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New York IBCompetition 2007June 3 - 24, 2007


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#1 Natalia

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 07:00 AM

This began last week and will continue through June 24. The 'public' schedule of the IBC is as follows:

Round I / Beginning: Classical Pas de Deux
June 20, 8:00 p.m.

Round I / Conclusion: Classical Pas de Deux
June 21, 8:00 p.m.

Round II: Contemporary Pas de Deux and Solos
June 22, 8:00 p.m.

Round III: Classical Pas de Deux
June 23, 8:00 p.m.

Gala and Awards Ceremony
June 24, 7:00 p.m.

Rose Theater
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th Street, NYC

I recognize a few names among the competitors, e.g., Abigail Simon of the Joffrey, with Gerald Doble (both USA) of ABT Studio Co; Ms Tae Kyong Um (Korea) who is among Vaganova Academy current students; Marcelo Martinez (Paraguay), currently with Washington Ballet; and Ms. Hinako Sakuraoka (Japan) of the Kirov Academy of DC. Good luck to them and to ALL competitors!

Top-flight judging panel includes none other than the likes of Makhar Vaziyev (Kirov-Mariinsky AD), Dinna Bjorn, Claude Bessy, Yoko Morishita, Eddie Villella, Ashley Page, etc, etc.

Any reports on what is happening during the current pre-public phase? What are the selected pas de deuxs for this year (which all competitors are currently learning)?

Anybody planning on attending the public rounds? Looking forward to any & all reports!

Competition website: www.nyibc.org

#2 Dale

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 09:07 AM

I've received some pr releases. Here are a few:

DANCERS FROM 19 COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD WILL 'GO FOR THE GOLD' IN THE JUNE 20-24 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION

Young ballet dancers, aged 17-24, will be in New York from June 2 to 25 for New York's own New York International Ballet Competition (NYIBC). The 2-week preparation period will begin Monday June 4th, and the public Competition will take place at the Rose Theater, 60th Street & Broadway, June 20-23. The announcement of the winners and gala performance will take place June 24th, hosted by Bebe Neuwirth.

The Competition is a great challenge for the young dancers and a career boost for many. In addition to the enthusiastic audiences, they will be seen by ballet company directors and a panel of renowned judges from around the world, chaired by Valentina Kozlova, former principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and the New York City Ballet.

Countries represented this year are:
Brazil Korea
Canada Lithuania
China Paraguay
Chinese Taipei Philippines
Costa Rica Russia
Cuba Ukraine
Dominican Republic
Estonia U.S.A.
Finland Uzbekistan
Japan Venezuela


from Brazil: Diego Braga and partner Mariana Lenzi
Both study at the Margareth Monteiro Dance School

Brazil/Japan: Paulo Arrais was born in Brazil; his partner is
Miharu Maki of Japan, and both are members of the
Norwegian National Ballet

Brazil/Venezuela: Ricardo Graziano of Brazil and partner
Karina Gonzalez are currently members of the Tulsa
Ballet

Canada/USA: Canadian James Clark, currently studying at
the National Ballet School of Canada. His partner is
Sabrina Delafield of the USA, at the same school.

China: Wu Husheng and partner Wang Ya'nan, both
members of the Shanghai Ballet.

China/Korea: Chao Shi of China and partner Seo Yeon Yu
of Korea, both dancers with the Dutch National Ballet.

Chinese Taipai/Japan: Shih-Huai Liang of Chinese Taipei,
a dancer with Columbia Classical Ballet. His
partner is Hinako Sakuraoka of Japan, a student at the
Kirov Academy of Ballet in the U.S.

Cuba/Dominican Republic: Danny Lopez of Cuba and
partner Vanessa Contin of the Dominican Republic,
both students at Ballet Clasico Alina Abreu.

Cuba/USA: Rodrigo Gonzales of Cuba, who studied at the
National Ballet School of Canada. Partner is Grace-
Anne Powers of the USA, who trained at The Art of
Classical Ballet.

Japan/USA: Mugen Kazama was born in Japan; his partner
Kiri Chapman is from the USA, and both are members
of the Tulsa Ballet.

Korea: Jung Young Jae and partner Kim Na Eun are both
from Korea and study at The Korean National U. of Arts.

Korea: Young-Do Lee and partner Seung-Won Shin were
born in Korea and are students at The Korean National
University of Arts.

Korea: Kwi Sub Park and partner Eun Ji Ha are from Korea
and both study at The Korean National U. of Arts.

Lithuania/Finland: Evaldas Bielinis of Lithuania and partner
Elina Miettinen of Russia are both dancers with The
Finnish National Ballet.

