International Choreographers Residency

2024 Program Dates

ICR Arrival: June 10, 2024
ICR Departure: July 15, 2024


About ICR

The American Dance Festival’s (ADF) International Choreographers Residency (ICR) program, since founded in 1984, has brought together over 500 choreographers from 93 countries on 6 continents. One of the most invaluable opportunities for the choreographers is to develop life-long relationships with colleagues in the program and individuals in the larger ADF’s 300+ community.

Each June and July, approximately ten to fifteen emerging to mid-career choreographers from around the world come to ADF, located on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, for a five-week residency designed to nourish, deepen, and expand their creative practices beyond the rehearsal studio. The ICR program provides a generous space for choreographers to take a break from their normal routines and explore creative practices in an environment where different perspectives are shared and valued.

During the residency, choreographers are given the freedom to create a daily schedule that is best suited for their individual needs. Offerings include the opportunity to: 

  • meet weekly with ICR Directors and ICR cohort to share, discuss, and learn from one another
  • participate in conversations and panel discussions with the ADF community
  • take or observe technique, improvisation, or choreography classes in ADF’s Summer Dance Intensive
  • experience a variety of professional dance performances and discuss them
  • take or observe dance classes by artists performing as part of the season
  • audition and perform in ADF’s Footprints program
  • teach one master class (traditional or contemporary dance form) for the ADF community
  • explore the ADF archives with material dating back to the 1930s

The focus of this residency is not creation based. However, choreographers have the option of creating and performing or setting a short solo or small group dance on ADF students (7 minutes maximum) to be shared informally in a studio with no production elements near the end of the season for the ADF community. This informal showing of work should be considered as an opportunity to engage with the ADF community and is not intended as a showcase of work to be considered for performing in future ADF seasons.

View past participants list. View the list of countries the ICRs have come from here.

Learn more about our 2023 choreographers and what they’re doing post ADF!

Jodie Judy Lu Yingchu

Jodie/YingChu is an independent interdisciplinary dance artist from Taiwan having been based in London and Berlin working nomadically as a creator, dancer, maker/choreographer, performer, collaborator, facilitator/teacher, researcher, and healer (Reiki Master Teacher). Creating is the core spirit of her practice, with the emphasis of kinaesthetic experiences along the process of encountering, connecting, and crafting. With her clairvoyant and sensitivity in senses, very naturally she delves into sensations and perceptions in the field of phenomenology and the body-mind relationship by weaving the thinking-body through dancing, moving, and embodying.During ADF ICR I am blessed to collaborate with my beautiful dancers to create a beautiful and strong choreography ∞ infinity, happy to meet and connect with SDI, ICR and ADF family, and the most important of all is to be in the sense of dance community that we all support and inspire each other.After arriving Taiwan, I’m rehearsing and performing with Xavier Le Roy, who is one of the choreographers that influenced me a lot when I was trying to experiment with dance making. At the same time building up JJLYC & Artists Project to bring ∞ infinity further into the whole world to be seen, so also working on finding more opportunities to make it happen.

Elena Puchol Sola

Elena Puchol Sola was born in 1996 in Valencia. There, she received her classical dance training at the Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Valencia. Later, she honed her skills in contemporary dance at the Rambert School in London, where she completed her Foundation/Bachelor’s degree (Hons). In 2019, she began working as a performer with various dance companies and artists such as TAIAT DANSA (Valencia), AOMaon (France), La Imperfecta (Madrid), Chantal Kohllmeyer, Nicolas Ventura, Sadeck Berrabah, among others, and starting in 2021, Elena began developing her choreographic work in Spain, Europe, and the United States. Her first choreography, “RYTTARNA,” won the third prize at the XX Concurso Coreográfico Burgos-NY. This piece is part of the repertoire of the Compañía Joven de Castilla y León and has toured in various theaters in Spain. Her most recent choreography, “NO HAY HUECO EN EL JARDÍN,” has been performed in prominent theaters such as Teatros del Canal (Madrid), Teatro Paco Rabal (Madrid), and Teatro Conde Duque (Madrid). Furthermore, this work was a finalist and won 5 awards in the 36th Choreographic Contest of Madrid. 

It’s difficult to choose just one favorite thing from my entire ADF experience because it has provided me with countless wonderful memories, emotions, and the opportunity to meet amazing people with whom I shared unforgettable moments. From a professional perspective, ADF has opened new doors for me and has helped me grow in my career while making me feel at home. However, if I had to pick just one thing, it would be all the wonderful people who shared this experience with me and with whom I established bonds that I will carry with me forever.

Elena has several projects underway until April 2024. Until November 2023, she will be presenting her choreographic work ’NO HAY HUECO EN EL JARDÍN’ on different dance platforms and theaters around Spain. In December 2023, she will create a new work for the company Dantzaz (Rentería, Spain). In February 2024, she will create and premiere a new piece exclusively for the Teatro Corral de Lope (Madrid, Spain), produced by them. During March and April 2024, Elena will work as a dancer for the company Taiat (Valencia, Spain) in their latest production, ‘Judith.’ Furthermore, Elena continues directing her co-founded producer SOMOS, which develops, produces and distributes interdisciplinary artistic works created substantially with the art of movement.  

Kristina Paunovski

Hi! My name is Kristina and I am a movement artist. I focus on exploring contemporary and hip hop movement and visual arts – from physical to virtual mediums, from underground to commercial. Exploring the boundaries between.

ADF enabled me to deepen my own practice, which led to building a new step in my career and opened a completely new door professionally.   

I currently work as an external associate choreographer in a new play “A Christmas Carol ” at the National Theatre HNK Ivana pl. Zajca Rijeka in Croatia, and I am director, teacher, and choreographer at Plesni centar K2K in Rijeka that will celebrate 10 years since it’s foundation this December with a premiere performance and exhibition at Hrvatski kulturni dom na Sušaku. Also, I am a student at the Academy of Visual Arts – AVA in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 

Won Kim

I am from Korea, a choreographer and dancer.

I really enjoyed making a small piece with the dancers and also, the ADF program. It was an awakening that made me reflect on my dancing life.

I am currently running Open Jam <sharing our stories>. A solo work is in talks for a Hungary and U.S. tour, and the improvisation dance group is in talks for a Europe tour (Netherlands and France).

“The ICR program is very special, not only because it is a meeting point for many people from all over the world, but it is also the best platform for deepening your artistic statement and planting your seeds during your beginning/mid-career as a Choreographer and Artist.” — Ravid Abarbanel, ICR, Israel/Spain

Program Requirements & Fee 

The cost for this unique program is $7,240 which includes tuition, performance tickets, room and board, and a health fee.
In order to be fully immersed in and benefit from the program, choreographers must be proficient in English and be able to attend the entire length of the program.

Housing & Travel

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the US. The closest airport is the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). It is approximately 18 miles away from Duke University. ADF will provide ground transportation to/from RDU airport for ICR arrival and departure. ADF will also arrange a few group grocery store runs throughout the residency. 

ICR participants stay in Duke University apartments. The apartments are shared, 2-bedroom apartments located within short walking distance of the ADF offices and dance studios. Apartments are fully furnished and ADF will provide basic living essentials such as sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, and standard kitchenware.

For More Information or To Apply

Please contact Lexi Ovenden, ADF’s Executive Assistant, at: lexi@americandancefestival.org