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.”
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.