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Erik Bruhn Prize


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#1 Paquita

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Posted 28 March 2002 - 06:11 AM

Visit NBoC's website, www.ballet.ca in the News section for an update on the upcoming PPF summit: a confrence on the past, present, and future of ballet, as well as the Erik Bruhn Prize. NBoC will be represented by Heather Ogden and Guillaume Cote. They will dance the black swan pdd, and a contemporary pdd by Dominique Dumais. The other companies sending dancers will be: Royal Danish, ABT, SFB, and the Stuttgart ( not usually a part of the competition but Royal Ballet couldn't make it so they are a replacement). Any ideas as to who those companies will send? And is anyone else planning on going to either the confrence or the competition? The representatives are dancers age 18-23 chosen by the artistic director.
The competition will be accompanied by a screening of the documentary film "I am the Same, Only More" on the life of Bruhn. I had a master class on sunday with Martine Lamy, on Erik Bruhn, and we watched some of the video. There is some excellent footage, that we would not have if fans had not illegally videotaped his performances!

#2 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 28 March 2002 - 06:38 AM

Has San Francisco also been added as a regular competitor? At the last competition, the Royal Ballet also could not join, and San Francisco replaced them and competed for the first time (and both their dancers won, the man, Gennadi Nedviguine, in a tie with Jhe Russell of Canada) The companies invited are those where Bruhn had a professional relationship. I note his years at New York City Ballet seem never to have resulted in an invitation to their dancers. Since Bruhn's relationship with Balanchine was at best equivocal, this isn't really a surprise.

Paquita, have you seen Guillaume Cote? He's risen so quickly in the company, but I don't think I have seen him in a featured role.

#3 Paquita

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Posted 30 March 2002 - 08:16 AM

I'm not quite sure if SFB is now a permanent participant in the event. How was Erik Bruhn connected to SFB? It's too bad that NYCB isn't included though, I would love to see some of the new young dancers from the company that I keep reading about!
I've seen Guillaume Cote a few times during the past 2 seasons. His performance as Kromov in the Merry Widow was wonderful and sticks out in my mind the most. I also saw him in Pastorale with Heather Odgen ( his most frequent partner), the Comforts of Solitude, and Theme and Variations. He's been given many lead roles, Siegfried, Romeo, the Nutcracker, Serenade, Mozartiana, Poet in Les Sylphides- and my friends who have seen those performances say he has enormous potential. He has an elegant line, deep plie, and lots of charisma. The company really needs a young danseur noble to fill Aleksandar Antonijevic's shoes in the future. Cote will dance Apollo this May which I hope I will be able to see. On thursday there was a TV special "The Dancer's Story: 50 years at the NBoC", which included excerpts of him and Ogden performing Romeo and Juliet- they dance beautifully together, and I'm looking forwards to seeing them at the Erik Bruhn Prize!


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