National Ballet of Canada announces repertoire for competition

National Ballet of Canada logoRepertoire 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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