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Call For Applications: Marigny Opera House New Dance Festival

Eligibility: Choreographers based in the New Orleans Metro Area (including Orleans,

Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Plaquemines parishes).

Application Deadline: February 15, 2016

Choreographers to be Announced: March 1, 2016

Performances: June 9-12, 2016 at the Marigny Opera House

Contact: Spencer Doyle, General Manager:


The Marigny Opera House founded the Marigny Opera House New Dance Festival in

2012, and produced and presented a weekend of new work by four emerging

choreographers, performed to live, acoustic music. The great success of the inaugural

Festival was repeated in 2013, when new work by six local choreographers was

presented. The Festival will be resumed in 2016, organized and directed by Marigny

Opera House directors Dave Hurlbert (Executive Director) and Spencer Doyle (General


About the 2016 Festival

Up to six choreographers based in Greater New Orleans will be commissioned to create

original 20-minute dances to be performed to live, acoustic music at the Marigny Opera

House during the weekend of June 9-12, 2016. The choreographers will be selected by

a dance panel of local and national professionals, who will choose at least three and as

many as six choreographers based upon the applicant’s training and experience, as well

the applicant’s overall goals. Most importantly, selections will be made based upon the

applicant’s concept of the piece he/she would create, including the proposed


The selected choreographers will each receive a stipend of $1,500.00, to cover the fees

and expenses necessary for producing the new works, including choreography, music,

dancers, musicians and costumes. Choreographers will receive half of the stipend upon

signing performance contracts with the Marigny Opera House Foundation, and the

remaining half directly after the final performance of the New Dance Festival on June

12th, 2016.

Selected choreographers will be required to attend a kick-off session with the Directors

directly following their acceptance of the commission. The kick-off session will be

scheduled during the first week of March, 2016. A detailed schedule will be drawn up

during this session, including free rehearsal time as scheduling allows at the Marigny

Opera House.

Assuming that six choreographers have been selected, the new works will be grouped

into two programs for performance. Program A – of three works—will be performed June

9 and 11; Program B on June 10 and 12. Tickets will be sold for all shows, priced at $30

General Admission and $20 Students/Seniors.

For an Application Form, please contact Spencer Doyle, General Manager,

Marigny Opera House:

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