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 Post subject: Misa Kuranaga in round 2
PostPosted: Mon Jun 26, 2006 10:17 pm 
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Misa performed her modern dance Sunday night - "2" with music by Yello and choreography by Viktor Plotnikov. The music was bold and her dancing matched the music - I liked her performance and so did the crowd. She did make it to the finals, we still don't know why her partner didn't make it out of the first round. Sometimes the judges see things I don't see.

Sorry I have not been taking detailed notes about each competitor but the news about this competition is so hard to come by I wanted to share what I know.


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According to an article the injury was a dislocated hip. I'll post the article if I can locate it again.

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 Post subject: Kim Ji A
PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 7:16 am 
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Thanks for the update on Kim's injuries. I found the article in the local paper this morning: http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060626/FEAT05/60626003

When they came on stage to help her she yelled out in pain twice as they brought the curtain down. She must have been in great pain but it was never obvious to the audience. It was a heartbreaking moment and a reminder of how difficult it is to do unnatural things so beautifully. I know everyone at the competition wishes her a speedy recovery.


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 Post subject: Unnatural?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 8:43 am 
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Rather a reminder that everyone now accepts that classical dance is "perfectly unnatural".

Which it is NOT.

What is unnatural, is what we are teaching today.

The teaching responds to an aesthetic that is still more unnatural.

But of course, one is not allowed to discuss that.

Oh no!

Mum's the word.

One cannot help but wonder

a/ what type of training that child was being given at home

b/ what choreography she was dancing that does that to people !


The conjunction of the leg to the hip is an enormous articulation, the largest and heaviest in the entire human body.

It is virtually impossible to dislocate, unless we are doing something absolutely dreadful to it.

The child was probably flailing the legs round in that F........ n or B....... n manner that we now find so terribly "aesthetic"... (mention of choreographers' names in any context other than the gushingly laudatory is strictly prohibited on the Internet, as we all know).

A leg is not an arm, in case you wondered. It is not built to flail.

And even an arm can be dislocated, if you windmill it about.


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 Post subject: Kim Ji A at IBC and Unnatural
PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:39 am 
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And of course competitions like this encourage risk taking.

Here is a photo from the local paper taken shortly before her injury Sunday night: http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=D0&Date=20060626&Category=SPECIAL21&ArtNo=606260801&Ref=PH&Params=Itemnr=2 None of us remember exactly what she did just before going down. The performance was recorded so maybe we can find out more tonight when we might be able to see the video or talk to someone that watched it.

During the performance she does an extension where she stands with one leg almost vertical overhead - sorry I don't know all the proper French names for everything. We watched her do this when warming up before the session started. That was the most unnatural thing I saw her do - from a non-dancer perspective anyway.

Although only 17 she is with the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theater where Vadim Pisarev is artestic director. She is a long way from Korea.


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Sherry Lucas focuses on the audience in the Tuesday, June 27 Clarion-Ledger:

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Rachel Haynie interviews competitor Brooklyn Mack, who has now advanced to Round III, in the Columbia (South Carolina) Star:

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 Post subject: USA IBC Round 3 Session 1
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 1:16 am 
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Kim Ji A was at the performance tonight in a wheelchair. She said she doesn’t remember exactly what she did to cause the hip dislocation, but it was very painful. She was the most popular person in the auditorium. Dancers were all coming over to give her a pat on the back and there was a line of people waiting for her autograph. Here is a link to pictures of her and Daniil Simkin: http://ejmc.fotki.com/ibc/ibc_2006.

Round three is off to a good start. Everyone gets a clean slate with the Judges and each competitor does both classical and contemporary pieces in this round. Crowd favorites were Joseph Michael Gatti (USA), Davit Karapetyan (Armenia) and Keigo Fukuda (Japan).

It appears this is a good year for contemporary choreography. Tonight I especially liked William Alcala’s “Corrientes”, Jamal Story’s “Nothing”, Vladmir Angelov’s “Vertical Horizon”, Viktor Kabaniaev’s “Remix 03” and Keiko Yagami’s “Butterfly”.


