Genée International Ballet Competition 2013 – ‘Creative Spaces’ events announced

April 30, 2013

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Genée International Ballet Competition 2013 – ‘Creative Spaces’ events announced

Creative Spaces Glasgow, a series of events in conjunction with the Genée International Ballet Competition 2013, will be presented by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) on the weekend of 28–29 September at two Glasgow-based venues.

The interesting assortment of events includes a book-signing with prima ballerina Darcey Bussell; ‘In conversation…’ talks with Genée 2013 judges Christopher Hampson, Kevin O’Hare and choreographer Robert Binet; and a ballet body conditioning workshop with RAD Director of Education Dr Anne Hogan. Children’s ballet and street jazz classes are also on offer and include a tour of Scottish Ballet’s headquarters.

Darcey Bussell, recently appointed RAD president, spoke of her anticipation about being involved in this year’s Genée competition: ‘The Genée is an extraordinary experience for any student, due to the talent it attracts. I am very excited to be involved this year, as it is one of the largest annual competitions and is recognised around the world by everyone in dance. Past winners have gone on to have fulfilling careers in the best companies around the world.’

Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, spoke of his excitement about the competition coming to his resident town of Glasgow: ‘The opportunity to host the Genée is one I know Glasgow will seize with both hands. As a proud resident of this most dynamic of cities, I’m honoured to be involved in what promises to be a true showcase of international dance.’

Public performance tickets for the competition, in association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Scottish Ballet, are available for the Semi-finals on 26–27 September at the New Athenaeum Theatre and the Final on 29 September at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow. Tickets for all performances are available through the theatre box offices, and are priced from £10-£36.

Creative Spaces schedule

Saturday 28 September
– Character Workshop (to support Grades 1-3): Tramway, 9am-4pm. Cost: RAD members £70, non-members £90
– Talk by Robert Binet (Genée 2013 Commissioned Choreographer): Tramway, 11am-12pm. Cost: £10*
– Ballet Body Conditioning Taster Workshop with Dr Anne Hogan (RAD Director of Education): Tramway, 1.30-2.30pm. Cost: £10*

Sunday 29 September
– Children’s ballet classes and tour of Scottish Ballet HQ: Tramway, 10-11.30am (ages 8-11), 3-4.30pm (ages 12-16). Cost: £6
– Children’s street jazz classes and tour of Scottish Ballet HQ: Tramway, 10-11.30am (ages 12-16), 3-4.30pm (ages 8-11). Cost: £6
– In conversation: Christopher Hampson (Scottish Ballet Artistic Director and Genée 2013 judge): Thistle Hotel, 10.30-11.30am. Cost: £10*
– Talk and book signing by Darcey Bussell (Genée 2013 judge and RAD President): Thistle Hotel, 12-2.30pm. Cost: £15*
– In conversation: Kevin O’Hare (Genée 2013 judge and Director of The Royal Ballet): Thistle Hotel, 3-4pm. Cost: £10*

*£5 discount off the total ticket price when booking more than one event

Creative Spaces tickets

To book tickets for any of the Creative Spaces events, visit or for general enquiries contact Laura Deacon, RAD National Manager at or on +44 (0)20 7326 8908.


Creative Spaces venues

25 Albert Drive
Glasgow G41 2PE

Thistle Hotel
Cambridge Street
Glasgow G2 3HN


About Darcey Bussell CBE

Darcey Bussell was born in London and trained at the Royal Ballet School where the late Sir Kenneth MacMillan noticed her exceptional technique and in 1988 gave her the leading role in his ballet The Prince of The Pagodas, resulting in her to move to the Royal Ballet. A year later on the opening night of the show she was promoted to Principal at the age of 20 – at this time, the youngest ballerina ever to be given this honour. Darcey was a Principal dancer with the Royal Ballet for almost 18 years, during which time she danced every major classical role numerous times. She is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest English ballerinas of all time. In 1995 she was awarded the OBE and subsequently the CBE in 2006. Darcey retired from ballet with a final performance of MacMillan’s Song of the Earth performed at the Royal Opera House. Since retiring, Darcey has created Viva La Diva with Katherine Jenkins, produced her series of Magic Ballerina books as well as her memoir Darcey Bussell: A Life In Pictures in 2012, and is now a judge in Strictly Come Dancing. Darcey is the Patron of Sydney Dance Company, President of the Birmingham Royal Ballet Fundraising appeal and in 2012 was appointed President of the Royal Academy of Dance.

