Introduction / About the Competition
Be ready to jump!
No matter what kind of difficulties come up, we confidently send this message to all the young dancers who assume the artistic mission of the future.
ORCHARD GRAND PRIX Asia Pacific Ballet Competition will be launched in 2022, under the supervision of Tetsuya Kumakawa, Artistic director of Bunkamura Orchard Hall. It is a new competition for world ballet dancers.
An unprecedented crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has put the art industry out of the world’s core concern of protecting our lives. Thus the art is now facing the challenge to survive. In such a situation the young talents keep seeking for the chances to try themselves internationally, but the opportunities are now very limited.
The ballet, an excellent art form with great history, is our passion. However, its life will fade away without the brave challenges of the young dancers aiming to reach their unseen frontier.
How can we help them to fly higher and expand their possibilities?
In full readiness now ORCHARD GRAND PRIX Asia Pacific Ballet Competition is launched with two main principles:
- offering equal opportunities to all candidates
- providing them with the best learnings and extensive choices.
For the realization of our unique environment based on the above principles we adopt on-line judging (except the final), prepare distinctive amounts of rewards, organize international jury with an uncompromising criteria, and provide all the participants with the contents of practical study for their continuous development.
We welcome the applicants from ages 11 to 26. We are also open to professionals who wish to use this experience for their career enhancement.
The Competition is held in Tokyo, the energetic cultural city in Asia. The Asian ballet will accept and lead the post-Covid world where we find no more barriers in races, ethnicities and genders. A stage for great change has been set up. We are excited to discover here as many as possible enthusiastic faces and to encourage them until the final.
So step ahead, and fly.