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 Post subject: USA IBC Round 3 Session 2 - Wednesday night
PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2006 11:38 pm 
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Tuesday night the IBC announced that for the first time this year every finalist will receive a $700 cash award to help cover expenses.

Tonight was the second session for finalist and it was another good night for choreography. Fifteen year old Jeffrey Cirio (USA) did solid Le Corsaire and Grand Pas Classique solos and a very sophisticated “Echoes”. He is one to watch in future years. Alexandr Buber (Belarus) was very good in his Esmeralda Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux and performed a delightful contemporary piece called “Sunshine”. The greatest crowd response tonight was for Nataklia Domracheva (Russia) and Viktor Ishchuk (Ukraine) for their Le Corsaire Medora and the Slave and their seductive “Not Bad for the Beginning” modern piece. Most of us non-professionals think she is probably the strongest senior female in the competition this year. The best choreography tonight was for “On the Edge” by Wilfried Jacobs set to Mozart’s Fantasia in D Minor performed by Kayo Sasabe (Japan) and Wilfried (NCP). Sasabe was great in this intricate, geometrical piece. There were many good performances tonight including Sae-eun Park’s (Korea) “To Memory” and Avetik Karapetyan’s (Armenia) “Alles Waltzes”.

The judges didn’t take as long as usual to score each performance tonight so we got out a little earlier than expected. However since we only have one more night most of us wanted it to take longer.

A few new non-dancing pictures were added tonight including one of Isaac Hernandez (jr, Mexico) signing autographs. Many of these young dancers are enjoying their newly found fame.
http://ejmc.fotki.com/ibc/ibc_2006


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 Post subject: NY Times article about USA IBC and ballet competitions
PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 12:01 am 
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Thanks to Maggie for pointing out this article for me: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/28/arts/dance/28comp.html

They call the Jackson event the "most important competition in North America." But they also discuss that competitions like this may be "pointless or even harmful for a dancer."


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The Regional Dance America (RDA) Gala, in conjunction with the Jackson IBC, will be held this afternoon (Thursday, June 29, 2006) in Thalia Mara Hall. Sherry Lucas previews the event in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger:

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For the sake of completeness, here are the rosters for Round II (Contemporary), held last weekend. To facilitate ease of access, each program will be a separate item.

Round II, Session 1 (Friday, June 23, 2006, 7:30 p.m.):

Ryo Izawa (Japan) -- Junior
Solo: "Die Schöpfung"
Music: "Die Schöpfung"
Composer: Haydn
Choreographer: Uwe Scholz

Isaac Hernandez (Mexico) -- Junior
Solo: "Gitano"
Music: "Malaguena"
Composer: Ernesto Lecuona
Choreographer: Christopher Fleming

Francesca Dugarte (Venezuela) and noncompeting partner Nicolai Olyunin -- Junior
Pas de deux: "Momentos Eternos"
Music: "Besos de Fuego"
Composeer: Mario de Jesus Rodriguez
Choreographer: William Alcala

Jeffrey Cirio (USA) -- Junior
Solo: "Samba Shoes"
Music: 1 x 0
Composer: Pixinguinha
Choreographer: Tara Mitton Catao

Amy Marie Briones (USA) and noncompeting partner Jekyns Pelaez -- Junior
Pas de deux: "Elegy"
Music: "I Need You Now"
Composer: Smokie Norful
Choreographers: Jennifer Jones and Michael Lowe

Keiichiro Motegi (Japan) -- Junior
Solo: "Vivaldi 8"
Music: Concerto, Op. 3, No. 8 in a minor, Allegro
Composer: Vivaldi
Choreographer: Yuichiro Yokozeki

Kyle Davis (USA) -- Junior
Solo: "Nightmare"
Music: Nightmare
Composer: Ronan Hardiman
Choreographer: Jennifer Davis

Yayoi Ezawa (Japan) -- Senior
Solo: "Kaleidoscope"
Music: "Virginal"
Composer: Harold Meltzer
Choreographer: Josée Garant

