(Boston, MA) The National Dance Project (NDP), a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), has awarded $400,000 in grants supporting the U.S. tours of ten contemporary dance projects in the 2010-2011 season. Projects were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicant projects representing artists based both in the U.S. and abroad by NDP Hub Site representatives and will enhance the range of NDP-funded projects in their scale, potential for geographic reach and/or representation of diverse artistic styles. These grants are part of the $1,240,000 NDP will provide in support for the production and touring of dance in the 2010-2011 season. For a complete list of projects, visit www.nefa.org/sites/default/files/documents/2009ndpawards.pdf.

Since its inception in 1996, National Dance Project has awarded over $9.3 million of funding in total. NDP Touring grants are made possible with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by the Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation.

For more information about NEFA and NDP, please visit www.nefa.org or call 617.951.0010 x521.

Touring projects announced in this release include:

Alonzo King LINES Ballet (San Francisco, CA) for Scheherazade
A re-imagining of the Ballets Russes’ classic piece and drawn from the stories of A Thousand and One Arabian Nights with music composed by tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain.

Doug Varone and Dancers (New York, NY) for Chapters from a Broken Novel
A collection of the choreographer’s images, quotes, and snippets of conversations with a commissioned score by David Van Tieghem and scenic design by John Bauser.

Emily Johnson/Catalyst (Minneapolis, MN) for The Thank-You Bar
An evening-length performance/installation of dance, live music, storytelling, and visual image connecting ideas of displacement, longing, and language to history, pre-conceived notions, architecture, and igloo-myth created by Alaska Native choreographer Emily Johnson with composers/musicians James Everest and Joel Pickard.

Germaine Acogny, Carmen de Lavallade, Bebe Miller, Dianne McIntyre and Jawole Zollar (Senegal, New York, Ohio, Washington DC) for Fly: Five First Ladies Of Dance
A collection of solos created and/or performances by five ground-breaking dancer/choreographers who have shaped the history of contemporary dance.

Lemi Ponifasio/Mau (Samoa/New Zealand) for Tempest: Without A Body
A reflection on the post-9/11 world interweaving Shakespeare’s The Tempest’s themes of institutional injustice with the ideas of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben by choreographer Lemi Ponifasio with Maori activist Tame Iti.

River North Chicago Dance Company (Chicago, IL) for New Works, New Presenters
A premiere by choreographer Robert Battle, his solo Ella, and new works by Lauri Stallings, Frank Chaves, and Sherry Zunker.

Sankai Juku (Tokyo, Japan) for Hibiki, Resonance from Far Away; Tobari, As if in an Inexhaustible Flux
Two works including one of the most celebrated by second-generation Butoh choreographer Ushio Amagatsu performed by the world-renowned company.

Barak Marshall (Tel Aviv, Israel) for Monger
A physical-theater work set to a score combining elements of Middle Eastern, Gypsy, Balkan, classical, and rock music.

Compagnia T.P.O. (Teatro Di Piazza O D'Occasione) (Prato, Italy) for The Icelandic House
A visual revelation of Icelandic art, architecture, music and folklore by a company hailed for its pioneering efforts in virtual, interactive dance performance environments and accessibility for all ages. Includes distinct performances for adults and children.

Yanira Castro | A Canary Torsi (Brooklyn, NY) for Wilderness
A site-adaptable dance installation in which the audience and performers occupy a dirt bed containing all elements of the piece: seating, piano, crew. The audience’s movements create the sound and their unconscious gestures structure the choreography performed by five dancers.