The BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL
is the brain-child of Jodi Kaplan, born with the intention of
creating a cultural exchange between performing artists and
international communities. The Festival occurs at different locations around the globe,
continually bridging dance artists and audiences worldwide. Through
both performances and educational outreach, the festival offers
underserved dance companies the opportunity to expand their visibility
to a global scale.
The highly acclaimed Booking Dance Festival has partnered with Jazz at Lincoln Center for eight years, from 2013-2020! These extravaganzas feature five to seven hours of extraordinary dance highlighting 30+ lauded companies in one show, more than 200 dancers, 40 diverse choreographic works, and numerous world premieres in each show. Over the past eight years, Booking Dance Festival has brought over 125 different dance companies from across the USA to celebrate dance. Jodi Kaplan brings the best of dance from across the USA to NYC for once-in-a-lifetime experiences!
Booking Dance produced its first international festival, Booking Dance Festival Beijing 2008, coinciding with the Beijing Olympics. Endorsed by the U.S. ambassador in China, the festival implemented extensive outreach activities including question and answer sessions following each program, master classes, and performances at an outdoor Olympic venue. Lois Greenfield’s large-scale installation PROJECTED was a featured component, positioned on a huge outdoor screen in the heart of Beijing.
For seven years from 2009–2015, Booking Dance Festival Edinburgh garnered worldwide acclaim and five-star reviews, positioning U.S. dance artists to gain international exposure and touring opportunities. The shows have been featured in the BBC World News, BBC Scotland, and CNN, and most importantly were welcomed with enthusiasm from audiences, many of which had never seen dance before!
Additionally, Jodi Kaplan partnered with Bryant Park for Booking Dance at Bryant Park for five years, bringing audiences of thousands to the heart of New York City to see previews from the annual Booking Dance Festival Edinburgh.
The purposes of the BOOKING DANCE FESTIVALS are:
Showcase Dance Artists
Selected companies benefit through advantageous international press
coverage and potential future touring in regions of Booking DANCE
FESTIVALS. Festivals are timed in coordination with large-scale events
such as the Olympics and existing arts festivals to position artists
for optimum visibility and access to international press and presenters.
Helping artists help themselves and helping artists help each other.
DANCE FESTIVALS select USA artists to perform with top local artists in
an effort to foster cultural exchange and additional visibility for
Political / Economic
Bridging political gaps through cultural connections.
DANCE FESTIVALS aim to bring USA
dance companies to countries and areas of the world that otherwise
would never be able to afford to bring selected artists. Many big name
dance companies get governmental support to tour to third-world
countries, but other noteworthy highly recognized
dance artists from the USA have not yet had the opportunity to perform
in these locations. Culturally, the third world is distanced from USA
dance. We aim to change that.
Olympic BOOKING DANCE FESTIVALS are a celebration of the movement of
the human body. Dancers are athletes. It is important to position the
art of dance as a backdrop to the Olympics, complementing the
competition with culture. This offers selected artists the unique
opportunity to increase international exposure exponentially. Beijing
2008, London 2012, and Beijing 2022.
BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2015
Kaplan / Booking Dance celebrates their 7th anniversary as a dance
“festival within a festival” at the Edinburgh Fringe. Presenting
several dynamic dance companies from America in one show - this year’s
program is sure to captivate audiences as an ongoing festival
favourite. Click Here for more information.
BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2014
for information on this Booking Dance Festival featuring
the art of rhythm – with tap and Indian formats alike alongside the
most celebrated contemporary, ballet and jazz dance artists from
BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2013
Click Here for information on this festival, featuring Bob Fosse work and a special guest from Mozambique, Africa.
BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2012
for Information on this most recent festival, coinciding with the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2011
Click Here for
information on this festival which was featured on the BBC World News.
BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2010
Click Here for information on this festival, lasting two weeks during The Fringe.
BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL Edinburgh 2009
for Information on this second festival, coinciding with The Fringe in Edinburgh.
BOOKING DANCE FESTIVAL Beijing 2008
Click Here for Information on this first festival, coinciding with the 2008 Summer Olympics
weeks in August 2010 in Edinburgh exceeded our expectations. Due to the
dedication of the organizers, the EICC staff and the good will of the
Edinburgh audience and press, we were treated royally in all aspects.
