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 Post subject: Genée International Ballet Competition
PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 5:47 pm 

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Press Release

Showcasing the finest international young ballet dancers
Hong Kong to host world famous Genée International Ballet Competition 2006

As the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its arrival
in Hong Kong, the Genée International Ballet Competition; one of the world’s most
prestigious ballet competitions for young ballet dancers and the RAD’s flagship
event, will be staged at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. The competition
will take place from 26 August - 3 September marking the first time that this
competition has ever been held in the city. The event will also be marked by an
exclusive guest performance sure to thrill the Hong Kong audience. Dr Stanley Ho,
lead sponsor of this year’s competition stated;
“The holding of the 2006 competition in Hong Kong will again acknowledge the great
international appeal of ballet, and will attract many of the world’s best young
dancers. It is an honour and a pleasure for me to sponsor the 2006 Genée
International Ballet Competition staged here to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the
founding, in 1956, of Royal Academy of Dance in Hong Kong.”

Adding to the excitement of this milestone sell-out event, acclaimed young
choreographer Yuri Ng; himself a former Geneé gold medalist (1983), has agreed to
create two exclusive variations (male and female) for the competition which will be
premiered during the Semi-finals. Yuri believes that the competition is a great
opportunity not only for developing young dancers but to raise the profile of dance;

“We can use the Genée International Ballet Competition to push standards higher. I
will be choreographing one make and one female variation, each less than two minutes
long, and it will certainly challenge them”

The Genée is a demanding competition and attracts the finest young ballet dancers
aged 14 - 19 years old from all over the world. It offers a unique opportunity to
work with and learn from world-renowned teachers and choreographers and also the
chance to dance on the best international stages. The competitors will spend three
days in intensive coaching sessions with Lynn Wallis, the Academy’s Artistic
Director and choreographer Christopher Hampson, before competing in the Semi-finals
on Thursday, 31 August and Friday, 1 September. They will then perform in front of a
panel of distinguished judges comprising of the Academy’s President, Dame Antoinette
Sibley, Executive Director and Artistic Director of the National Ballet of China,
Madam Zhao Ruheng and Artistic Director designate of Hong Kong Ballet, John Meehan.
The judges will select a short-list of finalists to compete for a coveted medal in
the Final on Sunday, 3 September. The audience will also be given the chance to
vote for their preferred performer. Sponsored by Sotheby’s Hong Kong, the Audience
Award will be awarded to the candidate who, in the eyes of the audience, most
deserves to win.

The Genée International Ballet Competition has a strong heritage and many past
winners have become professional dancers, choreographers, directors and teachers
with companies all over the world including Hong Kong’s Flora Cheong Leen. Flora,
now a house hold name in China, won a silver medal in 1975 and remembers the
competition as;

“the best experience*.I am proud to have the competition in Hong Kong for the first
time. It is important for dancers in the Far East to participate in this most
meaningful and prestigious international competition in Hong Kong.”

The first Genée International Ballet Competition took place in London in 1931 and
has taken place almost every year since. The Competition was first held outside of
the UK in 2002 at the Sydney Opera House, Australia and in 2004 travelled to Athens
as part of the Cultural Olympiad’s activities leading to the 2004 Olympics.

To obtain images or for further information please contact the RAD Press Office
Sarah Ball / Melanie Adams
Tel: +44 (0)207 326 8044 / 8003
Fax: +44 (0)207 924 2311

Notes for Editors

The Genée International Ballet Competition was first staged in 1931 and is named in
honour of Dame Adeline Genée, co-founder and first President of the Royal Academy of
Dance. In 2002, the competition was held at the Sydney Opera House, the first time
the competition had been held outside of London

Gold £5,000 (Male & Female Award)
Silver £3,000 (Male & Female Award)
Bronze £2,000 (Male & Female Award)

The Royal Academy of Dance is a global organisation with 14,500 Members, a worldwide
staff of 153 and 173 examiners. With offices in 82 countries and headquarters in
London, it is the largest ballet examination and teacher training institution in the
Its mission is to promote knowledge, understanding and practice of dance
internationally. It seeks to accomplish its mission through examining students of
ballet, educating and training teachers of dance and promoting the study and
performance of dance.

The Royal Academy of Dance would like to thank the following people and
organisations for their generous support and/or sponsorship:

Dr Stanley Ho, Lead Sponsor
Mrs Ina Ho, Chair of Gala Committee and Sponsor of the 2006 Candidate Medals
Bank of East Asia, Sponsor of the Post Final Dinner
Sotheby's Hong Kong, sponsor of the 2006 Audience Award
Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, official hotel for faculty and VIPs
Harbour View International House, official hotel for 2006 candidates
Working in partnership with the British Council, the Academy commissioned
choreographer Yuri Ng
Tsinforn C Memorial Scholarship

Thursday, 31 August & Friday, 1 September 2006. Drama Theatre, HKAPA
Candidates will perform in a Classical Class, one of the Commissioned Variations,
and one of the following 19th Century Classical Repertoire Variations:
Females Males
Sleeping Beauty Prologue, Fairy Variation III Sleeping Beauty Act III,
Sleeping Beauty Prologue, Fairy Variation V Sleeping Beauty Act III,
Raymonda Act I, Variation I Swan Lake Act I, Pas de Trois
Raymonda Act I, Variation II Swan Lake Act III, Siegfried
Raymonda Act II, Variation II Coppélia Act III, Franz
Raymonda Act III, Variation I Raymonda Act III, Jean de
Nutcracker Act II, Sugar Plum Fairy Brienne Variation III
La Bayadère Act III, 1st Girl Le Corsaire Act III
La Bayadère Act III, 2nd Girl Don Quixote Act III
La Bayadère Act III, 3rd Girl
Giselle Act I, Giselle

Sunday, 3 September 2006. The Lyric Theatre, HKAPA. 5.30pm Doors open, 6.00pm
Performance starts
Candidates will perform in a Classical Class, one of the Commissioned Variations,
and one of the following 20th Century Classical Repertoire Variations:
Danses Concertantes Principal Variation
Kenneth MacMillan, 1955
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Swan Lake The Pas de Quatre, First Variation
Frederick Ashton, 1963
Music: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The music for Ashton’s pas de quatre variation is from Swan Lake Pas de Six, Act III
No 19 Variation 1 (1877 edition, which is reprinted by Kalmus, score No. 04069)
Danses Concertantes Principal Variation
Kenneth MacMillan, 1955
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Les Patineurs Blue Boy’s Variation
Frederick Ashton, 1937
Music: Giacomo Myerbeer, arranged by Constant Lambert

Sarah Ball
Press & Marketing Officer
Royal Academy of Dance

t: +44 (0)20 7326 8044
f: +44 (0)20 7924 2311
Visit our new website today, and
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Discover Hong Kong - book tickets to the 2006 Genée International Ballet
Competition 2006
Tickets can be purchased on Ticket Hotline + (00 852) 31 288 288 which operates
10:00am to 8:00pm daily, and any one of the 15 Tom Lee Music Stores or 4 venue box
offices, for customers based in Hong Kong.
Or online at: or

Visit to order your copy of 'A Dance
Class Anthology' the RAD's guide to dance class accompaniment
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