The winners are:

1st Prize Choreography: Leïla Ka (France) with „Pode Ser”

A piece on limits, desires and the difficulty of simultaneously being a member of a community yet always being alone. This piece marries hip hop with music by Franz Schubert.

Jury’s comments: „A radically consistent work with starkly contrasting movements full of tension and precision. Leïla Ka impresses with strong musicality, deploying minimal choreographical components to great effect.”

2nd Prize Choreography: Nina Plantefève-Castryck (Belgium) with „All in One”

Can you become „one” with every facet of your personality? This solo explores how much strength, loneliness and determination this journey would require.

Jury’s comments: „A very complex work which expertly combines lighting, musical and chorographical elements, thrilling with its personal, innovate language of movement.”

3rd Prize Choreography: Shirly Barbie (Israel) with „Do You Love Me”

How are public and private personae connected? How do we project our life, feelings and personality? What is real?

Jury’s comments: „A creation which inspires with its honesty, taking us all along on her personal journey. Shirly Barbie has been created a world rich in imagery, full of subtle, poignant gestures.“

1st Prize Dance: Linda Cordero Rijo (Italy) with „No Room Service, Please”

A woman, alone in a large hotel. She doesn’t want to be disturbed, withdraws into herself. Then, she begins to confront her own insecurities. A piece on inner and outer limits.

Jury’s comments: „Strong, theatrical expression, coupled with a wide range of movement qualities and the ability to effortlessly move between various emotional images.”

2nd Prize Dance: Seth Buckley (Canada) with „Onírico”

One of the most difficult tasks for a dancer on stage is to portray nothingness, stillness and those inner spaces. „Onírico“ (Spanish for „dream – dreamlike“) experiments with the audience’s imagination.

Jury’s comments: „Seth Buckley has managed to captivatingly and powerfully embody inner stillness with his careful movements.”

3rd Prize Dance: Loretta Pelosi Oliveira (Brazil) with „Dolores”

This solo looks carefully at the essence of femininity and shows that what’s important is tob e true to oneself, yet always willing to change.

Jury’s comments: „A work characterised by a fluent, sensual language of movement, coupled with a strong stage presence.“

The prizes for the categories dance and choreography are worth between € 1,500 and € 3,500 and have been sponsored by the City of Stuttgart and the Ministry for Science, Research and Art, Baden-Wuerttemberg.

The public’s choice from the preliminary rounds was the piece „All in One“ by

Nina Plantefève-Castryck. This won the Public’s First Choice Prize, sponsored by Nicole Weyandt and Michael Deiml.

The Public’s Final Choice Prize, sponsored by Christine Gugel, went to Ildar Tagirov

(Russia) for „Petrushka“.

This year‘s Residence Prize was awarded by Theater Trier, whose ballet director Roberto Scafati was a member of the jury. His choice fell on Beatrice Bodini (Italy) and her piece

„No Room Service, Please“, because „the choreography convinces with an exciting and inspiring dynamic. In her repertoire of movement, the work is very interesting.”

The Eastman Prize Stuttgart was awarded to Nina Plantefève-Castryck for her solo „All in One“.„We were intrigued by her skill, her creativity and style, her ability to keep the perfor- mance interesting from the very start to the very end “, stated the artistic team of the Eastman Company as they explained their choice. The winner is now able to participate in the „Eastman Summer Intensive 2019“, a two-week long workshop run in Antwerp. The prize has been awarded by the Eastman Company, whose artistic director is Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

Marcelo Santos wurde in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, geboren und absolvierte dort seine Ausbildung als Balletttänzer an der INEARTE (Instituto Nacional das Escolas de Arte – heute Escola Estadual de Dança Maria Olenewa). Nach seinem Abschluss tanzte er einige Jahre am Guaíra Theater in Curitiba in Südbrasilien, bis er seine internationale Karriere als Solist am Ulmer Theater begann. Später tanzte er viele Jahre an den Städtischen Bühnen Augsburg. Marcelo Santos ist der Gründer von Teatro-dos-Três, wo er als Künstlerischer Leiter und Choreograf zahlreiche Stücke entwickelte und inszenierte. Darüber hinaus arbeitete er als Gastchoreograf in Augsburg, Rudolstadt, Ingolstadt, Berlin, Konstanz, Stuttgart und München. In dem Projekt Bildung durch Tanz und Bewegung (zusammen mit der Bosch-Stiftung, Tanja Liedtke Stiftung und vhs Stuttgart) unterstützte er durch Konzeption und künstlerische Projektbegleitung die Bewegungserziehung und Körperbewusstsein von Jugendlichen. Marcelo Santos Bestreben gilt der Weiterentwicklung und Förderung des zeitgenössischen Tanzes, als Jurymitglied und Experte ist er weltweit ein gern gesehener Gast bei Festivals und Wettbewerben. Ein wichtiges Projekt ist das Internationale Solo-Tanz-Theater Festival Stuttgart, das jährlich in Stuttgart durchgeführt wird. Er ist Gründer dieses Wettbewerbs für junge Choreographen und Tänzer und dessen Künstlerischer Leiter. Mit den Preisträgern des Wettbewerbs ist er regelmäßig auf Tournee in Deutschland und Europa (Schweiz, Griechenland, Portugal und Nederlanden). Außerdem touren die Künstler seit 2008 auch jedes Jahr im Rahmen einer Kooperation mit Mostra Paranaense de Dança, Viva Dança Festival International, Encontro de Dança Contemporanea de Natal und MID (Mostra International de Dança Brasilia) in Brasilien. Darüber hinaus hat er weitere kulturelle Austauschprojekte initiiert und geleitet, wo Choreographen und Tänzer aus zwei verschiedenen Ländern miteinander eine Vorstellung entwickeln und in beide Ländern zeigen: 2016: Projekt Brasilien-Deutschland 2018: Projekt Brasilien-Israel