XIII International Ballet Competition and choreographers will be held in Moscow at the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia from June 10th to 20th 2017. The founders of the competition is the Russian government and Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The organization is managed by Federal Directorate of Performing Arts "ROSCONCERT".
International Ballet Competition was established after the Tchaikovsky competition in 1969 and soon became a significant phenomenon in the art world of choreography. The competition is held every four years. At the origin of its creation were present legends of Russian ballet: Galina Ulanova , the Chairman of the Jury of the I Competition, Igor Moiseyev, who led the Organizing Committee, Olga Lepeshinskaya the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of many other subsequent competitions. Since 1973, great choreographer Yuri Grigorovich is the permanent chairman of the jury and artistic director of the competition. The current competition is held in the year of his 90th anniversary and anticipates the Year of Russian Ballet (2018) and the 200th anniversary of Marius Petipa.
Moscow Ballet Competition (as it is often called so) has opened a whole galaxy of brilliant dancers, who have become bright stars of the ballet world of the second half of the XX and beginning of XXI century.
Among them Mikhail Baryshnikov, Vyacheslav Gordeev, Vladimir Malakhov, Herman Cornejo, Misa Kuranaga, Thiago Soares, Evgenia Obraztsova, Ivan Vasiliev, Natalia Osipova and others
The Moscow Ballet Competition Grand Prix has been awarded only to four dancers so far: Nadezhda Pavlova (USSR, II Ballet Competition in 1973), Irek Mukhamedov (USSR, IV Ballet Competition in 1981), Andrei Batalov (Russia, VIII Ballet Competition in 1997), Denis Matvienko (Ukraine, X Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers in 2005).
Over the years the International Jury included outstanding ballerinas, dancers and choreographers, such as Marina Semenova, Sofia Golovkina, Maya Plietskaya, Irina Kolpakova, Mikhail Lavrovsky, Vladimir Vasiliev, Yvette Chauvire, Claud Bessy Cyril Atanassoff, Charles Jude, Alicia Alonso, Arnold Haskell, Allan Fridericia, Kirsten Ralov, Birgit Cullberg, Rudivan Dantzig, Robert Joffrey, Dietmar Seiffert, Doris Lane, Julio Bocca and other representatives of the ballet elite.
International Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers is held every four years. It has a governmental status and plays a significant role in the development of the World culture. In the entire history of the competition, tribute of the competition was given to outstanding figures of Russian and World ballet: VII Contest (1993) was dedicated to Marius Petipa, IX Contest (2001) to Galina
Ulanova and XI Contest (2009) to Marina Semyonova. Since 2001, the contest added the nomination "Choreographers".
For more than half a century, International Bellet Competition has been the leader among the international contests of this level, and interest in it has not been lost. The total number of participants for the past 12 contests was 1198 people. Throughout the history the contest was attended by representatives from 35 countries. IXII Competition (2013), had a record number of applications, over 300!
Under the framework of the competiton creative meetings, seminars, workshops and exhibitions are traditionally held. Honored guests and well-known figures of world choreography art from around the world, as well as representatives of Russian and foreign media, attend the International Competition.
As a result of the Organizing Committee of the XIII International Competition Ballet which was headed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets. The Grand Prix was declared to be 100 000 $ US for the first time in the history of competition.
During the XIII International Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers it is planned to organize a meeting of the Xth anniversary of the General Assembly of the International Federation of Ballet Competitions managed under the auspices of UNESCO.
Applications for participation in the XIII International Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers must be submitted no later than 31 March 2017.