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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". The XIII International Ballet Competition and  Contest of Choreogrpahers is held in the year of the 90th anniversary of Yuri Nikolayevich Grigorovich and precedes the Year of the Russian Ballet (2018) and the 200th anniversary of Marius Petipa.

The organizing committee of the competition was headed by the Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Olga Yurievna Golodets. As a result of the meeting of the Organizing Committee, two Grand Prixs were declared unprecedented in the history of the competition: $ 100,000 in the nomination "Ballet dancers" and $ 100,000 in the nomination "Choreographers".

The main events of the contest will be:

11.06, 18.00 - Press conference on the opening of the competition;

11.06, 19.00 - Opening. Suite from ballets staged by Y. Grigorovich

18.06, 17.00 - Session of the X General Jubilee Assembly of the International Federation of Ballet Competitions, working under the auspices of UNESCO;

20.06, 18.00 - Ceremony of awarding winners and a gala concert of the winners.

During the competition, it is also planned to meet with the media of the jury members and participants of the competition (the time will be informed additionally).

On April 17, 2017 the applications for participation in the contest were in. A total of 278 applications from 28 countries were submitted. According to the results of the qualifying round, 200 people (170 participants in the nomination "Ballet dancers" and 30 participants in the nomination "Choreographers") from 27 countries (Venezuela, USA, Ukraine, Brazil, South Korea, Germany, China Argentina, Japan, Italy, Latvia, Armenia, Cuba, Kyrgyzstan, Finland, Portugal, Mexico, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Albania, Panama, South Africa, Great Britain, Sweden, Moldova, Canada, Russia Participants from Russia represent cities - Moscow, Voronezh, Novosibirsk, Perm, Syktyvkar, Yakutsk, Krasnoyars , Ufa, Izhevsk, St. Petersburg, Krasnodar, Yoshkar-Ola.

Jury members: rector of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography Marina Leonova (Russia); People's Artist of Russia, Prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia Svetlana Zakharova (Russia); Honored Artist of Russia,  The head of the ballet troupe of the Mariinsky Theater Yuri Fateev (Russia); People's Artist of Russia, Rector of the Russian Ballet Vaganova Academy  Nikolay Tsiskaridze (Russia); People's Artist of Ukraine, artistic director of the Donetsk National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after AB Solovyanenko Vadim Pisarev (Ukraine); Prima Ballerina and artistic director of the ballet company "International Ochi Ballet" Kumiko Ochi (Japan); Laureate of international prizes, ballet dancer, choreographer Vladimir Malakhov (Austria); The artistic director of the Liaoning Ballet Theater, Qu ZiJiao (China); People's Artist of the USSR, choreographer, choreographer, teacher, member of the Council of Europe for Culture Valentin Elizariev (Republic of Belarus); The teacher of the Royal Ballet of Flanders Olivier Patey (France); The artistic director of the Royal Ballet of Sweden Johannes Ochman (Sweden); Artistic director of the Royal Danish Ballet Nikolaj Hubbe (Denmark); Artistic Director of the Estonian National Ballet Edur Thomas Commander of British Empire (Great Britain); President of the jury of the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, choreographer, ballet dancer John Meehan (USA); Prima ballerina of the La Scala Theater, Marguerita Parilla (Italy), Head of the Department of Attestation of Higher Dance Education in Italy; The executive secretary of the jury is Honored Artist of Russia, Director General of the International Federation of Ballet Competitions Sergey Usanov (Russia).

At the XIII International Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers, famous figures of world choreography art from many countries of the world were invited as honorary guests, including Artistic Director of the Open All Japan Ballet Contest in Nagoya Solomakha Vadim (USA); Director of the International Ballet Competition in Spoleto Boncompagni Paolo (Italy); Artistic director of the International Ballet Competition in Varna Dimitrova Sonia (Bulgaria), Director of the International Ballet Competition in Lausanne Power Shelly (Switzerland), President of the International Ballet Competition in Seoul Park Jae Keun (South Korea), Art Director of the "Youth America Grand Prix" , Savelieva Larisa (USA), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Carol Puckett (USA), as well as representatives of Russian and foreign media.

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.


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