PREMIERE is the program for a choreographic debut offering the professional platform to introduce one’s artistic vision in the form of the very first dance performance.


2019 application round will be open soon.

PREMIERE`17 residents are Sigrid Savi, Kadri Sirel, Keity Pook, Ruta Ronja Pakalne, Alina Belyagina.


PREMIERE, a program for new dance directors, has introduced 22 new dance artists through their debut performances during the last 8 years. On the ninth year PREMIERE is open for dance artists outside of Estonia – we are going international.

In the framework of the series we offer to maximum five dance artists: two- week long residency at the Sõtlumatu Tantsu Lava/ STL and an opportunity to present oneself and one’s creation in the media. The names of the two directors/ choreographers, who will be selected out of fives based on their showing in Sept 2016 at STL, will get the production support to form their ideas into dance performance during residencies in Estonia (Pardimäe) and abroad (Dansearena Nord) and will be announced after the residency showcase in September.

Their performances will premiere at the STL on February 10, 2017

List of the participants of the previous Premiere includes the following names: Joanna Kalm, Sylvia Köster, Maarja Tõnisson, Arolin Raudva, Mari-Liis Eskusson, Üüve-Lydia Toompere, Svetlana Grigorjeva, Kaisa Selde, Kristina-Mari Heinsalu, Christin Lunts, Sandra Palm, Siim Tõniste, Jaan Ulst, Karl Saks, Kati Juurik and Helena Pihel. The performances have been held in Tallinn, Tartu, Helsinki, Vilnius, Viljandi, Hiiumaa island, Rakvere etc. The performance “Tsuud” of Karl Saks created in the scope of  Premiere won the prize of the Estonian Theatre Awards for the Year 2010 in the dance category. Karl Saks and Svetlana Grigorjeva have also been awarded by the Sõltumatu Tantsu Ühendus as the promising choreographers of the year.