The official press release:
Elena Lobsanova of The National Ballet of Canada and
Cory Stearns of American Ballet Theatre Win The Erik Bruhn Prize
Matjash Mrozewski Wins Inaugural Choreographic Prize
March 19, 2009... Elena Lobsanova, 22, of The National Ballet of Canada and Cory
Stearns, 23, of American Ballet Theatre won The Eighth International Competition for
The Erik Bruhn Prize on Wednesday, March 18 at the Four Seasons Centre for the
Performing Arts in Toronto. They each received a cash prize of $7,500 and a
sculpture by Jack Culiner. Canadian choreographer Matjash Mrozewski won the new
Choreographic Prize for his work, Dénouement, and also received sculpture by Jack
Culiner and a cash prize of $2,000.
Elena Lobsanova, a member of the Corps de Ballet with the National Ballet, danced a
pas de deux from Le Corsaire for the classical section and the newly commissioned
work, Dénouement, by Matjash Mrozewski for the contemporary section of the
competition with Noah Long.
Cory Stearns, a soloist with American Ballet Theatre, danced the Black Swan Pas de
Deux from Act III of Swan Lake for the classical section and End., a new work by
Marcelo Gomes, for the contemporary section with Isabella Boylston.
Ten dancers in total from The National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre,
Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet competed for the
prestigious prize. Five choreographers competed for the Choreographic Prize which
was new this year.
Principal Dancers Chan Hon Goh and Aleksandar Antonijevic hosted the evening. The
National Ballet of Canada performed excerpts of Sabrina Matthews' DEXTRIS which made
its world premiere as part of the National Ballet's winter mixed programme
Innovation earlier this month.