In 2011 the Chinese Ministry of Culture and the Beijing Municipal Government organised the first ever Beijing International Ballet and Choreography Competition (Beijing IBCC) 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, 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 Foundation 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. The Foundation also believes that ballet and dance is an elevatory cultural experience that has no geographical or language barriers, but rather brings people together.
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, from as far and wide as Brazil and Cuba, 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 legendary classical and contemporary dancers Tan Yuan Yuan, principal dancer of the San Francisco Ballet, artistic director and lead dancer of the Royal Ballet in London, Tamara Rojo, CEO and Artistic Director of the pioneering Sadler’s Wells in North London, Alastair Spalding, and Lin Hwai Min, choreographer and founder of the impressive Cloud Gate Dance Theatre.
Beijing’s National Centre of Performing Arts hosted the first and second Beijing IBCC in July 2011 and 2013. The third competition will take place with the Foundation’s assistance in July 2015.