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9. International Competition of Young Dance Performers
OPUS 1 – Short Dance Piece 2017

Slovenian National Theatre Celje
Saturday, 15 April 2017




The aim of this competition is to promote contemporary dance and discover fresh talents. The aim is not to push for competitiveness, but rather to foster creativity of young performers.


The 9th International Competition of Young Dance Performers OPUS 1 – short dance piece 2017 (Slovenian National Theatre Celje, 15th April 2017) is open to dancers born between 1993 and 2002, who can apply with:

- A solo dance piece which is both conceived and choreographed by the performing dancer

- A duet, which is both conceived and choreographed by the performing dancers - shared authorship


Dancers who apply should live outside of Slovenia. Dancers living in Slovenia should reach the international competition through national contests.



The organiser of the competition publishes a theme every year that the young dance performers must use as a basis for their short dance piece. The annual themes are meant to stimulate young dancers to think critically about individual issues and provide them with an incentive to get to know, research, create and think.
Dreams can be a wonderful source of ideas and inspiration for artists. So close your eyes and get on the path of the surprising and unknown. (see attachment for more!)


Age groups and lengths of short dance pieces:

- Group B (born between 1998 and 2002) – maximum 4 minutes;

- Group C (born between 1993 and 1997) – maximum 5 minutes


The jury will be composed from three renowned international dance experts. In previous years, jury members included Susan Quinn, Matej Kejžar, Martin Sonderkamp, Milan Tomášik (Les SlovaKs), John Taylor, Magdalena Reiter, Loup Abramovici, Teja Reba, Eduardo Torroja, Ryuzo Fukuhara, Roberto Olivan…


This year’s jury will be announced as soon as it is confirmed!


The prizes will be awarded for the Best short dance piece -  dance performance and choreography (group B: EUR 300, group C: EUR 800); Best idea (group B: EUR 150, group C: EUR 400); and the Best dance performance (group B: EUR 150, group C: EUR 400). Apart from these awards, performers will also vie for the following:

- Dance studio Intakt and JSKD will select a young dance artist, who will get a grant for producing a new dance project, which will be premiered at the OPUS 2018 and have a postproduction on festival Platforma of contemporary dance in Maribor

- A young jury will select one short dance piece and award its performer with participation at dance classes and workshops at the international summer dance school in Ljubljana

- Matjaz Farič, artistic director of the international contemporary dance festival Front@, will select dance pieces, which will be presented at the 12th edition of the Front@ festival, September 2017.

The deadline for applications is 6 March 2017.


Application can be made on internet:

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The jury will select the competitors on the basis of the received videos of the pieces. The selection shall be published on the website by 15 March 2017 at the latest.

The chosen competitors shall also be notified individually.


Please make sure that you read the rules and instructions and follow them to the letter.

More information, photographs and videos of previous competitions can be viewed at:


Opus 1 on YouTube:



General information and contacts:

Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities (JSKD)
Štefanova 5, PO Box 1699, 1000 Ljubljana 




T: 00 386 v2410 522
F: 00 386 (0)1 2410 510


Franci Cotman


T: 00 386 (0)1 2410 523
F: 00 386 (0)1 2410 510






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