About Christopher Hampson

Christopher Hampson was born in Manchester and trained at the Royal Ballet Schools. His choreographic work began at the Royal Ballet School and continued at English National Ballet where he danced until 1999. Christopher has created numerous works for English National Ballet including Nutcracker and Double Concerto, which won the 2002 Barclays Theatre Award and the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography. Christopher’s Romeo and Juliet, (created for Royal New Zealand Ballet) was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Production 2005. Christopher created Sinfonietta Giocosa, for the Atlanta Ballet in the U.S.A. and, after a tour to New York it received its UK premiere with ENB in 2007. He created a new Cinderella for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, which was hailed as Best New Production by the New Zealand Herald. His work has toured Australia, China, U.S.A. and Europe.

About Kevin O’Hare

Kevin was trained by Louise Browne, then at the Royal Ballet School, and Royal Danish Ballet through an exchange programme. He joined the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet and was promoted to Principal in 1990 when it became Birmingham Royal Ballet. His repertory included all the leading classical roles and works by Balanchine, Cranko, Van Manen, Tudor and Tharp, aside from numerous international guest appearances. He has also created many roles, working with Ashton, De Valois, MacMillan, David Bintley and Peter Wright, among others. He retired from dancing in 2000 to work with the RSC, training in company management. He returned to BRB as Company Manager in 2001, joined the Royal Ballet as Company Manager in 2004 and then become Administrative Director in 2009. He is a governor of the Royal Ballet School. Kevin became Director of the Royal Ballet on the retirement of Monica Mason in July 2012.

About Robert Binet

Robert was born in Toronto, Canada and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School. He has created works for the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Ballet, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, the German National Youth Ballet (second company of the Hamburg Ballet), New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, Ballet Black and the Estonian National Ballet. In January 2012, Robert was appointed Royal Ballet Choreographic Apprentice. In this newly created position he is mentored by Wayne McGregor and has created work for the Royal Ballet and Wayne McGregor | Random Dance. In autumn 2013 Robert will create his first main stage work for the National Ballet of Canada.

Genée International Ballet Competition public performances

Semi-finals: 26 & 27 September 2013, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland New Athenaeum Theatre, Glasgow, 10.30am
Final: 29 September 2013, Theatre Royal Glasgow, 6.30pm

Semi-finals tickets
One day – £20 (£15 concession), two days – £35 (£25 concession)
To book, call +44(0)141 332 5057 or online
No booking/transaction fees when booking online.

Final tickets
From £10–£36 plus transaction fees.
To book, call 0844 871 7615 (or +44 20 7126 5456 from outside the UK) or online
Transaction and booking fees apply.
RAD Members receive a 5% discount on Final tickets – please visit Members’ Area on the RAD website for the promotional code.

About the Genée International Ballet Competition
The Genée International Ballet Competition is the Academy’s flagship annual event and one of the industry’s most prestigious international competitions. Named after the Academy’s founder Dame Adeline Genée and first convened in 1931, it is dedicated to promoting and rewarding standards of excellence in ballet dancers internationally. This is achieved by offering aspiring dancers the unique opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers and professionals as well as the chance to perform on an international stage. The competition has taken place almost every year since the 1930s, even during the Second World War.

Genée fundraiser – Highland Fling dinner and ceilidh
Fundraising events leading up to the competition include a ‘Highland Fling’ dinner dance at Glasgow’s Thistle hotel on 28 September, with a three-course dinner, ceilidh band, live dance performances and auction. The Genée Uncovered 2013-14 calendar includes quirky, fun photos of RAD examiners, teachers and dancers from Dance School of Scotland and Scottish Ballet. For tickets to Highland Fling or to buy a Genée Uncovered calendar, contact Jennifer MacFarlane, Scotland Regional Manager, at

The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)
With over 13,000 members’ spread across 79 countries, the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world. Established in the 1920s, to improve standards and re-invigorate dance training initially within the UK, the Academy helps and encourages its teachers to perfect their teaching skills and pass on this knowledge to their students. There are currently over 1,000 students in full-time or part-time teacher training programmes with the Academy and each year, the examination syllabus is taught to more than a quarter of a million students worldwide.

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