The Salavisa European Dance Award (SEDA) aims to pay tribute to Jorge Salavisa, artistic director of Ballet Gulbenkian between 1977 and 1996, and to recognize talented dancers from all around the world.

Created in 2023 by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to honour the legacy of the Portuguese dancer, teacher and artistic director Jorge Salavisa (1939–2020), the Salavisa European Dance Award (SEDA) will be attributed to artists from all around the world who demonstrate talent or special qualities that deserve to be better known beyond their national borders.

This award, which provides a sum of €150,000 in prize money, hopes to establish itself as an incentive for young artists who do not fall within a strict age category and are still little known on the European circuit due to their artistic discourse or their social and cultural background.

The first award ceremony – which will be held on 27 November 2024 – will take place at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.

The five nominees

Dalila Belaza (Algeria/France)


Dalila Belaza’s approach is guided by a need for meaning and elevation. Above all, it is a movement of research: that of giving substance to the invisible and the troubled, in order to plunge spectators and performers into the experience of what is within them. By turning her gaze inwards, Dalila Belaza does not dance in a closed way. The deep memories of the body, inhabited by a limitless inner space, make intimacy a whole world to be explored.

Dalila Belaza is an associate artist at the Briqueterie – CDCN du Val-de-Marne from 2024 to 2026 in Paris, France.

Idio Chichava (Mozambique)


Idio Chichava is a Mozambican dancer, choreographer, and artistic director. Born in Maputo, he started dancing in a traditional dance group in 2000, the following year he delved into contemporary dance, through Danças na Cidade and CulturArte expanding his repertoire with Lia Rodrigues and Thomas Hauert. Since 2005, he has collaborated with Kubilai Khan Investigations in France. He founded CONVERGE+ in 2012. Returning to Maputo in 2020, he has been producing workshops, works, and events to decentralize art from the city to the periphery.

Catarina Miranda (Portugal)


Catarina Miranda is an artist working with languages that intercept movement, scenography and light, approaching the body as a vessel for the transformation and mediation of hypnagogic states and the visceral conscience of the present.

Graduated in Choreography by Master Exerce/ICI Montpellier and in Visual Arts by the Fine Arts School of Porto, she has created several pieces characterised by the construction of fictional topographies pointing out Cabraqimera, Dream is the Dreamer and Reiposto Reimorto.

Dorothée Munyaneza (Rwanda/UK/France)


Dorothée Munyaneza is a multi-disciplinary artist using music, song, text and movement to deal with rupture as a dynamic force and create spaces of resonance and hope.

Drawing from the diversity of her cultural heritage – her childhood in Rwanda, the 14 years in London, her move to Paris followed by her settling in Marseille –, her creations weave dialogues with guest companions, such as performers Nadia Beugré and Holland Andrews, musicians Alain Mahé, Ben LaMar Gay and Khyam Allami, designer Stéphanie Coudert and visual artist Maya Mihindou.

Bouchra Ouizguen (Morocco)


Bouchra Ouizguen is a Marrakech-based dancer and choreographer who has been committed to developing the local dance scene since 1998. Her concerns about society, visual and popular arts in her country nourish her work on sound, performance and video. In her liberating Madame Plaza, she shared the stage with three artists from the Aïta tradition of singing and dancing who, joined by others, will follow her in Ha! Corbeaux, Ottof and Elephant. Her multidisciplinary work is presented internationally both in theaters and museums.

See also

  • Biennale de la Danse

New European dance award

The Maison de la Danse and the Biennale de la danse work in synergy and run many joint projects.