Genée International Ballet Competition 2012, Wellington, New Zealand!
After 10 years following the same structure, an exciting new element and a change in format will be introduced for the 2012 Genée International Ballet Competition. The Genée underwent significant changes in 2002, the first year that it left London and travelled overseas, and so 2012 seemed a fitting time to update the competition once again, drawing on other new artistic initiatives across the Academy’s work.
Candidates this year will be invited to perform a variation of a maximum of two minutes duration (performed in pointe shoes for females), choreographed by themselves, their teacher or a peer, to a piece of music of their choice. This new section, Dancer’s Own puts the creative process right at the heart of the Genée.
Classical Repertoire Variation
Currently, there are two repertoire sections, 19th century and 20th century, and candidates must choose one from each decade. From 2012 onwards candidates will select just one variation from the new combined Classical Repertoire Variation list to be performed at the Semi-finals and Final.
Into the Unknown
Each year the RAD commissions a choreographer to create two (male & female) exclusive variations for the Genée candidates. This has become one of the most uniquely rewarding and challenging parts of the competition and as such, this section has been entitled Into the Unknown. From 2012 the Commissioned Variations will have their world premiere at the Final, although ALL candidates will work with the choreographer and benefit from the creative challenge of learning and rehearsing the variations throughout the five days of coaching.
The new format will be programmed as follows:
– Day 1 Classical Class
– Day 2 Dancer’s Own and Classical Repertoire Variation
– Into the Unknown, Commissioned Variation
– Dancer’s Own Variation
– Classical Repertoire Variation
Information for candidates can be found on the RAD website.
Tickets Booking opens 7 June 2012.
Teachers, students and supporters from all over New Zealand are at present fundraising enthusiastically. There are many exciting fundraisers to look forward to, including a Gala Dinner with Darcey Bussell on 1 June, Christopher Hampson events in July, and several regional Genée Dance Challenges in the coming months. Check out the latest news on the RAD New Zealand website.
Genée International Ballet Competition 2012
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