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Biennale College Danza 2023


Biennale College Danza 2023
Call for Choreographers

In his third year as Director of Biennale Danza, Wayne McGregor will be leading the Biennale College Dance in 2023. 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 2023 cohort will immerse themselves in an intensive three-month programme that will include the re-staging of a seminal dance works by legendary movement artist and Golden Lion 2023 Simone Forti; the exploration and evolution of a work by the boundary breaking choreographer William Forsythe; as well as collaborating on a new commission made exclusively for the Biennale College by choreographic artist Xie Xin.

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 observer-ships, festival performances/talks and mini-residencies will be woven into each choreographers plan.

Project Structure

The project will take place from May 8th to July 29th 2023.


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 organized and paid for by La Biennale di Venezia.
Each participant will receive € 2,000 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 2023, 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 by filling in the online form and submit the following material by the deadline of March 22nd 2023:

1. Recent CV in english (the video links indicated below must also be included in the CV).
2. Recent photo
3. Link to video of motivation in english (up to five minutes)
4. Link to video of at least one recent choreographic work (showing whole work)



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