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Boston Ballet dancers win at Jackson

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#1 Alexandra


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Posted 01 July 2002 - 08:27 PM

A company press release dated July 1, 2002.


Medal winners are announced at USA IBC

(BOSTON)- Boston Ballet dancer Sarah Lamb won the silver medal at the USA
International Ballet Competition on June 28 in Jackson, Miss. Boston Ballet
dancer Emi Hariyama received the Robert Joffrey Award of Merit.

"We are so proud of Sarah and Emi," said Boston Ballet Artistic Director
Mikko Nissinen.

The USA IBC is an "olympic style" event held every four years and is the
official international ballet competition in the United States designated by
a Joint Resolution of Congress. Dancers from around the world compete for
scholarships, medals and cash awards in this prestigious, two-week dance
event. This year's events will conclude on June 30, 2002.

#2 Renee Renouf

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Posted 05 July 2002 - 11:04 PM

Inadvertently, I had the opportunity of watching
Tatiana Legat coaching Sarah Lamb for her Round II
contemporary number, along with Andrea Schermoly who was listed in the souvenir program as a Boston Ballet apprentice.

It was quite a thrill for me for I remember the Kirov's first appearance in San Francisco with Legat as well as her late husband, Yuri Soloviev.

Lamb's solo, Sometime, Somewhere, was repeated at the Gala, along with her striking Odile variation from Swan Lake. Her characterization made an immediate impression in Round I as quite distinctive.

Andrea Schermoly's solo Megalenha was a notable one, self-choreographed, and strongly laced with African movement, doubtless remembered from her childhood in South Africa. It is a piece I would enjoy seeing again.

Emi's final classical work with her partner, Ta Mila, her non-competing partner now affiliated with Atlanta Ballet but who danced James in Frank
Andersen's production of La Sylphide for the National Ballet of China, was wonderfully crystalline. George Zoritch made some suggestions relating to head and gestures, which helped convey that the wedding couple were indeed regal.

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Posted 06 July 2002 - 09:21 AM

Renee Renouf,

I want to thank you for your insightful critiques of the Jackson dancers at www.ballet.co.uk. Your day-by-day reviews really convey the feel of being at the competition and help explain the results.

Again, tremendous thanks and I hope that you will be in Jackson in 2006!

Valerie Burks

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Posted 16 July 2002 - 10:50 PM

There were two men from Boston Ballet who appeared effectively. One was Joel Prouty, who was a finalist,and the other was Raul Salamanca, who danced in the 1998 Competition as a junior. Nao Kuzuzaki, also with Boston, made a notable Giselle in the first Round. Brooke Kister, yet another member of the Boston Ballet corps, had also been a junior at Jackson in 1998.

I think Boston, in terms of sheer numbers, contributed the largest number of competitors to the 2002 Competition.

#5 Renee Renouf

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Posted 19 July 2002 - 07:53 AM

This is in response to Valerie Burks kind comments regarding my Jackson USA International
Ballet Competition coverage. I appreciate them. It is nice to know that there is a forum, based in the U.S.A., where comments can be lodged pro and con on such coverage on a foreign Web Site. I cannot ethically cover such an event in both locations.

I have received indirect information regarding some negative reaction to some of my coverage. One I was able to apologize directly for, relating
to the Panos accident on stage. The other has remained only faintly subterranean and apparently
was exacerbated.

I don't deliberately go on witch hunts or gunning for a particular dancer or dancers, contrary to
some thinking.

So, Valerie Burks, your comments are therefore much appreciated.

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Posted 19 July 2002 - 10:21 AM

I will delurk and say that I very much appreciated the Jackson coverage, too!!! I've always enjoyed reading your posts on ballet.co.uk and am happy that you are writing here as well.

It is always difficult to write online--people have such various degrees of expertise, reasons for posting, not to mentioon opinions on performances and dancers....

frequently, the more subterranean the unrest, the less solid the foundation from which the complainer is operating...

Please continue to write--

#7 Renee Renouf

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Posted 19 July 2002 - 11:48 AM

Funny thing, my mother's name was Juliet, and
in response I'll use one of her favorite cliches: "I bow from the ankles."
On my own, I feel you deserve a nosegay!

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