Open Call for dance artists from Central, Eastern Europe and the Balkans for residencies in Dance Residency Centre Telocvičňa in Bratislava 

The 2023 residency programme focuses on dance and performance artists from Central and (South)Eastern European countries, also dancers on parental leave and aims to encourage the exploration of ways of working sustainably within contemporary dance.

Deadline for applications: 5th March 2023

The selected artists will be announced: 15th March 2023

* To apply, fill this form


1. Dare & Care programme

When: July/August 2023

- Dedicated to an artist who is currently on parental leave or taking care of smaller child/children. Residency covers the accommodation for the whole family, offers a studio for work and a small fee for the artist. 

- Length of the residency: 2 - 3 weeks

No thematic restrictions. 

Preference is given to artists from Central and Eastern European countries but this is not a condition.


2. Residance programme

When: June, Septembre/Octobre 2023 

- 2 residencies for individuals or small collectives (max 3 dancers) 

- Length of residency: 2 weeks

No thematic restrictions 

Preference is given to artists from Central and Eastern European countries and artistic proposals that are considering sustainability within the creation process.


Key themes for 2023 are: regional cohesion, sustainability, mapping local specificities and geopolitical contexts as well as providing support to specific vulnerable groups.


We provide:

- Spacious studio for rehearsals with basic equipment 

- Accommodation in the adjacent artistic hub New Cvernovka 

- Small fee

- Mentoring, consultation (if needed)

- Networking with local dance community


We don't provide:

- Travel expenses, food


What we expect from the artists selected in both programmes:

- 1 public presentation at the end of the process (sharing session / artist talk / work in progress performance)


Residencies are suitable:

- International co-production dance projects by Slovak artists

- Foreign artists and collectives or Foreing artists - parents (with child)


Telocvičňa (Slovak word for Gym) is a spacious studio with basic equipment needed for dance practice and movement. It has been both a residential space and dance community centre since 2016 managed by a Slovak union of dance practitionnners themselves (PlaST). See more 

It provides conditions for research and training to a large number of local artists, it hosts discussions and research projects as well as workshops for both professionals as well as the public. Occasionally, in collaboration with partners, it hosts public showings as well.

It is integrated into the larger independent cultural hub - Nova Cvernovka. 

From 2021, it is part of 2 international projects: Residance programme - offering international residency program a regional Visegrad project Nature of Us aimed at connecting art and science in the field of ecology.


Residency programme in Telocvičňa is supported by Slovak Arts Council.