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Competition for choreographers from the Hanover Ballet Society

Deadline: 15 March 2020

The Hannover Ballet Society has been organising this unique European competition for choreographers for 34 years. During this time the event has taken an outstanding place in the national and foreign dance environment. The importance of the event is demonstrated not only by the renowned jury, but also by the fact that more than 300 choreographers from more than 50 countries take part in it every year. The aim of this competition is to provide a platform for young talented choreographers to flourish. The prize fund consists of 13,500 EUR and three performances with ballet theatres.

Rules for participation:

All participants, choreographers and dancers must have professional training. Choreographers must be no more than 35 years old. The competition is open to all styles. The works are evaluated solely on the creative use of space and time, implementation and transmission of the idea. The duration of the performance can be from 5 to 12 minutes. Solo ballet cannot be performed by the choreographer himself. Participants are free to choose their own theme and music. The works can be sent by link (youtube, vimeo, etc.) or on DVD.

The preliminary jury will select a maximum of 20 of the submitted works, which will be included in the competition.


1st prize = 6000 EUR / 2nd prize = 3000 EUR / 3rd prize = 2000 EUR / Audience prize = 1000 EUR / Critics prize = 1500 EUR

NEW: Production Award Theater Pforzheim

The Pforzheim Theatre offers the opportunity to create a performance with the dancers of the theatre for the TANZ PUR modern ballet evening with its premiere in the spring of 2021 as a prize.

Ballet director Guido Markowitz, a member of the jury, will present the prize. The artist's fee includes the cost of living during the performance.

Residenz International Production Centre Schloss Bröllin e.V.

The Schloss Bröllin International Art Centre offers a prize for one of the participants to stay at the residence and work on a new production with their dancers. Accommodation, food and studio, mentor. The winner will be Martin Stiefermann, artistic director of the residence and movin' bröllin programme.

Tanja Liedtke Scholarship

Since 2016, the Tanya Lidtke Foundation has provided three weeks of study at the Australian Dance Theatre in Adelaide, Australia. The prize will be awarded to Garry Stewart, director of the theatre. The grant covers the cost of tickets, accommodation and training.

Scapino Production Award

Since 2005 Ed Wubbe has been presenting the Scapino ballet award. The award includes the development of a unique choreography with Scapino ballet dancers and its screening as part of the TWOOLS series.

Bundesjugendballett Production Award

The National Youth Ballet (Bundesjugendballett) was founded by John Neumeier in 2011 and since 2012 also sponsors the award, part of which is the creation of choreography with Bundesjugendballett.

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