With help from sponsors such as the Yvonne L. K. Lui Trust, the Chinese Ministry of Culture and the Beijing Municipal Government organised the first ever Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition (Beijing IBCC) in 2011 in order to enable national and international talent to compete on a new world stage, that of China. Professional dancers between the ages of 17 and 26, and choreographers between 18 and 40, were invited to enter.
The aim of the Beijing IBCC is to provide another world-renowned platform for aspiring dancers, professionals and members of national ballet dance troupes to participate at this biennial event. The emphasis of the competition is on artistic standard and variety, classical ballet and choreography, with successful participants gaining global attention from the top schools, choreographers, dance troupes, media and benefactors. Prizes of up to 20,000 USD in each category help change the lives and dancing opportunities of the Beijing IBCC’s contestants.
The Yvonne L. K. Lui Trust helped support the launch and development of the Beijing IBCC because it is important for China’s art and performance scene to be put on the map and for individuals in China to have the opportunity to train and learn from the best. The Trust also believes that ballet and dance is an elevating cultural experience that has no geographical or language barriers, but rather brings people together through education and the discipline of dance.
Many of ballet’s great stars from around the world have come from humble beginnings. Expensive to fund one’s own teaching, competition fees, travel and outfit costs, great talents rely on high level competitions to manifest their dreams and maintain their careers. The Beijing IBCC subsidises many brilliant dancers without means to ensure that the very best talent can join the event and perform in front of the art’s leading lights. At the most recent event, the judging panel included the legendary Julio Bocca Artistic Director of Uruguay National Ballet) and Sergei Filin (former Artistic Director of Bolshoi Ballet), alongside classical and contemporary dancers Uliana Lopakina and Ryaboko Oleksandr (star of the Hamburg Ballet).
Beijing’s National Centre of Performing Arts hosted the Beijing IBCC in July 2011, 2013 and 2015. The fourth competition took place with the Trust’s ongoing assistance in August 2017.
For further information view the IBCC website.