Genée International Ballet Competition 2013

March 14, 2013

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Genée International Ballet Competition 2013

RAD announces judging team and choreographer for Final

144101_RAD__Section 1Retired Principal ballet dancer Darcey Bussell CBE, Royal Ballet Director Kevin O’Hare and Scottish Ballet Artistic Director Christopher Hampson will judge the Final at this year’s Genée International Ballet Competition, to be held in Glasgow in September in association with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Scottish Ballet.

They will select medallists from rising stars of ballet, who will – as part of the competition – perform Variations choreographed by Royal Ballet Choreographic Apprentice Robert Binet.

Darcey Bussell, recently appointed RAD president, said: ‘The Genée is an extraordinary experience for any student, due to the talent it attracts. I am very excited to be part of the judging panel 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.’

Kevin O’Hare said: ‘What makes the Genée so exciting for me is the chance it gives us all to see a new generation of talent tackle world-class choreography on an international stage. I’m thrilled to be part of the team.’

Christopher Hampson has been an active supporter of the Genée since 2003, when he took on the role of Commissioned Choreographer for the Birmingham event. He said: ‘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 on the judging panel for what promises to be a true showcase of international dance.’

Canadian-born Robert Binet will choreograph Variations for both male and female competitors. These will be premiered at the Final, taking place at the Theatre Royal Glasgow on 29 September 2013.

Robert said: ‘I am very excited and honoured to be creating the Variations for the 2013 Genée International Ballet Competition. The opportunity to work with – and to have my work interpreted by – so many brilliant young dancers is a truly invaluable one. I look forward to meeting and learning from both the candidates and the many luminaries of the ballet world who will be involved in the competition.’

The Genée International Ballet Competition will run from 20-29 September 2012, with public performances by semi-finalists taking place on 26 and 27 September at the New Athenaeum Theatre and the Final taking place on 29 September at the Theatre Royal Glasgow.

Tickets for public events will go on sale in April.

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 Fund raising 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.

Public performance dates
Semi-finals: 26 and 27 September 2013, New Athenaeum Theatre, Glasgow
Final: 29 September 2013, Theatre Royal Glasgow

Tickets (semi-finals)
Details tbc in April

Tickets (Final)
Final tickets from £10-£36 plus transaction fees

Priority tickets for RAD Members are now on sale. 15% Early Bird Discount available for RAD Members (on top three prices only) – visit the Members’ Area of the RAD website to claim your discount and for information on how to book online. Tickets go on sale for the general public from 15 April.

Call Theatre Royal box office on +44 (0)844 871 7647 to book.
Genée fundraiser – Highland Fling dinner and ceilidh
The RAD’s Scotland team will hold a ‘Highland Fling’ fundraising dinner and ceilidh on 28 September at the Thistle Hotel, Glasgow.
The evening will include a drinks reception, three-course dinner with wine, short performances by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Dance School of Scotland, plus ceilidh dancing for the rest of the evening to the well-known Picts ceilidh band. There will also be performances by Highland dancers and a live auction offering some exclusive prizes.

Tickets are available from Jennifer Macfarlane, RAD Regional Manager Scotland – please contact for further information or to book a table or an individual ticket. Tickets are £80 each (ten per table).

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.

About 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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