Nový priestor


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OTVORENÁ VÝZVA pre tanečníkov

Deadline pre žiadosti/ 10.júl 2017

Moving Visegrad under 3rd Visegrad-Turkish Culture Festival is now accepting submissions

for a contemporary dance artist residency programme taking place in the months of

September and November 2017 in Budapest, Hungary and Istanbul, Turkey.



The project Moving Visegrad is part of the 3rd Visegrad-Turkish Culture Festival which has

been organised annually in Istanbul, Turkey to promote the culture of Czechia, Slovakia,

Poland and Hungary outside of their borders. The year 2017 will mark the 3rd year of the

festival’s existence and will open doors to a collaborative approach in performing arts,

focusing this time on the field of contemporary dance.

Moving Visegrad will take place during the months of September and November 2017 and is

expecting to extend its activities to the following year. The project will create a fertile ground

for intensification of an active relationship between the artists and the culture makers in the

field of contemporary dance and provide visibility for all the participating parties. It will offer

the festival an opportunity to cross borders through active collaboration and enhance both

cultural exchange and audience engagement.



Residency, 1st phase :

BUDAPEST 18th – 30th September 2017

(You should be available 17th September – 1st October.)

Please note that we are still waiting for an application’s result to be realise this phase.

Residency, 2nd phase :

ISTANBUL 6th – 18th November 2017

(You should be available 5th – 19th November. This phase for sure will be realised.)

Process of Application:

For application the following to be sent to: Táto e-mailová adresa je chránená pred spamovacími robotmi. Na jej zobrazenie potrebuješ mať nainštalovaný JavaScript. with the subject

“MV 2017 application”:

• Resume of the artist

• Profile photo

• Video recording of a recent movement improvisation without musical accompaniment.

The recording must be a maximum of 3 minutes.

• Confirmation of availability in the months of September and November 2017 during

the time of the residencies.

Deadline for application: 10th July 2017


Process of Evaluation and Response:

A selection committee will evaluate the submissions, and the decision will be

announced to the participating parties on 17th July 2017. After receiving approval, the

artists will proceed to the second round of the selection process. They will be

informed about the final decision and will individually be provided with a copy of

their contract. In return, they must confirm their participation.

One selected contemporary dance artist from each Visegrad country and two representatives

of the Turkish contemporary dance scene will be part of the intensive two-week exchange

residencies in Budapest and Istanbul culminating with a final presentation in the cultural

metropolis of Turkey in the second half of November 2017. The participants of the project

will be requested to teach a master class or a workshop during the residency, either

individually or as a group. They will also be given an opportunity to perform their own pieces

at a selected venue during the festival itself.



The festival will cover the following expenses for the participants:

• Professional fee **

• Lodging

• Per diem

• Airfare or other transportation fares to the destination of the residency

** the amount and the delivery of the monetary compensation will be agreed upon beforehand with

each participating party


Project Organisation / Core Partners:

• Cross Club (o.s. Paradox), Prague – Czechia , Petr Dlouhý

• Fundacja Rozwoju Tańca / Dance Development Foundation, Warsaw – Poland , Anna Piotrowska

• L1 Független Művészek Közhasznú Egyesület / L1 Independent Artists

Association of Public Utility, Budapest – Hungary , Márta Ladjánszki

• Nový Priestor/ Slovakia , Katarína Brestovanská/ contact: Táto e-mailová adresa je chránená pred spamovacími robotmi. Na jej zobrazenie potrebuješ mať nainštalovaný JavaScript.

• Visegrad-Turkish Culture Festival

• Visegrad-Turkish Community Initiative


With the support of:

Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Istanbul

Consulate General of Hungary in Istanbul

The Consulate General of Poland in Istanbul

The Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in Istanbul

Balassi Enstitüsü / Balassi Institute Istanbul



Melissa Ugolini


Born in Pesaro in 1989, Melissa moved to Florence (Italy) at an early age to begin her professional training in Ballet at the Accademia Internazionale Coreutica under the direction of Elisabetta Hertel and eventually decided to further her training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds (UK), from where she graduated in 2011 with a First Class Honours Degree, winning the Award for Outsanding Achievement. After graduation, Melissa worked with numerous international choreographers like Akram Khan, Andonis  Foniadakis, Aakash  Odedra, Nicholas Cantillon and Laurence Yadi, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Barak Marshall, İtzik Galili, İhsan Rüstem, Michael  Popper, Bruno  Caverna, Beyhan Murphy, Korhan Başaran and Bedirhan Dehmen amongst others, besides performing both new creations and repertoire works with Companhia Instavel (Portugal), LamatDance Company (Spain), James  Wilton  Dance  Company (UK) and with  the  Turkish  National  Company  Modern  Dance  Theatre  Istanbul  (MDTIstanbul touring  worldwide. In  2012  Melissa  also  performed  at  the  Opening  Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games with the Akram Khan Company.






Evrim Akyay


Born in 1980 in Istanbul. He started his career with traditional dance and performed with"Sultans of the Dance" and "Hürrem Sultan Dance Project", both traditional dance based big productions. In 2003 he started his training at the Modern Dance Program at Yıldız Technical University and the following year continued his artistic enrollments at CRR Dance Theater, directed by Geyvan McMillen. In 2008 and 2009 he was awarded the JFK Performing Arts Exchange Scholarship and the Martha Graham Summer Intensive Scholarship and visited NYC and Washington DC. Between 2006 - 2012 he was a member of Zeynep Tanbay’s Dance Project, where in 2010 became the assistant choreographer for the company’s piece "Araz". In 2013 he pursued his career abroad, performing with Jerusalem Dance Theater for two seasons. His collaboration "Heva" with Korhan Başaran was one of the finalists of the Copenhagen Choreography Competition in 2014. The same year at BAM, NYC he performed "Unsettled", a collaboration between American, Armenian and Turkish artists as part of DanceMotion USA program. He is a faculty member of the Contemporary Dance Department at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. His creations include Don (2009), Routine (2010), Cage'd (in collaboration with Korhan Başaran, 2015), Simple Present (2016), One by One (2017). He also choreographed "Joan of Arc" (2016) for Izmit City Theater and "Ahmet Yesevi the Hodja" (2017) for Bursa State Theater.






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