The Hong Kong Ballet – First Asian Partner Company of the prestigious Prix de Lausanne

November 18, 2011

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The Hong Kong Ballet – First Asian Partner Company of the prestigious Prix de Lausanne

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Hong Kong – 18 November 2011 – The Hong Kong Ballet is delighted to announce that it has been chosen as a Partner Company by the Artistic Committee of the world-renowned dance competition, the Prix de Lausanne. The 40th edition of the international ballet competition will be held from 29 January – 4 February 2012, and The Hong Kong Ballet is particularly proud to be the first Asian dance company to join the Prix de Lausanne family. In recent years, Asian dancers have increasingly dominated the list of selected candidates, and the choice of The Hong Kong Ballet as a partner company recognises the growing influence of dancers from this region. Other partner companies include the Bavarian State Ballet, Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Hamburg Ballet – John Neumeier, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Ballet.

The Prix de Lausanne aims to discover, promote and support the world’s finest young talents. At the beginning of each year, the Committee invites a selected group of young dancers between the ages of 15 and 18, who are not yet professional artists, to Switzerland. The competition is one of a kind – instead of being judged for a single performance, competitors participate in a week of classes, workshops and performances, watched and evaluated by a jury of illustrious figures from the dance world. Winners of the competition are awarded either a year of training at one of the Prix’s Partner Schools or an apprenticeship at a Partner Company such as The Hong Kong Ballet. Former Prix de Lausanne winners are among the elite of the ballet world, including Darcey Bussell, Alina Cojocaru, Carlos Acosta, Benjamin Millepied and Christopher Wheeldon.

Artistic Director Madeleine Onne said “It is a real honour to be part of this competition, which is so crucial to the development of young, talented dancers’ careers. At The Hong Kong Ballet we are always looking out for the stars of tomorrow, and joining the Prix de Lausanne family gives us a unique opportunity to welcome rising stars to join our Company in Hong Kong.”

香港芭蕾舞團獲選為
國際知名洛桑芭蕾舞大賽首個亞洲合作舞團

<香港 – 2011年11月18日> 香港芭蕾舞團(港芭)隆重宣佈,獲得世界知名的洛桑國際芭蕾舞大賽選為官方合作舞團。第四十屆的洛桑芭蕾舞大賽將於2012年1月29日至2月4日舉行,港芭作為首個加盟的亞洲舞蹈團,深感榮幸。近年來,亞洲舞蹈員在這項比賽大放異彩,港芭入選為合作舞團,進一步肯定了亞洲舞蹈員在世界舞壇日益增長的影響力。除了港芭之外,其他合作舞團還包括巴伐利亞國家舞蹈團、瑞士貝嘉芭蕾舞團、伯明翰皇家芭蕾舞團、荷蘭國家芭蕾舞團、漢堡芭蕾舞團(約翰.紐邁亞)、蒙地卡羅芭蕾舞團、加拿大國家芭蕾舞團及英國皇家芭蕾舞團等。

洛桑國際芭蕾舞大賽致力發掘、推廣及支持世界各地的年輕舞蹈人才。每年年初,比賽委員會將邀請一班年齡介乎15至18歲,仍未成為專業舞蹈員的年輕舞者到瑞士。這個比賽與別不同之處,是不只以一次演出決定勝負,參賽者需參與為期一週的課堂、工作坊及表演,並由國際間聲名顯赫的評審團在旁觀察及評審。得獎者可獲得於合作舞蹈學校受訓、或於合作舞團(如港芭)實習的機會,為期一年。過往得獎者多是芭蕾舞壇的頂尖人物,包括達茜‧布西爾、阿麗娜‧可約卡魯、卡羅斯‧亞科斯塔、班傑明‧米派德、克里斯托弗‧威爾頓等。

港芭藝術總監區美蓮表示:「這個比賽對傑出年青舞蹈員的事業極其重要,能夠參與其中,我們實是深感榮幸。香港芭蕾舞團不斷努力發掘芭蕾舞界的新星,這次成為比賽的合作伙伴,是我們歡迎這些明日之星加入港芭的良機。」

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