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The Genée International Ballet Competition nears


In 3 weeks’ time, the prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition will begin at the Artscape Theatre complex in Cape Town. Presented by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and supported by the UCT School of Dance and Cape Town City Ballet, Genée will take place at the venue’s theatre and opera house from 30 September to 9 October 2011.

Founded in 1931, the Genée International Ballet Competition has travelled as far afield as Canada, Hong Kong, Greece and Singapore. This year, South Africa will host the competition for the first time with Table Mountain providing the perfect backdrop for this highly anticipated event. The competition is named after Dame Adeline Genée, one of the RAD’s most inspirational and historic founders, and it is the RAD’s flagship event, dedicated to promoting and rewarding standards of excellence in ballet dancers internationally. 2011 marks the Royal Academy of Dance’s 91st year, and the organisation is honoured to have Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll as its Patron.

For this competition, candidates must be trained in the RAD method. All entrants have the chance to work with and learn from distinguished dance professionals and choreographers over 5 intensive days. Those selected as finalists will compete for a coveted gold, silver or bronze medal in the final, as well as significant prize money – R50 000, R30 000 and R20 000 respectively. The live audience at the final is able to vote for their favourite candidate who receives the special Audience Choice Award. This year the judges are David Nixon, OBE, the Artistic Director of Northern Ballet, Professor Elizabeth Triegaardt, the CEO of Cape Town City Ballet and Iain MacDonald, the Artistic Director of the South African Ballet Theatre in Johannesburg. Luke Rittner, the Chief Executive of the RAD since 1999, will hand out the awards.

Competitors perform three solos, a 19th Century classical repertoire variation and a 20th Century variation (by Kenneth MacMillan or Frederick Ashton). The coach for the 19th Century variations is Christopher Hampson and for the 20th Century variation is Lynn Wallis. Two variations, male and female, have been specially commissioned for the 2011 competition and this year they will be choreographed by Capetonian Kirsten Isenberg and will be notated by former CAPAB Ballet Principal dancer, Eduard Greyling, using the Benesh Movement Notation method to ensure the solos are saved for artistic and educational purposes.

The Genée experience is enhanced with the inclusion of two wraparound events – the Genée Dance Challenge, a national dance challenge for young dancers currently taking place across six regions in South Africa, and Sizodanisa – Let’s Dance!, a community dance project managed by Cape Town City Ballet. Sizodanisa will give established community dance projects the chance to broaden their students’ experience through workshops and classes, culminating in a free performance on 5 October at 5:00pm.

The Genée International Ballet Competition takes place from 30 September till 9 October at Artscape. The semi finals take place in the theatre venue over two days, on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October from 10:30am until approximately 3:30pm and the final will be held in the opera house on Sunday 9 October at 6:30pm. The Genée Dance Challenge is on Saturday 8 October at 5:00pm. Tickets For the semi finals and Genée Dance Challenge cost R120 per day. Tickets for the Final cost from R200 to R350, all via Computicket or Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695. Group booking discounts are available. Join the Genee International Ballet Competition on Facebook and Twitter @Genee2011SA to keep up to date with all the exciting happenings.