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28th International Ballet Competition

15.07.2018г. - 30.07.2018г.

The 28th International Ballet Competition – Varna will be held by Foundation “International Ballet Competition – Varna”, with the kind cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Varna Municipality, from 15 through 30 July, 2018, and under the auspices of the International Dance Committee of ITI – UNESCO and CID – UNESCO. The Competition is open to ballet dancers of all nationalities, provided they comply with the requirements of the competition.
Dancers take part in the Competition in two age groups and separate prizes and titles are awarded to each group:

Group “A” – SENIORS – for ballet dancers aged under 26, i.e. born after July 15th 1992 and before July 14th 1999.
Group “B” – JUNIORS – for boys and girls aged 15 to 19, i.e. born after July 15th 1999 and before July 14th 2003.

Calendar programme:

July 14th                      Drawing of lots. Night rehearsal for those competing on the 1st day of the Competition.

July 15th                      Opening ceremony

Beginning of the First Round

July 15th to July 19th    First Round
                                   Classical choreography from the obligatory programme

July 20th                      Break

July 21st to July 24th    Second Round
                                   Classical and contemporary choreography

July 25th                      Break

July 26th to July 27th    Third Round
                                   Classical and contemporary choreography

July 28th                      Break
                                   Meeting of the International Jury

July 29th                      Awarding of prizes, closing of the Competition and Gala concert of laureates and finalists of the 28th IBC-Varna

July 30th                      Super Gala Concert “Meeting of Generations” with the participation laureates and finalists of the 28th IBC-Varna and also of laureates of previous editions of the Competition

July 31st                      Reserved date in case of postponing a Competition night because of bad weather

Concomitant programme

July 15 – 30, 2018        International Summer Ballet Academy
The Programme includes: daily classes in classical ballet, character dances, jazz, modern techniques under world famous pedagogues from overseas and Bulgaria.
    Exhibition of the drawings and plastic arts awarded at the 8th National Competition for Children and Adolescents “Arts against Drugs”.

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“The International Ballet Competition – Varna” was established in 1964. Its first edition was held from 15 to 30 July at the Open-Air Theatre in the same city – the biggest sea resort of Bulgaria. It is the first professional international ballet competition in the world.

On this occasion the world-famous French ballet master Serge Lifar said:
“The Varna Competition is a unique event in the history of ballet, an event of huge importance…”.

A strict organization which recognizes the age of the participants. Seniors and juniors are judged individually and awarded separate prizes. All activities during the out of the competition are regulated by pre-announced regulations, whereby the relevant schedule is strictly adhered to. Maximum efforts are exerted to ensure adequate rehearsals in halls specially equipped for the purpose and on the stage of the Open-Air Theatre.
Special attention is paid to the work of the International Jury. Only in Varna, among all other competitions, full computerization of voting is implemented. Each member of the International Jury gives the relevant mark immediately after the performance of the dancer. By a special device the mark is entered, with a unique code, into the Jury’s computer without any interference of an operator or mediator. A mathematical system is applied to prevent extreme personal opinions to influence the marks of the competitors.

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