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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".

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.

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
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