Opus 1

Slovensko ljudsko gledališče Celje, 30. marec 2024

15. International Competition of Young Dance Creators
OPUS 1 – Short Dance Piece 2024
Slovenian National Theatre Celje, 30th March 2024





1. The competition is open to dancers born between 2000 and 2008. They are divided into two age groups: M (born between 2005 and 2008) and L (born between 2000 and 2004). 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 in accordance with their own arrangements.

2. The length of the piece: maximum 4 minutes for group M, maximum 7 minutes for group L.

3. 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 teamwork - duet)

4. All applicants must record a video of their finalised piece (choreography, execution, music, outfits) and upload a HD quality video on YouTube or Vimeo and share the link. The competitors shall be selected by the curatorship after viewing all submitted videos. The competitors must not replace the dancers or change the topic, title of the piece, concept, music, outfits, props, or choreography before or at the competition.

5. Size of the stage (dance floor) 7 m (width) x 9 m (depth); black dance floor; black curtain with wings: backdrop black or grey stonewall
- Light: Front light, backlight warm and cold; wings warm and cold, 1 special
- Sound (music): USB
- For the stage design only easily transportable equipment whose construction and dismantling don’t delay the program are allowed.   
- The competitors must provide for any necessary props or simple equipment by themselves.

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 cancellation with proof 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 property 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 accommodation for competitors.


1. A correctly filled-in application form must be sent by the application deadline to be taken into consideration.

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


1. The international jury shall be composed of three renowned dance experts. The jury shall be present at the dress rehearsals. The winners shall be selected on the day of the competition.

2. The jury shall select the best short dance piece (choreography and performance), the best idea and the best dance performance for every age group. After the end of the competition, the jury shall have 60 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.

4. The decision of the jury is final. If a competitor is a student or dance company member of one of the jurors, the particular juror will withhold his vote. The decisions of the jury 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.


Prizes shall be awarded for the best short dance piece (performance and choreography), the best idea and the best dance performance for both age groups (M and L).

2. Prizes shall be awarded for: the best short dance piece – dance performance and choreography (group M: EUR 300, group L: EUR 800); the best idea (group M: EUR 150, group L: EUR 400); and the best dance performance (group M: EUR 150, group L: EUR 400).

3. Dance studio Intakt and JSKD will select a young dance artist from group L, who will get a grant for producing a new dance project, which will be premiered at the OPUS 2025. This grant includes: EUR 1.000 for the realization of the project, 2-months use of the studio Intakt for rehearsals, the premiere (space + promotion) at the Dance Forum Celje as part of OPUS 2025 as well as mentoring.

4. A young jury will select one short dance piece and award it with participation at dance classes and workshops at the International Summer Dance School 2024 in Ljubljana.

5. Matjaz Farič, artistic director of the International Contemporary Dance Festival Front@, will select dance pieces, which will be presented at the 19th edition of the Front@ festival.

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

7. 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.











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