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XVII Russian Open Ballet Competition «Arabesque—2022» named after Ekaterina Maximova

Russia, Perm,
April 19 – April 30, 2022

Performance Program


Classical Choreography

Couples: one pas de deux by choreographers of the XIX-XXI centuries.
Soloists: two variations by choreographers of the XIX-XXI centuries.


1. Classical Choreography

Couples: each dancer in a couple performs as a soloist one variation by choreographers of the XIX-XXI centuries.
Soloists: one variation by choreographers of the XIX-XXI centuries.

2. Contemporary Choreography

Couples and soloists must perform one piece of contemporary choreography (modern or jazz dance or a piece of a free or any other style dance) to the music of any composer, staged not earlier than 2016 if the piece is not applied for choreographers competition. In case the piece is applied for the competition, it must be staged not earlier than 2020.
The performing time must not exceed 4 minutes (please mind that the Jury monitor the exact timing of the performed pieces).


Classical Choreography

Couples: one pas de deux by choreographers of the XIX-XXI centuries.
Soloists: two variations by choreographers of the XIX-XXI centuries.

All the pieces are allowed to perform only if the participant has the permission to perform the piece given by the owners of the author’s right to the piece (including the author’s heirs).

Regulations of the Competition of Choreographers and Contemporary Dancers


The XIV International Competition of Ballet Dancers and Choreographers will take place in the summer of 2022

XIV International Ballet Competition

June 1-11, 2022

Moscow, the Bolshoi Theatre


Conditions of the Competition

The International Ballet Competition has been held since 1969 every four years at the Bolshoi Theater of the Russian Federation.

The XIV International Ballet Competition is celebrating the 95th anniversary of Yuri Grigorovich.

Founders of the competition:

Government of the Russian Federation

Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

The dates of the XIV International Ballet Competition (hereinafter referred to as the Competition) are determined by the Organizing Committee.

The Organizing Committee ensures the solution of issues of interdepartmental interaction, approves the list and Regulations for the jury panel, criteria for evaluating the performances of the contestants, the competition program, the Regulations of the Competition directorate, coordinates the possible establishment of special and additional prizes.

The preparation, arrangement and management of the Competition is supervised by the competition directorate established by the Russian Ministry of Culture that is acting upon the Regulations on the competition directorate approved by the organizing committee.

The functions of the Competition Directorate are performed by The Federal Directorate of Performing Arts “ROSCONCERT”.

The jury of the competition is formed of leading Russian and foreign figures in the field of choreographic art, soloists of the Russian and world ballet, heads of the world’s largest theater companies, authoritative choreographers, teachers, theater critics, prominent figures in choreography, producers.

Artistic Director of the Competition is Yuri Grigorovich, the choreographer of the Bolshoi Theater.


The VIII International Yuri Grigorovich Competition “Young Ballet of the World” has been completed

The competition was attended by 48 contestants from ten countries of the world – Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Japan and Russia. The international jury included: Rector of the Moscow State Academy of Choreography, People’s Artist of Russia, Professor Marina Leonova (chairman); General Director of the International Federation of Ballet Competitions, Executive Secretary of the Jury and Director of the Young Ballet of the World Competition, Honored Art Worker Sergei Usanov, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, teacher-tutor Yuri Vasyuchenko; People’s Artist of the USSR Margarita Drozdova, Artistic Director of the Russian Ballet Theater, People’s Artist of the USSR Vyacheslav Gordeev; artistic director of the Bolshoi Theater of Belarus, People’s Artist of the USSR Valentin Elizariev; artistic director of the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theater Vadim Pisarev (Ukraine), rector of the Roman Academy of Dance Margherita Parrilla (Italy), dancer and teacher Olivier Pate (France).

