From 28 May to 2 June, 2020 at the Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
The most important Italian competition reserved to young dancers will be attended by more than 140 dancers from no less than 13 countries. The Alberto Testa Prize was established, to honour the great choreographer and dance historian who passed away in October, 2019.
Expectations are growing around the 29th edition of the Spoleto International Dance Competition. The most important Italian dance competition, among the world’s top ranking initiatives dedicated to young dance talents, will be held from 28 May to 2 June, 2020 in the prestigious Teatro Menotti and will be participated by 140 young dancers coming from Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Latvia, Belarus, Lithuania, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, US, Brasil and Paraguay.
The International Dance Competition was conceived by dance manager Paolo Boncompagni along with Alberto Testa, whom we all knew as “il professore”, actual icon of world’s dance, who passed away last year in October.
The great dancer, dance critic and historian, has been the competition’s artistic director and president; in his honour, general manager Paolo Boncompagni has decided to establish the Alberto Testa Prize which will be included in the competition and will award selected excellences among dancers, choreographers, stage managers and photographers internationally.
The Spoleto International Dance Competition is the only Italian such event to be included into the International Federation of Ballet Competitions, an exclusive club counting the 17 mostimportant dance competitions in the world, and features the International Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers in Moscow, the Youth America Grand Prix in New York and the Varna International Ballet in Bulgaria.
Artistic director Irina Kashkova stresses the primary mission of the International Dance Competition: the search for technical quality. Also testified to by its prestige and credibility, the jury is composed every year of the most qualified protagonists of the “sixth art”, picked up from theatre and dance academies directors.
The competition’s most important prize – the Gran Prix – will be awarded by president of the Cassa di Risparmio Foundation Sergio Zinni, at the end of the gala evening, scheduled at the Teatro Menotti on 2 June.
Every year the Spoleto event awards scholarships for a prize of 30,000 €. to be spent in the most important theatres in the world. And the dancers graduated in Spoleto frequently obtain prestigious roles in the most qualified corps de ballet. It happened to Alessio Carbone, winner of the 2001 edition, today first dancer at the Paris Opera and to Timofej Andrijashenko and Claudio Coviello, first dancers at La Scala.
The International Dance Competition also boasts the paternity of the Gino Tani International Prize for Performing Arts, an award given in the past to artists such as Pina Bausch, Carla Fracci, Roberto Bolle, Elisabetta Terabust, Raffaele Paganini and Eleonora Abbagnato.
The event has always been strongly supported by the city administration. Councillor for culture Ada Urbani defined it “worth of the Spoleto brand”.
The International Dance Competition is a fundamental voice for the splendid Umbrian town, not only for its high cultural value but also for tourism and territorial marketing: in the last edition there were almost three thousand overnight stays in the city, dancers, accompaniers and organizers of the event. An economic return that can be quantified in a direct expenditure on the territory of over 400 thousand euros.