Article 1 Object

The sixth edition of the competition DANSE ÉLARGIE is organised by the Théâtre de la Ville, Paris (France). The competition will take place on June 13 and 14, 2020, at the Théâtre de la Ville-Espace Cardin in Paris. The spirit of the competition is outlined in the call for projects accompanying the present rules and regulations.

Article 2 Eligible candidates and works

The competition DANSE ÉLARGIE is open to artists of all nationalities and ages, irrespective of their principal or original artistic discipline (visual arts, theatre, dance, music, architecture, design...). The competition is open to all forms of dance, in the broadest possible definition of the term.
Projects entered for the competition must feature at least 3 performers onstage, and must not exceed 10 minutes in length.

Article 3 How to enter

Step 1:

Candidates must register online at BY DECEMBER 15, 2019 at the latest.

Step 2:

Candidates must supply the following documents BY DECEMBER 15, 2019 at the latest :
→ A signed and completed entry form (available for download at
A brief description of the project (maximum one page), preferably with an English translation.
Biography(ies) of the author(s) (maximum one page), preferably with an English translation.
A video presenting an overview/prototype of the project, preferably in English, or with English subtitles.
Maximum length 10 minutes. The video may also include an earlier work (optional).

BY POST (date as postmark) addressed to :
Danse élargie
Théâtre de la Ville-Espace Cardin : 1 avenue Gabriel 75008 Paris - FRANCE


by completing the online form (with pdf and video links)

NB : The organisers will not answer telephone queries.

Receipt of entries will be acknowledged by e-mail. Incomplete or invalid entries will not be considered (incorrect format, late delivery etc.). The organisers cannot be held responsible for late delivery or loss of entries by the postal services.
Entries cannot be returned.

Article 4 The competition jury

The international jury will comprise leading personalities from the world of the arts. The list of jury members will be announced prior to the competition. The organisers reserve the right to alter the list as required. The jury will meet in closed session to determine the competition winners, and reserves the right not to award prizes. The jury's decision is final and requires no explanation.

Article 5 The competition process


A selection committee, comprising associates of the project (Théâtre de la Ville, Terrain/Boris Charmatz and the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès), will study the entries and view the videos submitted. Projects specifically devised for the competition will be prioritised. The selected applicants will be notified by February 15, 2020 at the latest.


The selected projects will be first shown at Théâtre de la Ville-Espace Cardin in Paris on Saturday, 13 June 2020. The day's performances will be open to the public. The finalists, chosen by the jury at the end of that day, will present their work again at Théâtre de la Ville-Espace Cardin on the next day (Sunday, 14 June 2020).


Results will be announced on Sunday, 14 June 2020 after the very last finalists presents their work, further to deliberations by the jury. By applying to the competition, each participant also commits to being present (or represented by a designated third party) when the results are announced.
The organisers reserve the right to cancel or postpone the event for reasons beyond their control. Applicants will informed immediately and directly should that happen.

Article 6 Prizes

The following prizes may be awarded :

First prize:

Prize money donated by Danse Élargie: 10 000 €
Prize money donated by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès: 5 000 €

Second prize:

Prize money donated by Danse Élargie : 7 000 €
Prize money donated by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès: 4 000 €

Third prize:

Prize money donated by Danse Élargie : 4 500 €
Prize money donated by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès: 3 000€

An audience prize will be awarded by a jury of audience members (criteria to be announced).

The competition organisers reserve the right to award special prizes highlighting a particular quality or area of excellence, and/or to withhold prizes if the overall quality of entries is deemed insufficient.
Prizes will be awarded only as specified above. No other forms will be considered. The amount of the award will be paid to the winners no later than fifteen days after the announcement of the competition results. If a winning entry has been submitted in the name of several artists, the prize money will be distributed proportionately, as defined in writing by all the named entrants for the project concerned. Request for payment to a named organisation (non-profit organisation, etc.) must be justified by a direct link between the winner(s) and said organisation and must be approved by the organisers.
The amount of the prize money is non-transferable.