Adiarys Almeida Santana (Cuba) and Joseph Michael Gatti (USA) -- Senior
Pas de deux: "Lambarena"
Music: "Lambarena"
Composer: Bach/Traditional African songs
Choreographer: Val Caniparoli

Yui Yonezawa (Japan) and noncompeting partner Georgi Smilevski -- Senior
Pas de deux: "September"
Music: "Romance in G"
Composer: Louis Hardin
Choreographer: Ben Iida

Janessa Touchet (USA) and Cervilio Miguel Amador (Cuba) -- Senior
Pas de deux: "Duet"
Music: "Sub Rosa"
Composer: Gavin Bryars
Choreographer: Viktor Kabaniaev

Masayoshi Onuki (Japan) -- Senior
Solo: "Notation"
Music: "Notation"
Composer: Pierre Boulez
Choreographer: Uwe Scholz

Yu-hee Son (South Korea) -- Senior
Solo: "Don't Care"
Music: Lalala humanstep OST
Composer: Lalala humanstep OST
Choreographer: Kim Ki Hun

Eddy Tovar (Cuba) -- Senior
Solo: "Deep Within"
Music: "Movement #5"
Composer: Triptych
Choreographer: Salim Gauwloos

Keigo Fukudo (Japan) -- Senior
Solo: "Salut"
Music: "Danse Macabre, Op. 40"
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Choreographer: Keiko Yagami


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Roster for Round II, Session 2 (Contemporary) -- Saturday, June 24, 2006, 7:30 p.m.:

Krista Ettlinger (USA) -- Junior
Solo: "Sea Glass"
Music: "Choking the Bishop"
Composer: Thomas Newman
Choreographer: Tara Mitton Catao

Christine Shevchenko (USA) -- Junior
Solo: "Caprice No. 1"
Music: "Caprice No. 1 in E Major"
Composer: Niccolo Paganini
Choreographer: Benjamin Millepied

Sae-eun Park (South Korea) -- Junior
Solo: "The Day"
Music: "Amorosso: Kristina and Laura"
Composer: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Choreographer: Ji-young Cho

Kathryn Tosh (USA) -- Junior
Solo: "Left Behind..."
Music: "Gaucho"
Composer: Gustavo Santaolalla
Choreographer: Salim Gauwloos

Kayo Sasabe (Japan) and noncompeting partner Jacobs Wilfried -- Junior
Pas de deux: "Eden"
Music: "Ciacona in g minor"
Composer: Henry Purcell
Choreographer: Tatsuo Mochizuki

April Giangeruso (USA) -- Junior
Solo: "Secret Garden"
Music: "Goftegou"
Composers: Stelios Petrakis and Bijan Chemirani
Choreographer: Margo Sappington

Elena Kazakova (Russia) -- Junior
Solo: "Waiting"
Music: Dark Night
Composer: Nikita Bogoslovsky
Choreographer: Egor Druzhinin

Davit Karapetyan (Armenia) and noncompeting partner Vanessa Zahorian -- Senior
Pas de deux: "After Having Been"
Music: "Suite No. 2 in d minor for solo violoncello"
Composer: Bach
Choreographer: Nicolas Blanc

Alexandr Buber (Belarus) and noncompeting partner Miki Watanabe -- Senior
Pas de deux: "Improvisation in Front of a Wall"
Music: "Gigue and Sarabande"
Composer: Bach
Choreographer: Radu Poklitaru

Jurgita Dronina (Lithuania) -- Senior
Solo: "The Memory of Roses
Music: Untitled
Composer: Louis Andriessen
Choreographer: Krzysztof Pastor

Elza Leimane (Latvia) and noncompeting partner Raimond Martinov -- Senior
Pas de deux: "In the Rain"
Music: "Recuerdos de la Alhambra"
Composer: Francisco Tarrega
Choreographer: Talis Sils

