12/01/10

The Prix Jardin d’Europe 2010

On Sunday, October 31, 2010, the 3rd Prix Jardin d’Europe allocated with 10.000,- Euro was awarded within the frame of iDANS04 festival in Istanbul. The winning production is E.I.O of the artistic collective Maria Baroncea (RO), Eduard Gabia (RO) and Dragana Bulut (BA/RS). 
Out of 11 productions, the jury chose the work of the artists from Rumania and Bosnia-Herzegovina/Serbia. The E.I.O.team receives the award “for the way in which, through this performance, with minimal resources and much imagination, they deeply redefine the concept of work, questioning the means of production both in art and real life, the creation, distribution and value of art”.

The jury of the Prix Jardin d’Europe 2010, consisting of Eylül Akinci (TR), Bükki Nóra Ildikó (HU), Iulia Popovici (RO), Julie Rodeyns (BE), Lisa Caroline Smith (UK), Theresa Steininger (AT), Josefine Wikström (SE), Maxime Fleuriot (FR), Martina Rösler (AT) and Dean Damjanovski (MK), was participating in the project Critical Endeavour 2010, an initiative for emerging dance and performance art critics. 

Jardin d’Europe further offered artistic residencies, which were awarded to Fabián Barba – for his production A Mary Wigman Dance Evening he got a one-month-residency – and the artistic collective Bloom! for City, who received a two-weeks-residency. Workshop Foundation (Budapest) will host the artistic residencies, in partnership with danceWeb (Vienna), Ultima Vez (Brussels), Workspace Brussels (Brussels), and Cullberg Ballet (Stockholm).

The following 11 productions were nominated for the Prix Jardin d'Europe 2010:

Anat Eisenberg (DE) & Mirko Winkel (DE) - Life and Strive
Fabián Barba (EC) - A Mary Wigman Evening
Sanja Mitrovic´ (RS/NL) - Will you ever be happy again?
Maud Le Pladec (FR) - Professor
Pieter Ampe (BE) & Guillherme Garrido (PT) - Still Standing You
Sarah Vanhee (BE/NL) - Me and My Stranger
Gabriele Reuter (DE/UK) - Tourist - a de-centred play
Filiz Sizanli (TR) - Site
Maria Baroncea (RO), Eduard Gabia (RO) & Dragana Bulut (BA/RS) - E.I.O
Bloom! (HU) - City
Javier Murugarren (ES/NL), Gülsün Orhon (TR), Erikk McKenzie (UK), velvet lee black (USA) - Beyond the Box

The 4th edition of iDANS, which takes place throughout October 2010 in Istanbul, revolves around the theme of “Cosmopolitanism.” iDANS aims to bring into attention the complexity, hybridity and heterogeneity of identities and expose the multiple cultural affiliations of artistic practices. The festival program highlights the “choreographic” as a practice of cultural, political and affective negotiation and probes the relevance of artistic expressions for an “agonistic public space.”
As a political, ethical, and cultural notion and as a way of life, cosmopolitanism  insinuates a capacity to understand, negotiate and embrace cultural diversity. Under the rubric of contested meanings and different significances of “cosmopolitanism,” iDANS examines the relations between space, place and environment; the tension between local affiliations and universal imperatives; the patterns and conditions of human mobility, settlement and exclusion; the changing meanings of community and belonging; the affinity between cities and cosmopolitan imaginaries; and the transnational space-time of imagination and geography-bound imaginables.

Source: www.jardindeurope.eu

 

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08/21/10

Great Spanish Choreographer Nacho Duato to Head Mikhailovsky Ballet

The world-famous Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato has agreed to lead the ballet company of St. Petersburg’s Mikhailovsky Theater. His contract with Spain’s Compania Nacional de Danza, where he has been artistic director for the past twenty years, expires on July 31. On January 1, 2011, Duato will take up his new post in St. Petersburg.

Nacho Duato was born on January 8, 1957, in Valencia. In 1980, Duato signed his first professional contract with the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm, and a year later Jirí Kylián brought him to Holland’s Nederlands Dans Theater, where he became a resident choreographer in 1988. His works have been featured in the repertoires of major dance companies across the globe, including the Paris Opera Ballet, the American Ballet Theater, the Deutsche Oper Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Australian Ballet, and the Finnish Opera Ballet. 

Vladimir Kekhman, the Mikhailovsky Theater’s General Director: ‘The invitation of this internationally acclaimed choreographer, whose talent and energy are at their peak now, is incredibly important not just to the Mikhailovsky Theater, but to the Russian ballet community as a whole. Today the number of masters in the world that are capable of thinking in choreographic images and that have created their own unique dance language can be counted on one hand. The opportunity to work under one such master is a privilege as well as a responsibility: our company will adopt the style, the language and choreographic ideas of this great artist, whose creative endeavors are shaping the future of ballet. I hope Duato’s work in Russia also inspires young Russian choreographers. It’s no secret that we don’t really have any big names in Russia today.’

