Ghost dances / Spökdanser by Ellen Söderhult
02.06.2024 @ MDT Stockholm
Ghost dances / Spökdanser by Ellen Söderhult
01.06.2024 @ MDT Stockholm
Ghost dances / Spökdanser by Ellen Söderhult
30.05.2024 @ MDT Stockholm
Premiere: Ghost dances / Spökdanser by Ellen Söderhult

Our Swedish partner MDT announced their Life Long Burning co-production for this year: Ghost Dances / Spökdanser by Ellen Söderhult will premiere on 30 May and be shown three consecutive days.

© Michael Würmer
Verena Herterich selected for PRÉAC 2024

This year's PRÉAC seminar will take place from 27–31 May at La Genette Verte, near Montpellier in the South of France. The seminar, organized and hosted by ICI–CCN Montpellier, is on Narratives and led by the guest artist Sylvain Prunenec.

27.05.2024 - 31.05.2024 @ ICI–CCN

Save the date! The Choreographic Convention 2024 is taking place from 19–23 November in Zagreb, hosted by Antisezona, co-hosted by Nomad Dance Academy.

18.11.2024 - 23.11.2024 @ Zagreb
Sonja Pregrad is teaching at ImPulsTanz

Sonja Pregrad is coming to Vienna for a Creative Crossroads residency. During her stay she will teach at ImPulsTanz a workshop Of drag, plants and other objects (of dance).

22.07.2024 - 26.07.2024 @ ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival
Lee Méir is teaching at ImPulsTanz

In the frame of her Creative Crossroads residency, Lee Méir will teach a costume workshop at ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival.

15.07.2024 - 19.07.2024
Domino Residency

Nomad dance academy Croatia as a guest at the Karlovac Dance Festival!

The summer edition of the 14th Karlovac Dance Festival brings collaboration and partnership with the Nomad Dance Academy Croatia through their Domino Residency and Modular School programmes.

27.06.2024 - 28.06.2024 @ Karlovac Dance Festival
Flavia Pinheiro

Another Artistic Exchange Residency is coming up! Amsterdam based performer Flavia Pinheiro will research in Zagreb in June and July.

24.06.2024 - 07.08.2024 @ Zagreb
Save the date: PSR on (dance) art and cultural politics in Stockholm

Sweden is facing a shift in art and cultural politics, and we’re not the only ones. As one travels internationally in Europe nowadays, almost everyone (with a few exceptions) is talking about the massive budget cuts and how artists and institutions are struggling. In some countries, this is also tied to democratic restrictions.
We’re inviting guests from Hungary and the UK to speak about what’s happening in their local contexts, as well as to examine Swedish cultural politics and engage in conversations about how we can move forward. How can we, in international solidarity, understand more about what is happening and share examples of counter-strategies to navigate through these challenges? How can one think strategically and not just react in a state of panic?

The full program and ticket release will be available by the end of May.

14.06.2024 - 15.06.2024 @ MDT Stockholm
Work-in-progress-showing HOT BODIES #4 in Sofia
27.05.2024 @ NHK Burgas
© Gretchen Blegen
crying creatures crying by Lee Méir
26.05.2024 @ Uferstudios Berlin
© Gretchen Blegen
crying creatures crying by Lee Méir
25.05.2024 @ Uferstudios Berlin
© Gretchen Blegen
Premiere: crying creatures crying by Lee Méir

Our Creative Crossroads artist from Berlin, Lee Méir, will premiere her new solo crying creatures crying at Uferstudios this May!

24.05.2024 @ Uferstudios Berlin

Expose brings together authors and artists from various fields of art who practice (self)archiving, (self)musealization, (self)documentation, (self)recording or/and (self)mapping through mixed formats and media. This three-day public event will explore these practices and their relation to the fields of dance and new media art.

24.05.2024 - 26.04.2024 @ Zagreb
Work-in-progress-showing HOT BODIES #4 in Veliko Tarnova
23.05.2024 @ NHK Burgas
Dance Magazin 2024 release coming up

Bulgarians only print magazin entirely dedicated to dance – Dance Magazin – releases its 2024 edition The Value of Dance in May.

