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Biennale College Danza 2023


Biennale College Danza 2023
Call for dancers

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 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.

Biennale College dancers will also collaborate with 2 emerging choreographers (see separate call-out) who will each present their own short creations during the 17th 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 2023.

Project Structure

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

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, process, improvisation and the new commissions.

Interwoven into the programme will be opportunities for Biennale College dancers to focus on McGregor’s study of Physical Thinking through choreographic and performative practice. Building the group’s collaborative skills in making work together and sharing techniques for the generation of dance material and composition.


As part of the 17th International Festival of Contemporary Dance of La Biennale di Venezia the Biennale College will present work in a range of contexts, for example sharings on stage to site specific 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 > 28) 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 the 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 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 showreel/video clip of you dancing



Watch the video of the 2021 edition of Biennale College.

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