The closing ceremony of the Competition and the final concert of the laureates


Иван Сорокин


Moscow, November 7-12, 2020
Younger group
Sorokin Ivan Moscow 1 prize

Иван Сорокин
Ivan Sorokin

Pleshakov Bogdan Moscow 2nd prize

Богдан  Плешаков
Pleshakov Bogdan

Odintsovo Ivan Yakutsk 3rd prize
Rachin Egor Saint Petersburg 3 award

Егор Рачин

Rachin Egor


Vasilchenko Ulyana Moscow 2nd prize

Ульяна Васильченко
Vasilchenko Ulyana

Daria Chugunova Perm 3rd prize

Дарья Чугунова
Daria Chugunova 

Savintseva Irina Yekaterinburg Diploma
Valuyskaya Alexandra Rostov-on-don Diploma
Kobyakova Nika Krasnogorsk Diploma
Alikovsky Yulia Moscow Diploma
Anastasia Kaplina Ufa Diploma
Nikolaeva Alina Krasnodar Diploma

Senior group

Svinco Elena Krasnoyarsk 1st prize

Елена Свинко и Марчелло Пелиццони
Svinco Elena and Mario Pelecconi

Chrisa Alexander Moscow 2nd prize

Александра Криса и Юрий Выборнов
Aleksandra Krisa and Yuri Vybornov

Lazareva Alesya Moscow 3rd prize
Orel Ksenia Moscow 3 prize
Lipchuk Alina Moscow Diploma
Vansina Polina Moscow Diploma
Ring Ksenia Moscow Diploma for participation in the 3rd round

George Bolsunovsky Krasnoyarsk 1st prize

Георгий Болсуновский
George Bolsunovsky

Arakelyan Harutyun Moscow 2nd prize

Арутюн  Аракелян
Arakelyan Harutyun

Demchekov Timur Ulan-Ude 2nd prize
Oleg karatsev Moscow 3rd prize
Gleb Orlov Krasnodar Diploma for participation in the 3rd round

Special awards:

” For the best choreography of numbers specially set for the competition ”

Alessandro Kaggeji (Kazan) for the number ” Jester»

Иван Сорокин в номере "Шут"
Ivan Sorokin in the role of ” Jester”

Yulia Repitsyna (Chelyabinsk) for the issue “Haiku about geisha”

"Хокку о гейшах"
Haiku about geisha”

” For successful preparation of the contest participant ”

Valery Viktorovich Anisimov (Moscow)
Zhanna Vladimirovna Bogoroditskaya (Moscow)
Alexander Eduardovich Kuimov (Krasnoyarsk)
Vera Surovtseva (Krasnoyarsk)

“For the partnership”

Yuri Vybornov (Moscow)
Marcello Pelicani (Krasnoyarsk)

Participants of the Gala concert

Results of the contest “Arabesque” Perm 2020

Participants of the Gala concert
Participants of the Gala concert




FIRST PRIZE (girls): not awarded

FIRST PRIZE (boys): not awarded

SECOND PRIZE (girls) divided between: Snigur Victoria (Russia, Perm), Tovtyn Diana (Russia, Perm)

SECOND PRIZE (boys): Ivan Sorokin (Russia, Moscow)

Ivan Sorokin
Ivan Sorokin

THIRD PRIZE (girls) divided between: Daria Chugunova (Russia, Perm) and

Maxeva Juliana (Russia, Perm)

Maxeva Juliana and Rasmus Algren
Maxeva Juliana and Rasmus Algren

THIRD PRIZE (boys): not awarded


Anastasia Kaplina (Russia, Ufa)

Bogdan Pleshakov(Russia, Moscow)

Shishkalova Tamila (Russia, Voronezh)


FIRST PRIZE (women’s): not awarded

FIRST PRIZE (male): Shamkeev Kubanych (Kyrgyzstan)

SECOND PRIZE (female): Wakabayashi Liri (Japan)

Wakabayashi Liri  and Shamkeev Kubanych
Wakabayashi Liri and Shamkeev Kubanych

SECOND PRIZE (male): Dangit  Subedei (Russia, Kyzyl)

