Elena Lobsanova and Noah Long Compete in the
Eighth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize
March 18, 2009
January 26, 2009... Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada,
today announced that Corps de Ballet members Elena Lobsanova and Noah Long will
represent the company at the Eighth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn
Prize on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at 7:30 pm at the Four Seasons Centre for the
Hosts for the evening will be Principal Dancers Chan Hon Goh and Aleksandar
New this year is a Choreographic Prize. For the first time, competing couples will
perform contemporary works specifically commissioned for this occasion by each of
the participating companies. A $2,000 cash prize will be awarded to one
choreographer for best new contemporary choreography as determined by the panel of
Competitors from Royal Danish Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet
and Stuttgart Ballet will be announced shortly along with the choreographers
competing for the Choreographic Prize.
Judging the competition are Artistic Directors Karen Kain, Kevin McKenzie (American
Ballet Theatre), Nikolaj Hübbe (Royal Danish Ballet), Helgi Tomasson (San Francisco
Ballet) and Artistic Associate Tamas Detrich (Stuttgart Ballet).
During the evening, First Soloist Keiichi Hirano and Second Soloist Tina Pereira,
winner of the 2007 Erik Bruhn Prize, will perform Sabrina Matthews' veer.
Commissioned for the National Ballet for the competition in 2007, veer was not
performed due to an onstage injury suffered by Mr. Hirano.
One of the most acclaimed and revered male dancers of the 20th century, Erik Bruhn
personified the danseur noble tradition in all its classical, regal glory. His
affiliation with The National Ballet of Canada was a lengthy and fruitful one,
culminating in his Artistic Directorship of the company from 1983 until his untimely
death in 1986. Mr. Bruhn was always keenly interested in the development of younger
dancers and in a codicil to his will, Mr. Bruhn left part of his estate for the
establishment of The Erik Bruhn Prize, which was to be awarded to one male and one
female dancer who "reflect such technical ability, artistic achievement and
dedication as I endeavoured to bring to dance."
Since it began in 1988, the competition has showcased the talents of many of the
finest young dancers from the companies with whom Mr. Bruhn was most closely
associated: Royal Danish Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Royal Ballet and The
National Ballet of Canada. As The Royal Ballet is unable to compete this year, San
Francisco Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet, who have both competed in past years, have
been invited to send two young dancers to the competition. Competitors for the prize
must be between 18 and 23 years old and are selected by the Artistic Directors of
their respective companies. Each pair performs in a classical pas de deux and
variation and in a contemporary pas de deux or solo work.
Each participant receives a medal and the winners each receive a prize of $7,500 and
a sculpture by Canadian artist Jack Culiner generously donated by Artcast. The
winner of the Choreographic Prize will also receive a Jack Culiner sculpture in
addition to the $2,000 cash prize.
Many of the past winners have gone on to become Principal Dancers, enjoying
international careers, making the competition a glimpse of the future stars of the
ballet world in one exhilarating evening of dance.
Full list of past winners of The Erik Bruhn Prize >
Full biography of Elena Lobasanova >
Full biography of Noah Long >