It is organized first by countries and then in alphabetical order within those countries. Some festivals occur in different cities each year or in several cities simultaneously. Those appear first, before the regular list.
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NOMAD FESTIVALS (They may take place in different cities each time or occur in several places simultaneously)
Salute to talents (across Russia) The Salute to Talents creative association is the organiser of numerous festivals-contests in Russia and abroad. The majority of the contests is multigenre and includes 'choreography' category. Participation in such festivals-contests makes talented children believe in their gifts, share unforgettable experience with other contestants and travel around the world.
Spring Forward Festival (across Europe)
Wanderlust Dance Project (Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Chicago) Wanderlust Dance Project made it’s mark in 2016, as chief dance critic Margaret Putnam’s Top Ten Performances of the year, alongside Kidd Pivot and BalletBoyz. Premiering as the only Non-Profit 501(c)(3) of it's kind, where pre-professionals learn and rehearse from some of the Dance Industry’s Top Choreographers, while dancing alongside working professional dancers. Wanderlust seeks Choreographers year-round for both Summer and Winter Sessions. Wanderlust offers commissions for choreographers starting at $1000.
Ola Danza Festival Internacional (Mar del Plata) Workshops + Muestras + Intervenciones + Foro. Idea y Dirección: Andrea Berutti.
Fidifest (Santos - São Paulo) International dance competition.
Antistatic (Sofia) Antistatic International Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance started in 2008 as the first festival in Sofia with this profile. It was initiated in the context of the efforts of the Balkan network for contemporary dance Nomad Dance Academy to promote and to develop this art form in the Balkan region and to make it one of the vital dance centers in Europe.
Body Graphics (Sofia / Pernik) BODY GRAPHICS FESTIVAL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE AND PERFORMANCE is taking place from 22nd September to 28th September, hosting Bulgarian and international performances, workshops, conferences and open debates on the development, education and distribution of performance and dance art in Bulgaria.
Beijing Dance Festival The Biggest Open Platform of Contemporary Dance in China
Guangdong Dance Festival (Guangzhou) The Guangdong Dance Festival is an annual event held in Guangzhou, China. The activities of the Festival include modern dance performances by forefront international artists and dance companies, an international dance exchange and network building platform, an international dance forum, and master classes and workshops by prominent artists and art administrators.
Monoplay - Festival of Solos (Zadar) The only dance festival in Croatia – in contemporary dance field and its expression within contemporary theatre – specialized in presenting solo performances.
Workuba Internacional All the Levels! A multi-day event where Cuban music enthusiasts gather to learn, party, perform, party, watch shows,party and party some more. Held every february in Theatre America of Havana for 5 day with Afro-Latin music and dance featuring world-class dance Teachers. On its 13th year running, Workuba is recognized as one of the largest festivals of it’s kind on in the world.
Artistic Director & Founder: Ms. Marta Bercy (Modern & Afro-Cuban dance Master)
All the Levels: Afro-Cuban Folklore Yoruba, Rumba: Yambú, Guaguancó & Columbia, Danzón & Chachachá,Tango, Dominican Bachata, Rueda de Casino. Dancers-Master Classes: Ballet, Cuban Contemporary Dance, Theatre. Final Performance: “Corazón de Cristal" dedicated to Bolero with participants.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (ZAIRE)
Festival des arts des jeunes "FESTAJ" (Kinshasa) 112, avenue Niangara, Kinshasa/Ngiri-Ngiri BP 18058 Kin 13
OuDance Festival (Oulu) Who gives a shit about genres! Since it's happening now, it's all contemporary dance. Or at least that's our view for our annual international festival happening on week 37 in mid-September. The festival has an open call annually in November/December time.
DANCE Festival for Contemporary Dance in Munich, bianual.
Open Spaces/Sommer Tanz (Berlin) “Open Spaces” and “Sommer Tanz” are working hand-in-hand again this summer on stage and in the studios of Tanzfabrik Berlin. This is a duo that really has it! Exciting premieres and rehearsal visits with international choreographers and dancers accompany diverse workshops with acclaimed teachers from all over the world in Kreuzberg and Wedding. Our studios will once more become open spaces for experimenting with movement, reflection and for exchanging ideas with one another. The workshops will take place during the last three weeks of July, with a range of formats for all levels of experience and many teachers that are also choreographers and performers. A program of talks and lectures will deepen and illuminate these intensive working phases.
