Art & Performance Division
Art & Performance (or AP) is the division in which a player or team of players are judged predominantly on performance rather than technical skill. Choreography, use of music, creative use of the stage, movement and performance will be among the important judging criteria of this division.
In AP, the performer is free from a technical point system and encouraged to use the yo-yo in a creative way. The yo-yo must be an integral/main part of the performance but the performer is free to use it for comedy, drama, to tell a story or to convey an emotion. This division is a showcase of the amazing entertainment possibilities of yo-yo.
The combined elements of Entertainment, Creativity, and Artistic Value are the biggest factors in evaluating a performance. Does the performer connect and interact with the audience in a fun/exciting/surprising way? Was the creative idea/concept behind the performance compelling and did the performer convey that concept to the audience and judges? Does the performer set an atmosphere, display professionalism and mastery of their art, and were the audience and judges moved emotionally by their performance? The judges are looking for all of these things.
The AP Division can look very different from year to year. Therefore, the judges have a great deal of discretion in awarding the prizes. Instead of awarding a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, judges may choose to give an Entertainment Award, a Creativity Award, or an Artistic Award. In addition to these awards, a performance may be so amazing and so compelling that it earns a Grand-Prix Award. The Grand-Prix is analogous to a World Championship title. There may be years when no performance reaches that level.
- Grand-Prix Award (World Champion Title)
- Creativity Award
- Artistic Award
- Entertainment Award
(We may or may not award any of the awards above.)
Order of Performance:
- Super Yoyo Yen (Taiwan)
- Ryo Oishi (Japan)
- Daniel Tamariz (Spain)
- Masakazu Yamasaki (Japan)
- WHO Theatre (Taiwan)
Congratulations to all finalists!
This year we had 6 entries from all over the world. Thank you for your submissions and hard work.
We will send judges’ feedback to the contestants who did not make it to the final round. We all hope it will help your routines in the future. If they choose, contestants who did not make it to the final round may make their submitted video public at this time.
We are looking forward to your participation in the AP Division at World Yo-Yo Contest 2024 and beyond.
(Updated on July 25, 2023)
Explanation of Awards
The key point for this award is, “The people watching the performance.”
We are looking for whether each competitor’s performance has the power to delight and entertain the judges, audience, yo-yo players and non-yo-yo people.
Of course, in order to be entertaining, one great method is for the act to be funny, but that is not the only important thing.
The power of the performance must be directed toward the spectators in the audience and be used to stimulate their emotions. We are looking for if they were successful at making the audience’s time watching their freestyle enjoyable.
The key point for this award is, “Beauty of expression/presentation; high level of artistry.”
Drawing a line against our usual standards for competitive yo-yoing, we are specifically looking for a high level of beauty and expression in the competitor’s performance.
We are looking for a performance that is constructed with:
– a high level of coordination and harmony with the music
– a high level of presentation in the performer’s tricks (e.x. synchronicity of movement, beauty of trajectory)
– good space usage of the stage area
– a powerful message
Using these elements, the performance must surpass a “regular yo-yo freestyle,” and use the expression of their yo-yo play to pull at the judges’ and audience’s heartstrings.
*We are not here to define the meaning of “Beauty” or “Art” in general. The “Beauty” and “Art” discussed here are restricted to within the context of yo-yo performing.
The key point for this award is, “Originality/uniqueness in expression/presentation; freshness.”
The theory for an average yo-yo performance is, simply “keep doing tricks along with the music.”
However, we are looking for something that deviates from that theory, and exhibits new possibilities for yo-yo performance. That is the main criteria for this award.
We are looking for something that didn’t exist up until now, a totally new method of expression and/or way to use yo-yo, and whether the performance executes that concept well.
The following are methods that may apply to this award:
– A type of yo-yo expression we have seen before in the past, but which is creatively remixed with another artistic concept (ex. visual effects, dance, song, juggling, magic, etc.) in a new way.
– The performer deviates from the above basic theory and creates a totally new performance or new way of expression with yo-yos.
Pertaining to all of the above three awards:
– Each award is not just about whether a performance was a “fun/entertaining,” “artistic,” or “creative” performance. It is about whether it was a “fun/entertaining,” “artistic,” or “creative” “Yo-Yo” performance. Yo-Yo must be the main element of the performance. If the performance is judged to not contain enough actual yo-yo content, it may not be considered for an award for that reason. Please be aware that this also may affect a Prelim video submission’s eligibility in qualifying for the final round.
– Many qualifications for each award may overlap. It is likely that a performance with a high level of artistry may also have a high entertainment factor.
Of course, there is a possibility of having multiple awards awarded to one freestyle, but at the same time, the judges will decide the winner based on which criteria in the freestyle is the most worthy of being awarded.
In addition, on the occasion that a performance meets the criteria of all of the above three awards and/or displays a high level of mastery in more than one of them, that performance may be suitable to be awarded the Grand Prix Award, namely the “World Champion” title.
The performances in both the preliminary submission video and final stage performance can be up to 4 minutes in length.
Except for the safety issues listed below, there are no particular limits on props that a contestant may use. The use of any unusual props should be cleared in advance with the Contest Director. No props that can cause danger to the performer, audience or venue will be allowed. This includes but is not limited to the use of fire, pyrotechnics or knives.
Prop set up time shall not exceed 2 minutes without prior approval of the Contest Organizer. If set up time exceeds the 2 minute limit (without prior approval), the contestant may be penalized at the discretion of judges. Any prop bigger than 1m x 1m x 1m must be approved by judges. Please contact the judges by e-mail before August 4, 2023.
