Contests

Solo Dance Contest

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Solo Dance Contest

Club ZAK hereby announces The SOLO DANCE CONTEST 2018 a contest for a short contemporary dance solo (contemporary dance / contemporary ballet).

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The International SOLO DANCE CONTEST will take place during the Gdansk Dance Festival between 11th – 15th June 2018. The Contest is to support and promote contemporary dance.

It is open for dancers of contemporary dance (contemporary dance / contemporary ballet) who have a documented artistic activity or/and are professional dancers with a diploma of dance studies. Participation in the contest for a solo is permitted for solos that are autonomous solo performances, the premiere of which took place between 1st January 2016 and 30th March 2018 or prepared especially for the Contest (premiere). The solo should not be shorter than 5 minutes and no longer than 20 minutes. One dancer can submit maximum two solos.

Solo pieces will be judged by an international jury composed of 5 members. The Jury will carry out the preselection and then will judge the finalists. There will be maximum 6 finalists. The organiser will invite to the Jury curators of international dance festivals, personages from the artistic world, and experts in the field of contemporary dance. The composition of the jury will be officially presented on the 9th March 2018 on the website www.gdanskdancefest.pl. The Jury will judge the solos for their artistic value, technical level and originality, awareness of the performance space and dramaturgy of the choreography.

In the Contest there are to be 3 prizes: 1st prize: 3.000 EUR, 2nd prize: 2.000 EUR and 3rd prize: 1.000 EUR.

The deadline for application is 31st March 2018 (see details in the regulations of the Contest - website www.gdanskdancefest.pl).

All additional information: Contest Regulations, application form, light rider of Club Zak can be found on website www.gdanskdancefest.pl. We kindly ask to read carefully the Regulations. Questions in Polish or English concerning the conditions of participation in the Contest may be sent to: gft@klubzak.com.pl or gft2@klubzak.com.pl

Artists (coaches, jury, choreographers)

For the Jury of  Solo Dance Contest 2018 club Żak invited artists and experts of contemporary dance: Bojana Cvejić (Serbia/Belgium) master of philosophy, prolific writer (ia. coauthored with Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker Drumming & Rain: A Choreographer’s Score); Palle Granhøj (Denmark) dancer and choreographer, originator of obstruction technique; Anastasio Koukoutas (Greece) writer, lecturer of dance history and assistant director; Inbal Pinto (Israel) awarded choreographer, scenographer and former dancer of Batsheva; Ewa Wycichowska (Poland) head of Unit of Dance at Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, former director of Polish Dance Theatre. 

Terms and regulations / application form

 Club ZAK hereby announces

The SOLO DANCE CONTEST 2018

a contest for a short contemporary dance solo (Contemporary Dance / Contemporary Ballet)

The SOLO DANCE CONTEST is part of the Gdansk Dance Festival. The contest is aimed at professional contemporary dance artists.

 

Regulations of the SOLO DANCE CONTEST 2018

 

§ 1

 

  1. Club ZAK with its seat in Gdansk is the Organiser of the Contest. The subject of the Contest is a short solo from the field of broadly understood contemporary dance (Contemporary Dance / Contemporary Ballet).
  2. The Contest takes place within the Gdansk Dance Festival organised by Club Zak that aims at supporting and promoting contemporary dance in European countries.
  3. The planned schedule of the Contest:
  1. announcement of the 10th edition of the Contest : 19th January 2018
  2. deadline for applications for the Contest: 31st March 2018
  3. formal verification (and first preselection in case of more than 40 applications) of the submitted applications and publication of the list of contest participants: until 20th April 2018
  4. confirmation from participants: until 30th April 2018
  5. main Contest: 11th – 15th June 2018.

 

§ 2

Rules of participation in the Contest.

 

  1. Participation in the Contest is possible for:
  1. dancers who are at least 18 years old;
  2. dancers of contemporary dance who have a documented artistic activity or/and are professional dancers with a diploma of dance studies.
  1. The Contest allows application of solos (contemporary dance / contemporary ballet) that fulfil the following requirements:
  1. solos are autonomous performances;
  2. the solo premiered between 1st January 2016 and 30th March 2018;
  3. or solo is prepared especially for the Solo Dance Contest 2018 (it will be premiered during the Contest);
  4. the solo is not shorter than 5 minutes and not longer than 20 minutes;
  5. solos without stage set (only small elements of set are allowed) nor multimedia projections;
  6. the solo allows public presentation in front of the audience at the Theatre Stage of Club Zak (Suwnicowa Hall) with its particular technical conditions (stage area: 9m width x 8m depth, white dance floor, black backdrop, black side curtains without wings).
  1. Participants of the Contest should insure themselves.

 

§ 3

The application

 

