The sessions of the jury (Katie Duck, Konrad Kurowski, Erez Zohar) of the international Solo Dance Contest 2022, held as part of the 14th Gdańsk Dance Festival, took place between September 19-23, 2022. Please be reminded remind that the contest is addressed to dance artists and seeks to support and promote contemporary dance. Participation is restricted to contemporary dance artists (contemporary dance/contemporary ballet dancers) with a proven track record or certified dancers only. For the jury verdict and justifications, see below.
At the start of the competition, the jury was provided with criteria for evaluating the presentations, which were judged on their artistic merit, dance technique, originality, spatial awareness on stage, and dramaturgy.
The jury members spent time together discussing what they meant to them as artists. With these criteria in mind, they awarded the following prizes:
1st prize for the solo piece The Essence by Eva Urbanová – EUR 1,900
For how her piece matured throughout the contest and how it was executed in the final presentation.
2nd prize for the solo piece Przepływ by Iga Szczepańska – EUR 1,500
For her compositional quality, simplicity of movement and collaboration with music.
3rd prize for the solo piece Apolo by Daniel Fernández Martín – EUR 1,300
For his display of elegant timing, being on point, humor, intelligence, and body extraordinaire in the rackets of his balls.
4th prize for the solo Sorites by Ian Garside – EUR 800
For his readiness to challenge the audience, intricacy of design, and indiligence in delivering a delicate point of view.
The Audience Award of EUR 500 was awarded to Megan Mazarick for her solo piece Old Swan.
Our congratulations to all the laureates!