“ArtUniverse” in partnership with 
International University ”Global Theatre Experience” (IUGTE) have announced 

Competition for Short Dance Pieces

The competition award is the grant for participation in Arts Oasis -

 annual international creative residency for performing arts practitioners from all over the world
on May 25-June 1, 2017 at the XII century monastery in Tuscany, Italy.

Competition Subject

Original unpublished piece. The competition application requires to share a link to a YouTube or Vimeo video of a completed work (min 2 min - max 5 min long). Theme, style, technique and genre can be at the candidate's choice. Please note that your piece must be new and previously unpublished, it should be specially uploaded online for participation in the competition.


The competition is open to dancers, choreographers, physical theatre artists, contemporary circus artists, multidisciplinary artists inspired by movement and dance. The candidates from different countries and backgrounds working in various techniques, genres and styles are welcome to apply. 
Applicants must be at least 18 years old.


The competition award is the partial grant for participation in Arts Oasis - the annual international residency for performers in Tuscany, Italy. Arts Oasis residency is open to dancers, choreographers, actors and contemporary circus performers with professional stage experience, multidisciplinary artists passionate and inspired by movement, dance and physical theatre, interested in practical research of contemporary performance practice together with colleagues from all over the world. The program is based at the territory of the XII century Monastery famous for being the place of seclusion for the legendary Dante Alighieri. Find out more about Arts Oasis

The competition award for the winner is the grant of 500 EUR for participation in Arts Oasis. The grantee covers his/her own travel to Italy, related travel costs (travel medical insurance, visa, etc.) and the remaining of the total Arts Oasis participation fee.

The author of the piece which wins the "Best Idea" category will receive the grant of 350 EUR for participation in Arts Oasis. 
The grantee covers his/her own travel to Italy, related travel costs (travel medical insurance, visa, etc.) and the remaining of the total Arts Oasis participation fee.

The other competition finalists will receive several grants of 250 EUR each for participation in Arts Oasis. The grantee covers his/her own travel to Italy, related travel costs (travel medical insurance, visa, etc.) and the remaining of the total Arts Oasis participation fee.


The competition is opening on March 20th.
The entries are accepted before April 20th. The results of the competition will be announced on April 24th.
We strongly encourage all candidates to submit their videos as soon as possible. 
The sooner the videos are available online, the greater their level of public exposure and their chance of winning the award.

Application Procedure

To apply for the competition, please complete the following steps:

1) F
ill out the online Application Form 
2) Create the dance, film it, share on social media. 
Share your video of the piece on social network (Facebook, Twitter, any other network you use, in addition) with short description of your motivation, hashtag #iugte #artsoasis and mentioning @iugte  . Make sure your post is public and visible.
3) "Like" and "Follow" IUGTE social network pages - Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, YouTube.

Candidates will receive acknowledgement of receipt of their submission. 

Selection and Evaluation Criteria

Members of the competition Jury will select the best videos based on the following criteria:
  • Choreography/Composition (Creativity, Artistic Value, Style, Originality) - 40%
  • Performance/Precision/Techniques - 30%
  • Aesthetic Value and Audience Impact -30%
Award Policy
  • The competition winner who receives the award should confirm the acceptance of the grant in written form. 
  • The competition winner who received the grant is supposed to attend the whole Arts Oasis program: from the first day to the project-end date. 
  • If a candidate, who confirmed the acceptance of the award, cancels the acceptance of the grant at the last minute, he/she may lose further eligibility for ArtUniverse support schemes in the future.
  • The competition award is granted without regard to sex, race, national origin, creed, pregnancy, family status, political convictions, disability or citizenship. 

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