9th South African Ballet International Ballet Competition The 9th South African International Ballet Competition (SAIBC), will be open to capacity audiences and international judges and competitors in person at Artscape  from 25 to 30 July 2022. Entrants unable to participate at the theatre will compete via video, classifying the 9th SAIBC a hybrid event.

Two years of challenging Covid 19 restrictions saw the competition run solely online in 2020 and as a hybrid event in 2021, when only South African dancers competed at Artscape before a live audience. Now, with the easing of mask mandates, lockdown restrictions and travel protocols, several  entrants will be flying in from countries such as Cuba, Eswatini and Russia. Aside from South Africa, other participating nations include Mongolia, China, Australia, USA, Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand, Latvia, Malaysia, Philippines and Nigeria.

Distinguished panel of judges

The entire panel of judges will be present in the Artscape auditorium to adjudicate the proceedings. SAIBC Founder and CEO Dirk Badenhorst announced the distinguished panel of judges for 2022, seven individuals drawn from some of the world’s finest dance training institutions, academia and professional ballet companies. They are 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 (Brazill / SA), Senior Soloist of Joburg Ballet and founder of the digital platform @blacksinballet.

9th South African Ballet International Ballet Competition

Dancers whose applications are successful, can choose to compete via video submission or in person. Prizes include summer intensives, internships and scholarships at the finest dance facilities around the world and in South Africa. In a new development, the competition has been opened up to groups –  duets, trios, quartets, as well as small and large groups – where entrants will compete in the age group of the oldest competitor. The other categories are Novices age 6 to 8 (entrants from Africa only), Scholars age 9 to 11, Juniors age 12 to 15 and Seniors age 16 to 19.

The competition week is broken down into nightly elimination rounds, from Tuesday 26 July to Friday 29 July at 5pm and on Saturday 30 July at 12pm. Registration day for approved candidates is Monday 25 July 2002 at Artscape. The awards and closing Gala event is on Saturday 30 July at 7pm and will feature the winners and guest artists, to be announced.

What: 9th South African International Ballet Competition

Where and when: Artscape and online from 25 to 30 July 2022

Tickets: Tickets cost from R135 to R285 through Computicket and Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 0214217695, and can also be purchased through the free ArtOfLife app, available for download in the Google Playstore and in the App Store. www.saibc.com