Wednesday, January 24, 2018


Solo Contest


The Department of Culture of the San Bartolomé de Tirajana Town Council is pleased to announce the XVI Solo Contest within 22MASDANZA, THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL OF THE CANARY ISLANDS, which will be held from 14 to 21 October, 2017 in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain.

The MASDANZA Festival and its Extensions will take place from October 14 to November 04, 2017.


Prize of the Solo Contest: 2.000 EUROS

Audience Prize: 1.000 EUROS

Prize for the most outstanding dancer *: 1.000 EUROS

Artistic Residencies:

Trip The Light Fantastic Residency @TripSpace Projects, London (UK).
La Gomera Choreography Center Artistic Residency.
International Artistic Residency at the Auditorium of Tenerife.
SIT Artistic Residency, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
GRANER Artistic Residency, Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona.
The Running Up The Hill Experiment Artistic Residency – Festival Danza Urbana.
(Bologna, Italy).

Tour of The Canary Islands, within the inter-island Extensions Tour of MASDANZA.

*This prize is valid for the Choreography Contest as well as for the Solo Contest.


The Organisation works with programming managers and with national and international festivals for the participation of the winners in their programmes. In any case the programming managers will select the piece / pieces that better suit their interests.

MASDANZA maintains Collaboration Agreements with the following international festivals: Yokohama Dance Collection (Japan), SIDance (South Korea), Danza Urbana (Italy), M1 CONTACT (Singapore), warsawZAWIROWANIAdance (Poland), TripSpace Projects (United Kingdom), New Dance For Asia [NDA] (South Korea), BODY.RADICAL International Performing Arts Biennial (Hungary) and The ACIELOABIERTO Network of Festivals (Spain).


Participation is open to creators of any nationality. They will be able to participate with original pieces or pieces created and premiered from 1st January 2015.

The duration of the piece must NOT be less than TEN minutes NOR go over FIFTEEN minutes.

The pieces that do not respect these time limits may be disqualified.

The selection for the Solo Contest, which will be carried out by a special committee, will take place in the following manner:

The creators must send an Electronic Application that must include:

Video of the finished piece and all the elements of the set (without cuts and from a fixed pan shot).

The recordings that are of no good viewing quality may be rejected.

Once the selection has been carried out, no changes to the basic structure of the piece nor to
the set used will be allowed.

The Organization will cover the participants’ accommodation costs and will help with a travel grant for each selected piece in accordance with the country of origin:

-The Canary Islands (except Gran Canaria): 70 €
-Europe (including mainland Spain, The Balearic Islands, Ceuta and Melilla): 300 €
-Rest of the world: 500 €

Important Notice:

If the participant (s) find institutions in their countries of origin that finance the purchase of their plane tickets, the Travel Grant will not have effect and will not be paid.

If the above is not the case, the price of the plane ticket will be paid, against invoice or proof of purchase, being the limit the amount established as Travel Grant in each case.

The travel grant is a fixed amount for each soloist or group as a monetary contribution towards the purchase of the tickets to attend the Festival. It is an amount per solo or group, not per participant.

Any special situation on this matter is subject to the final ruling of the MASDANZA Organization.

The Organization will cover the expenses on accommodation, per-diems, transfers, inter-island plane tickets and fees of the pieces invited to participate in the Extensions of MASDANZA (Inter-Island Tour).

The period for the reception of videos and documentation is from MARCH 01 to JUNE 30, 2017.

The Organization will notify the results of the selection beginning on JULY 20, 2017.

Winners in the SOLO Contest cannot participate in the same category the following year. They can however apply to participate in the Choreography Contest.

4.- JURY

The Jury will consist of national and international professionals and experts in the stage and performing arts and it reserves the right to declare any prize void (except the Audience Prize).

If the Jury considers to award a prize exaequo, the amount will be divided among the pieces concerned.

The Jury and the Selection Committee will apply the following assessment criteria to the solo pieces taking part: Originality, inventive capacity, innovation and risk in the design, realisation of the ideas, use of the dance language and the stage and its elements as well as the use of the music.


The pieces selected to participate in 21MASDANZA must confirm their attendance to the festival within five days of receiving confirmation of their selection. Otherwise they might be disqualified.

Each performer will bring a stage manager or technician, who will be in the control room, with the Festival’s technician, in order to be in charge of all cues and be responsible of operating the sound of the piece. If the piece is selected to participate in the Extensions Tour, the technician will not travel with the company on the tour.

Due to technical, space and time limitations, the lighting effects and the set have to be minimal. The elements of the set should be able to be put in place quickly. Elements of large dimensions or difficult to install must be avoided. This material must be provided and transported by the participants themselves.

Due to the specific limitations of the theatre, no element may be hung from the poles or at the back.

Pieces where water or other liquids are spilt or where elements need to be cleaned afterwards, therefore disrupting the smooth running of the programme, will not be admitted.

The Organization shall not be liable for any physical or material damage sustained or caused by the participants during the Festival, including the loss or theft of objects and personal belongings.

The winning pieces will always be announced in programmes, press, posters, etc. Prize Winner of the 22MASDANZA Solo Contest (XXII International Contemporary Dance Festival of the Canary Islands)”.

The participant expressly exempts MASDANZA, The International Contemporary Dance Festival of The Canary Islands, of any obligation of any copyright, assuming the participant all the responsibility and obligation that his/her activity might create with any such rights.

The creators of the participating pieces will give over to the Organisation the image, recording and audiovisual broadcasting rights of the pieces. The Organisation will use these rights exclusively for informative, educational and cultural purposes.

All prizes are subject to be taxed as stipulated by the legislation in force.

The Management of MASDANZA will be in charge of ruling on any issue not covered herein.

Participation in 22MASDANZA, THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY DANCE FESTIVAL OF THE CANARY ISLANDS, means the full acceptance of these conditions.



Online applications must include:Registration form duly filled out.

All video links must be active at least until September 15, 2017.



TECHNICAL INFORMATION: The following link contains IMPORTANT information for the participants in the Solo Contest. Please click on the link, download the information and print:


Contact and Information:


Tel: (0034) 928 369 004
Fax: (0034) 928 370 749