Asia–based residencies and funding for Australian dance artists

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This article focuses on dance grants and residency programs aimed at developing skills, partnerships and collaborations in Asia.


Asialink Arts Residency Program

Asialink’s Arts Residency Program aims to create meaningful and enduring relationships between individuals and organisations in Australia and Asia. Asialink Arts Residencies are professional development opportunities, aimed at being mutually beneficial to both host and resident. There are Reciprocal Residency and Residency Laboratory programs.

Past Asialink dance residents

Visit the Asialink residencies program to read about past recipients.

  • China: Xiao-Xiong Zhang (1999), Maggie Sietsma (2000), Phillip Adams (2001), Frances D'Ath (2002), Michael Whaites (2004), Sele Tete (2005), Sandra Parker (2007)
  • Cambodia: Paea Leach (2011)
  • Hong Kong: Hellen Sky and John McCormick (2001), Jaime Redfern (1999), Stephen Noonan (2003), Alan Schacher (2005), Sally Chance (1996/7)
  • India: Bernadette Walong (1998), James Cunningham and Suzon Fuks (1999/0), Tess de Quincey (2003), Dianne Reid (2006), Rakini Devi (2007), Aimee Smith (2008)
  • Indonesia: Wendy McPhee (1999/0), Indija Mahjoeddin (1997), Monica Wulff (1998/9), Tony Yap (2004), Ade
  • Japan: Sandra Parker (1999/0), Rakini Devi (2001), Kate Denborough (2003), Joanna Lloyd (2004), Luke George (2005), Linda Luke (2007)
  • Korea: Margie Medlin (1998), Martin Kwasner (1999), Natalie Cursio (2006),
  • Malaysia:  Margie Medlin (1998), Simon Ellis (2004), Lina Limosani (2008), Daniel Jaber (2010), Kath Papas (2012, Arts Management)
  • Philippines: Gavin Robins (2001/2), Paschal Berry (2005)
  • Singapore: Helen Herbertson (2000), Rebecca Youdell (2001)
  • Sri Lanka: Tim Newth (2002/3)
  • Taiwan: Cazerine Barry (1997), Peter Sheedy (2000), Csaba Buday (1996/7), Lisa Griffiths and Adam Synnott (2010)


International Young Choreographers Project: A biennial project of the Taiwan Chapter of World Dance Alliance Asia–Pacific, the International Young Choreographer's Project (IYCP) is held in Taiwan during July/August. Choreographers are required to create a work on local dancers, many of whom will be non-English speaking. Accommodation, local transport, dancers, studios, publicity, production and office assistance are all provided, as well as an honorarium of US$800. Airfares are NOT covered.

The Bamboo Curtain Studio Creative Talents and Residency programs provide a creative environment for needed time, space and facilities for production, administrative support and networking opportunities. The two residencies are Creative Talents Program (application deadline is September–October each year) and Residency Program (applications accepted year round). You cover accommodation and studio fee, project/material fee, travel and living costs in Taiwan. Open to artists, curators, researchers, culture workers and arts professionals. They are interested in cross-discipline arts, ecology and environment, and community engagement projects.


Akiyoshidai International Art Village (Yamaguchi) Artist in Residence Programs (AIR) provide a time and place for artists to experience new encounters and carry out experiments to guide their future projects. Participating artists are expected to bring new ideas to the local culture and people while they, in turn, will hopefully acquire new perspectives through these fresh encounters.

Dance Box's residency program is for dance artists, scholars and curators. Its focus is on experimentation and process rather than performance outcomes.

Residency databases

China Residencies

Read China Residencies' interview with Tim Darbyshire (Australian dancer and choreographer) about his 2014 Asialink residency at Rhizome in Lijiang.


AIR-J & J-AIR is an online database of Artist-in-Residence programs in Japan.

Res Artis

Res Artis are the worldwide network of artist residencies and residential art programs, a group of over 400 centers and organisations in over 70 countries worldwide.