During the last years "Sommer Tanz" has continuously expanded its programme of integrated dance workshops, inviting both participants and teachers of physical diversity into the workshops. This is also one of the main reasons, why one part of the workshop programme is taking place at the wheelchair accessible Tanzfabrik Wedding in Uferstudios. We are very happy to acknowledge that every year a growing number of workshops and teachers are opening up to physical diversity. And, slowly but surely, each year we welcome a few more participants with disabilities that trust us enough to often really jump into the unknown.
Here’s to inspiration and excellent exchange!
Ludger Orlok, Christa Flaig, Gabriele Reuter and the Tanzfabrik Berlin Team.
Potsdamer Tanztage (Potsdam) Festival for contemporary music and dance.
Hong Kong International Choreography Festival The (HKICF) Hong Kong International Choreography Festival is modelled specifically after the residency (HKICAROS) so as to internationalize and give more opportunities to local and international artists living and working in Hong Kong by interacting and meeting with international artists from across the world.
Avayava (Pune) Intensive International Workshops | More than 30 hours of Dance | Screening of Dance on Film | Performances
International Rain Festival (Sukoharjo/Solo) Festival to celebrate rain as blessing from the sky. All genre of art can express here. Presented by Mugi Dance every second week of January . email email@example.com Open registration for artists every May, free of charges.
Tipperary Dance Platform (Tipperary, Clonmel, Thurles, Nenagh) Tipperary Dance Platform is a cutting edge international contemporary dance festival dedicated to be a festive event for the community and a celebration for dance in County Tipperary.
Dance in Italy Festival (Igea Marina) Summer Dance Study that combines Training & Performances on the Italian shore. Email: danceinitalyfestival[at]aol.com T: +39-0376-396824
DAPFESTIVAL (Pietrasanta) International Dance and Visual Arts Festival. Integrated Project of Dance, Art, Music and Sculpture. Artistic director: Adria Ferrali. New York associate artistic directors: Susan Kikuchi & Cassey Kivnick.
UGO Festival (Modena) Part of a long term project called "UGO Project" that offers moments of study, performances, meetings with artists and training opportunities through the year with the aim of creating a meeting point dedicated to dance in Modena.
Nairobi Festival of Performance and Media Arts A member of AMDA (África Mashariki Dance Network).
VIDES DEJA (Ropaži) International Contemporary dance festival "VIDES DEJA" which is held by Dance foundation "Zvaigžņu AkA"(„Stars’ Well”) and Ropaži Municipality Culture and Education center, will take place in Ropaži (Latvia) between 4-10th July, 2016.
If you are interested in participating in the festival please, contact us. firstname.lastname@example.org
New Baltic Dance (Vilnius) International Contemporary Dance Festival ‘New Baltic Dance' during 18 years of its existence has grown up into one of the main and most prestigious dance festivals in the Baltic Sea region. It is organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and Vilnius Festivals. Each yearly May it takes place at different venues in Vilnius. For the first event in 1997 festival team gathered participants mostly from the post-Soviet countries where contemporary dance had only been starting. Since then the number of guest countries increased significantly – the festival has presented more than 170 companies from 25 countries.
International Contact Improvisation Warsaw Flow Festival (Warsaw) Warsaw Flow Festival main objective is to spread CI technique and build a society of people related to this trend, for the contact to be regularly present in Polish dancing in different aspects (practical, theoretical, explorative). We wish to turn the capital city into culture-influential and socially open place. Warsaw Flow participant not only dance together, they spend their free time together as well, they exchange experiences, discuss dance and other topics, play instruments, sing, give away a positive energy. We hope that people co-creating the Festival with their presence, passion, curiosity, and creativeness will motivate and enthuse others with the liking for contact improvisation - primarily because this dance technique can be learned in any age, by people with different abilities and moving or dancing experiences.Cultural activities in urban space of Warsaw with its inhabitants is also a very important issue for us as the Festival organizers, relating to social aspects of contact improvisation, focused strongly on dialogue, openness and diversity.
Crystal Swan (Bucharest) The v-th edition, 31 march-2 april 2017, National Children's Palace. All categories: ballet, contemporary/modern, lyrical, character, show dance, show revue, open, urban style.
International Dance Festival Baltic Pearl (Saint Petersburg) The most exciting and diverse Dance Festival in Russia’s cultural capital – Saint Petersburg. More than 1000 participants from all over the world. All participants have a great opportunity to share their international experiences and participate in various workshops lead by the best dance coaches and at the same time relax and sightsee.
Our goal is to make each Festival unique, extraordinary and unforgettable!
MODAFE (Modern Dance Festival) (Seoul) Usually in the second half of May.
