AREAL space for choreographic development

15 August 2023

AREAL Choreographic Residency 2023

Are you a choreographer with an idea or an artistic project you want to develop?

Do you need space and financial support for exploring your ideas or materialising your project? 

Do you want to enjoy the experience of a creative residency in Bucharest in the AREAL space?

In the fall of 2023, AREAL is launching a new choreographic residency programme open for any interested dance maker from Romania and abroad. This new residency continues and develops the annual artist-in-residence programmes organized at AREAL between 2021-2022, in which Romanian choreographers Andreea Novac, Alexandra Mihaela Dancs, Alexandra Gîrbea (Timișoara) and Ursula Eagly (New York) have participated so far. AREAL will now open a new 3-week residency for the development of a national or international choreographic project, artistic research or production.  

For this residency, AREAL will offer the work-space (6 hours/day), an artistic fee of 4000 RON/person (for a maximum of 2 artists, approx. 900 Euro/brutto/person) and free accommodation (for one person or a couple) in the AREAL hosting space. The residency will take place between 9-29 October 2023. The artists are in charge of their travel to/from Bucharest, medical insurance, meals and any other production costs.

The selection of the project and artists will be based on an application folder which should include:  

  • a letter of interest
  • a short presentation of the project (minimum two A4 pages)
  • artistic biography of the participating artist
  • video links and portfolio/press file

Deadline for submissions: 15 August 2023

Applications should be sent to with the subject “AREAL 2023 residency”. The selection results will be announced around the 15th of August 2023.

The selection criteria for this choreographic residency will be: artistic quality of the proposed project, connection to the general theme of the residency programme – Borders of the Body – as well as the type of performativity proposed and the approach in addressing the general public. Both Romanian and foreign artists can participate. During the residency, the selected artist(s) are invited to propose a workshop addressed to the general public, as well as to open their work process in a public event organized at the end of the residency. The selection of the participants will be made by the AREAL artists- Alexandra Bălășoiu, Cristina Lilienfeld, Cosmin Manolescu and Valentina De Piante. 

The dance residency offered by AREAL is part of the project “AREAL – space for artistic residencies”, a cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund.  The project does not necessarily represent the position of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the programme or the way the results of the programme will be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the beneficiary of the funding.


AREAL | space for choreographic development is an artists’ run space open to research and collaboration, which supports artistic creation, professional development and the dialogue between dancemakers, public and the contemporary dance scene. The space creates contexts, provides resources and supports the mobility of professional dancemakers with a view to the development of contemporary dance. The artistic coordination of the AREAL studio is undertaken by an artistic board composed of choreographers Alexandra Bălășoiu, Cristina LilienfeldCosmin Manolescu and Valentina De Piante. Since 2021 AREAL is a member of European Dancehouse Network.