In 2007, K3 began its main residency programme, which each year provides three choreographers with a chance to work on site for eight months. This internationally unique programme is intended for artists currently at the beginning of their professional careers, who have produced some choreographic work of their own. The residency begins middle of August and runs until middle of April of the following year.
The goal of the residency is to develop and strengthen the connections between choreographic practice, research, artistic production, and qualification. Over the course of the residency the three choreographers will each develop a full-length piece that is presented towards the end of the residency, in the frame of TanzHochDrei on three evenings. Choreographers-in-residence receive a monthly grant, a production budget, mentoring, dramaturgical support, and opportunities to acquire additional skills and qualifications.
The residency programme is closely linked to the courses and professional training programs offered by K3. The residency includes mentoring and dramaturgical, technical, and production related support. It moreover links the projects proposed by the choreographers in residence closely to the various on going programs of K3.
The call for applications for the K3 Residency takes place annually in early summer for the residency starting in the following year. The application is only possible through the online form on the K3 homepage, which will be activated during the application period and which contains e.g. questions concerning artistic background, motivation, and details on the artistic project being proposed for the residency. The application period, start and deadline, are announced in the K3 newsletter.