Paraguay/Argentina: Marcelo Martinez of Paraguay,
currently dancing with The Washington Ballet; his
partner is Tatiana Mersan of Argentina, a student at
the Joffrey School, NYC.

Philippines: Jean Marc Cordero and partner Candace
Adeo were both born in the Philippines. He is a
student at the Cultural Center of the Philippines
Dance School; Adeo dances with Ballet Philippines.

Estonia/Japan: Artyom Maksokov of Estonia currently
dances with Estonia National Opera Ballet; his
partner Momoko Sasada of Japan studies at the
Joffrey Ballet School, NYC.

Russia/Korea: Denis Kupriyanov of Russia and partner Tae
Kyoung Um of Korea are both students at the
Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Ukraine/Uzbekistan: Volodmyr Bannikov of the Ukraine
dances with the Ukrainian Opera and Ballet Theatre;
partner Sanija Abilmajneva of Uzbekistan studies at
The Art College in Krasnogorsk.

USA/Canada: Jacob Garrett of the USA and partner
Crystal Hartford of Canada are members of
Colorado Ballet Studio Company.

USA/Costa Rica: Chris Mackenthun of the USA graduated
from Point Park U; partner Margarita Peralta of Costa
Rica dances with La Escuelo de Ballet Clasico Ruso.

USA: Gerald Doble of USA is a member of ABT Studio Co,;
partner Abigail Simon of the USA is a member of the
Joffrey Ballet.

USA: Ryan Timothy Nye and partner Shelby Dyer are both
from the USA. He dances with Ballet Idaho/Eugene
Ballet; she is with the Colorado Ballet.

USA: Sean Omandam and partner Alyssa Velasquez, both
from the USA, are members of the Colorado Ballet.


AT THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL BALLET COMPETITION ORIENTATION ON SUNDAY JUNE 3RD,
DIRECTOR ILONA COPEN ANNOUNCED TO THE EXCITED YOUNG DANCERS THE THREE PAS DE DEUX SELECTED FOR THIS YEAR:

Round One: Coppelia pas de deux
taught and coached by Deborah Wingert
Wednesday & Thursday June 20 & 21 at 8 PM
Over the two-night period, all entrants will be seen in this
pas de deux; some will then be eliminated

Round Two: Divertimento, music by Haydn
choreographed, taught and coached by Victoria
Mazzarelli, only Gold Medalist at the first NYIBC in 1984
(and still the only American woman to receive a Gold),
Friday June 22, 8 PM, followed by further eliminations
by the judges;

Round Three: Black Swan pas de deux
taught and coached by Winthrop Corey, danced by
the finalists, Saturday June 23 at 8 PM
Awards Ceremony and Performance, hosted by Bebe Neuwirth, will take place Sunday June 24 at 7 PM

Every morning at the Ailey School, starting Monday June 4th, begins with class, 9:30 to 11 AM, taught by either Ronnie Mahler or Fabrice Herrault; then the dancers break into three groups to learn the three pas de deux. The public competition will take place at the Rose Theatre, Broadway & 60th Street.

Writers and critics are invited to stop by the Ailey studios, and to move from studio to studio to see some of the process.

#3 Natalia

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 09:39 AM

Thanks, Dale. Round 3 with all finalists performing Black Swan pdd (incl the 32 fouettes in the coda) should be a doozy! It will interesting to see the weight/value that is placed on clean fouettes vis-a-vis final list of ladies medalists (compared to total performance).

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 05:30 AM

If anyone is attending this week, I am sure we would all love a report, especially for round one this Wednesday and Thursday. Do let us know your impressions.

Round one will be Coppelia.

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 08:50 PM

I saw the 2nd half of Round 1 (Coppelia Act 3 PdD) Thurs. evening. IMO, the standouts were Paulo Arrais of Brazil, Wu Husheng of China and Seung-Won Shin of Korea. In no one couple were both the man and women both equally good (or bad).

Paulo and Wu are long-legged and elegant dancers, with big jumps and good, sharp beats. What made Paulo stand out for me was his dramatic stage presence - his continuous rapport with his partner (who was unfortunately not his equal) and his fluid arms/upper body. Wu was also very good but had less presence. Seung-Won was the best of the women, tall, fluid and elegant with clean technique (no wobbles, good positions in poses) and a good pirouettes. As second best woman, my vote would go to Abigail Simon.

I happened to sit next to Deborah Wingert (who set and coached the piece) and behind the row of judges (I was almost directly behind Claude Bessy). Deborah seemed pleased with the first six couples (or, as she put it "five out of six paid attention") while it was interesting to watch Bessy either paying close attention or talking to her fellow judge when, (the latter,I fear, she felt a performer wasn't doing so well). I'm curious how these performances are scored but since the judges enter and leave separately from the audience, I never had a chance to ask.

