The competition order will be published on Sunday 29 May

The order of performances for the competitors will be established by drawing lots in the evening on Sunday 29 May and will be posted on the HIBC website immediately afterwards.

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Greetings from Jorma Uotinen, long-standing Chair of HIBC

17 May 2022

The Helsinki International Ballet Competition has a history going back several decades and has established itself as one of the world’s most prominent competitions in its field. It is known and acclaimed for its excellent arrangements and for taking good care of the dancers, besides having a wonderful setting at the Opera House in Helsinki.

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What is the future of ballet? Join us for a panel discussion on Sunday 5 June

5 May 2022

Is the future of ballet up to Classical purists, true-grit modernists or pluralist explorers? The Helsinki International Ballet Competition will hold a public panel discussion on the topic in the Almi Hall foyer of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet on the second day of the Final Round, Sunday 5 June at 5.30pm.

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Brooklyn Mack performs at the Gala

27 April 2022

The audience of the Helsinki International Ballet Competition has a unique chance to see International Principal Guest Artist Brooklyn Mack performing on stage on the Gala night, Monday 6 June. In 2009 he won the second prize at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition.

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Media accreditation for the Helsinki International Ballet Competition now available

26 April 2022

For media representatives wishing to cover the Helsinki International Ballet Competition, we offer accreditation for the performances in the First, Second and Final Rounds and the Gala.

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Brooklyn Mack joins the Jury of the Helsinki International Ballet Competition 2022

25 April 2022

The Helsinki International Ballet Competition welcomes American ballet dancer Brooklyn Mack to the Jury 2022. He joins the jury members who are renowned artistic directors from international ballet companies and prominent ballet experts.

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Maria Baranova performs at the Gala

23 April 2022

Maria Baranova, principal dancer at the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, will perform on the Gala night of the Helsinki International Ballet Competition on Monday 6 June. Principal dancer Emilio Pavan will be her partner.

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Training Tomorrow’s Artists – Creating a Sustainable Praxis | Seminar for dance professionals on Sun 5 June

21 April 2022

UPDATE on 25 May | THE SEMINAR HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Dance Health Finland's seminar is aimed at teachers, parents, and everyone working with young dancers and performing artists, as well as the youth themselves. The event is organized in collaboration with the Helsinki International Ballet Competition.

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Intensive weekend course for 14–18-year-old advanced dance students on 4–5 June – registration is open

13 April 2022

The Helsinki International Ballet Competition and the Association of Dance Institutes in Finland STOPP offer a unique chance to train with international teachers in the exciting and inspiring atmosphere of the ballet competition.

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Competitors for the HIBC 2022 have been selected

31 March 2022

The Helsinki International Ballet Competition selected competitors from a wide field of applicants, as no fewer than 151 of them from all over the world applied to enter. The Selection Committee chose 81 applicants from 20 countries to enter the competition – eight of them from Finland. Now held for the ninth time, the competition will take place at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet from 31 May to 6 June this year.

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Three major competitions will take place in Helsinki this year

9 February 2022

In 2022 you will have a unique opportunity to see three high-profile international competitions in Helsinki. In addition to the IBC Helsinki, the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition and the International Maj Lind Piano Competition are well-recognized competitions in Finland and abroad.

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Registration extended until 20 March

27 January 2022 

Due to the pandemic, the registration for the Helsinki International Ballet Competition has been extended until 20 March 2022. The selected participants will be nominated by 31 March 2022.

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HIBC is more than a competition – the program includes daily training, masterclasses and workhops

18 January 2022

In addition to competition performances, the program includes daily training, masterclasses and theme workshops arranged for the participants. Everyone will leave Helsinki with memorable and even life-changing experiences.

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Meet the jury of the HIBC 2022

14 December 2021 

We are pleased to welcome to the jury of the Helsinki International Ballet Competition 2022 renowned artistic directors from international ballet companies and prominent ballet experts with successful careers as dancers, directors, instructors and choreographers.

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Tickets for the next ballet competition are now available

15 November 2021

Tickets for the Helsinki International Ballet Competition 2022 are sold in the online store and customer service of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet starting on Monday 15 November 2021. You're invited!

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Registration for competitors is now open

1 November 2021

The Helsinki International Ballet Competition offers young and talented dancers a one-week professional journey.

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Minna Tervamäki selected as the chair of the board

10 June 2021

Lead principal dancer and choreographer Minna Tervamäki has been appointed as the new chair of the board for the Helsinki International Ballet Competition Association. She has previously served as the deputy chair and has been actively involved, for instance, in fundraising.

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Helsinki International Ballet Competition has a good reputation

24 April 2021

Madeleine Onne, Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet and chairperson of the jury for the 2022 competition, talks about different aspects of HIBC.

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Ready for the Helsinki International Ballet Competition 2022

How are the plans for the Helsinki International Ballet Competition going?

Minna Tervamäki, ballet dancer, choreographer and the vice chair of the Helsinki International Ballet Competition Association, responds.

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The Helsinki International Ballet Competition confirmed for 2022

The Helsinki International Ballet Competition will be held at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet from 30 May to 6 June 2022. The competition, which will be organised for the 9th time, will see the arrival of approximately one hundred dancers aged 15–25 to Helsinki from all over the world.

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Helsinki International Ballet Competition postponed to a later date Read more Competitors of HIBC 2020 have been nominated

89 dancers from 23 countries have been accepted to participate in the Helsinki International Ballet Competition, seven of them representing the host country, Finland. The competition, which is organised for the 9th time, will take place in the Finnish National Opera and Ballet from 1 to 8 June 2020.

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Mehiläinen Sports Hospital partners with HIBC 2020

Mehiläinen Sports Hospital will be in charge of the medical services provided at the ninth Helsinki International Ballet Competition. 

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Can art be a competition?

"Competitions are sources of inspiration, networking and friendship, despite their rivalrous setting", says ballet dancer and choreographer Minna Tervamäki. 

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The language of dance is universal

There are no linguistic barriers when it comes to dancing, as its language is shared by all of humanity. Neither can there be a single correct interpretation of dance, as everyone is free to translate it in their own way.

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Application for competitors has started

Registration will be open until 31st of January 2020.

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Helsinki International Ballet Competition honours the memory of its founder, Doris Laine

The 9th Helsinki International Ballet Competition to date will take place on the Finnish National Opera and Ballet stage from the 1st to the 8th of June, 2020. The competition was founded in 1984 by professor Doris Laine (1931–2018), whose extensive tenure as the prima ballerina of the Finnish National Ballet was followed by a career as a cultural politician and an advocate of dance. The 31st of October, 2019 would have been Laine’s 88th birthday.

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Tickets to HIBC 2020 are now available Read more Jury of HIBC 2020

The jury of Helsinki International Ballet Competition 2020 has been published. 

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The New Spirit of Helsinki International Ballet Competition 2020

Helsinki International Ballet Competition will be organized for the ninth time in The Finnish National Opera and Ballet from the 1st to the 8th of June 2020. HIBC 2020 has a new look and a new strategy. “All the competitors will represent the generation Z. It is a generation with a highly visual mindset, so it was time to refresh HIBC as well,” says Secretary General Paula Ranto.

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President of the Jury – Madeleine Onne

The Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet Madeleine Onne is the President of the HIBC 2020 Jury. The other members of the Jury will be published later.

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