Choreographic Fellowship
 2022-2023 Season

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In 2015, with support from the Wyncote Foundation, BalletX launched the Choreographic Fellowship program to benefit an emerging choreographer with an opportunity to create a new work on BalletX. Each season the program pairs an emerging artist with an established choreographer to create world premieres ballets presented by BalletX.

Applications for the 2022-2023 Season are open as of December 1, 2021 and will close February 25, 2022. 

About the program
2021-2022 SEASON

The Belgian-Colombian Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is an award-winning and sought-after choreographer that has created works for 70 dance companies around the world such as the Dutch National Ballet, English National Ballet, Hong Kong Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theater of Harlem, among others.

A versatile choreographer, Lopez Ochoa creates within the dance field but also for theatre, opera, musical theatre. Her wide-ranging body of work includes short conceptual pieces, full-length narrative ballets, and dance films. In 2012, she was awarded UK Dance Award Best Classical choreography for A Streetcar Named Desire, created for the Scottish Ballet. That same year the work was nominated for an Olivier Award.

In 2016, Broken Wings, choreographed for the English National Ballet was nominated for numerous awards and reworked into a full-length ballet FRIDA for the Dutch National Ballet in 2020.
In 2019, Annabelle became the recipient of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award as well as the program director of the Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Ballet Summer Course.

  • Mentorship by renowned choreographer
  • $5,000 choreographic fee to create a 20-25 minute ensemble ballet on the company’s 10 dancers
  • Round-trip transportation to Philadelphia with per diem and accommodations
  • Budget of $7,000 for costumes, scenic design, and music (original composition or rights)
  • Be available for the designated creation and performance period (TBA)
  • Have completed your first commission on a professional dance company or University within the past 5 years
  • Have never choreographed on BalletX
  • Be able to legally work in the United States for the duration of the residency
  • Be at least 18 years of age

The Choreographic Fellowship is generously funded by the Wyncote Foundation.

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