Costa Contemporánea, Encuentro de Danza Contemporánea y Artes Escénicas (Cabo de Gata-Níjar, Almería) Costa Contemporánea is an annual meeting where artists and amateurs interested in Contemporary Dance and Scenic Arts gather together to create, interact, attend performances and take part in high quality workshops in the heart of the Natural Park Cabo de Gata, Almería (Spain). Costa Contemporánea holds this year the II Choreography Competition Mujer Contemporánea for dance contemporary solos by women. Deadline 8th May 2015. +info email@example.com
DELTEBRE DANSA 15 days of professional workshops, workshops for beginners and a wide performances programme of avant-garde in the idyllic spot of Deltebre.
Physical Days Bern (I'ts not exactly a festival, but a time for advanced trainings in a variety of dance forms)
STEPS Migros-Kulturprozent Tanzfestival Steps.
YEAH YEAH YEAH! Internationales Zürcher Tanzfestival Das autarke, intime Tanzfestival zeigt sinnliche, humorvolle und abgründige Juwelen der vielfältigen Tanzszene Europas, der Romandie und Zürichs. Es wird rockig, es wird lustig, es wird ergreifend, es wird verwirrend!
zürich moves! Festival for contemporary arts practice in performing arts.
Dance International Glasgow (DIG) Started in 2015 Dance International Glasgow is a biennial festival of new dance for the city and Scotland.
DanceLive (Aberdeen) DanceLive is an annual festival celebrating contemporary dance, and is Scotland’s only festival exclusively presenting contemporary dance. The Festival aims to present the best contemporary dance in the North East, and to provide a platform for new work, particularly that of local choreographers and dancers, whilst raising the profile of contemporary dance and engaging with audiences of all ages. The Festival was recognised in Creative Scotland’s Dance Sector Review and won Creative Cultures Scotland Award for Best Festival 2012 (public vote).
Resolution (London) Resolution is the UK's biggest festival of new dance. Emerging artists perform in triple bills across 26 nights. The festival takes place annually in January and February.
Austin Dance Festival Austin Dance Festival is a one-day whirlwind of dance performances in downtown Austin. We present companies and independent choreographers in the field of modern/contemporary dance in three completely different shows on one Saturday: the 2pm and 5pm shows are one hour each, while the 8pm show is a two-hour concert with a brief intermission.
In between shows, we offer various activities for audiences and artists, alike. In 2015, Human Stage presented Information Sessions on software for performing artists. Alternatively, visitors can easily walk to downtown shops, museums, restaurants and bars or take a stroll on the hike and bike trail.
The Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company Board of Directors hosts an Artist/Donor Reception on the Friday evening preceding the festival. This casual event gives everyone an opportunity to visit, network and relax before the big day.
Boston Contemporary Dance festival Boston Contemporary Dance Festival was established in 2012 to celebrate the new and largely unknown art of contemporary dance. The festival brings a diverse array of contemporary dance artists together from across the United States, inviting the greater Boston community to experience this art form at its finest.
Central California Contemporary Dance Invitational (Visalia) Festival held annually in January. Email Martha Kelly-Fierro for more information at mkfaltmod[at]sbcglobal.net
Genesis International Choreographic Competition (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) Genesis, Milwaukee Ballet’s international choreographic competition, returns to the historic Pabst Theater, February 16-19, 2017. Three talented choreographers from around the world, hand-picked by Artistic Director Michael Pink, will showcase original works to vie for the judges' and audiences' vote. THREE CHOREOGRAPHERS will be chosen to create a twenty-minute piece using eight dancers within a maximum of 90 hours of rehearsal time individually. Transportation to Milwaukee, hotel lodging, and a daily per diem will be provided.
The Outlet Dance Project (Hamilton, NJ) The Outlet Dance Project is an annual festival committed to collaboration, community building, interdisciplinary experimentation, and the exploration of the audience/performer relationship. It provides women-identified choreographers of all traditional and nontraditional dance genres an opportunity to share their artistic vision through site-specific dance, stage performance, and film.
TIPDI's Move Up Dance Camp (New York) TIPDI's "Move Up" Dance Camp is a technique-focused Ballet, Modern, and Contemporary dance weekend geared towards adult dancers and dance enthusiasts.
The majority of attendees range in age from mid-30s to mid-60s and are usually former professional dancers returning to the studio after an absence, or current dancers exploring technique classes outside of their primary dance form. All classes are leveled - Beginner thru Advanced. Participants take 15 hours of technique and choreography classes with instructors from Steps on Broadway, Gibney, and Broadway Dance Center. It's a fun, friendly, non-competitive, conservatory-style environment. The TIPDI Dance Camp series is currently in its 4th year, and has welcomed dancers ages 20-70 from all around the US and 11 other countries.
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