Article 7 Transport, accommodation, other general conditions

National and international transport to the competition venues, for performers and equipment, and accommodation expenses, are at the participants' own expense.
The organisers will provide meals for all participants on June 13, 2020 (lunch and dinner) and June 14, 2020 (lunch). All other meals are at participants' own expense.

Parental consent is required for all participating artists under 18 years of age, in performances selected for the competition.

Selected candidates guarantee to take part in a half-hour technical rehearsal (including installation and dis- mantling of the set) on June 12, 2020 (full details to be confirmed).
Participants must comply with the attached technical specifications, and with current safety regulations at the Théâtre de la Ville-Espace Cardin.
Each performance must be no more than 10 minutes in length. Installation and dismantling of the set must take no more than 5 minutes, to be shared with the preceding and following performances.

A letter of agreement will be signed between the organisers and each selected participant, before their arrival at the Théâtre de la Ville-Espace Cardin, Paris, summarising the conditions of their participation in the competition.t.

Article 8 Communication


Personal information gathered and stored within the framework of the present competition will be treated in accordance with the French law of January 6, 1978 and subsequent amendments thereto, governing digital data, files and the protection of individual and civil liberties. Participants are informed that their personal data will be recorded for the purposes of this competition, as required for the registration of their participation according to the terms and procedures stipulated in the present rules and regulations. The data will not be used for any other purpose by the competition organisers, under any circumstances. In accordance with the aforementioned law, participants have the right to access, rectify and block all of their personal data.


By registering for the competition, and in the event of being selected, candidates guarantee to supply the organisers with any and all relevant information, and existing materials free of copyright, in support of efforts to communicate and promote the competition and its projects to a professional audience, and to the public at large.

Recordings and audiovisual rights

The organisers may record, transcribe, photograph and otherwise preserve the participants' performances, and the resulting films and/or documentary records may be used by the organisers and their partners, free of copyright, for their own communications and promotional purposes relative to the present competition, and to their activities in general. Commercial use of the aforementioned documentary records is subject to contract, defining the rights of the author(s) and performers in particular.

Within the framework of the competition, participants authorise the organisers to make free use of all or any part of the video footage submitted for the initial selection, exclusively for the purposes of promoting the competition and the artists concerned. All commercial uses are subject to contract, defining the rights of the author(s) and performers in particular. The videos may be published online at

Videos of projects deemed of especial interest by the selection committee may be shown – with their authors' approval – during the competition on June 13 and 14, 2020, at the Théâtre de la Ville-Espace Cardin (details to be confirmed).

Article 9 Guarantees

Candidates must declare their authorship of the original idea as entered for the competition.

Candidates must also declare that they have obtained all rights pertaining to the project entered for the com- petition, as required for its public performance onstage. Candidates guarantee to ensure the organisers are protected from third party litigation with regard to rights pertaining to their project. Candidates will be held solely responsible in the event of any complaint registered by a third party in this case.

Article 10 Complaints and litigation

Participation in the present competition implies full acceptance of the present rules and regulations (including the two appendices to the present document), together with the judges' final and binding decisions relative to any part of the competition. Failure to comply with the competition rules will result in disqualification for the candidate concerned. Challenges to the interpretation or application of the present rules will be settled out of court, in the first instance; as a last resort, any resulting litigation will be heard in the Paris courts.

Technical specifications
Théâtre de la ville - Espace Cardin

Stage - Espace Cardin du Théâtre de la Ville

→ Empty stage
→ Stage dimensions: frontage 10.50 meters maximum, depth 9 meters maximum
→ Black dance floor


Two full lights effects (warm and cold) dimmable and mixable, according to a rig previously defined.


A sound system will be available to transmit recorded soundtracks onstage and in the auditorium. Candidates will be able to select the volume.
Supports: preferably digital audio files, 44.1 or 48 khz WAV, on a USB stick or sent by electronic transfer (Dropbox, WeTransfer), to be supplied at least 1 month prior to the competition.
Live music (unplugged) requirements will be studied on a case-by-case basis.


A fixed video projector will be installed and available to all entrants, with fixed image size, placement and focus on a fixed screen at the back of the stage.
Supports: DVD or digital files, to be supplied at least 1 month prior to the competition.