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Twelve Ballet Dancers Make Genée International Ballet Competition Final

Twelve young dancers, ten female and two male, have been named as Finalists of the Royal Academy of Dance’s (RAD) prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition.

Gold medallists Montana Rubin and Aurelian Child-de-Brocas © Evan Li

In Wellington on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 December, 71 Semi-finalists from all over the world competed against one another in what is often referred to as the ‘Olympics of ballet’. The chosen Finalists will now compete for gold, silver and bronze medals on the evening of Saturday 15 December at the St James Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand.

This is the first time the annual competition has been held in New Zealand. The event has previously been staged in Sydney, Athens, London, Singapore, Hong Kong, Toronto and Cape Town. The Genée is a stepping-stone to a professional career in ballet according to RAD president and British ballet superstar, Darcey Bussell: ‚For dancers who aspire to turn their passion into a profession, the experience of competing internationally is very important. Ballet is extremely competitive and dancers who are serious about a career need to not just have the technical and artistic ability but also the drive and stamina to go all the way. Competitors in the Genée have the bonus of being judged by Artistic Directors from top ballet companies, and as a result many of the medallists are offered contracts. Past winners have gone onto join many of the best ballet companies in the world.‘

Finalists will perform in front of a judging panel of top international ballet professionals, including: Artistic Director of Queensland Ballet and author of Mao‘s Last Dancer, Li Cunxin; Artistic Director of Australian Ballet, David McAllister; and Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, Christopher Hampson.

Anna Grip to leave Cullberg Ballet next summer Anna Grip, Artistic Director at Cullberg Ballet, is opting to leave her post when her appointment expires next summer. Riksteatern, The Swedish National Touring Theatre, of which Cullberg Ballet is a part, is now beginning recruitment for a new Artistic Director.

Anna Grip came to Cullberg Ballet in 2006 as Ensemble Manager. In the summer of 2008 she took over as Acting Artistic Director when Johan Inger left, and since January 2010 she has been the company’s Artistic Director. During her time at Cullberg Ballet, Anna Grip has invited several choreographers to create works for both the big and small stage. She has also broadened the work of the company

to include site-specific works and works for settings other than the traditional stage. Under Grip’s management, the company has taken steps to invest in future generations of dancers, choreographers and audiences, and today it offers places on a training programme to students including those in their final year.

The 2012 Genée International Ballet Competition Finalists. Photo: Evan Li.

januar / februar 2013

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