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Ballet "Arabesque" announces the X Competition for Contemporary Choreography based on bulgarian music for the " Margarita Arnaudova" award

The Competition for Contemporary Choreography, established by academician Kalina Bogoeva in 1996, has endorsed a whole generation of young bulgarian choreographers, who are nowadays the face of contemporary bulgarian choreography.

Deadline to apply

with a preliminary project:

1 March 2020

Information about the terms and conditions of the Competition:





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MAY 2020



Margarita Arnaudova” Competition was founded by academician Kalina Bogoeva in 1996. The international edition of the Competition is organized together with Ballet Arabesque and “Kalina Bogoeva” Foundation.

The Competition is an expression of the creative necessity of Ballet Arabesque to seek interaction between Bulgarian composers and contemporary choreographers. The Competition encourages the quest for original ideas expressed in authentic, natural, contemporary dance language and style.

Margarita Arnaudova (1941-1994), whose name the Competition bears, is a whole epoch in contemporary dance in Bulgaria and her spirit is still perceived in Bulgarian culture as a bridge connecting the best from the past with the future.

The competition may include choreographers and dancers with professional training in the field of contemporary dance. The competition is for choreography on Bulgarian music of the candidates' choice, with a duration of about 20 minutes. The choreographies must be performed by three to six dancers from the Arabesque Ballet Company.

Music compositions by five Bulgarian composers are offered, each of them with duration of about 20 minutes.  Each competitor has to choose one of them and make a choreography including three to six dancers. The choreographers selected in the final round of the competition will perform their  works with professional dancers from Ballet Arabesque.



There are two awards:

Margarita Arnaudova” Award – BGN 1000 and Work of Art – is awarded by the audience by voting with tickets and it is presented by acaemician Kalina Bogoeva, the founder of the award and president of “Kalina Bogoeva” Foundation.

The Profesional Jury Award - BGN 2000.

Encouraging awards:

- Encouraging award for original idea

- Encouraging award for original dance language

The award-winners grant the rights of presenting their production to Ballet Arabesque for one year.

The choreographers have to be available to be photographed and interviewed by the media, for free; also they may not have any financial claims when parts of their productions are shot by TV companies for the purpose of advertising the event.


For the preliminary selection you have to send us the following materials:

- Application form – you may download it from the site (www.margaritaarnaoudova.orgwww.arabesque.bg or by email on request..

- Applicant’s CV containing detailed information for his/her professional experience in the sphere of dance as well as feedback information for contact

- Choreographer’s photo

- Preliminary design of the production that is to be presented at the Competition (participants: 3 to 6 dancers)

- Video or DVD containing 3-minute fragment of a choreography based on one of the offered music compositions by Bulgarian composers.

- Video or DVD containing fragments of former productions by the choreographer made during the last three years

Deadline for sending all needed documents and materials is,

-      via e-mail to Ballet Arabesque  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   till March 1st, 2020 or to the following addressBallet Arabesque, 3, Panayot Volov str, Sofia 1504, Bulgaria.

Selection Committee chosen by the Management of Ballet Arabesque and the award founder will evaluate the sent materials  and  will   pay special attention to the originality of the concept, music interpretation and dance language demonstrated in the fragment

Deadline for announcing the participants admitted to II round: The chosen participants  will be informed via e-mail  till March 7 th, 2020.

Selected choreographers confirm the participation in the final round of the competition till 10.03.2020 via email. After that the working period  with the group of Ballet "Arabesque" is determined and  a contract is signed.


-  In the II round participate 3 selected projects

- The chosen choreographers will accomplish their productions with the participation of professional dancers from Ballet Arabesque  – from 3 to 6 dancers

- The choreographers must be available for rehearsals with the group for a period of 20 days between March 20 th, till May 15th, 2020  specified in advance  signed contract

- All choreographers will have equal number of rehearsal hours depending on the duration of chosen music

- Travel expenses – on the account of the applicants.

- Accommodation of the finalists from the countryside for their stay in Sofia are on the account of the Competition.

- Each choreographer will have  a budget at his/her disposal for non-complicated costumes, and probably for minimal décor and requisite necessary for the scenic performance of the production

- All choreographers will have at their disposal and on the account of the competition a professional Bulgarian artist for the costumes and décor as well as a lighting designer, they both will work together with the choreographers to form the whole vision of the Competition evening helping choreographers with their requirements and ideas.

- The copyright of the music played at the final evening is settled by the competition.

- For the final evening a stage  with black background and with  the size of 10 х 15 m will be provided, as well as a black dance floor.

- The final evening will take place on the 20 th(21 st) of  May  in front of audience and professional jury and on the 31 st of May, 2020-  Gala evening of the awarded choreography.



Ballet Arabesque

3 Panajot Volov str.

1504 Sofia, Bulgaria

Mobile: + 359 897 920920 Boriana Sechanova – Artistic director

             + 359 897 969780 Maya Mihailova - Manager

             + 359 897 880554 Olessia Pantikina  - Choreographer

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