OPEN CALL 2023 / Moving the New – Artistic Development Programme

March-September 2023

Dance House Lemesos announces that the applications for the Artistic Development Programme Mοving the New 2023 are now open.

The programme has at its core the artistic development in the field of performing arts and serves the goals of the Dance House Lemesos that focuses on encouraging the continuous progress of local choreographers, dancers, artists from the field of performing arts,  audience development and the participation of the artists within the broader dance/artistic scene.

Apart from the annual artistic development programme, Dance House Lemesos has been offering residencies (for artistic development) to artists based in Cyprus, through their participation in several European programmes like ‘E-Motional Bodies and Cities’, ‘Act Your Age’, ‘Leim’, ‘Micro Macro Dramaturgies in Dance’ and within the frame of Open House Festival.

Who can apply?

Moving The New Artistic Development Programme focuses on artistic development and research by using various tools such as time, feedback, peer-to-peer exchange, different forms of presentation, educational workshops and exchange within the community. The duration of the programme for 2023 will be for seven months in which the selected artists will have the opportunity to develop their artistic practice and project through different forms and methodologies.

Moving the New supports the development of experimental and cross-disciplinary art and invites emerging as well as mature professional artists who live in Cyprus and have a strong interest in deeping their artistic research and creative methodology, to submit their proposals. The call is open to artists working in the field of choreography, performance and time-based arts that approach the notion of the ‘body’ with various artistic means and they are also interested in deepening their artistic practice. Proposals may concern the creation or the development of a current idea, a solo or collaborative work that critically investigates, challenges, and extends the existing norms and practices of performing arts. The artistic research idea should be still a work in progress (that has not been premiered yet in Cyprus and abroad). The invitation is also open to artists who had previously been selected for the programme.

Programme description

Τhroughout the duration of the programme the selected  artists will be collaborating with the mentor/dramaturg Rodia Vomvolou. They will be having monthly one-to-one sessions with the mentor, intensive group workshops and feedback sessions. The programme is based on the idea of shifting between intensive research periods with the mentor (and the other selected artists), and personal time for research/rehearsal in the studio.

The content of the programme is the following:

-Mapping the New: Dramaturgy workshop (March 2023)

– Personal research /rehearsal time (throughout the duration of the programme)

–Studio time with the mentor (March 2023)

-One-to-one online mentoring (once a month)

-Open Studio workshops: the selected artists will share their practice with the community ( May 2023)

–Participation in intensive choreographic and research labs with choreographers / mentors from Cyprus and abroad

–First public presentation (works in progress) / Feedback sessions open to the public (June 2023).

-Moving the New Abroad: Possibility of a research residency in other organisations/ festivals abroad that function within the field of performing arts. Opportunity to interact with the local artistic community.

–Final presentation within the frame of 14th Open House Festival

Terms and conditions: 

-Duration of the programme March-September 2023

–Artists will have access to the Dance House’s studio for rehearsing and research (max 15 hours per week for the whole duration of the programme)

– Dance House Lemesos will offer to each artist €1,200 in total

–Candidates are responsible for running expenses throughout the residency, including food, transportation to and from the Dance House Lemesos, materials and supplies, etc. Dance House Lemesos will offer €150 in total for travel expenses (only for selected artists not based in Limassol). Dance House Lemesos will provide signed letters of support for external funding and can provide advice for potential financiers.

–The applicants must commit to the duration of the artistic development programme. Attendance at all activities/workshops stated above is obligatory.

–Residencies are scheduled by mutual agreement between accepted resident artists and the Dance House programme coordinator based on the above timeframe

Selection process

The applications will be selected by Alexis Vassiliou (Artistic Director of Dance House Lemesos), Rodia Vomvolou (programme’s mentor) and Dr. erica Charalambous (Operations Manager of Dance House Lemesos) and Marios Pavlou (Project Coordinator & Communications Manager).

Proposals are evaluated on the basis of the artistic quality of the submitted work samples, of the proposed project’s research field and the potential to be developed to a complete work. Dance House Lemesos can support up to 2 proposals.

Proposals must be sent latest by 17th of February 2023 (24:00)
at with the subject “ΜΤΝ ADP/ APPLICATION’’.

Moving The New is funded by the Cultural Services of the Deputy Ministry of Culture.