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Bora Bora Residency Centre

About Bora Bora Residency Centre

Bora Bora Residency Centre is an international residency center, based in Aarhus, with a focus on artistic and economically sustainable production conditions and development,  for professional artists within the field of contemporary dance.

Bora Bora Residency Centre activities

Every year from 2018-2021, the Residency Centre organizes an open call to find artists in need of a residency. Either to immerse themselves in a production or their artistic practice and development in general. In the first year, the residency center had 515 applications through this open call. The Bora Bora Residency Centre establishes a new jury each year, whose task is to select artists with a focus on artistic quality, depth and innovation, based on the applications received.

We design each residency by engaging in analytical dialogue, where we explore the artistic focus for the residency. Each of these residencies includes fees for up to four participating artists, paid transportation and accommodation, as well as a mentor, in addition to general technical assistance and production assistance.

All Bora Bora residencies will take place at either Bora Bora or one of the project’s international partners and Danish co-hosts that counts both theaters, folk high schools and other performing arts organizations.

International exchanges

In addition to the annual open call, which is open internationally, the Bora Bora Residency Centre is also a partner in the Nordic Residency Exchange Program, where five major performing arts houses in the northern Europe,  collaborate to exchange artists once a year. Bora Bora sends out a Danish artist to a partner and receives an artist from either Sweden, Norway, Finland or Iceland. These residencies are selected by the partners and can not be applied for.

Furthermore, the residency centre is a member of the international residency exchange collaboration “Dance & Dramaturgy EU” since 2019.

Within the first couple of seasons of the residency centre, there will also be exchanges with other international partners ranging from Taiwan to Canada.

Vil du søge et residency?

The programme is open to professional dance artists for projects to be researched and/or developed. The residencies are open to professional dance artists or dance ensembles or stage directors with a strong choreographic idea from all over the world. It is possible for Danish or Danish-based artists to apply for consideration for our international residency programmes, which are based on exchanges with our Residency Centre partners. Danish or Danish-based artists can also apply for a co-production, through our open calls.

We currently do not have any active open calls.

If you want to stay on top of news and open calls from the residency centre, feel free to sign up for our newsletter here.

It is only possible to apply for residencies and other opportunities with Bora Bora Residency Centre through our application form based on open calls. Before applying, we recommend that you have a look through our FAQ, where we answer some of the most common questions about the residency centre.

Residencies may be for the following purpose(s)

– Early developing and exploration of an artistic idea
– Explore a completely new direction of your artistic work to change direction of your career as an artist

By submitting an application you agree to letting Bora Bora Residency Centre keep and store the information you provide in this application for the purpose of contacting you regarding Bora Bora residencies and other opportunities with us, our jury and/or any of our partners listed on our website.

Bora Bora Residency Centre selects the residents through a focus on artistic quality, depth and innovation. We also welcome artists who want to interact with the host (partner venues or folk high schools) and the local audiences. We will prioritize research residencies at this time.

We customize each residency after an analytic dialogue to explore your artistic focus in the residency and secure that the residency design supports this focus.

If selected Bora Bora Residency Centre will provide

– 2-3 weeks studio time with one of our Danish co-hosts/partners
– Travel covered for up to 4 artists/collaborators
– Accommodation provided for up to 4 artists/collaborators
– A fee of 875 euro per week per artist for up to 4 artists
– Communication services as part of the Bora Bora Community with online artists database, listing in newsletter and follow up listings about future residencies, co-production and premieres in the years to come

If required, we can also provide

– Feedback from in house dramaturgs
– Feedback from external mentor/outside eye
– In house tech support
– Cooperation with external partners within the field of new technology, education, research and outreach

As a resident at Bora Bora Residency Centre we request you to

– Interact with the local community or audience through some sort of encounter (this can be a sharing or talk about your work, workshops etc.)
– Contribute with info on your work for our website and newsletter
– Include the Bora Bora Residency Centre on all future publicity materials relating to the work resulting from your residency
– Give feedback to us on the process of your residency

Applicants should demonstrate

– An artistic idea that is daring and relevant here and now
– A cv demonstrating your track record in making and presenting dance work
– An understanding of how the residency will enhance your artistic development
– An interest in a long lasting relation with Bora Bora and partners

With the support of the Bikuben Foundation, Bora Bora offers one annual co-production in seasons 2019-2021.

