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Biennale College Danza 2022


Biennale College Danza 2022
Call for choreographers


(Decree-Law No. 59 of 6 May 2021, converted, with amendments, into Law No. 101 of 1 July 2021)
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Project to develop and enhance the activities of La Biennale di Venezia in order to build a permanent centre of national and international excellence in Venice


In his second year as Director of Biennale Danza, Wayne McGregor will be leading the Biennale College Dance in 2022. This unique learning and study programme is designed to equip 16 young dancers with new skills, knowledge and abilities in their chosen career path; nurtured by inspiring world-class teachers, coaches, choreographers and industry professionals. Through high quality technical, creative, improvisatory and performance experiences the 2022 cohort will immerse themselves in an intensive 3 month programme that will include the re-staging of a seminal dance event by the legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham, participate in a AI generated dance and technology residency utilising Google x McGregor’s creative toolbox the Living Archive and collaborate on a new commission made exclusively for the Biennale College by multi-disciplinary artist and Golden Lion, Saburo Teshigawara.

Alongside this bespoke learning and study programme, there will be a specific pathway for 2 early career choreographers.

With curated mentorship from McGregor, the selected choreographers will have the opportunity to explore and question their own dance practice, with a view to reaching further into their creative self. Encouraging a critical self-reflection and a broadening of artistic possibility the programme affords intensive time and space for choreographic/conceptual development through the practical making and sharing of new work for and with Biennale College dancers. As a career forward pathway, the initiative is designed to support and champion a new generation of choreographers through hands on experience and motivating challenge. Vitally this will also include a focus on the ‘business of choreography’ from IP to contracts, getting commissions to working with collaborators - arming artists with the foundational livelihood skills to compose and execute their real-world working portfolio. Interfacing with the dancer pathway outlined above, including daily class, masterclasses, choreographer observerships, festival performances/talks and mini-residencies will be woven into each choreographers plan.    

Project structure

The project will take place from May 9th to July 31st 2022.


Selection and announcement
The selection is open to participants from all over the world. We are looking for early career choreographers (+18 years) who have presented at least two original creations in public and who have a committed interest in developing their choreographic practice through participation in the programme.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview.

Conditions and rules of participation

Attendance for the whole programme is mandatory for participation in the project.
The selected participants will be accommodated in shared apartments arranged and paid by La Biennale di Venezia.
Travel to/from Venice will be organized and paid for by La Biennale di Venezia.
Working day lunches will be will be organized and paid for by La Biennale di Venezia.
Each participant will receive € 1,000 gross for the conception of the new piece.

La Biennale di Venezia will cover production expenses for the new piece, to be presented in the frame of Biennale Danza 2022, for a maximum amount of 10.000 euros each for the following:
· costume design and/or rental costs, technical set-up costs, and any other expenses necessary for the realisation of the project.

There are no fees for application.

Selected choreographers (only) will be required to pay a registration fee in the amount of €80.00 (VAT included, non-refundable) to be paid exclusively by credit card following the announcement of their acceptance, and no later than the date that will be specified in due time.

NB: Applicants may ONLY apply for either the dancer project OR the choreographer project.
Applications for both projects will not be accepted.

Applicants must register filling in the online form and submit the following material by the deadline of March 21st 2022:

1. Recent CV in english
2. Recent photo
3. Video of motivation in english (up to five minutes)
4. Video: Link to video clip of at least one recent choreographic work (showing whole work)



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