International New Europe Festival 2016 – the 2015 Jarmila Jeřábková Award winners‘ tour
International choreography competition of original dance creations organised within a contemporary dance festival

The Jarmila Jeřábková Award civic association was established in 1999 when the first Jarmila Jeřábková Award competition was held. Since then the association has organised the annual choreography competition of young professional creative dancers and their choreographic creations, the international New Europe Festival, various accompanying events, dance workshops, expert seminars and performances. Its goal is to support and spread awareness of contemporary dance and dance theatre. Since 2013 the New Europe Festival has been divided into two parts, as the Jarmila Jeřábková Award competition held in one year is succeeded by the winners‘ foreign tour in the following year.

In 2016 these winners of the 2015 Jarmila Jeřábková Award will go on a tour in the Visegrad Four partner countries: Inga Mikshina, Roman Zotov and the EKS group. The winners‘ performances in Hungary, Slovakia and Poland will be co-organised by the following partners: Hungarian legend, independent dance scene L1 Association in Budapest, Záhrada – Centre of Independent Culture in Banská Bystrica, and Stowarzyszenie Artystyczne Otwarta pracownia in Lublin. The entire project including the performances in Prague, the organisation of the eight-day tour, accommodation, promotion etc. is financed by the Jarmila Jeřábková Award civic association.

The New Europe Festival 2016 – tour of winners of the 2015 Jarmila Jeřábková Award will be held on September 18 – 25, 2016.

The tour will feature winning choreographies that were performed at the Gala Evening at the Disk Theatre in Prague, as well as new pieces created specifically for this tour with the financial contribution of the New Europe Festival.

In 2015 Ivana Loudová was selected as the composer of the year for the competition. Limiting the mandatory parts of the competition to modern Czech music of the 20th and 21st century presents a substantial and inspiring impulse to choreographers and likewise to the composers themselves. The mandatory assignment allows the jury to evaluate another side of the choreographers who must tackle contemporary and often demanding music. Promoting modern Czech music abroad is another aspect that makes the Jarmila Jeřábková Award an unique phenomenon highly acknowledged by experts in the field.

Tour dates:
19. September Bánská Bystrica (SK)
21. September Lublin (PL)
23. September Prague (CZ)
25. September Budapest (H)