The contract has no expiration date. The choreographer’s plans include a contemporary dance festival in the spring of 2011, to be produced by Sergei Danilyan.

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08/21/10

Prix Benois de la Danse 2010

The winners:

Hélène Bouchet - Hamburger Ballett: role of Eurydike in The Orpheus (ch. John Neumeier)

Thiago Bordin - Hamburger Ballett: role of Armand Duval in The Lady with Camelias (ch. John Neumeier) and David Hallberg: Americal Ballet Theatre: role of Albrecht in Giselle (ch. J. Perrot/J. Coralli) 

Price for the best choreography was not awarded.

 

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08/11/10

Baletní a taneční svět opouštěly hvězdy

Na jaře letošního roku ztratil svět tance a baletu několik významných jmen 20. století.

V dubnu zemřela ve věku 91 let Marika Besobrasova, která v padesátých letech založila v Monaku baletní školu pod patronací knížat Rainiera a Grace. Institut nesl později název Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace a studovala v něm řada významných tanečníků včetně Rudolfa Nurejeva.

V květnu nás opustil švédská tanečnice Lena Wennergren, která patřila k zakladatelské generaci souboru Cullberg Ballett. Ztvárnila řadu rolí v dílech Birgit Cullberg, později byla asistentkou Matse Eka a v letech 1995–2003 vedla soubor spolu s Margaretou Lindström.

V Japonsku zesnul v požehnaném věku 103 let zakladatel taneční techniky butó vycházející z tradičního japonského tance a moderního výrazového tance 20. století, Kazuo Ohno. Na jevišti vystupoval až do své stovky.

Vysokého věku se dožila také Marina Semjonova, která zemřela v Moskvě v červnu a stovku překročila o dva roky. Byla studentkou A. Vaganovové a její první slavnou žákyní, tančila v Mariinském divadle, ale největší část uměleckého života prožila na prknech moskevského Balšoje. V divadle a v moskevském GITISu pak pokračovala v činnosti pedagogické a vychovala řadu vynikajících tanečnic.

 

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08/11/10

Německou cenu Kurta Joose získal letos choreograf Arkadij Zaides

Choreograf Arkadij Zaides získal Kurt–Jooss-Preis 2010, mezinárodní ocenění za choreografii udílené každé tři roky v Německu. Cenu získal za choreografii Solo Colores. Choreograf a tanečník běloruského původu tvoří převážně v Izraeli, kde žije a pracuje od roku 1990. Jako tanečník působil mimo jiné v Batsheva Dance Company a Yasmeen Godder Dance Group.

 

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05/04/10

Novým ředitelem SND je Ondrej Šoth

Dnes se oficiálně ujal funkce nový generální ředitel Slovenského národného divadla Ondrej Šoth (50). Bývalý šéf baletu Štátného divadla Košice se setkal s řediteli všech uměleckých složek. Na půdě SND ho jako nového generálního ředitele představil generální ředitel sekce umění ministerstva kultury Peter Kováč.
Ondreje Šotha navrhla do funkce jedenáctičlenná komise, která vybírala z devíti kandidátů. Výběrové řízení se konalo 26. března 2010 na půdě ministerstva kultury, šlo přitom už o druhý termín konkurzu, z prvního, který se konal v prosinci, žádný kandidát nevzešel.

Zdroj: SND

 

 

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04/20/10

Nominees of Benois de la Danse - 2010

The XVIII Benois de la Danse Award Ceremony for the outstanding choreographic achievements created in the previous year and the charity Gala of the nominees of this year is taking place on the New stage of the Bolshoi Theatre on May, 18, 2010.

CHOREOGRAPHERS:
David Dawson -
 Faun(e), C. Debussy, English National Ballet.
Terence Kohler - 11:11, L. Auerbach, Royal Ballet of Flanders.
Susanna Leinonen And the Line Begins to Blur, K. Laine, Susanna Leinonen Company (Finland).
Benjamin Millepied Anima, J. -S. Bach, J. Taride, Benjamin Millepied Danses Concertantes, Dance Festival in Cannes (France).
Alexey Ratmansky - Waltz-fantazy, M. Glinka, for Mikhail Baryshnikov's Three Solos and Duet.
Christopher Wheeldon - Swan Lake (New version), P. Tchaikovsky, Karlsruhe Ballet (Germany).

BALLERINAS:
Мaria Alexandrova
 - Nikia in La Bayadère, L. Minkus/M. Petipa, (Y. Grigorovitch production); Title role in Esmeralda, C. Pugni/M. Petipa, (staging and new choreographic version by Y. Burlaka and V. Medvedev), Bolshoi Ballet.
Héléne Bouchet - Euridike in Orpheus, I. Stravinsky/J. Neumeier, Hamburg Ballet.
Isabella Boylston Everything Doesn't Happen At Once, D. Lang/B. Millepied, American Ballet Theatre.
Begona Cao - The title role in Manon, J. Massenet/K. MacMillan, English National Ballet.
Isabelle Ciaravola - The title role in Giselle, A. Adam/J. Coralli, J. Perrot (staged by P. Bart, E. Poliakov) Paris Opera Ballet.
Eugenia Obraztsova - Suimbike in Shurale, F. Yarullin/L. Yakobson, Mariinsky Theatre.
Anu Viheriäranta - Duet in Tryst, J. McMillan/Ch. Wheeldon, Het National Ballet.

