The 4th International Choreographic Competition LINKAGE is for young choreographers (not more than 40 years old) to present their contemporary dance solos or duets with duration between 5 and 13 minutes.

Where: Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

When: 27-30 October 2023

Deadline for applications: 5 September 2023

General rules:
– The competition is for young choreographers and/or dancers.
– Eligible applications include contemporary dance solos or duets with a duration between 5 and 13 minutes.
– The choreographer can participate as a performer in his or her own piece.
– Deadline for applications: 5th of September 2023.
– The pre-jury will select 10 choreographer to take part in the competition.
– The approved candidates will be notified no later than 10.09.2023.
– The accommodation for the 4 days of the competition is covered by the organizer.
– Travel costs and daily expenses are not provided.
– Each participant will have no longer than 60 min. for rehearsal on stage and light set up.
– Minimum lighting requirements are allowed.
– Stage: Black box, 10 m x 10 m

Schedule of the competition:
27.10 (Friday) – arrival at Stara Zagora, Bulgaria
28.10 (Saturday) – stage and technical rehearsal of the first half of the finalists
29.10 (Sunday) – stage and technical rehearsal of the second half of the finalists and COMPETITION NIGHT
30.10 (Monday) – GALA EVENING

Jury members:
Sylvia Tomova (Head of a jury) – Artistic director of the ballet of State Opera – Stara Zagora
Jivko jelyazkov – Choreographer and Artistic Director of Derida Dance Company
Willy Prager – Choreographer and Co-founder of Antistatic Festival for contemporary dance and performance.

1st place – 6000 BGN
2nd place – 3000 BGN
3th place – 2000 BGN
Audience award – 1000 BGN

Special awards*:
– Residency program in Derida Dance Center – Sofia, Bulgaria – handed by the artistic director of Derida Dance Company – Jivko Jelyazkov
– Invitation for leading a workshop with professional performers
– Call for performance of the presented choreography, for a fee, in other cities in the country.
– Invitation for choreography of a new piece for a Bulgarian dance company
* Special prizes are given at the discretion of the jury members, regardless of the official ranking in the competition. Special prizes are not necessarily awarded.

How to apply:
To apply, please use the application form:

Or send the following information:
– short biography of the choreographer
– portrait photo of the choreographer
– video of the full choreography
Please send the materials to:

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