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1st Osiel Gouneo; 2nd (or 3rd) Jean Babilée (1923 - 2014); 10th John Gilpin (1930 - 83); 14th Dinna Bjørn; 16th Anthony Dowell, Adam Lüders; 18th Lev Ivanov (1834 - 1901); 19th Gerd Larsen (1921 - 2001); 22nd Alexander Grant (1925 - 2011); 23rd Sylvie Guillem; 25th Mauro Bigonzetti; 28th Jorge Donn (1947 - 1992).
Prix de Lausanne - THE WINNERS
Scholarship winners: 1st António Casalinho; 2nd Luca Abdel-Nour; 3rd Andrey Jesus Maciano; 4th Seojeong Yun; 5th Shunhei Fuchiyama; 6th AshleyCoupal www.prixdelausanne.org
Lulu, a film created as part of The National Ballet of Canada’s Expansive Dances series, choreographed by Guillaume Côté, directed by Ben Shirinian and produced by Lookout, wins Best International Short Film at the 2020 Milan International Film Festival, MIFF Awards.
Dancers Leaving The Royal Ballet
Elizabeth Harrod, Nathalie Harrison, Demelza Parish, Gemma Pitchley-Gale and Grace Blundell have decided to leave The Royal Ballet during the 2020/21 Season, taking up voluntary redundancy as part of the Royal Opera House restructure in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Paul Marque - Étoile
Paris Opera premier danseur Paul Marque was named an étoile following his performance as the Golden Slave in La Bayadère at the Paris Opera. He joined the Paris Opera School in 2004 and won the Gold Medal in Varna in 2016.
Nikki Blain, Jesse Homes and Mayume Noguromi have each been promoted to the rank of demi-soloist and Julio Blanes has been promoted to soloist at the West Australian Ballet.
La Bayadère - Paris Opera
For the reopening of theatres in Paris on 15 December, performance times have to adjusted to comply with government Covid rules. For La Bayadère at the Opéra Bastille: 15, 18, 21, 24, 26, 29, 30 December, and 1 and 2 January: starts at 6 p.m. instead of 7.30 p.m. (duration 2 hours and 50 minutes with 2 intervals, estimated end at 8.50 p.m.) - 26 December: starts at 1 p.m. instead of 2.30 p.m. (duration 2 hours and 50 minutes with 2 intervals, estimated end at 3.50 p.m.) - 27 December: starts at 2.30 p.m. (duration 2 hours and 50 minutes with 2 intervals, estimated end at 4.20 p.m.). operadeparis.fr
American Ballet Theatre
has cancelled its Met season planned for June and July 2021 due to health and safety concerns related to the pandemic.In Instead the company plans new choreography, created in remote ballet bubbles under strict medical and health guidelines in upstate New York and Southern California, and additional locations to be announced. Digital productions and outdoor socially distanced performances around the United States are planned for spring 2021. Outdoor performances in and around New York City are in the works for summer 2021. Choreographers premiering new works with ABT in 2021 include Lauren Lovette, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Alexei Ratmansky and Sonya Tayeh.
The Royal Ballet has announced the casting for The Nutcracker which will run at the Royal Opera House from 11 December - 3 January. The role of the Sugar Plum Fairy will be danced by Sarah Lamb (pictured) on 16 & 21 December, Marianela Nuñez on 11 & 13 December, Laura Morera 12 & 15 December, Akane Takada on 17 & 23 December, Yasmine Naghdi on 19 & 22 December, Anna Rose O'Sullivan in her debut on 24 & 30 December, Fumi Kaneko on 29 December, Natalia Osipova on 31 December & 2 January, and Francesca Hayward on 1 & 3 January. www.roh.org.uk
Manuel Legris succeeds Frédéric Olivieri on 1 December as director of the ballet company of Teatro alla Scala. He is already creating a new ballet, Verdi Suite for five dancers (Coviello, Toppi, Arduino, Del Freo and Agostino) which will been shown on RAI TV during a gala on 7 December. Another Ballet Gala will be broadcast on 17 December and plans for the new season including La Sylphide, Legris' own production of Le Corsaire, Nureyev's Don Quixote, Sentieri by Philippe Kratz and Progetto Händel by Mauro Bigonzetti.
Alina Cojocaru, who is expecting her second child this month, will leave English National Ballet as her contract comes to an end. The leading ballerina joined ENB in 2013 from The Royal Ballet. Her repertoire, both classical and contemporary, is extensive. She is a regular guest artist with John Neumeier's Hamburg Ballet.
Changes at English National Ballet
Joining ENB are Natascha Mair as a principal - she has been dancing as a principal with the Wiener Staatsballett and is also a guest principal with the Ljubljana Ballet; Matei Hadrian Holeleu as a 1st Year Artist, following his success at the 2020 Prix de Lausanne competition - he trained at Ballettschule Theater Basel in Switzerland and at the Octavian Stroia Highschool of Choreography and Drama in Romania; and Eric Snyder as an artist (extra) from English National Ballet School. English National Ballet also welcomes new members to its Board of Trustees: Marilyn Berk, Lady Debbie Buffini, Kamara Gray, Chris Marks, Paul Pacifico and Dr. Shirley J. Thompson OBE.
Elizabeth McRae has decided to accept voluntary redundancy after dancing with The Royal Ballet for 13 years. She is pictured here in Ashton’s The Two Pigeons with her husband and father of their three children Steven McRae at The Royal Ballet’s gala to open Hull New Theatre in 2017.
The incoming artistic director of The Australian Ballet announces the company plans for 2021.
Wayne McGregor has been appointed as the director of the Biennale di Venezia's Dance Department for a four-year term from 2021-24.
Ballet du Capitole has announced that the premiere of Toulouse-Lautrec choreographed by Kader Belarbi, which was originally scheduled to take place from May 23 to June 3, 2020 and which was postponed for the first time to November 2020, is again postponed to the 2021/2022 season. Performances on 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 November are therefore cancelled.
Congratulations to Olivier Award winners: Mthuthuzeli November - Best New Dance for Ingoma for Ballet Black; Sarah Baras - Outstanding Achievement in Dance for Ballet Flamenco in Sombras at Sadler's Wells; and Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear - Best Theatre Choreographer for Mary Poppins.