Caitlin Valentine (USA) and noncompeting partner Christopher Ellis -- Senior
Pas de deux: "Spring"
Music: "Concerto #7 in d minor"
Composer: Tomaso Albinoni
Choreographer: Salim Gauwloos

Natalia Domracheva (Russia) and Viktor Ishchuk (Ukraine) -- Senior
Pas de deux: "Break Through"
Music: Untitlted
Composer: Sergey Efanov
Choreographer: Vozabyeva

Semyon Chudin (Russia) -- Senior
Solo: "A Man's Mono Communication"
Music: Entr'acte from "Carmen"
Composer: Bizet
Choreographer: Youngil Lee


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Roster for Round II, Session 3 (Contemporary) -- Sunday, June 25, 2006, 7:30 p.m.:

Sasha De Sola and Mathias Dingman (USA) -- Junior
Pas de deux: "In the Morning at...With Sweet Lunatics"
Music: Concerto Grosso in b minor, Allegro
Composer: Vivaldi
Choreographere: Viktor Plotnikov

Kim Ji A (South Korea) -- Junior
Solo: "Haunting Vision"
Music: Music from Ballet Goya
Composer: Valeria Besedina
Choreographer: Konstantin Uralsky

Hiroya Fukuda (Japan) -- Junior
Solo: "Reincarnation"
Music: 1919
Composer: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Choreographer: Keiko Yagami

Toshiro Muraoka-Abbley (USA) -- Junior
Solo: "Troika"
Music: Troika
Composer: Daniel Magoun
Choreographer: Toshiro Muraoka-Abbley

Denys Cherevychko (Ukraine) -- Junior
Solo: "Ricercare"
Music: Ricercare
Composer: György Ligeti
Choreographer: Ivan Liska

Natalia Vorontsova (Russia) -- Junior
Solo: "Traumerei"
Music: "Traumerei" from "Carnaval," Op. 9
Composer: Robert Schumann
Choreographer: Michelle Emerre

Avetik Karapetyan (Armenia) -- Senior
Solo: "Vaymos al Diablo"
Music: Vaymos al Diablo
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Choreographer: Zanella Renato

Andres Felipe Figueroa Leon (Colombia) and noncompeting partner Diana Catalina Gomez Gonzalez -- Senior
Pas de deux: "Nous Sommes"
Music: "Songs of the Auvergne"
Composer: Marie-Joseph Canteloube
Choreographer: Jimmy Gamonet

Zherlin Ndudi (Ukraine) -- Senior
Solo: "Tango"
Music: Tango
Composer: Astor Piazzolla
Choreographer: Hans van Manen

Lauren Strongin (USA) -- Senior
Solo: "Today's Destiny"
Music: Symphony No. 3
Composer: Bohuslav Martinu
Choreographer: Robert de Warren

Misa Kuranaga (Japan) and noncompeting partner Daniel Sarabia -- Senior
Pas de deux: "2"
Music: Star Breath
Composer: Yello
Choreographer: Viktor Plotnikov

Randy Herrera (Mexico) and noncompeting partner Melody Mennite Herrera -- Senior
Pas de deux: "Of Blessed Memory"
Music: "La Delaissado" from "Songs of the Auvergne
Composer: Marie-Joseph Canteloube
Choreographer: Stanton Welch

Brooklyn Mack (USA) -- Senior
Solo: "Lacrymosa"
Music: "Lacrymosa" from "Requiem"
Composer: Mozart
Choreographer: Edward Stierle

Daniil Simkin (Germany) -- Senior
Solo: "Moorhuhn"
Music: "Pictures at an Exhibition"
Composer: Modest Mussorgsky
Choreographer: Dmitrij Simkin

Marija Kicevska (Macedonia) -- Senior
Solo: "Non, je regrette rien"
Music: "Non, je regreet rien"
Composer: Edith Piaf
Choreographer: Ben Van Cauwenbergh


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In the Houston Chronicle, Molly Glentzer reports on Houston Ballet dancers in the Jackson IBC and the 11th World Ballet Festival in Tokyo, August 3-5, 2006:

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