SA International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) 2021 The SA International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) 2021 will kick off on 19 October 2021 on World Ballet Day at Artscape in Cape Town with a record number of entrants and a jury representing six continents.

This year sees a jury that represents every continent and the highest number of entrants to date – 180 dancers – all taking advantage of the chance to be seen by an outstanding panel comprised of the heads of some of the best ballet companies, academies and training institutions in the world.

The majority of dancers have submitted video entries with approximately 70 entrants competing onstage at the Artscape Opera House. Prizes include access to summer intensive programmes, internships and scholarships.The categories are Novices aged 6 to 8, Scholars age 9 to 11, Juniors age 12 to 15 and Seniors age 16 to 19.

In between the live performances, video entries will be flighted on a huge backdrop on the stage. Throughout the SAIBC the in-house and online audience will be able to watch those dancers competing via pre-recorded video and the Gala, solo variations (live and pre-recorded) and pas de deux.

At any given time, eight judges will be observing and assessing all the entrants. The three South African jury members – Allison Hendricks, CEO of Dance for All; Sean Bovim, Artistic Director of Bovim Ballet and Xola Willie from Mzansi Ballet – will be adjudicating in the theatre while the overseas-based panel members will log in from around the world. Each session will be recorded in case of a break in the live feed, thus enabling judges to continue with their scoring.

SA International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) 2021

SA International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) 2021 International panellists

The 18-member jury represents six continents for the first time in the history of the SAIBC, a monumental achievement and testament to the competition’s stellar reputation globally. aside from the three attending in person at Artscape, the remaining panellists are Augustina Galizzi, Principal ballerina with the National Ballet of Mexico; Andile Ndlovu (RSA/USA), dancer with The Washington Ballet; Hope Keelan (UK), ballet teacher at The Royal Ballet School and Artistic Manager at White Lodge; Alexei Ilin (Russia), Senior Lecturer at The Vaganova Academy of Russia; Viviana Durante (Italy/UK), Director of Dance at English National Ballet School; Professor Geung Soo Kim (South Korea), President of the World Dance Alliance Korea;  Charmaine Hunter (USA), Principal of the Orlando Ballet School; ; Cooper Rust (USA/Kenya) from the Dance Centre Kenya; Sheryn Lister (RSA/Australia), Founder of Kinderballet; Wei Wu (China), Ballet Master at Liaoning Ballet; Christoph Bӧhm (Germany), from the Berlin State Ballet School; Oscar Cordoba (Spain/Switzerland), on faculty at the Zurich Dance Academy; Magaly Suarez Cuba/USA), the Founder-Director of the Art of Classical Ballet; Ioshinobu Navaro Sanler (Spain/Cuba) from the Alicia Alonso Dance Institute and the Alicia Alonso Dance Foundation, and Tanya Howard (RSA/Canada), soloist with The National Ballet of Canada.

At the closing Gala performance on Saturday 23 October, there will be several items performed by guest artists from Cape Town City Ballet and Mzansi Ballet will present an excerpt from their brand new dance production The Golden Rhino, costumed by the award winning South African designer, David Tlale. The Finale item at the closing performance will include everyone that has competed at Artscape.

What: SA International Ballet Competition (SAIBC) 2021

Where and when: Artscape and online from 19 to 23 October 2021

Tickets: To book via Computicket click (to watch online) and (to watch at the theatre)