OpenFLR 2017 is an intensive dance lab in which three internationally acclaimed choreographers (Christopher Evans, Shumpei Nemoto and Sebastien Perrault) and the emerging talent Dorotea Saykaly (the latter selected through an Open Call, like last year) will work with recent graduates and professional dancers for two weeks.

Where: Firenze (Florence), Italy

When: 23rd of July 2017

Deadline for applications: 18th June 2017

Scholarship deadline: 9th April 2017

During this time, each choreographer will devise a new piece for the participants, to be presented in a theatre in Florence on the 23rd July 2017, open to the public.

After an initial day of meet and greet and professional seminars, for the following four days each choreographer will lead a half-day workshop, for her/him to get to know the participants and viceversa. Each choreographer will then select the participants she/he wishes to work with for the creative process, which will take place until the final presentation.

Throughout the workshop, participants will be offered two daily warm-up classes to prepare to work with the choreographers. This year’s program is comprised of Contertechnique with Jenia Kasatkina and TBA. The warm-up classes are also open to professional dancers/ recent graduates who are not participating to the creative processes. Please contact us in case you’d like to attend – we offer multi-class deals and concessions.

Moreover, following the success of the previous editions, a group of local dance professionals will organise and lead again an extra performance for the participants of OpenFLR. This improvisation performance will take place in the streets of Florence, and it will happen half-way the intensive. NOTE: the process and the performance will be open also to other participants than those to OpenFLR 2017. If you would like to participate, please contact us.

IMPORTANT!!!! This year, OpenFLR offers a number of scholarships, to help talented practitioners to participate to this unique opportunity. Opting in to be considered for a scholarship will be possible until Sunday, 9th April 2017 8pm (CET).

Scholarship recipients will be announced on Tuesday, 18th April 2017.

This year OpenFLR has started a big initiative: OpenFLR Youth, the youngest sibling of OpenFLR. The program, aimed to 14 to 17 year old dancers, will run in parallel to OpenFLR, and will see the group of selected talented youth work to a new creation with Canadian choreographer Jasmine Ellis, assisted by Cristina D’alberto.

Both OpenFLR 2017 and OpenFLR Youth 2017 will culminate in a final presentation, held in a theatre in Florence on the 23rd July 2017, and open to the public.

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Costs for participants 700 EUR (scholarships available)

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