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Posted 22 June 2007 - 11:47 AM

Dancers proceeding to the second round have now been posted.

http://www.nyibc.org/2007/results.php

Congratulations to all competitors!


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#7 Natalia

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 09:40 PM

Results after Round II:

http://www.nyibc.org/2007/results.php

This is quickly becoming an All-Korea Competition, with four of the six (66.66%) remaining women from that country, as well as three of the ten remaining men. Hearty congratulations to Korea, the land that also brings us the current figure skating Grand Prix Champion, Yu-Na Kim!

Round III just took place but results not yet known. Final awards-naming gala is tonight.

Will tonight see the first NY-IBC ladies gold medalist in over a decade? There has been none since 1996 (Barbora Kohoutkova of Czech Republic). Women's gold medals have been awarded only TWICE in the 23-year history of this prix (Kohoutkova in '96 + Victoria Mazzarelli of the USA, at the first NYIBC, in 1984). C'mon ladies! :)

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Posted 24 June 2007 - 10:29 AM

I am thrilled to see my "homie", Artjom Maksakov (Estonia) still in the competition! :) :toot:
He was a graduating student at the Tallinn Ballet School in 2003-2004, when my daughter was dancing with the Estonian National Ballet, and was already under contract to the company because he was SO good. Last year (2006) he became a first soloist. Artjom was born in July 1984 in Ukraine. He is one amazing dancer and I am so happy he went on to Round III.

Here's a picture:

Artjom Maksakov

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 12:03 PM

The winners are listed in the NYIBC website. It was almost an all Korean sweep.

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Posted 25 June 2007 - 05:39 PM

This is the first time, when I saw NYC competition and it makes me wonder about rules and regulations. Participants accepted as couples, but it looks like half of them never danced together and pairs were very, very uneven, the same as skills level. I felt really sorry for poor Cuban boy, who has a partner much taller then he is, the same as Estonian guy who has a very short Japanese girl. In this case it doesn't matter, how good you are, but you just looks awful, both men and women.

After the first day I was shocked by the low level of technique and physical conditions of dancers. Some of them definitely shouldn't be there at all. The second day was much better an gave me some hope. Sorry, I left the program in N.Y. and I don't remember names, but after "Coppelia" few dancers really stand out of the group. They are Korean girl, who won the gold later. Chinese boy, who won the silver. Brasilian boy (Amour mentioned him) and couple from Philippines, who were only one true duet, with equal partners, who supported each other, who listen to the music and who LIVED on the stage. Unfortunately the boy was eliminated from the first round, because other boys were stronger techniqually. Actually, in this competition boys were much stronger then girls and in final round we saw 10 boys and only 6 girls.

In contemporary round I like two dancers - Cuban boy, who brilliantly danced Neuimeyer's choreography and American girl Abigel ..., who showed very good pointe technique and musicality. Most of other numbers looks like was made by one choreographer. I hate this popular style, made usually on some songs - run, run, fall; run, run, jump; girls make pelvis rotation, boys make "wave" of the body, now freeze and make some suffering face , this one:yucky: or that one :clapping: .

The last round: Black Swan pas de deux became a hard nut for everybody. NOBODY did it clean, even the male variation was cut short (for what reason?!) except, guess who? Cuban boy and his partner, who was only the girl who made multiple clean fouette and he made clean variation and coda. Unfortunately, their partnering was awful and so, they didn't get any medals. Chinese boy( who has incredible good body, by the way) wasn't good partner and 2-3 pirouettes are not enough for the gold. Brasilian, even he is very good partner and really understanding what is he doing on the stage, unfortunately doesn't have a good jump from both legs and cut short of the medal.

So, I agree with judges that male didn't deserve the gold, but the same should be done with girls, I believe. Korean girl didn't make clean fouette and her character wasn't 100% convincing either.

Anyway, good luck for all dancers in their future life! Those who made it with medals, don't stop, go ahead and those who lost, I hope it makes you work even harder, remember, the life is not finished yet :clapping:

#11 Natalia

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 04:01 AM

I attended only the Sunday gala but agree with almost everything Andrei has written. WOW - most of the competitors who I saw -- and I saw only the finalists on Sunday -- would barely squeak through Round I of any of the bigger IBCs, such as Varna & Jackson. Sorry to be so blunt but, in general, this is the weakest group of young dancers I've seen in 20-some years of attending IBCs around the world. Perhaps they all were tired after three intensive weeks of classes & learning new pdds, something that doesn't happen at other competitions?

