Galway Moves-with Galway 2020 & Dansnest

Open Call for Professional Dance Artists

A collaboration with Galway Dance Project, Dansnest (The Netherlands) and Galway2020

Galway Moves is a participatory dance project devised and managed by Galway Dance Project, in collaboration with Galway2020, European Capital of Culture; Dansnest from Breda in The Netherlands and the dance community in Galway city and county.

This project will bring together a community of dancers, movers and artists from Galway city and county to work with European artists to create choreography and performances over a 4-month period from February – May 2020. During these months, a series of workshops will take place between European partners, local artists and participants from various communities in Galway city and county.

The Project

Galway Dance Project now invites applications from dance artists in Galway city and county to engage with this project from February-May 2020. We are seeking dynamic, motivated dancers who have a strong interest in working in a participatory setting. This project will engage with communities and groups of both dancers and non-dancers. The dance artists must be open to working with non-professional dancers to develop performance and choreography. The project will culminate with a performance in May 2020, as part of a year-long programme of events during Galway2020, Galway’s designation as European Capital of Culture

The call is open to professional dancers who live and work in Ireland, especially dancers from Galway (city or county). You will have the opportunity to work with an international dance company Dansnest (NL), which focuses entirely on creating choreography in public spaces or site-specific dance.


  • Some experience in contemporary dance and improvisation 

  • An independent work spirit 

  • Ability to reflect and participate in the choreographic process
  • An interest in working in a participatory setting

What we provide

A residency in Galway divided into 3 stages during the first half of 2020
which will consist of:

  • 5-day intensive with Dansnest in February 2020
    • 6-week workshop programme from March-April. The possibility to work and create with your own group/community of dancers from Galway. (exact schedule will be confirmed with applicants).
    • 4 weeks in May 2020 to develop a cohesive project and performance.

The proposed dates are outlined in the project timeline below.

Project Timeline

The successful applicants must be available on the following dates:

  • Available from Monday 24-Friday 28 February, 2020 for a 5-day intensive workshop process
  • Available to facilitate and teach one workshop per week in Galway city or county from Monday 2 March-Friday 10 April
  • Available for a two-week rehearsal period from Monday 19 April-Friday 1 May
  • Available for production/performance week from Monday 3-Friday 8 May


A daily stipend of €100 will be provided to the successful artists.

How to apply

Applications should consist of the following documents:

  1. CV
  2. A personal statement outlining why you’d like to take part in the project

Applications can be submitted until 26th November 2019 via e-mail


Galway Moves will connect audiences, dance artists and communities to create site-specific performances, inspired and informed by our landscape.

Offering training and capacity-building opportunities in the form of dance classes and workshops, Galway Moves supports Galway choreographers in their professional development. The project will culminate in three days of site-specific performances and original pieces of choreography, with each performance a dynamic search for hidden inspiration.

Date: May 2020 (exact dates TBC)

Location: Galway city and county


Galway Dance Project (GDP) was established in 2011 to support and promote the development of dance as an art form and to advance professional dance practice in Galway city and county. GDP provides on-going training and aims to provide choreographic and performance opportunities for dancers in Galway City and County. For more see