Through a co-production we are providing a Danish artist with the opportunity of more ease of mind by extending the production period and strengthening the relevant artistic competencies within the production. Bora Bora will be an active partner in the production and work with our international networks as a platform for distribution and connection to even more partners for the project.

The co-production is granted a total value of 500,000 DKK 

The co-production cover support of up to 370,000 DKK – including:

– Production support for e.g. design and artistic fees as well as production of costumes/set etc.
– Transport/accommodation

The co-production furthermore covers support of up to 130,000 DKK – including:

– Support from Bora Bora. This could be assistance with production planning, dramaturg, studiospaces, technicians/technical equpment, marketing, administration and sales.
– Performances at Bora Bora.
– Assistance in touring possibilities and pitching of performance at conferences and to international networks.

The exact structure, economical circumstances and timeframe of the co-production, will be negotiated between Bora Bora and the chosen artist/group.  

The artist/group will be chosen by the international jury, among the Danish based applicants for Bora Bora Residency Centre.
We advise applicants to consider how the residency can be spent as a research opportunity in connection with the co-production, however this is not a requirement.

To be considered applicant must:

– be living in Denmark at time of application
– be able to document professional experience/education – CV
– Describe an original idea with a high level of artistic quality
– present an estimated productionbudget including all funding of the production.

Please note that the budget is an estimate and does not have to be formatted in a certain way in order to be accepted. It is important for the jury to get an idea of how you view the project economically and how you would prioritize the resources available. Make sure to include both the value of the co-production as well as other external funding, including other residencies and studio time elsewhere. Everything that ties to the project you’re applying with, should be included.
If you have any questions regarding the application for a co-production, please feel free to contact us.

The selection is based on artistic curation by the jury consisting of two judges and Jesper de Neergaard (artistic director of Bora Bora in Denmark).

It is only possible to apply for residencies and other opportunities with Bora Bora Residency Centre through our application form based on open calls.

For questions please write us at

What languages do you accept in the application?

As we are an international residency centre with aims of a changing rota of jury members, we only accept applications in English.

Can I send multiple applications for several different projects?

Yes. You are very welcome to apply with more than one project, as long as they each have their own application.

I don’t have video/what kind of video should I add?

We do need some video material in order to get an idea of who you are/what you’ve created before. We welcom full length performances, rehearsal and process videos of almost any quality. It’s ok if you only have a work in progress video recorded on a cellphone. Trailers and promotional videos aren’t as useful to us.

Please make sure to include passwords if necessary when using youtube, vimeo etc.

I forgot to add CV/videos/other, what should I do?

You will not be able to access your application, once it has been sent. If you forgot to include important material in your application, please send it to us in pdf. form, clearly marked with the full name of the applicant as well as the e-mail from which the original application was sent. We will then add it to your application manually. You must send it by the deadline, to residency (at)

If it is after the deadline, you may send updated or extra information to us, but we cannot promise that it will be included in your application.

Can I apply through e-mail to a member of staff at Bora Bora?

No, you cannot. The only way to apply for a residency with the residency centre, is through the application form when it is online.

I have some extra material that I would like to send after the deadline, is that possible?

You can always send us extra material, video of your work etc. but we cannot guarantee that the jury will consider it, once the selection process begins. So make sure your application contains all the material you want us to look at.

Can you provide feedback on my application?

Unfortunately we do not have the adequate ressources to provide feedback on applications. We do however, advise you to always read the terms and FAQs before applying, as well as applying in good time before the deadline, and being precise in your application.

Can we apply as a collective?

Whether you are a collective, a group or a duo of creators, it is definitely possible to apply together with a project. If that’s the case, please make sure to state it clearly in your project description.

You will find that one of you has to be the main applicant. This is for administrative purposes only.

Can I apply if I am an artist/actor with an idea that is sort of choreographic?

Yes, you are welcome to apply but you will need to show us in your application how it is relevant within the frame of the residency program and the choreographic element needs to be strongly represented

Can I apply if I am a movie/screen director with a choreographic point of view?

Yes, you are welcome to apply but you will need to show us in your application how it is relevant within the frame of the residency program and the choreographic element needs to be strongly represented.

Can I apply with a piece that just needs rehearsal space and time?

We encourage you to use this residency opportunity to explore new works and work with/gather inspiration for a new direction, new method, new technology or different approaches to working. This should not be considered a production residency for already finished pieces, but as a space where you can cultivate your ideas. You are however welcome to apply within any stage of your process.

