9th South African International Ballet Competition at Artscape

Zeinab Kone, 14, from Johannesburg South Africa, will be competing in person in the Junior section (photo Lauge Sorenson)

TALENTED ballet dancers from South Africa and around the world will be gathering at the Artscape Opera House  from 26 to 30 July for the 9th South African International Ballet Competition (SAIUBC). In exciting news, the full international jury will be adjudicating in person, for the first time in two years. 

The SAIBC, launched in 2008 by founder and CEO Dirk Badenhorst is lauded as the most prestigious international ballet competition in Africa. On the jury panel this year will be Christoph Böhm (Germany), guest ballet master and teacher at the Berlin State Ballet; Professor Geung Soo Kim (South Korea), former artistic director of the Korean National Ballet and president of the world Dance Alliance; Debbie Turner, CEO of Cape Town City Ballet; Roberta Martins (Switzerland), former ballerina and a ballet teacher at the Zürich Dance Academy; Ioshinobu Navarro Sanler (Spain/Cuba), teacher in the Cuban dance methodology and expert at Alicia Alonso Institute from the Alicia Alonso Foundation; Artemiy Pyzhov (Russia), first soloist with the Ballet of Slovak National Theatre and a ballet teacher in Slovakia who trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School; and Ruan Galdino (Brazil/SA), senior soloist of Joburg Ballet and founder of the digital platform @blacksinballet.

Ivan Odintsov, 18, from Russia who will be competing in person

The SAIBC has also partnered with @blacksinballet to sponsor one black dancer from anywhere in the world-travel expenses included- to compete in  person in this year’s competition. 

The hybrid SAIBC 2022 is open to the public. Artscape is now allowing capacity audiences and with all the excitement surrounding this news, advance booking is highly recommended.  Tickets from R135 to R285 through Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695, and can also be purchased through the free ArtOfLife app, available for download in the Google Playstore and in the App Store. For more information, click here.

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