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Call for International Competition of young dance performers OPUS 1

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

The 6th International Competition of Young Dance Performers OPUS 1 – short dance piece 2014 (Celje, Slovenian National Theatre Celje, 7th June at 5 pm) is open to dancers born between 1990 and 2000, 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

TOPIC: I Wish For…

The organiser of the competition publishes a topic every year that the young dance performers must use as a basis for their short dance piece. The annual topics are meant to stimulate critical thinking about specific issues and give them the means to learn about, research and study specific topics or dance artists. This year’s topic inquires about the desires of the young, using a simple question “What do you desire?” to challenge them into examining their wishes, origins and ways to make them true.

Age groups and lengths of short dance pieces:

Group B (born between 1996 and 2000) – maximum 4 minutes;

Group C (born between 1990 and 1995) – maximum 5 minutes

The jury is composed from three renowned international dance experts. In previous years, jury members included Susan Quinn, Matej Kejžar, John Taylor, Magdalena Reiter, Loup Abramovici…

This year jury:

Teja Reba is a choreographer, performer and dancer. Since 2007, she has collaborated with the choreographer Leja Jurišić in the projects Between Us (2009), Sofa (2011) and The Second Freedom (2013). For their work, which was presented in Slovenia as well as internationally, they received in 2013 the Ksenija Hribar Award for prospective choreographers. Teja Reba’s collaboration with Loup Abramovici resulted in 650 Experiences (History of the body that hasn't been robbed yet) from 2011, M.1.2. (2012) and Eat-Art (2012). She is currently participating in a new performance by Tim Etchells and the group Forced Entertainment.  Since 2013, Teja Reba has been the President of the Contemporary Dance Association Slovenia.

Eduardo Torroja

In 1986 Eduardo moved to Brussels to collaborate with Wim Vandekeybus as a choreography assistant, trainer and performer for the very first Ultima Vez productions. In the nineties he also collaborated with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (Rosas) and Jan Lauwers (Needcompany). In 2000 he moved back to Madrid where he acted in film, TV and theatre productions. He was also artistic assistant for the following Ultima Vez productions: “Blush”(2002), “Sonic Boom”(2003) and the revival of "What the Body Does Not Remember" (2013).

Ryuzo Fukuhara  started his carrier as a dancer after attending Butoh workshop led by Semi-maru from the group Sankaijuku in 1987. In 1991 Fukuhara joined a dance group Maijuku directed by, Min Tanaka, one of the leading figures on Butoh. From 2000 onwards, Fukuhara moved to Europe. Since then he has held numerous dance performance and workshop around the world. In 2006, he was awarded the 2nd prize of solo-dance contest at 11Masdanza - the International Contemporary Dance Festival in Canary Islands, Spain. Fukuhara started to work as a choreographer/dancer in Slovenia from 2007. In 2010, he was invited to Arsenale della Danza as a guest teacher of dance master class in La Biennale di Venezia. In 2011, he got the status of the independent cultural workers from Ministry of Culture in Slovenia. Following this year, Fukuhara was invited to NOC NOC Guimaraes – European Capital of Culture in Guimaraes, Portugal 2012. Since 2013, Fukuhara is teaching dance as a guest teacher at Asian and African study course in the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The prizes will 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).

The deadline for applications is 22 April 2014.

READ THE INVITATION TO APPLY in the attachment or visit 

For more details write to the, Nina Mesko, Artistic director.

Check some videos from previous competitions:

(Please excuse the cross-posting)

Nina Meško

Samostojna strokovna svetovalka za ples / Head of Dance Department

Javni sklad RS za kulturne dejavnosti / Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities

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