Sergei Diaghilev Competition of Choreographic Art

Sergei Diaghilev Competition of Choreographic Art | Danza Ballet 
Sergei Diaghilev Competition of Choreographic Art | Danza Ballet 


The 6th International Sergei Diaghilev Competition of Choreographic Art

It  is  my  very  great pleasure to invite you to take part in the 6th International  Sergei  Diaghilev Competition of Choreographic Art. The Competition will held  on 1st – 2nd December 2012 at the Music Theatre in Lodz, Poland. It is organised by the Sergei Diaghilev International Association for the Promotion of Choreographic Art.

We warmly invite talented professional choreographers all over world the to join us in this artistic enterprise. The entry form and rules can be found on our website ( The deadline for submission of application is on 25th October 2012.
We look forward to seeing you in Lodz, a city with a long and time-honoured tradition of ballet and dance.

Alexandr Azarkevitch, Ph.D.
Competition Director and Association Chairman

The 6th International Sergei Diaghilev Competition of Choreographic Art

Rules for participation in the 6th International Sergei Diaghilev Competition  of Choreographic Art
Submission of an entry to the 6th International Sergei Diaghilev Competition  of Choreographic Art signifies an agreement to comply with, and be bound by, the Competition Rules. The organiser of the competition is the Sergei Diaghilev International Association for the Promotion of Choreographic Art, with its registered office in Łódź, Poland. The aim of the Competition is to promote professional choreographers coming from different countries of the world. The Competition is addressed to artists having a professional dance or choreographic education. The Competition will be held on 1st-2nd December 2012 on the stage of Music Theatre in Łódź, Poland. The Competition comprises two rounds. Entries to the Competition should take the form of original choreographic compositions which meet the following requirements:

  • 1. a dance, set to music selected by the choreographer, and employing whatsoever dance techniques the choreographer chooses, from neoclassical to the various techniques of contemporary dance,
  • 2. the running time of the dance may not exceed 15 minutes,
  • 3. ensemble pieces may be presented in the Competition (a maximum of 8 dancers),
  • as may duets and solo pieces, with the works being performed by professional dancers,
  • 4. the use of scenery in the competition entries is not permitted, with the exception of small, scenographic elements,
  • 5. only one entry per person may be submitted.

Round 1 of the Competition
1. Choreographers interested in participating should forward 2 copies of a CD or DVD recording of the original work constituting their entry to the Competition Office, together with a completed entry form. The entry form, which comprises the appendix to these Regulations, should contain a detailed description of the work in question, including the technical requirements in terms of staging and lighting.

Competition Office address:
Międzynarodowe Stowarzyszenie Promocji Sztuki Choreograficznej im. Sergiusza Diagilewa
ul. Gandhiego 4 lok.29
91-012 Łódź , Poland
phone: +48 501 497 255, +48 600 373 878

a. The entry must be recorded in its entirety on the CD or DVD. In order to ensure the authenticity of the entries, recordings must be filmed using a panoramic shot, without close-ups, and must be unedited.

b. The completed entry form should be printed. A high-quality photograph of the choreographer should be enclosed to the entry form, together with photographs of the work being entered. These should be submitted in JPG format, on a CD. A copy of the diploma or document confirming the choreographer’s professional dance or choreographic education should also be enclosed. On a separate CD, please send a short biographical note in English containing information about your education and artistic achievements to date. The CD must be marked with the first and last name of the choreographer.

c. The music to which the entry is performed should also be forwarded on a CD. The choreographer’s given name(s) and surname, together with the title of the work, must be written on the disc and must correspond to the information given in the entry form. The CD should contain no music other than that to which the entry is performed.


2. 12 finalists will be selected from the entries; the selection will be carried out by a Selection Committee appointed by the Organiser of the Competition. The results of the Committee’s work will be announced on 2nd November 2012. Those choreographers selected for the 2nd round will be informed of the fact officially and will receive an invitation to Łódź. Information about the persons qualified will also be posted on the Competition´s WEBSITE:

Travel and accommodation:
1. Travel to Łódź will be undertaken by choreographers qualifying for the 2nd round, together with their dancers, at their own cost.

2. The Organiser of the Competition guarantees to provide participants with accommodation for the nights of 29th November/30th November, 30th November/1st December, 1st December/2nd December, 2nd December/3rd December, for people travelling from abroad, and for the nights of 1st December/2nd December and 2nd December/3rd December for participants from within Poland.


The Organiser of the Competition neither provides insurance cover, nor takes any responsibility for either injuries or losses incurred, or for accidents occurring, during travel to and from the Competition, or during the Competition itself.