Minister of Culture Fiona Hyslop loved our work. The theater was
beautiful, the audience responsive, the lighting great, and reviews
rave. Our dancers thrived as the Edinburgh sun shone upon us 15 of the
17 days. We could not have asked for more. Hurrah to all those who made
this possible." - Michael Mao Dance
"Jodi Kaplan has put together an incredible, vastly exciting
and most unusual “Festival within a Festival” with her Booking Dance
Festival. This past summer I had the remarkable opportunity to open
Booking Dance Festival with a world premiere solo and the experience
was amazing in every sense: I was treated with the utmost care and
respect from Jodi and her staff, I performed alongside some of the most
talented and charismatic dance artists working in the United States
today, the stage and theater were world class, as was the tech staff,
and audiences and critics alike were wildly enthusiastic"
- Rebecca Stenn
"Performing at the Venue 150 was an amazing experience! I was impressed
that Booking Dance Festival was able to secure this beautiful location
amidst all the other theaters participating in the festival. The staff
was friendly and helpful with all the needs of my company. Each day was
well organized, and I felt secure that all my technical needs were
being met each day. Thank you Jodi!"
- Lisa Peluso - Co-Director, project: Smith and Peluso
"Booking Dance Festival 2010 was a blast! The preparation with Jodi's
staff was very thorough, making our arrival and transition into
performance mode seamless. Jodi and her team of interns as well as the
theater's crew and technical directors were so professional,
accommodating, and friendly! The crowds and atmosphere at Venue 15 @
EICC were uplifting and inspirational and carried all of us performers
through a physically grueling week. After those triumphs and successes,
all that's left is to follow-up with presenters!"
Nicole Smith - Co-Director, project: Smith and Peluso
“a wonderful experience all around in an excellent venue with professional staff. I hope we can return next year!” - Sarah Vox-Artistic Director, Vox Dance Theatre
“Our trip to Edinburgh Scotland as part of the Edinburgh Fringe
festival was a truly unique and amazing experience. The city of
Edinburgh itself is a magical place to be for its beauty, friendliness
and ease. It was such a treat to perform in such a large and
accommodating venue. Every person we worked with including the other
dancers, was professional, helpful and did his or her job with
exceptional skill. Jodi kept things running smoothly and made us feel
comfortable and appreciated. Gigs like this don't come around every day
and we were honored to be a part of it."
- Heather Gehring - Artistic Director, Ballroom Dancing for Tough Guys
"The opportunity to perform and present work at
the Booking Dance Festival/ Edinburgh Fringe is an honor and absolute
joy. The production is highly professional and the theater is
beautiful. As a choreographer/ performer you will get press exposure
and be seen by presenters. These are valuable components of the
production. Most importantly, I walked away with new friends and
lasting memories of this awesome experience". - Ingrid Graham
company was so happy to have been invited to participate in Booking
Dance Festival, 2010. Being in this well-curated dance festival in the
company of respected, beautiful artists was a valuable experience for
us. We were able to perform at the beautiful EICC everyday, in the
streets of Edinburgh, and see several shows and events produced at the
Fringe. Due to the diligent efforts of Jodi and the press team, we had
such widespread exposure. We were honored to have received such
positive reviews from major Scottish publications."
- Teresa FellionArtistic DirectorBodyStories/Teresa Fellion Dance
am grateful to have had the opportunity of a 9 - performance run in
such a beautiful venue. Jodi and her team gathered a generous and
inspiring bill of artists for the program and the technical and
administrative support made everything run smoothly. It was a unique
and wonderful way to be a part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival -
thanks to all who made it possible!" - Bronwen MacArthur
festival within a festival concept is brilliant. With panache, in the
lovely EICC theater, she introduces art hungry festival goers -
complete novices as well as avid dance fans- to a variety of engaging,
thoughtfully curated , movement experiences. It was an inspiring
pleasure to be a dance ambassador for the United States in Scotland and
to see my work appreciated by a whole new audience across the pond!" -
A dance "festival within a festival" at the Edinburgh Fringe!
Kaplan proudly presents top ; North American companies in a "Festival
within a Festival" at The Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Here is what the critics are saying:
"Whether you're a contemporary dance fiend or one of the uninitiated
wanting to take a chance, this production is perfect for the Edinburgh
Fringe lover. Seven dance companies, comprising more than thirty
dancers in total, each provide a snapshot of quality, quirky and
downright über speciality dance. From every corner of America, Jodi
Kaplan, dance producer extraordinaire, has gathered eclectic works and
woven them into a recipe of pure enjoyment. Professional American dance
at the Fringe has been neglected of late but plans are afoot for this
wonderful dance 'festival within a festival' to return next year, and I
for one will be sitting in rapture in the aisles." - threeweeks
This show is like an excellent Tapas of theatrical arts and it allows
you to sample different ideas whilst challenging your ideas.
-- The Edinburgh Reporter
This festival within a festival certainly provides a wide ranging
programme; a dance encyclopaedia, if you like, for newcomers to dance,
as film, speech, and humour combine with...modern dance theatre and the
new, a beat-box/tap dance confluence...This production shows a
forthcoming approach to the form, what dance can be rather than what it
-- Three Weeks