Call for Applications: Think Big 2022

„Think Big 2022“ Residence Program for young choreographers in Hanover: For the eighth time, the festival TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL and the Staatsballett Hannover (directed by Marco Goecke) will be offering into 2022 three residencies for young choreographers, in order to promote upcoming talent and to support new creations in the field of dance. With this project, the two partners once again share the responsibility of supporting and investing in the future of the art form. Because of the trend in Germany towards free scene productions involving very few dancers, choreographers are to be encouraged to meet the challenge of creating works incorporating larger groups. The residency program consists of various stages from April/May to beginning of September 2020 (audition in April/May, then from end of July onwards rehearsal period and performance in the beginning of September).

The program is aimed at contemporary dance choreographers at the beginning of their professional careers who have presented their first projects (or are able to provide evidence of works in development).

Three choreographers will be provided with the opportunity to create a new ensemble production with up to nine dancers (duration of max. 20 min.). Project related support is in the form of a funded residency, lasting from the end of July until the beginning of September. The three Artist residencies will take place simultaneously.
With the participation of the selected choreographers, there will be a joint audition for dancers in April/ May 2022 who will form an ensemble for the representation of all three productions. More details about this open audition can be found on as of the end of March. The intensive rehearsal period will take place in the ballet studios of the Staatsballett Hannover as of the end of July.

Since the choreographers will be working with the same ensemble, the rehearsal time has to be shared between them. We would like to point out that the brief production period will provide only limited possibilities for stage design, costume and (if applicable) the use of technical media – this should be considered in the project conception. (The production manager will, of course, do her/his best to fulfil artistic requests as far as possible).

The three ensemble productions will be presented together as a single full-length evening during the festival TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL 2022 at the beginning of September, thereby offering the choreographers an internationally acclaimed platform.

Individually arranged benefits include: fee for the choreography, per diems, accommodation, reimbursement of round trip travel expenses, rehearsal spaces, payment of the dancers, the use of equipment, technical or dramaturgical advice when it is required as well as documentation on video and photo.

February 18th, 2022 is the closing date for applications, which must include a CV, demonstration material of previous works provided in form of a video link or on DVD, an in depth project description of the proposed choreography for Hanover with information on the music that will be used. The use of live music is not possible. The application may be submitted in German or in English.

Please send your complete application by e-mail ( or post to:

Staatsballett Hannover
z.H. Herrn Christian Blossfeld
- stellvertretender Ballettdirektor -
Opernplatz 1
30159 Hannover

The date of the e-mail or post mark is regarded as the date of receipt of the application. Only applications from individual choreographers will be permitted. Applications from companies/ensembles cannot be accepted.
A jury composed of representatives from the Staatsballett Hannover and the festival will decide on the allocation of the residencies. All applicants will be informed of the results by e-mail. The submitted material cannot be returned to the applicants.

Contact details for further information:
Staatsballett Hannover
Tel.: 0049 – (0)511 – 99 99 10 61
Tel.: 0049 – (0)511 – 34 39 19

The “Think Big 2022“ residencies in Hanover are funded by the Stiftung Niedersachsen, Landeshauptstadt Hannover / Kulturbüro, Stiftung Kulturregion Hannover and Region Hannover / Nds. Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur.