The core of the educational program is a series of four residencies of two weeks each. The Residencies are hosted by in K3-Center for Choreography Hamburg, Escola Superior de Dance in Lisbon, London Metropolitan University - Performance as Research, and at the Retina Dance Company in Antwerp.

Each city partner will offer a different educational program formed by a spam of international guest artists and choreographers, giving the opportunity to the participants in order to develop a wild range of knowledge and awareness regarding the multiple creative processes, dance approaches and methodologies.

dance beyond borders offers:

- Training with professional teachers.

- Choreographic processes and dance methodologies to be shared with professional choreographers, visual artists, and others.

- To experience in such a short time four different dance schools, institutions and companies in Europe.

- The exchange of knowledge between young choreographers and professional artists.

- A view into different art forms.

- A mentoring that follows up each participant creative process.

-  Personal coaching the participants towards develop their artistic work - dance performance (solo or group), an installation, a lecture demonstration or a video work, etc.

The opportunity to present the artistic work developed during the four residencies at the international dance festival DanceKiosk-Hamburg, 17th to 31st July 2009.

Educational program

dance beyond borders intends to explore conditions, methodologies and practicalities for a post graduate program on an international level, which should let the participants experience the living and working conditions of artists abroad, receive an individual mentoring by outstanding professional dance teachers, dive into an intense sharing-process with young artists from other cultures and build an effective network on a European level.

The core of dance beyond borders education program is composed of 4 Labs, 2 weeks each, hosted in each city partner and  1 week final mentoring.

Each residency which will include daily training in cutting edge contemporary dance approaches with professional teachers, workshops with dance makers, visual artists and musicians as well as mentoring, discussion, feedback, supervision and evaluation sessions.

A mentor will follow the participants throughout the project to support and encourage the participants to develop their awareness towards their physical landscape and their individual creative and artistic processes. Under a critical eye, a constant analysis and constant feedback the mentor roll is to support each young choreographer to create a performance work (e.g. - solo or group -, an installation, a lecture demonstration or a video work)

The results will be presented during the final symposium at the international dance festival DanceKiosk-Hamburg in summer 2009

dance beyond borders has been funded with support from the European Commission.


2008 - Schedule of auditions

Auditions in Hamburg: November 1-2

Deadline for application: September 27

Auditions in London: October 17-18

Deadline for application: October 2

Auditions in Antwerp: November 8

Deadline for application: November 3

Auditions in Lisbon: November 15-16

Deadline for application: October 31

2009 - Schedule of residencies

1st Residency, Germany: February 16 - 28 / K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie

2nd Residency, Portugal: April 20 - May 1 / Escola Superior de Dança, Lisbon

3rd Residency, UK: May 26 - June 6 / London Metropolitan University, London

4th Residency, Belgium: June 22 - July 3 / Retina Dance Company, Antwerp

2009 - Final Symposium - July 12-25

Last mentoring, performances, lectures and round tables of dance beyond borders to be presented during the festival.