20.05.2024 @ Sofia, Bulgaria
Work-in-progress-showing HOT BODIES #4 in Burgas
19.05.2024 @ NHK Burgas
© Alisa Guberman
Lara Cortellini nominated to visit Bulgarian Dance Platform

daneWEB selected Lara Cortellini as the young dance critics/researchers/independent dance curators/artists to visit the 4th edition of the Bulgarian Dance Platform.

16.05.2024 - 20.05.2024 @ Sofia, Bulgaria
Jason Respilieux in residence at Antistatic Festival

The artist Jason Respilieux, one of the collaborators of Anneleen Keppens in her performance Blue Moon Spring, part of the Creative Crossroads programme, will be an artist-in-residence of the 17th edition of the Antistatic Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria in May.

13.05.2024 - 19.05.2024 @ Sofia, Bulgaria

HOT BODIES, organised by ICC (Imaginative Choreographic Center), supports, stimulates, and nurtures new generations of artists in the field of choreography and dance. The 4th edition of the programme takes place in Burgas, Veliko Tarnovo and Sofia, Bulgaria for 3 weeks in May!

07.05.2024 - 28.05.2024 @ Bulgaria
Without Distance Platform 2024

The Without Distance educational platform is an integral part of the International Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance Antistatic in Sofia. This year's programme features three lectures by Boyan Manchev, Margarita Dorovska, and Angelina Georgieva, alongside a workshop led by Jason Respilieux.

07.05.2024 - 23.04.2024 @ Brain Store Project Sofia
Work in progress presentation of Matter by Anat Bosak and Nina Traub

ICI–CCN is presenting a work in progress showing of the LLB Co-production Matter by Anat Bosak and Nina Traub. The premiere will take place in August during the Israel Festival 2024. 

06.05.2024 @ ICI–CCN Montpellier, France
[8:tension] Young Choreographers' Series Podcast with Olivia Axel Scheucher and Nick Romeo Reimann

This is already the last episode of our first podcast season! Welcome today’s guests, theatre director Olivia Axel Scheucher and actor Nick Romeo Reimann.

Their collaborative work FUGUE FOUR : RESPONSE was first developed for the Porn Film Festival Vienna. The satirical investigation of how sex and bodies are commodified in the digital age was then adapted for Volkstheater Dunkelkammer. 

02.05.2024 @ online
© Hugo Le Brigand
[8:tension] Young Choreographers' Series Podcast with Sebastiano Sing

Episode 8 out today! Listen to the conversation of Sean Pfeiffer and Sebastiano Sing. The work of Sebastiano, a Vienna-based choreographer and performer, has long been occupied with making space for big emotions. His piece MATHIEU was first developed in a TURBO residency at ImPulsTanz Festival 2022. Following its premiere in WUK Vienna’s project space, it was then presented at Schauspielhaus Vienna in the frame of [8:tension]. 

25.04.2024 @ online
[8:tension] Young Choreographers' Series Podcast with Anne Lise Le Gac & Loto Retina

New Episode out now! Hello, Anne Lise Le Gac and Loto Retina. Her work La Caresse du Coma ft. YOLO is a multi-media performance, a lecture on digital chimeras, and an invitation to a strange and yet strangely familiar world. Together with musical collaborator Loto Retina, Anne-Lise transformed the Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz into a misty, spa-like space of uncertainties and fabricated truths. 

After their showings, the two of them sat down with writer Sean Pfeiffer. They discussed the role of levity and humor in their work, the productivity of not knowing for sure, and how their residency time at ImPulsTanz stimulated their creative partnership.

18.04.2024 @ online
OPEN CALL | Artistic Residency in Stockholm and Montpellier

MDT Moderna Dansteatern in Stockholm and ICI-CCN in Montpellier launch a joint open a call for two research residencies for artists based in Montpellier or Stockholm! This call is open to artists from the field of choreography and dance. Deadline for applications is 12 May 2024.

15.04.2024 - 12.05.2024
[8:tension] Young Choreographers' Series Podcast with Marga Alfeirão

New Episode out today! Welcome Marga Alfeirão and her team. Marga’s work opens up spaces in which she is able to explore feminine sensuality and sexuality at her own pace. She and her team joined writer Sean Pfeiffer for a conversation before the second showing of their “lesbian lap dance duet” LOUNGE.

