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Call for participants: Dance writing workshop 2016

Dance Umbrella Festival and Goethe-Institut are looking for contemporary dance writers
Application Deadline: 8 January 2016

Aspiring and established South African arts writers are invited to apply for an intensive dance writing workshop, organised by Dance Umbrella Festival and the Goethe-Institut, and facilitated by arts commentator, consultant and curator Mary Corrigall. The workshop will take place at the Dance Forum in Newtown, Johannesburg, from 2 to 5 February and from 22 to 23 February 2016.

The aim of the dance writing workshop is to identify new contemporary dance writers and provide them with the tools and confidence to engage with the works at the Dance Umbrella 2016, which will run from February 25 to March 6, at various Johannesburg venues. The workshop also presents a platform for established arts writers to consider different aspects of  contemporary dance, exchange ideas with each other and deepen their understanding of the event.

As per the last several iterations of the workshop, a focus will be set on a pertinent issue in contemporary dance that relates to the Dance Umbrella programme of that year. Given the number of international works and the collaborative nature of many of them in the upcoming Dance Umbrella festival, the title of the 2016 workshop is Beyond Borders: Making art across disciplines and geographic boundaries. As such the emphasis is on collaboration and breaking boundaries; national, geographic ones, but also those that divide disciplines. Specialists in writing, dance and other creative industries will be invited for focused discussions.

Who can apply?
Aspiring and established South African arts writers who want to benefit from the workshop, mentorship, the discussions and the exposure before and during Dance Umbrella festival.

How to apply?
Applicants should submit a minimum of two journalistic texts that are at least 500 words and no longer than 2.500 along with a copy of their CV and a short motivation outlining their interests and future ambitions. These should be e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Application deadline is 8 January 2016.


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