A microphone (wired or wireless) can be made available if the contestant arranges it in advance. There is no current plan to provide a microphone stand. If plugging their own music/sound system into the speakers that the venue/organizer has prepared is a necessary component to fulfill the contestant’s freestyle concept, we will provide one Line-In (mini headphone plug) input and one power outlet for the contestant’s use. Pre-approval from the AP Division judges and the contest organizer is required, and will be decided based on the performance concept description submitted by the contestant. Again, a sound/power connection will not be unconditionally given to all contestants, and must be specially requested and approved.
Teams are allowed to compete, however only one trophy or medal will be awarded to the winning performer/team.
Assistants will be considered to be team members and therefore they will be allowed to perform yo-yo maneuvers.
Each routine will be judged and ranked in comparison to other routines of the current year only. Comparisons to past years will not be made.
Since it is an International audience and panel of judges, the performances should be universal enough to be understood by all.
The contents of the performance must not make fun of, insult, harm, or discriminate on the basis of (including but not limited to) race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, and national origin (ancestry). Offending performances will be disqualified at the discretion of the judges.
AP is a Yo-Yo Championship Division
AP is not only about performance, but it also exists upon the premise that this is a YO-YO CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION.
– Yo-Yo must be the main focus.
– You can integrate other skills like dancing, acting, miming, etc., but yo-yo must be the dominant act, not peripheral.
– You do not need to perform difficult tricks, many tricks, or many variations, but you are expected to display a very high level of mastery and polished yo-yo skill of what you do in the performance in order to be called a World Yo-Yo Champion.
– There will be no deduction for mistakes. However, be aware that a miss can disrupt the show, tone or story very easily. We expect the contestant to have ZERO or close to zero mistakes in their routine, just like professional performers in the circus or a performance showcase.
– The previous year’s World Champion (if applicable) will be automatically seeded to the final round if they choose to compete.
– The preliminary submission video must be the same or close to the same as the actual performance on the finals stage. If the concept only works on the stage, if you like, you can send us a text explanation of your concept along with the video. If a performer’s actual stage performance is vastly different from the submitted video, the performer(s) will not be subject to awards, or in the worst case, they may be prohibited from competing in AP or any other divisions of the WYYC in the future.
Reason: We request that the same performance be submitted in order to to accurately and fairly judge the merits of the performance. As contest organizers, we also need to be prepared for what will happen on stage. We appreciate your understanding of these issues.
– No special requests for control/manipulation of music or lighting will be allowed. Music guidelines will be the same as the 1-5A Divisions. Performers can choose a single lighting setting: normal (stage lights on) or dark (stage lights off) for light-up yo-yos, projector use, etc.
Reason: Due to facility and staff limitations, as well as to be fair to all performers.
– Only registered people will be allowed on stage. (You may have an assistant or team, but you will need to register as team with everyone’s names)
All contestants (including team members) must register and pay the Contestant Registration Fee by July 7, 2023. Otherwise, the submitted tryout video will not be sent to judges for evaluation.
How To Enter
Submit your preliminary tryout video online by July 7, 2023 (upload as a private video to a video server like Vimeo, YouTube, upload to a service like Dropbox or Google Drive, or upload to your own private server). If you need help submitting, please contact us. After you submit your video, please contact us with a link to view and/or download your video.
Judges will choose 3-9 players/teams (based on the submitted videos) that will compete in finals.
How to submit your video:
Upload it to a Vimeo/YouTube account as a “private video.”
Creating an account is free and easy to do: http://www.Vimeo.com or http://www.youtube.com
Once you have created your account click “Upload a Video” at the top of the page.
After uploading your video, click “settings” and then select the “privacy/private/only with the link” option.
-or- Upload it with Dropbox, Google Drive, your private server, etc.
Once you have done this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
– Your full name(s):
– Team Name (if multiple people):
– Contact E-mail:
– Link: The link to access your tryout video
– Concept: A brief write up of your concept, theme, story, or goal for your performance, to be shared with AP Judges.
– MC Notes: The preferred description that you want the MC to read on-stage before your performance. (This can be as short as just the team name, team name + all contestants’ names, a description of the performance that you would like the audience to know before watching, a short description to set the scene for your performance, or a combination of the previous options mentioned. If you do not provide a description, the MC will just announce your full name (for a single contestant) or team name.)
The performance in your preliminary tryout video can be up to 4 minutes in length. No editing, cutting, or connecting is allowed. Just like it would be on the stage, the entire performance must be in one shot. (You can, of course, film as many times as you need to get the perfect performance. Please do not send a video filled with mistakes.)
All videos must be submitted by July 7, 2023.
After submitting your application and video, please make sure your registration as a “Contestant” is completed and paid for.
As your video is considered to be an entry into the AP Division’s Preliminary Round at the World Yo-Yo Contest, all competitors must be registered in order for judges to review your entry. All AP Contestants (including team members) must register and pay the Contestant Registration Fee before July 7, 2023. Otherwise, the submitted tryout video will not be sent to judges for evaluation.
The results for the preliminary tryout video round (players qualified to AP finals) will be announced on this page by July 28, 2023.
July 7, 2023: Deadline for Video Submission and Contestant Registration/Payment
July 28, 2023: Finalist Announcement
August 4, 2023: Deadline for submitting request for special prop usage
August 20, 2023: Finals in Osaka, JAPAN
Judges for Finals:
(Last Update: 2023.7.1, fixed the email address to submit)