10 — 20 Jun 2017
One of the most prestigious ballet shows in the world takes place during the year of the 90th anniversary of an outstanding choreographer and an artistic director of the competition Yuri Grigorovich. The International Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers 2017 precedes the "Year of the Russian ballet and the 200th anniversary of Marius Petipa".
Applications must be sent no later than 17 April 2017.

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XIII International Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers opens an applications acceptance for the participation

XIII International Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers will be held from June 10th to June 20th 2017 at the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, in Moscow.

One of the most important events in the world of ballet is held this the year under the 90th anniversary of the outstanding contemporary choreographer, artistic director of the competition Yuri Grigorovich. Moscow Ballet Competition - 2017 precedes the "Year of Russian ballet and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Marius Petipa." Applications for participation in the competition are now available! Applications must be submitted no later than April 17, 2017.

In this competition I saw a lot of talented young people, many amazing surprises... featuring himself, his work, each participant thus represented his country, the level of its culture. We all were interested to see what is happening in the world in the field of dance, what's new and significant.

Arnold Haskell, UK

The alarming tendency is that the contestants very often change the chorographical “texts”. This arises a strongest protest in me – I do not want to see the well-known choreography of a ballet masterpiece to be filled up with various “additions” which destroy its style and logic…Distortion of choreographer’s original texts is caused by the technical difficulties which make it hard to perform for the contestants. Then they make a “light version”. The situation is very irritating and requires certain amendments in the competition Regulations.

Charles Jude, France

... This is a great event and I am confident that even the performance on the most famous stages in the world will be a precious memory for all who participate in the competition, regardless of whether they will be among the first or not.

Arnold Haskell, UK

And what I would consider to be the most important – the Competition allows us to see that it is the individual style that is most valued in art

Alicia Alonso, Cuba

Since the very first competition in 1969 many things have changed. And if at that time the difference between the countries with long-standing traditions of classical dance and the counties which did not have any was very big, in the following years this gap has faded away. The popularity of ballet has grown up all around the world. And all the better, as I think it has become difficult to demonstrate you mastery, skills, - the professional requirements have been leveled up!

Olga Lepeshinskaya, USSR

Our Competition, giving a very difficult program, thus stimulates the progress of ballet.

Yuri Grigorovich, Russia
To affirm the basis of classical dance, constantly renewing it, enriching it with new lexis, new themes, new genres – that is what our common task is, that is what should reveal itself most brightly at the Competition.
Igor Moiseev, USSR
To success at the competition you need to have a great deal of personality, the strength… You need to be able to show that you love ballet and to perform even better than you actually can.
Loipa Araujo, Cuba
Ballet is not a sport, the combination of ballet movements should be expressive, meaningful, magical. Bazil and Jose should have the same brilliant technique, but by no means – the same expression.
Ben Stevenson, USA
At the International competition in Moscow I have seen a lot of what is really interesting, which I woul never see anywhere else. I love the art of classical dance and will never lay its precious heritage aside. But every time the epoch brings out something fresh, new. And you do not have to make the choice of “either…or” in art. That is fine which is perfect. This is life itself.
Agnes De Mille, USA
Yuri Nikolaevich Grigorovich

Yuri Nikolaevich Grigorovich — people's artist of the USSR, an outstanding Russian choreographer, graduate of the Petersburg school of Russian classical ballet.

Since 1973, is the permanent Chairman of jury of the Moscow ballet competition.

In 2006, he was elected President of the International Federation of ballet competitions.

Yury Grigorovich has repeatedly endured their classical ballets on the stage of other theatres of the country and the world.

the works of Yuri Grigorovich dedicated to the films "the Choreographer Yuri Grigorovich" (1970), "a Life in dance" (1978), "Ballet in the first person" (1986).

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