Dangit  Subedei
Dangit Subedei

THIRD PRIZE (female) divided between: Chris Alexander (Russia, Moscow) and

Kamilla Ismagilova (Russia, Kazan)

THIRD PRIZE (men’s) divided between:

Algren Rasmus (Finland)

Safin Marat (Russia, Perm)


Natalia Pivkina (Russia, Moscow)

Natalia Pivkina
Natalia Pivkina

The Ring Kseniya (Russia, Moscow)


to the Best partner who did not participate in the competition:

Yuri Vybornov (Russia, Moscow)

Teacher-tutor for the preparation of the contest participant:

Tatiana Predeina (Russia, Chelyabinsk).

Special prizes and prizes:

EKATERINA MAKSIMOVA and VLADIMIR VASILIEV PRIZE for the best duet of the competition: not awarded

The award named after GALINA ULANOVA for the spirituality of dance:

not awarded

PRIZE GEORGE ZORICH “Dancer for purity of technique and artistic execution”:

Shamkeev Kubanych (Kyrgyzstan)

PRIZE of a name of NATALIA DUDINSKAYA “fidelity to traditions of Russian ballet school” founded by Duo Margarita Kulik and Vladimir Kim:

Perm state ballet school (Russia, Perm)

Diaghilev house prize “Hope of Russia”:

Ivan Sorokin (Russia, Moscow)

Marius Petipa PRIZE “for the purity and academism of classical dance”. Provided by Globex Promotion production company (General Director Aidar Shaidullin, Moscow):

Kris Alexander (Russia, Moscow)

Algren Rasmus (Finland)

ballerina GALINA RAGOZINA PRIZE for “the youngest finalist of the competition”:

Diana Tovtyn (Russia, Perm)


PRIZE OF THE JURY OF THE PRESS: Leary Wakabayashi (Japan) and Shamkeev Kubanych (Kyrgyzstan)

DIPLOMAS of jury of the press: Ivan Sorokin (Moscow, Russia) – for elegance and musicality in classical dance

Natalia Pivkina (Moscow, Russia) – for artistic performance of the classical repertoire

Avetisyan Mushegh(Russia, Moscow) – for the creative development of the traditions of Russian classical ballet



“Arabesque-2020” Competition

There were some more important changes in the form and dates of the upcoming “Arabesque-2020” Competition. Please, see below.
The long-awaited Anyuta, our competition opening premiere, will happen on October 24, live in theatre and online. Spectators will take seats in accordance with the purchased tickets in a chess seating arrangement.

On October 25, while Round I, the audience will be seated in strict accordance with the chess seating arrangement only in the circle, dress circle, and upper circle. Places in the stalls will be provided to the members of the jury, press jury, guests and participants of the competition, with all precautions being made for them not to intersect.
From October 26, in accordance with the order of the Ministry of Culture of the Perm Territory, competitive rounds and the gala concert will be held behind closed doors, without the admission of spectators. Our dear spectators, please, pay attention that there were changes in the competition’s schedule. Now, Round I will take place on October 25-27. On October 28 and 29 we will see Round II. The final round will be concluded in one day, on October 30. Contemporary choreography competition will take place on November 1, and November 2 and 3 are dates reserved for the closing ceremony and galas of laureates.It will be possible to watch competition and support participants online. The broadcasts will take place on the theatre’s website , YouTube channel and on the theatre’s official VKontakte page.


XXIX edition of the International Ballet Competition – Varna is being postponed

Dear candidates, pedagogues, admirers,

On behalf of the International Ballet Competition – Varna Foundation, we would like to inform you that the XXIX edition of the International Ballet Competition – Varna, scheduled for July 15-30, 2020, is being postponed for technical reasons and will not be held this year.

We will additionally announce on our official site and our social media pages when its XXIX edition will be held.

Thank you for your interest in the Competition and in the art of ballet, we rely upon your understanding and will remain in touch with you in the name of the dance that has always gathered us at the Varna Ballet Olympiad.

Foundation “International Ballet Competition – Varna”