The entries for the Budapest Ballet Grand Prix are shaping up excellently: organic entries have come in from all over the world for the international classical ballet competition to be held at the end of November. In the meantime, it has been decided that the jury president will also be a true global star.
The chairman of the distinguished and internationally recognized jury is Kang Sue-jin from South Korea, a former solo dancer at the Stuttgart Ballet and the artistic director of the Korean National Ballet.
Not only the field of participants but also the jury will be of a world-class standard at the event. This is one of the reasons why the organizers of the Budapest Ballet Grand Prix, together with the main sponsor MOL-New Europe Foundation, held a press conference on 24 October, one month before the competition. The Ballet Grand Prix, organized for the first time this year and hosted by the Hungarian Dance University (Magyar Táncművészeti Egyetem, MTE), will take place at two venues: the Palace of Arts (Müpa) and the National Dance Theatre. The contestants will represent as many as 23 nations, including Brazil, Canada, Australia, Ukraine, and Russia.
In fact, the goal of the organizers of the event, which will take place between 21 and 24 November, has been from the outset for the competition to become a real meeting point for European and global dance art and also to promote Hungarian ballet and dance art. This will be the first independent international ballet competition the MTE will be hosting, in conjunction with the National Dance Theatre and Müpa.
State Secretary for Innovation and Higher Education Balázs Hankó emphasized that hosting the Budapest Ballet Grand Prix contributes to the goal set by the supervisory board of the MTE that the university should become the best in Europe by 2026.
János Kiss, ballet dancer and chairman of the board of the MTE Foundation, highlighted that more than 100 entries from 23 countries have been received for the competition.
MTE Rector Márta Fodor Molnár emphasized her pride in the university, which covers various disciplines in the world of dance and is unique on a global scale.
The Budapest Ballet Grand Prix is open to dancers aged 15 to 24 who consider dance to be their life’s vocation. Participants from professional schools and ensembles can compete in three age groups in classical ballet and modern dance categories, both solo and pas de deux.
More about the Grand Prix is available on the official website here.
Sources: Hungarian Conservative/MTE/MTI