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Dance abroad

By Marie Claire Forté

The Danube University Krems, in a city on the outskirts of Vienna, Austria, will be hosting The International ChoreoLab Austria as a pilot postgraduate program in dance and choreography, developed in cooperation with the Tanz Atelier Wein in Vienna. The two program directors, dancer and choreographer Sebastian Prantl of Tanz Atelier Wein, and professor Gerhard Gensch, department head for arts and management at Danube University Krems, will teach fifteen to twenty-five students during three project modules beginning in September 2009 … Under Artistic Director and CEO Alistair Spalding, Sadler’s Wells launched The Global Dance Contest, an annual competition that will run for four years. The contest asks participants eighteen years of age and older to upload a thirty-second to three-minute excerpt of dance to YouTube by July 17th, 2009. From these works, a panel of judges chaired by Spalding will select ten finalists and invite them to create a longer work with their own resources that will be submitted to public voting via the contest website (www.globaldancecontest.com) on September 1st. The winner will be announced in November and will receive a cash prize along with an invitation to perform in January 2010 at Sadler’s Wells Sampled, a showcase of different dance styles designed to introduce new audiences to dance. “It’s really a global search for new dance talent,” says Spalding.

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