DANCERS:
Esteban Berlanga
 - Faun(e), C. Debussy/D. Dawson, English National Ballet.
Thiago Bordin - Arman Duval in Lady of the Camellias, F. Chopin/J/Neumeier, Hamburg Ballet.
Stephane Bullion - Albrecht in Giselle, A. Adam/J. Coralli, J. Perrot (staged by P. Bart, E. Poliakov), Paris Opera Ballet.
David Hallberg - Count Albrecht in Giselle, A. Adam/J. Coralli, J. Perrot (staged by K. McKenzie) American Ballet Theatre.
Michail Lobukhin - Ali-Batyr in Shurale, F. Yarullin/L. Yakobson, Mariinsky Theatre.
Friedemann Vögel - Solor in La Bayadere, L. Minkus/N. Makarova after M. Petipa, Finnish National Ballet.
Marian Walter - Prince Desiré in The Sleeping Beauty, P. Tchaikovski/V. Malakhov after M. Petipa, Berlin State Ballet.

Source: http://benois.theatre.ru/english/massmedia/news/

 

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04/13/10

International Solo-Dance-Theatre Festival

4 days each year in March, contemporary choreographers and young dancers show their new, modern, individual and experimental productions on the stage of the Robert-Bosch-Saal in TREFFPUNKT Rotebühlplatz to an enthusiastic audience and an illustrious jury.
Most of the presented pieces are premieres.
The jury awards altogether six prizes, three for each of the two categories "choreography" and "dance". The 1st prizes are awarded with € 3.500,- each, 2nd prizes with € 2.500,- each and the 3rd prizes with € 1.500,- each.

This year’s winners are:

1. Prize choreography: 

Joaquin Sanchez: Always look at the sea
2. Prize choreography:
Laura Vera: Susurros raídos, ángulos de furia
3. Prize choreography:
Antonin Comestaz: SHE

1. Prize dance:
Meng-Ke Wu: SHE
2. Prize dance:
Milou Nuyens: Layers
3. Prize dance:
Geovanni Pérez: Susurros raídos, ángulos de furia

Publikum-prize:
Antonin Comestaz (choreography) a Meng-Ke Wu (dance): SHE

http://www.treffpunkt-rotebuehlplatz.de/

 

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01/08/10

Prix Jardin d'Europe 2009

Working Title Festival #3 took place in locations around Brussels in December and the choreographical Price „Prix Jardin d'Europe 2009“ was issued:


Firts prize (10.000 € for her next production): Claire Croizé -- The Farewell

other nominees:
Sara Manente -- Lawaai Means Hawaai
Eleanor Bauer -- (BIG GIRLS DO BIG THINGS)

Second prizes (a residency organized by WorkSpace Brussels & Szene Salzburg)

Varnia Canto Vila -- During Beginning Ending
Florin Flueras -- A Breave Search of the Ultimate Reality
Lilia Mestre -- Live-in-Room

The Jury's decision :

„From the outset, due to the specific nature of the Working Title Festival which presents finished works as well as works in progress we had two prizes to award. But even then, we were confronted with so many different and valid proposals that we were almost overwhelmed by the richness of it. However, at the end of the festival, we discovered that the really deciding factor for us was the triple issue of the singularity, the willingness to take risks and the drive of the artist. Six of them were outstanding in this respect (three in each category), be it in very different ways.
Amongst the works in progress we were struck by the quality of the work of Varinia Canto Vila, Florin Flueras and Lilia Mestre. Miss Canto Vila is outstanding in her effort to communicate in a very truthful way fleeting states of being. Florin Flueras radically doubts and yet affirms the transformative possibility of art using the artifices of the art itself. Lilia Mestre is exploring a radically different medium to make a choreography out of sound and space. Thanks to the generosity of Workspace Brussels and the spontaneous gesture of Szene Salzburg it was possible to award a residency to all three of them.

Three of the finished works stood out. Eleanor Bauer, who pretended to show a work in progress, actually gave the public in (Big girls do big things) a fascinating view on the friction between the desire to embody a social role and the loss of authenticity that comes along with it. Sara Manente on the other hand, in Lawaai means Hawaai demonstrates in a defiant way how loss of meaning is always imminent. Ultimately, the jury decided to award the prize to Claire Croizé because she succeeds in giving an equal importance to the elements of dance, lighting and music in confronting the major with the minor and likewise the minor with the major. The performance has the potential to reach a large public without watering down the choreographer’s artistic integrity.

The members of the 2009 Jardin d'Europe jury : Pieter T'Jonck, Charlotte Vandevyver, Ula Sickle & Christa Spart.

http://www.workspacebrussels.be/

Source: Workspace Brussels

 

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