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Monday, July 17, 2017


Deadline: August 18, 2017

Applications are now open for Dance Umbrella 2018 – choreographers are invited to apply. Dance Umbrella 2018, the premier platform of South African contemporary choreography and dance and funded by the National Lotteries Commission, will run at various theatres and venues in Johannesburg, Gauteng from March 7 to 18, 2018.

The Dance Umbrella festival had its beginnings when two journalists, Marilyn Jenkins and Adrienne Sichel, both with a passionate interest in contemporary choreography and dance, approached the Vita Awards, requesting that they initiate a contemporary dance festival in South Africa; and the Vita Dance Umbrella, under the aegis of AA Life and Vita Promotions (under the directorship of Philip Stein) was launched in Johannesburg in 1989. Dance Umbrella, an annual festival, has become the platform for new South African work – and is considered to be the place to show and see work by both artists and international programmers. It includes new commissioned work by South African companies/choreographers; invited international companies; young artists; a series of workshops and/or master classes and discussions and debates regarding the dance industry. Today the Festival, under the artistic directorship of Georgina Thomson, is widely acknowledged as the premier contemporary dance festival in Africa.

Celebrating its 30th year, this internationally renowned annual festival will present exciting new work from both local and international choreographers.

Applications are now open and choreographers are invited to apply for:
-A commission fee to create a new work
-Dance Exchange (a collaboration between two or more companies)
-Stepping Stones programme

Commissioning fees will be allocated only to professional companies who have created a new work or a work not yet seen in Johannesburg; the commissioning fee will be paid as well as all production costs and publicity, marketing and local transport in Johannesburg will also be covered.

Companies from outside of Johannesburg are responsible for their own transport costs to get to the festival.

The Dance Exchange programme is a residency programme that must be held in provinces outside of Johannesburg, Gauteng and must include a two-week workshop process of teaching and the creation of the work for Dance Umbrella 2018.

The closing date for entries is August 18, 2017.

Entry forms can be downloaded at or further information call 011 492 0709 or email

Dance Umbrella 2018 is funded by the National Lotteries Commission.