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2011 Erik Bruhn Prize


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#1 Dale

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 07:54 AM

Repertoire Announced for The Ninth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize
Competition Judges Host Ballet Talk

March 2, 2011… Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced the repertoire for The Ninth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize which takes place Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Ms. Kain has commissioned a new work, Passcaglia, from Second Soloist Robert Stephen for Corps de Ballet members Shino Mori and Naoya Ebe to dance as their contemporary work. They will also perform the Bluebird pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty for the classical portion of the competition.

Christine Shevchenko and Joseph Gorak from American Ballet Theatre will dance the pas de deux from Act II of La Sylphide and Divergent Connectivity by Nicola Curry. The Hamburg Ballet’s Maria Baranova and Kiran West, who is performing in place of injured Alexandr Trusch but not competing, will dance the pas de deux from Act II of Giselle and Chopin Dialogue by John Neumeier. The Royal Danish Ballet’s Shelby Elsbree and Jón Axel Fransson will dance the pas de deux from Flower Festival in Genzano and Meron Nign by Louise Midjord. Elisa Badenes and Daniel Camargo from Stuttgart Ballet will dance the pas de deux from Act III of Don Quixote and Little Monsters by Demis Volpi.

New this year is the Audience Choice Award where audience members will have the opportunity to vote by text for their favourite male and female dancer as well as their favourite new contemporary work.

Hosting the Ballet Talk, 45 minutes prior to the curtain, are judges Karen Kain, Kevin McKenzie (American Ballet Theatre), John Neumeier (The Hamburg Ballet), Reid Anderson (Stuttgart Ballet) and Silja Schandorff (The Royal Danish Ballet).

The evening will be hosted by Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson and will feature George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations performed by The National Ballet of Canada.

Many of the past winners of The Erik Bruhn Prize have gone on to become Principal Dancers, enjoying international careers, making the competition a glimpse of the future stars of the ballet world in one exhilarating evening of dance.

The National Ballet of Canada’s Winter Season will open in Toronto at the
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts with Don Quixote, March 9 – 13, 2011, and continues with John Cranko’s Onegin, back by popular demand for five performances only from March 17 – 20, 2011, followed by a mixed programme featuring the company premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and Apollo.

The 2010/11 season is presented by CTV and The Globe and Mail.

The Ninth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize is presented by
John & Claudine Bailey.

Don Quixote, Theme and Variations and Apollo are gifts from
THE VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE, THE NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA.

Onegin is generously supported by an anonymous friend of the National Ballet.

Russian Seasons is made possible in part by a grant from the New Creations Fund of The National Ballet of Canada, Endowment Foundation.

Robert Stephen is sponsored through Dancers First by Mr. Thor Eaton & The Honourable Nicole Eaton, Senator.

Shino Mori is sponsored through Dancers First by Catherine and Ian Delaney.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Foundation; the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 09:32 PM

Hope this is acceptable. :beg:
The National Ballet of Canada tweeted the winners' names:

Maria Baranova, Hamburg Ballet, and Joseph Gorak, ABT, wins #nationalballet Erik Bruhn Prize. Stuttgart Ballet's Demis Volpi


To finish the tweet... (Demis Volpi) won for choreography

(Yay, Joey!!!!!)

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 10:57 PM

:flowers: to all three!

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 06:26 AM

This year there were audience choice awards as well. Winners were:

Choreography: Robert Stephen, NBOC

Male dancer: Daniel Camargo, Stuttgart Ballet

Female dancer: Elisa Badenes, Stuttgart Ballet

The voting for the audience choice awards was interesting - we were given what seemed like a nanosecond to send 3 text messages; needless to say my choices didn't get sent. Ah well, next time I will be better prepared!!

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 07:14 AM

Maria Baranova of The Hamburg Ballet and Joseph Gorak of American Ballet Theatre Win The Erik Bruhn Prize
Demis Volpi of Stuttgart Ballet Wins Choreographic Prize

March 5, 2011… Maria Baranova, 18, of The Hamburg Ballet and Joseph Gorak, 21, of American Ballet Theatre are the winners of The Ninth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize on Saturday, March 5 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. They each receive a cash prize of $7,500 and a sculpture by Jack Culiner. Demis Volpi of Stuttgart Ballet is the winner of the Choreographic Prize for his work, Little Monsters, and also receives a sculpture by Jack Culiner and a cash prize of $2,000.

Maria Baranova, a member of the Corps de Ballet with The Hamburg Ballet, danced a pas de deux from Act II of Giselle for the classical section and Chopin Dialogue, a new work by John Neumeier, for the contemporary section with Kiran West.

Joseph Gorak, a member of the Corps de Ballet with American Ballet Theatre, danced a pas de deux from Act II of La Sylphide for the classical section and Divergent Connectivity, a new work by Nicola Curry, for the contemporary section with Christine Shevchenko.

The first-ever Audience Choice Awards went to Elisa Badenes, 19, of Stuttgart Ballet
Daniel Camargo, 19, of Stuttgart Ballet and Robert Stephen, of The National Ballet of Canada for piece Passacaglia. The audience texted their votes for all three categories and the results were tabulated backstage.

Dancers and choreographers from American Ballet Theatre, The Hamburg Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada competed for the prestigious prizes.

Principal Dancer Greta Hodgkinson hosted the event and The National Ballet of Canada performed George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations.
More Information about The Erik Bruhn Prize >

The 2010/11 season is presented by CTV and The Globe and Mail.

The Ninth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize is presented by
John & Claudine Bailey.

Robert Stephen is sponsored through Dancers First by Mr. Thor Eaton & The Honourable Nicole Eaton, Senator.

The National Ballet of Canada gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts; the Ontario Arts Council; the City of Toronto through the Economic Development & Culture Department; the Government of Canada through the Honourable James Moore, Minister, the Department of Canadian Heritage; the Government of Ontario; the Ontario Arts Foundation; the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 03:56 PM

The voting for the audience choice awards was interesting - we were given what seemed like a nanosecond to send 3 text messages; needless to say my choices didn't get sent. Ah well, next time I will be better prepared!!

mom2

From the Toronto Star (scroll to end of article):

Elegant’ competition honours legendary dancer

This year’s competition, elegantly hosted by National Ballet principal Greta Hodgkinson, introduced an Audience Choice Award, but it turned out to be a bit of a bust.

To vote, audience members had to text in their choices, separately for each category.

Apart from discriminating against those without cellphones, voters were allowed very little time to choose.

Thus, in what looked like a capacity house of 2,000, only 261 votes were cast for male dancer, 162 for female and 102 for choreography.

Even so, judging by the relative decibel levels of applause during the contest, Audience Choice winners Elisa Badenes and Daniel Camargo, both 19 and from Stuttgart Ballet, were clearly the evening’s overall favourites, the former exuding personality and charm, her partner stylish, elegant and technically assured throughout.




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