Opus 1

Slovensko ljudsko gledališče Celje, 30. marec 2024

15. International Competition of Young Dance Creators
OPUS 1 – Short Dance Piece 2024
Slovenian National Theatre Celje, 30th March 2024


The aim of this competition is to promote contemporary dance and discover fresh talents. Not to push for competitiveness, but rather to foster creativity of young dance creators.

The 15th International Competition of Young Dance Creators OPUS 1 – short dance piece 2024 (Slovenian National Theatre Celje, 30th March 2024) is open to dancers born between 2000 and 2008, who can apply with:

- A solo dance piece which is both conceived and choreographed by the performing dancer

- A duet, which is both conceived and choreographed by the performing dancers - shared authorship

Dancers who apply must reside outside of Slovenia. Dancers residing in Slovenia must reach the international competition through national contests.

Age groups and lengths of short dance pieces:

Group M (born between 2005 and 2008) – maximum 4 minutes

Group L (born between 2000 and 2004) – maximum 7 minutes





More about the theme on the link bellow:

Opus 1 - Theme



The jury will be composed from three renowned international dance experts. In previous years, jury members included Susan Quinn (SEAD), Matej Kejžar, Martin Sonderkamp, Milan Tomášik (Les SlovaKs), Eduardo Torroja, Ryuzo Fukuhara, Roberto Olivan, Boštjan Antončič (Rosas), Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld, Ofra Idel (MASH), Davide Sportelli, Ana Štefanec (EnKnap) …

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


The prizes will be awarded for:

- The Best short dance piece- dance performance and choreography (group M: EUR 300, group L: EUR 800)

- The Best idea (group M: EUR 150, group L: EUR 400)

- The Best dancer (group M: EUR 150, group L: EUR 400)

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

- Dance studio Intakt and JSKD will select a young dance artist (only from group L), who will get a grant for producing a new dance project, which will be premiered at the OPUS 2025 and have a postproduction at the festival Platform of contemporary dance (artistic direction by Mojca Kasjak) in Maribor

- A young jury will select one short dance piece and award its performer with participation at dance classes and workshops at The International Summer Dance School 2024 in Ljubljana

- Matjaz Farič, artistic director of the International Contemporary Dance Festival Front@, will select dance pieces, which will be featured at the 19th edition of the Front@ festival, August 2024.


The deadline for applications is February 18, 2024. The application must be submitted online until 18th February 2024, 12.00 PM CET and is only complete if it includes a link to the dance piece which shall be presented at the competition. Only complete applications, submitted before the deadline, shall be considered. 

Application form is on the link bellow:

Opus 1 - Application

There is no entrance fee. A curatorship will select young dance performers on the basis of the received videos to participate in the competition. The successful dancers will receive an invitation by 26th February 2024 at the latest. The competitors must confirm their appearance by 1st March 2024. If the competitors do not confirm their participation in time, the invitation will become invalid.

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 found at:

General information and contacts:

Republic of Slovenia Public Fund for Cultural Activities (JSKD)
Štefanova 5, PO Box 1699, 1000 Ljubljana                                



T: 00 386 (0)1 241 0 522


If you have any questions concerning your application, please send an e-mail to








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