Rules for choreographers

Rules of the contest of choreographers

  • 4.

    Application and procedure

    • 4.1

      Contest of Choreographers is arranged basing on contemporary dance works specially choreographed for the Competition. There are no age restrictions. Total amount of participants is no more than 50.


      Choreographers wishing to participate in the Contest of Choreographers should send the following documents by registered mail, express mail or by e-mail to the address of the Competition Board:

      • application form
      • brief curriculum vitae
      • following photographs (in electoinic form): one portrait photograph, along with two photographs in roles
      • X-copy of passport
      • X-copy of education certificate

      Application fee in the amount of RBL3000 shall be paid by contestants upon their arrival at the Competition during Registration procedure and payment will be effected in rubles.


      To participate in the Competition choreographer will present two pieces: one- solo, the other – for ensemble (up to three dancers). One of the two pieces should be choreographed for the contestant or contestants of the present Ballet Competition (preferable); either contestants or specially invited dancers (without age restrictions) might be involved by choreographer in the performance of the second piece.


      A solo work to be performed in the Junior division should not exceed 4 minutes, and for ensemble performance – 5 minutes.

      A solo piece to be performed in the Senior division should not exceed 5 minutes, and for ensemble performance - should not exceed 7 minutes.


      There are no restrictions on the choice of music.


      There are no restrictions on the choice of contemporary dance style.


      The final results of the Contest shall be announced after the second pieces of the Contest have been viewed.


      The Jury has the right:

      • not to award all of the available prizes;
      • to divide any prize between contestants;
      • to award titles of Diploma holders and special prizes to contestants who were not awarded title of laureate.

      Decisions of the Jury are final and shall not be subjected to review.


      Choreographers admitted to the Contest will be notified by the Organizing Committee not later than April 20, 2013.


      Choreographers admitted to the Contest will be notified by the Organizing Committee not later than April 20, 2013.


    Financial conditions

    • 5.1

      Choreographers and dancers who perform their pieces must arrive at the Competition on the dates set forth by the Organizing Committee in the formal Letter of Invitation.


      Foreign contestants shall apply for their Russian entry visas at a Russian Consulate after receiving formal Letter of Invitation and confirmation of participation.


      The Competition Board shall pay for hotel accommodation and meals for the choreographers, their dancers and pianists for the period of their official participation in the Contest: from the day of their arrival (but not earlier than the date specified in the invitation) and for not more than two days after the announcement of the results of the Contest.


      Choreographers, who became Laureates and Diploma Holders of the Contest, as well as for their dancers and pianists, must stay for the entire period of the Contest at the expense of the Competition Board (hotel and meals) and shall perform free of charge in the Closing Ceremony (concert) and in two Gala-Concerts of Laureates and Diploma-Holders.


      Choreographers who arrive at the Competition and receive no awards or diplomas, as well as their dancers and pianists, may stay till the end of the Contest at their own expense.


      The Competition Board can assist persons accompanying contestants with visa arrangement, hotel reservation and tickets to the Competition, if requested to do so sufficiently in advance of the dates required.


      The Competition Board shall not provide choreographers, their dancers, pianists as well as persons accompanying them, with any insurance.


      The Competition Board reserves all rights for TV broadcasting, videotaping and filming of the contemporary works choreographed for the present Competition during all Competition Rounds, the Closing Ceremony and two Gala Performances, as well as for their further distribution without fee payable to contestants. The Competition Board reserves the exclusive right to sign contracts with third parties for merchandising of the above-mentioned material. Videotaping and filming at the Competition will be possible only upon receipt of special permission from the Competition Board.


      By signing the Application Form, choreographers will be deemed to declare that they fully accept the Rules of the Competition and of the Contest, without reservation.

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