Open Call

Banff Centre | Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award 2022

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

No Funding
Banff, Canada


Applications will be accepted from emerging Canadian (citizen or permanent resident) choreographers that are currently working with, or have access to, a company of dancers that can be utilized in the creation and production of the work. If the applicant does not have access to a company of dancers, Banff Centre can facilitate an arrangement for a suitable, professional company of dancers to support the project on site. Nominations may be made by colleagues of the nominee with their approval. Any style of dance, approached with a contemporary point of view, is welcomed. The successful artist or company will be awarded with a cash prize, and offered one creation residency and one production residency at Banff Centre, subject to schedules aligning for the work in question. Beyond this support, the nominee must demonstrate an ability to realize the new work through future presentations. Banff Centre will champion the recipient(s) in their vision and realization of the work.

Number of Participants

This award aims to support up to 10 artists.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


December 05, 2022 - December 16, 2022


  • CA$65.00 application fee




Hotel, Private Room, Shared Room


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Grant, Open Studios, Performances, Professional Development, Retreat, Visiting Professionals


Choreography, Dance, Dance Groups



Program Description

The biennial Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award, at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, is open to any emerging Canadian dance choreographer or company demonstrating exceptional talent. We are seeking new voices, ideas, and approaches to professional dance that can be supported through the award. Established in 1978 by the Clifford E. Lee Foundation to encourage the development of Canadian choreographers. Nominees for the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award will submit a proposal for a work that explores a contemporary approach to dance through any style. The work should be full-length, and travel to Banff with a company of no more than 15, including designers and production team members.

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