On the positive side --

FINALLY a female gold medalist at this competition, after 11 years of waiting! The competition's lone gold medalist, Eun Ji Ha, is gorgeous! She has beautiful long lines with a sublime first arabesque -- but not exageratedly so, al-la Somova of Kirov. She danced Black Swan at the gala & had a spot-on adagio, lovely solo, then almost ran out of gas in the 32 fouettes (all singles) in the coda...but she pushed & completed them. She obviously won the gold due to overall beauty & artistry, and not due to ability in fouettes. That's OK -- the jury was wise in looking at overall artistry when making the awards.

Also, the top-rated guy, Chinese (Wu Husheng), possesses a beautiful figure and glowing face (charisma factor). He won a one-yr contract to the regular (not Studio) ABT company. He is tall & elegant...and ABT needs those tall talented guys! It's too bad that there are currently no openings for women in the main ABT company or they may have selected Eun Ji Ha, too.

And speaking of charisma, no single male competitor had 'it' like Korea's Kwi Sub Park -- not only in his bicyclist solo but as Siegfried to Eun Ji Ha's Odile in Black Swan. He won the lone male bronze medal of the event, ending up just behind Wu Husheng in the standings, among the men.

A LOT of people in the audience seemed to be upset that the Venezuelan lady (Karina Gonzalez) won 'only' silver (shared with the petite Na Eun Kim of Korea). I disagree -- to these eyes, she was quite Dolly Dinkle-ish especially above the waist (floppy-floppy hands, arms, spine, etc.). They must teach a method other than Vaganova down in Caracas, I suspect. Again, sorry for my bluntness. On the other hand, Gonzalez has very fleet pointe work, displayed nicely in her Coppelia pdd solo...and one of the big 'plusses' with Ceccheti & Bournonville method (compared to Vaganova).

The Arpino Prize -- a contract to the Joffrey Ballet -- was NOT given this year due to there being no current openings in the company. Bummer...

One of the best parts of Sunday's gala was the touching tribute paid to the late Fernando Bujones, ABT superstar & truly a Prince Among Princes. Former ABT ballerinas Eleanor D'Antuono and Cynthia Gregory gave loving tributes, while Bujones' widow, Maria, graciously accepted a gold medal in his memory.

So 2007 is shaping up to be The Year of Korean Beauties - ballerinas & danceurs, a champion figure skater and the favorite at Miss Universe 2007, too, if any of you followed that. Bravo, Korea!!!

p.s. Makhar Vaziyev of the Kirov-Mariisnky was a no-show among judges. Competition founder Ilona Copen very quickly cited the name of an Israeli judge ("Egal Perry"???) who stepped in at the last minute "...when one of the original judges dropped out." The replacement judge was unable to attend the final gala, so we did not see him sitting among the jurors on the stage, as awards were made. Earlier, Edward Villella of Miami CIty Ballet had dropped out as juror & chair; he was replaced by Valentina Kozlova of New Jersey Ballet Theater. Among the other luminaries who *did* make the panel this year were Claude Bessy, Yoko Moroshita and Dinna Bjorn.

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 06:57 AM

Karina dances for Tulsa Ballet which is a very Vaganova company. The company class at Tulsa is VERY Vaganova... I am surprised to hear that you find her to be Dolly-Dinkleish.

#13 Natalia

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 07:15 AM

It did not show, liljules. :) Perhaps she did better in the competition rounds -- where it counts. Sunday night's gala was not judged (post-competition) and perhaps Karina and many others were tired.

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 07:15 AM

p.s. Makhar Vaziyev of the Kirov-Mariisnky was a no-show among judges. Competition founder Ilona Copen very quickly cited the name of an Israeli judge ("Egal Perry"???) who stepped in at the last minute "...when one of the original judges dropped out." The replacement judge was unable to attend the final gala, so we did not see him sitting among the jurors on the stage, as awards were made.


That's Igal Perry, founder of Peridance Dance School (currently and temporarily located at 890 bway).
He's been in NY since the 70s I believe.

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Posted 26 June 2007 - 07:40 AM

FINALLY a female gold medalist at this competition, after 11 years of waiting! The competition's lone gold medalist, Eun Ji Ha, is gorgeous! She has beautiful long lines with a sublime first arabesque -- but not exageratedly so, al-la Somova of Kirov. She danced Black Swan at the gala & had a spot-on adagio, lovely solo, then almost ran out of gas in the 32 fouettes (all singles) in the coda...but she pushed & completed them. She obviously won the gold due to overall beauty & artistry, and not due to ability in fouettes. That's OK -- the jury was wise in looking at overall artistry when making the awards.


I'm finding it hard - no, impossible - to reconcile Natalia's glowing account with the photograph of Eun Ji Ha in the NYT (see links for today). Somebody please tell me this isn't a typical pose! (And yes, I did work out they have the names the wrong way round!)


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