They discussed the reciprocal effect between the music and the dancers and the piece’s ebb and flow of energy and slowness. They also talk about the difficulties in balancing the public and the private while performing intimacy on stage.

11.04.2024 @ online
[8:tension] Young Choreographers' Series Podcast with James Batchelor

James is a choreographer, dancer and dance teacher from Australia. Now based in Berlin, he works internationally. Before the second showing of his piece Shortcuts to Familiar Places at Schauspielhaus Vienna, James sat down with Chris Standfest. They discussed the ways in which James’ mentor Ruth Osborne as well as the legendary Gertrud Bodenwieser shaped the work.

They also touch on the specific excitement of showing it in Vienna, where Bodenwieser Lived before she had to flee from the Nazis. They further reflect on how expression or Ausdruckstanz is reentering the current dance landscape.

04.04.2024 @ online
Mille Shake – Talk with Pauline L. Boulba and team on the creative process

As an extension of her exploration into lesbian subjectivities in dance and the performing arts, Pauline L. Boulba seeks to make queer practice visible through artistic creation. In this way, she explores the extent to which imagination, somatic practice and fiction act to repair damaged bodies. A two-headed combo of narrative and choreography foster reflection on patriarchal violence. Re-territorialising bodies, to fictionalise life, pumping reality back onto the stage.

Free admission by reservation only.

28.03.2024 @ ICI–CCN Montpellier
[8:tension] Young Choreographers' Series Podcast with Harald Beharie

Harald’s first solo Batty Bwoy is both bleak and playful in its re-appropriation of racist and homophobic stereotypes. By embodying this harmful imagery, they emerge on the other side as a newly ambivalent figure, impossible to grasp. 

Writer Sean Pfeiffer and Harald talk about his inspirations for the piece, the musical collaboration with a Norwegian prog-rock band, and the delicacy of involving an audience directly. 

28.03.2024 @ online
[8:tension] Young Choreographers' Series Podcast with Esben Weile Kjær

Esben is a Danish visual artist whose sculptures and performances have been shown at numerous galleries and festivals. Esben’s works tap into his generation’s habits of visual consumption. He has introduced short-attention-span tools like social media livestreams into traditional museum spaces in pieces like BURN!.

With the writer Sean Pfeiffer, Esben discusses his experiences as a visual artist at a contemporary dance festival. They also talk about the heavy use of pop-cultural signifiers and accessing the authentic through the artificial.

28.03.2024 @ online
OPEN CALL | Artistic Exchange Residencies in Berlin and Budapest

Uferstudios Berlin und Workshop Foundation Budapest are offering two differently designed exchange residencies for professional movement and dance artists who work in Hungary or who are based in Berlin! Application deadline is 14 April.

27.03.2024 - 14.04.2024
© Jelena Mijić
Nemanja Bošković participates at exerce in Montpellier

Serbian dancer Nemanja Bošković joins workshops by Mathilde Monnier & Stéphane Bouquet, Nadia Lauro and Jassem Hindi in the frame of exerce by ICI–CCN.

27.03.2024 - 12.04.2024 @ ICI–CCN
exerce open workshop with Pauline L. Boulba

The workshop is taking place on Thursday, 21 March from 3–6pm at ICI—CCN

Free admission by reservation only.

21.03.2024 @ ICI–CCN Montpellier
Screening of the film J.J by Pauline L. Boulba

Thursday, 21 March, 7–8pm

J.J is named after Jill Johnston (1929-2010), dance critic, performer, and uber-determined and angry lesbian feminist. The work is a journey through the real and fictional lives of this very American figure. Through the invention of archives and the use of quotes, voices and drag-kings, the two performers reflect upon lesbian practice in art.

→ Screened in partnership with Rainbow screen festival

Free admission by reservation only.

21.03.2024 @ ICI–CCN Montpellier
[8:tension] Young Choreographers' Series Podcast with Anna Biczók

Anna is a Hungarian dancer and choreographer based between Vienna and Stockholm. Her work often deals with bodily memory, cultural identity, and dance as a means of communication. The group choreography DELICATE has been equally shaped by these themes. The work features three female dancers who grew up in different European and Eastern European contexts – namely Karin Pauer in Austria, Adél Juhász in Hungary and 
Sasha Portyannikova in Russia.

