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 8th International Competition of Young Dance Performers OPUS 1 – short dance piece 2016 (Slovenian National Theatre Celje, 11th June) is open to dancers born between 1992 and 2001, who can apply with:


  • A solo dance piece which is both conceived and choreographed by the performing dancer
  • A duet or a trio, 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. This year’s theme “WATER!” for example inspires with a “flood”, a “cloud” or a “sea” of various stimuli to foster dance creativity. (see attachment for more!)


Age groups and lengths of short dance pieces:

Group B (born between 1997 and 2001) – maximum 4 minutes;

Group C (born between 1992 and 1996) – 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…


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


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). Apart from these awards, performers will also vie for the following:

  • Dance studio Intakt and JSKD will selecta youngdance artist, who will get a grant for producing a new dance project, whichwill be premiered at the OPUS2017
  • A young jury will selectone short dance piece and award its performer with participation at dance classes and workshops at the international contemporary dance festival Front@.
  • MatjazFarič, artistic director of the international contemporary dance festival Front@, will select dance pieces, whichwill be presented at the 11th edition of the Front@ festival.


The deadline for applications is 12 April 2016.


Application form:


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 20 April 2016 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

Nina Meško

Tel.: 00 386 (0)1 24 10 522

Fax: 00 386 (0)1 24 10 510

E-mail: nina.mesko@jskd.siOPUS 2016 REGULATIONS