Made Possible By The Bell House

The festival is a place where artists can come together to share, learn, and be held accountable for the work we produce. The following objectives are relevant to our commitment to helping Exchange be a positive artistic force in the Tulsa community:

  • To bring pre-professional and professional dance artists together for an exchange of ideas and processes.
  • To challenge current ways of doing and being in the dance field – as in choreography, performance, traditional dance practices, ways of making work, body image, etc.
  • To showcase contemporary dance forms to the Tulsa community.
  • To provide a place for intellectual and kinesthetic education through relational contact.
  • To foster a healthy atmosphere for experiencing and critiquing dance choreography and performance.
"Dance should further people and relationships between people, therefore fueling the generative nature of ideas."

Featured Guest Artist -

Our special Featured Artist, Bill Wade & Inlet Dance Theatre will be present and sharing thoughts and concepts at events throughout the weekend, including a choreographic workshop, lecture, attendance at showings and many opportunities to network with other artists. ​For more information on Inlet Dance Theatre and Artistic Director Bill Wade click on the link.

Bill Wade, recipient of the 2012 Cleveland Arts Prize and an award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of the Dance Art Form from OhioDance in 2013, is the Founder and Executive/Artistic Director of Inlet Dance Theatre. Inlet is an outgrowth of Bill’s previous eleven years as an Artist in Residence at Cleveland School of the Arts, where he founded the YARD (Youth At Risk Dancing), a nationally recognized and awarded after school program. In 1998, he received the Coming Up Taller Award at the White House in Washington DC from the National Endowment for the Arts and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.​


EXCHANGE Choreography Festival - August 24-26, 2017

Location: Holland Hall, Walter Arts Center, Tulsa, OK

Participants must be available Thursday evening, August 24th by 5 pm through Saturday evening, August 26th.

Tentative Festival Schedule:

Thursday -

  • 7 pm – (1.5 hrs) Open Informal Showings/mixed concert & Festival Launch Party (end at 10:30 pm)

Friday -

  • Choreography Workshop with Featured Artist (Bill Wade)
  • 7 pm – (2 hrs) Open Informal Showings/mixed concert continues
  • "Best of the Fest" Announced (at an event or via text/call)

Saturday -

  • Morning TECH Rehearsals for GALA Concert Afternoon Art Talk/Q&A
  • GALA Concert for Featured Performers, Guest Artists, & "Best of the Fest" Recipients
  • After Party to follow

Registration Fees and Passes -

  • Early Festival Registration Fee (on or before August 1, 2017) $80
  • Festival Pass (after August 1, 2017) $90
  • Audience & Participants Presenting Artist Pass $50 - (Choreographers/Performers presenting work accepted into the festival)
  • Informal Concert Series, $18 (for both performances) or $10/ea
  • Choreography Workshop with Bill Wade, $50 (includes Art Talk - Reservation Required), $50
  • Art Talk/Q&A with Bill Wade $10 (Free to Presenting Artists & workshop participants)
  • EXCHANGE Gala Performance, $20 (Free to Presenting Artists)

Exchange Choreography Festival is seeking submissions for a weekend of artistic exchange of ideas and movement, August 24-26th, 2017.

The Bell House is looking for choreographic submissions to be presented in an informal concert series. Works presented must be original. Three “Best of the Fest” awards for a 2nd performance in the formal Gala Performance alongeside Curated Works and Featured Performer, Dominic Dunson-Moore’s work, The Black Card Project.

DEADLINE: May 6, 2017

All works submitted will perform on a proscenium stage distilled to space and simple "one-look" lighting for a series of informal performances. Following the informal viewings, artists are invited to join a round table discussion about ideas and ways of working. Works must be original and no more than 10 minutes in length. If selected to perform in the "Best of the Fest" Gala Performance on Saturday evening, performers must be ready to tech the piece Saturday morning, August 26th.

The Exchange Choreography Festival and Oklahoma Dance Film Festival programs are made possible with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as, additional subsidized support from partners, such as, The Tulsa Ballet & Holland Hall.

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