After presenting DELICATE at Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz, Anna sat down with author Sean Pfeiffer. They discussed the role of writing in the development of the piece, Anna’s decision not to perform herself, and her collaboration with musician Rozi Mákó.

21.03.2024 @ online
[8:tension] Young Choreographers' Series Podcast with Chara Kotsali

Chara is a performer, choreographer and dance instructor based in Athens, Greece. She has studied Theatre Studies as well as Social and Cultural Anthropology and is musically trained. Her artistic practice merges choreography with field recordings, sound collage and writing.

She sat down with author Sean Pfeiffer to discuss her first solo work to be possessed. It premiered at the Onassis Dance Days in Athens before being presented at Schauspielhaus Vienna in the frame of ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival. In their conversation, the two touch upon the myth of artistic ecstasy, the comfort of routine, and the similarities between contemporary dance and poetry.

21.03.2024 @ online
First Podcast Episodes released today!

The artists of the [8:tension] Young Choreographers' Series of 2023 were in conversation with Chris Standfest and Sean Pfeiffer and we are excited to publish this podcast from today on. 

The first released episodes will be with Chara Kotsali and Anna Biczók. They are giving insights into their working methods and artistic approaches, the making of their pieces To Be Possessed and DELICATE, respectively, and their experience in Vienna.

The release will start on Thursday 21 March, with weekly new episodes. Save us on Spotify Apple Podcast, Podcastaddict or Deezer!

21.03.2024 @ online
© Almud Krejza
Network Meeting at Festival Programme Commun

This weekend Festival Programme Commun is kicking off in Lausanne! Apart from a vivid performance programme Arsenic invited to a Life Long Burning meeting, which includes a three days watch-and-talk programme for our Creative Crossroads artists, led by Ysaline Rochat.

14.03.2024 - 17.03.2024 @ Lausanne
Pauline L. Boulba on residency at ICI–CCN

Pauline L. Boulba is on a residency at ICI–CCN in Montpellier this March!

11.03.2024 - 29.03.2024
Open Call | HOT BODIES #4

HOT BODIES #4 is intended for dance artists who haven't yet encountered the dynamics of freelance work in this field, or who are just starting out.

Apply now and spend three weeks in May in Bulgaria. Do studio work, sessions with other dance artists, co-sharing lectures, co-sharing workshop and presentations – accommodation, rehearsal and performance space as well as per diems are covered.

NOTE: The application end got changed to 21 February!

05.02.2024 - 21.02.2024
© Matija Kralj
Award for Sonja Pregrad

Our Creative Crossroad artist Sonja Pregrad from Zagreb received the Croatian Professional Dancers Associations Award for the best performance in 2023, for her solo performance OBJECT OF DANCE. 

A follow up on DANCEOLITICS

In 2021 a round table discussion between artistic teams of Tanztage Berlin, Bâtard in Brussels and Les Urbaines in Lausanne got published in the book DANCEOLITICS, supported by Life Long Burning.
Starting from this publication, a panel discussion at Tanztage Berlin continues the conversation about this fragile state tonight.

Together with colleagues from different European scenes – curators, artistic coordinators and organizers (from Vienna Chris Standfest is joining, artistic director of [8:tension Young Chreographes' Series] at ImPulsTanz Festival) – they would like to exchange on the intertwinement between the lives of artists at the beginning of their career and the platforms presenting artists and aesthetics that need to “emerge”.

Further information and free download of the book DANCEOLITICS here.

15.01.2024 @ Tanztage Berlin
© Sophie Laly
Open Call: Participant for PRÉAC wanted

danceWEB is looking for a dance/performance artist/dance writer/dance teacher interested in participating in PRÉAC at La Genette Verte in France!

The seminar PRÉAC (Pôle de Ressources pour l'Éducation Artistique et Culturelle), organized and hosted by ICI-CCN Montpellier, is on Narratives: can we make fiction without making stories? The place of narrative in choreography: the relationship between abstraction and narration, and fictional modalities in choreographic composition, in particular.

09.01.2024 - 09.02.2024 @ ICI-CCN Montpellier