Intercultural Indigenous Choreographers Creation Lab

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Intercultural Indigenous Choreographers Creation Lab

Application Deadline: May 4, 2022
Program Dates: July 11 – July 29, 2022


This three-week lab for intercultural Indigenous choreographers and dancers focuses on re-embodiment and Indigenous voice. Departing from the belief that the body is the site of emotional, cultural, political, and spiritual history, the lab supports the exploration and creative development of personal voice and physical vocabulary. The program will explore the intersections of identity, movement, and creation.

The IICC Lab is led by esteemed faculty including director of dance training, Alejandro Ronceria, a Canadian choreographer of Colombian descent and a pioneer in Indigenous dance globally. Participants for the lab will be selected from diverse Indigenous backgrounds.

What does the program offer?

Choreographers will have the opportunity to challenge and develop their creative concepts, and engage in one-to-one mentorship in choreography as well as deep dramaturgical exploration.

Through exploration of voice and the process of re-embodiment including daily movement work, choreographers and dancers will experiment with developing and re-defining their own body histories and language.

The IICC lab will also provide integrated opportunities for critical feedback, and creative dialogue circles with fellow choreographers and dancers, leading to a public performance that will be held in the Jenny Belzberg Theatre on July 29, 2022.

Who should apply?

This program is open to Indigenous Canadian and Indigenous international choreographers/dancers.

We welcome applications from emerging and mid-level choreographers interested in examining lived experience, personal narratives, and cultural histories as well as developing personal choreographic work.

Professional Indigenous dancers working in diverse forms are also encouraged to apply.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee: $4,194.50+GST
Program fee with Financial aid: $1,449.00+GST
Application fee: $65 ($35 for applicants who identify as Indigenous)
*Financial Aid of 100% is available to cover tuition, and 50% is available to offset food and accommodation costs.

Indigenous Arts is committed to supporting Indigenous artists and encourages all to apply for the additional financial aid to receive the full 100% funds for food and accommodations costs conditional to endowment available.

For more information and to apply online visit

Creation Lab 2019 performers

*Image credit: Intercultural Indigenous Choreographers Creation Lab 2019 Dress Rehearsal. Photo by Jessica Wittman.

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