I don’t know who the participants will be yet, can I still apply?

Yes of course. If you know that you will need a few dancers or a videographer/technician/set designer etc. but don’t know anyone yet or you are not sure who will be available, then please just write it in your application. We are happy to help you with finding new and interesting people to work with, if needed.

I don’t know who my mentor will be, is that a problem?

It’s no problem at all. Part of the residency program is to help you uncover what and who you need in your project. You might have a clear idea of who might be your mentor, but even if you don’t, then you might have some thoughts on what area of expertise the mentor could have. The team at Bora Bora can help you find a suitable mentor for you and the project, if your application is successful.

Can I apply for a co-production if I am not Danish but based in Denmark?

Yes, you can. The co-production is supported by the Bikuben Foundation and supports Danish as well as Danish based artists – meaning that you have to either be a Danish citizen or have a permanent address in Denmark.

Will you cover my/our travel expenses?

Bora Bora Residency Centre covers the fees, travel costs and accommodation for up to four participating artists in each residency – so yes, we do indeed cover your travel expenses.

How many artists/dancers can we bring?

The residency centre provides support for up to four artists, including yourself, in a residency. You are welcome to raise additional funding and arrange your own accommodation and travel, to be able to bring more artists.

When is the next deadline?

We currently do not have any open calls available.

I missed the deadline by seconds/minutes/hours/days, can I still apply?

No, unfortunately we do not have the capacity to go through late applications, as the selection process will take place immediately after the deadline.

What is the role of the mentor?

The mentor is meant to be an “outside eye” type collaborator and can be used as a source of inspiration, challenge, expert knowledge or something entirely different. They do not necessarily have to be a ‘mentor’ in a mentor/mentee sense and it is not meant to be a teacher. The ‘mentor’ can be a specific person, an organization or a group of people etc. and is thus not limited to one certain type of person.

Is the mentor a part of the four people covered by the residency?

No, the mentor is an add-on, who will be invited into the process to help/challenge/inform you. The residency centre covers accommodation, travel and a small fee for the mentor role as an extra opportunity of bringing someone in.

Will the mentor be there during the whole residency?

As a general guideline, no they will not. The thought of having a mentor in this residency is to use them as an outside-eye and only for a couple of hours/days depending on the persons area of expertise.

Do we have to have a mentor to be eligible for a residency?

No, you do not need to have a mentor already or have one at all. However, we strongly encourage you to think of ways in which you can use this opportunity to challenge yourself and how it can benefit your research and/or process.

Where will the residency take place?

If you have applied for and are granted one of our residencies, you can expect to stay with one of our regional Danish partners, who will host you for the duration of your residency. In some instances we also host residencies at Bora Bora, but we cannot guarantee anything.

What is a “Folk High School” or “Højskole” ?

A “Folk High School” or “Højskole” is a boarding school for typically 18-30 year olds, who want to spend 4-12 months exploring a certain theme or subject. There are no exams and it’s usually very free spirited and more about learning about life and other people, through subjects such as photography, sports activities, contemporary dance, arts and crafts, sustainable eco-farming and a myriad of other things.

Where can I see the technical specifications for each venue?

You can find information about the venues on their respective websites. We will not be able to promise access to certain rooms or stages, as your residency will depend on the general availability of the venues and co-hosts. If you state your technical needs in the application, this will be taken under consideration, when finding the right host for you, should you be picked for a residency.

Can we select where we would like to go among the Bora Bora Residency Centre partners & hosts?

You can always make a request if you wish to stay somewhere specific, but all residencies will be subject to availability and will be matched with the co-host we, in dialogue with you, think will be most beneficial to you and your project.

Can we select where we would like to do the residency among the international partner venues?

The exchanges with our international partners will happen as bilateral exchanges between artists based in Denmark and artists based in the partner country. The artists for these exchanges will be curated in a dialogue between the partners. So for example as a Belgian artist you can apply for a residency in the open call for a residency in Denmark, not in the partner countries.

What is cross-sectorial partners and how can I use them in a residency?

Our cross-sectorial partners are local businesses and organizations, working within different fields but somehow with an interest in or connection to performing arts or creative processes at some level. It’s an option for residency participants, to connect with these partners to exchange knowledge, ideas and experience that might enhance your work, during a residency.

I didn’t find what I was looking for, where can I ask my questions?

If you didn’t find the information you needed either through the rest of our website or here, you are more than welcome to send us an email at where we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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