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Biennale College Danza 2022


Biennale College Danza 2022
Call for dancers


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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.

Biennale College dancers will also collaborate with 2 emerging choreographers (see separate call-out) who will each present their own short creations during the 16th International Festival of Contemporary Dance of La Biennale di Venezia.

Dancers selected for this programme will have access to individual mentoring, masterclasses and talks and will attend the international performances by companies invited to Biennale Dance 2022.

Project structure

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

Each day will begin with a technique class in ballet or contemporary, led by world class teachers from McGregor’s network, followed by workshop sessions that will focus on repertoire, improvisation and the new commissions.

The programme’s opening week will be led by McGregor and will focus on his study of evolved Physical Thinking through choreographic and performative practise. Building the group’s collaborative skills in preparation for making work together and sharing techniques for the generation of dance material and composition; this intensive introduction will ready the participants for the challenges and inspiration ahead. 


As part of the 16th International Festival of Contemporary Dance of La Biennale di Venezia the Biennale College will present work in a range of contexts, from sharings on stage to site sensitive events and open rehearsals.

Selection and announcement
The selection is open to participants from all over the world. We are looking for young dancers (+18 > 30) with at least three years vocational (or equivalent) training in dance at a high technical level and as importantly, who are creatively curious, daring and open-minded. 

Conditions and rules of participation

Attendance for the whole programme is mandatory for participation in the project.
The selected participants will be accomodated 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.
Each participant will receive a Biennale fee for performances of € 1,000 gross.
Working day lunches will be will be organized and paid for by La Biennale di Venezia.

There are no fees for application.

Selected dancers (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.

The selection will be made at the complete discretion of the Director of the Dance Department of La Biennale di Venezia, Wayne McGregor.

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 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 (video recording of up to five minutes)
4. Video: Link to showreel/video clip of you dancing



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