Slovensko ljudsko gledališče Celje, 13. junij 2015


The 7th International Competition of Young Dance Performers OPUS 1 – short dance piece 2015 Celje, Slovenia, 13th June 2015


Slovenian National Theatre Celje, 13th June 2015


THEME: IMAGE – BODY – MOVE / the exciting relationship between dance and visual arts







1. The competition is open for dancers born between 1991 and 2000. They are divided into two age groups: B (born between 1996 and 2000) and C (born between 1991 and 1995). They can compete in two categories: original solo dance piece (the performer is also the author or choreographer of his or her dance) and a duet - team work, both collaborators must be listed under the "concept and dance" entry. If the piece wins a prize, the two share it according to their own agreement.

2. The length of the piece: maximum 4 minutes for group B, maximum 5 minutes for group C.

3. Every team (association, school, studio, centre) can submit a maximum of six choreographies for any chosen age group. Every individual can submit a maximum of two short dance pieces, which must not be submitted in the same category (e.g. one original solo dance and one team work - duet)

4. All applicants must record a video of their finalised piece (choreography, execution, music, outfits) and save it on a DVD that has to be sent alongside the application form or upload a HD quality video on the youtube and share the link. The competitors shall be selected by the expert jury after viewing all of the submitted videos. The competitors must not replace the dancers or change the topic, title of the piece, concept, music, outfits, props and choreography before or at the competition.

5. The stage will be lit and bare. It will have no scenery, special effects or background images. The competitors must provide by themselves for any necessary props or simple equipment. The dimensions of the stage are 7 metres (width) x 9 metres (depth). The music should be recorded on a CD. Technically unsuitable recordings shall be eliminated.

6. On the day of the competition, the competitors can have a dress rehearsal, in accordance with a strict schedule. The members of the jury will also be present at the rehearsal, but will not grade the competitors.

7. In case of injury, disease or similar occurrences, a plausible cancellation must be sent to the organiser as soon as possible in writing, by e-mail or fax.

8. The organiser is not in any way liable for any damages that could occur during the event (lost or stolen objects etc).

9. The organiser is not in any way liable for any injuries of the performers.

10. Recording or taking photographs of the competition is not allowed, unless agreed previously with the organiser.

11. The organiser shall not cover transport costs, but will provide the accommodation for competitors.



1. A correctly filled-out application form must be sent by e-mail by the application deadline, otherwise participation will not be possible.

2. Those who submit incomplete application forms or fail to attach the obligatory concept of the short dance piece and DVD/link to the video shall be automatically disqualified.



1. The international jury shall be composed of three renowned dance experts. One of them shall serve as the head of the jury. The members of the jury shall jointly view the videos and select the competitors for the event. The jury shall be present at the dress rehearsal. The winners shall be selected on the day of the competition. The decisions of the jury are irrevocable and shall be announced at the end of the competition. The organiser can replace the members of the jury in case of illness, inability to take part in the jury or any other relevant cause.

2. The jury shall select the best short dance piece, the best concept and the best performance for every age group. After the end of the competition, the jury shall have 15 minutes to select the winners and shall afterwards hand out the prizes to the winners.

3. If the jury discovers at the dress rehearsal that some of the competitors failed to adhere to the topic of the competition and/or its terms and conditions, it can, at its sole discretion, allow them to perform at the event. However, such participants shall not take part in the competition and shall not be graded and ranked.



1. The prizes shall be awarded for the best short dance piece, the best concept and the best performance for both age groups (B and C).

2. The prizes shall be awarded for: the best short dance piece (group B: EUR 300, group C: EUR 800); the best concept (group B: EUR 150, group C: EUR 400); and the best dance performance (group B: EUR 150, group C: EUR 400).

3. Dance studio Intakt and JSKD will select a young dance artist, who will get an award for producing a new dance project, which will be premiered at the OPUS 2016 . This award includes: EUR 1,000.00 for the realization of the project, 3-months use of the studio Intakt for rehearsals, the premiere (space + promotion) at the Dance Forum Celje as part of OPUS 2016 as well as mentoring.

4. SEAD faculty member will award one dancer with a one-week participation at MoveMentors Summer Intensive workshop in Salzburg.

5. A young jury will select one short dance piece and award it with participation at dance classes and workshops at the international contemporary dance festival Front@.

6. Matjaz Farič, artistic director of international contemporary dance festival Front@ will select dance pieces, which will be presented at the 10th edition of the Front@ festival.

7. The winners shall be announced and the prizes awarded after the competition.

8. The monetary prize shell be awarded to the applicant, who then distributes it between the mentor and performers in line with their previous arrangements.

9. Every competitor shall receive a certificate of attendance.


The event is organised and managed by the JSKD and its Celje regional office. The members of the organising board shall be selected by the organiser. The organising board drafts and designs the concept of the event, selects the members of the jury and manages the event.





Application form




Videos from previous competitions on YouTube


Photogallery from previous competition