Date for registration and payment of the accreditation fee:

  • 1. Following their arrival in Łódź on 29th November – 1st December 2012, participants in the Competition are obliged to pay the accreditation fee, making the said payment at the Competition Office.
  • 2. The accreditation fee for choreographers is PLN 500.-
  • 3. The accreditation fee per dancer is PLN 150.- (It also applies choreographers taking part in the choreography submitted to the Competition)
  • 4. The accreditation fee is non-refundable.


  • 1. The Organiser of the Competition will prepare a rehearsal and performance schedule for the Competition presentations.
  • 2. Rehearsals for the Competition entries will be held at Music Theatre in Łódź (address:
  • ul. Północna 47/51, 91-425 Łódź,, on 30th November –
  • 1st December 2012; on 2nd December 2012 the rehearsal for the Gala will take place.
  • 3. The Organiser of the Competitions guarantees to provide a stage, a ballet studio, dressing rooms and professional technical support.
  • 4. Every participant in the Competition will be allocated one 30-minute rehearsal on stage and one 30-minute rehearsal in the ballet studio.

Onstage performance:

  • 1. The competition performances, together with the awards ceremony and the Gala, will take place on the stage of Music Theatre in Łódź.
  • 2. Both the Competition and the Gala are open to members of the public.
  • 3. Inflammable and explosive materials may not be brought onto the stage of the theatre.
  • 4. Competition participants must provide their own costumes, make-up and toiletries.

Round 2 of the Competition:

  • 1. The presentation of the 12 finalists’ works will take place on 1st December 2012 on the stage of Music Theatre in Łódź.
  • 2. The competition entries will be adjudicated by an International Jury, appointed by the Organiser and comprising renowned dancers, choreographers and dance critics.
  • 3. The Jury will select and award prizes to 2 winners from among the 12 finalists.
  • 4. The announcement of the Jury’s verdict and the awards ceremony will take place during
  • a Gala, to be held on 2nd December 2012 at Music Theatre in Łódź.

The Gala:
The work of the choreographer receiving the Grand Prix and 1st prize will be presented on 2nd December 2012 during the Gala, and a star ensemble invited by the Organiser of the sixth edition of the Competition will also perform.
The Jury:

  • 1. The International Jury will adhere to the rules of the 6th International Sergei Diaghilev Competition of Choreographic Art.
  • 2. Each Juror has an individual vote.
  • 3. At the Jury’s discretion, the Grand Prix and/or monetary prizes may remain unawarded,
  • or the monetary prizes divided in some way other that set out in these rules.
  • 4. The Jury’s verdict is finally and incontrovertible.

The Competition entries will be adjudicated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • 1. artistic merit,
  • 2. the standard of dance technique,
  • 3. originality,
  • 4. the sense of stage space,
  • 5. the dramatic composition of the work,
  • 6. the choice of music.


  • 1. The winner of the Grand Prix in the sixth edition of the Competition will receive the Amber Faun statuette and a monetary prize of PLN 30 000.- (gross). The Amber Faun represents the character of the faun from the ballet The Afternoon of the Faun. Set to the music of Claude Debussy, it was choreographed by Vaclav Nijinski.
  • 2. The winner of the 1st prize will receive a monetary prize of PLN 15 000.- (gross).


  • 1. Only those members of the media who have been granted accreditation by the Organiser of the Competition will be permitted to make video recordings of the Competition performances and the Gala.
  • 2. The Organiser of the Competition reserves the right to record, broadcast, and take photographs, as well as to print and sell photographs and video recordings of the Competition participants’ performances, and those given at the Gala, together with the right to utilise, in the ways referred to hereunder, the material from interviews given by the participants.
  • 3. Participants in the Competition will not receive a fee or royalties for the recordings, broadcasts and interviews referred to under the foregoing.
  • 4. The Organiser of the Competition does not undertake to make any payment with regard to the copyright of the composers, choreographers, or costume designers, or to that of any other artists involved in the entries.
  • 5. The Competition participants shall undertake, of their own accord, to secure the performing rights necessary for the performance of their choreographic works within the Republic of Poland, and shall be responsible for bearing any and all costs in this regard.
  • 6. The Organiser of the Competition takes no responsibility for the failure to secure the necessary performing rights.

Final provisions:
• The Organisers must be notified of the details relating to the participants travel arrangements, in terms of their means of transport and planned arrival time in Łódź, by 20th November 2012 at the latest.

• In the event of any disputes arising from matters not provided for in these Rules, the decision of the Competition Director shall be final and incontrovertible.

• The Organiser of the Competition reserves the right to introduce changes to these Rules, on the basis of due and serious cause.

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The 6th International Sergei Diaghilev Competition of Choreographic Art

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