  1. One dancer can submit a maximum of two solo pieces. Each solo piece should be submitted as a separate application.
  2. Place, date and mode of submitting the applications:
  1. date: 31st March 2018, till 11:00 pm (midnight);
  2. form of application: the application should be submitted through web page www.gdanskdancefest.pl, in Polish or English
  3. questions in Polish or English concerning the conditions of participation in the Contest may be sent to: gft2@klubzak.com.pl. The answers will be published on the above mentioned websites.
  1. Obligatory attachments to the application:
    1. link to YouTube or Vimeo page with the full length of the short solo piece submitted to the Contest (the recording of the solo piece should be done without special effects, montage cuts and other editing methods that may obscure the real image of the piece);
    2. legible scan of signed statements (Attachment 1);
    3. legible scans of IDs or passports or any other documents with photo that confirm in an indisputable way the age of the dancer who applies for the Contest;
  2. The following applications will not be considered:
  1. incomplete applications and applications with formal defects, As formal defects we understand: lack of obligatory attachments, lack of obligatory signatures;
  2. applications submitted after the deadline;
  3. applications of dancers that do not fulfil the conditions of participation in the Contest, in particular conditions mentioned in § 2 point 1;
  4. applications of solos that do not fulfil the conditions of participation in the Contest, in particular conditions mentioned in § 2 point 2;
  5. applications of dancers submitting more than two solos.
  1. Information about applications that do not comply with the conditions of participation in the Contest stated in § 2 point 1 and 2 will be sent via email to each applicant individually to the email address given in the application form.
  2. The Organiser will publish the list of Contest participants by 20th April 2018 on the following website: www.gdanskifestiwaltanca.pl / www.gdanskdancefest.pl (CONTEST) and will inform the participants via email.
  3. Dancers qualified for the Contest are obliged to send until 30th April 2018 confirmation of their participation via email.
  4. Dancers qualified for the Contest are obliged to bring music on audio CD to which the solo will be performed.

 

§ 4

The Jury and way of judging

 

  1. Solo pieces will be judged by an international Jury composed of 5 (or 3) members appointed by the Organiser. For the Jury the Organiser will select personages from the artistic world, programmers of international dance festivals and contemporary dance experts.
  2. The composition of the Jury will be officially presented on the website www.gdanskifestiwaltanca.pl / www.gdanskdancefest.pl (CONTEST) on the 9th March 2018.
  3. From among its members the Jury will appoint a chairman and will set the mode of judging the performances.
  4. The Jury will make the preselection choosing no more than 6 finalists and will judge the final performances for their artistic value, technical level and originality, awareness of the performance space, and dramaturgy of the solos.
  5. The Jury will present the verdict to the Organiser together with the revealed scoring or with a written justification of the verdict.
  6. The jury’s decisions are final and are not subject to any discussion.

 

§ 5

The schedule of the Contest.

 

  1. All contest presentations will be carried out in accordance to the light set up prepared by Club ZAK, which will be same for all dancers (see. Attachment 4 to the Regulations).
  2. The schedule of the Contest during preselection days:
  1. meeting and warm up: 9am – 10 am
  2. rehearsals: 10 am – 4 pm
  3. preselection in accordance to the draw: 6 pm
  4. Jury sessions, announcement of the outcome of the preselection for a given day of the Contest
  1. Final of the Contest and the announcement of the final verdict of the Jury: 15th June 2018.
  2. The Organiser reserves the right to make any amendments in the schedule of the Contest. The information about the final schedule of the Contest will be published by the Organiser by 31st May 2018 on the following website: www.gdanskifestiwaltanca.pl / www.gdanskdancefest.pl (CONTEST).
  3. The Organiser reserves the right to make any use of the photo materials taken during the public presentations of the Contest in published paper materials, promotional materials and on the Organiser’s websites.

 

§ 6

The collection of the prize

 

  1. In the Contest there are to be 3 prizes: 1st prizes: 3.000 EUR, 2nd prize: 2.000 EUR and 3rd prize: 1.000 EUR. The Jury is allowed to share the sum of 6.000 EUR differently. The Jury is not allowed to refrain from appointing the prizes and sharing the sum of 6.000 EUR.
  2. If the prize is awarded to a Polish performer, the prize will be a PLN equivalent of the sum in EUR, estimated in accordance to the average exchange rate of the National Bank of Poland from the day of issuing the verdict of Jury.
  3. The payment of the prize will take place after the Jury announces the verdict.
  4. The amount of the prize is gross amount and any taxes related to it should be deducted according to the legally binding laws.

                                                             

                                                                         § 7

Accommodation and travel costs for the Contest participants from outside Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot

 

  1. The regulations stated in § 5 pertain only to the participants of the Contest who live outside Gdansk, Gdynia, Sopot.
  2. The Organiser will cover the costs of travel for participants of the Contest in accordance to the following rules:
    1. the legal citizens of Poland will receive a refund of travel costs within the area of Poland (both ways); the refund will be done only on the basis of train or bus tickets (no refund for travelling by car);
    2. the legal citizens of Poland living or studying beyond the borders of Poland and citizens of other countries will receive a refund of travel costs (both ways); the refund will be done on the basis of plane, train or bus tickets but the overall cost should not exceed 150 EUR (no refund for travelling by car).
  3. The Organiser will provide all participants with accommodation throughout all the Contest. Dancers that will be chosen to perform on the first day of contest will be provided with the accommodation starting one day before the Contest.
  4. The Organiser will provide the dancers qualified for the Contest with one hot meal a day.

 

§ 8

Final resolutions

 

  1. The act of submitting the application form is equal to Contest participants’ acceptance of the Contest conditions and Contest Regulations stated here. It is also equal to approving of The Organiser making use of the personal data, which will be processed in accordance to The Personal Data Protection Act dated 29th of August 1997 (unified text - The Journal of Polish Law from 2002, no. 101, pos. 926). The personal data will be used by the Organiser to adjudicate the Contest, publication of results and promotion of the performances. Each participant of the Contest has right to inquire and correct his or her personal data.
  2. In all cases not regulated by these Regulations the decisions are made by the Organiser.
  3. The Organiser reserves the right to make any amendments in the Regulations during the Contest and takes on an obligation to immediately publish the changed Regulations in the places where the Contest Regulations were published before.
  4. The Organiser reserves the right to cancel the Contest without providing any explanation.

 

 

 

 

Attachments:

  1. Statements;
  2. The light set up prepared by Club Zak.