Genée in Hong Kong
The RAD's prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition 2018 came to a triumphant close at Hong Kong City Hall on 12 August. After a week of intensive coaching from world-renowned teachers and choreographers, the competitive Final saw coveted gold medals awarded to Joshua Green (aged 17, from Australia, trained by Karen Ireland) and Monet Hewitt (aged 16, from New Zealand, trained by Joye Lowe). Silver medals were awarded to Australia's Caitlin Garlick (also trained by Karen Ireland) and Basil James from the UK (trained by faculty of Tring Park School). Enoka Sato from Japan, trained by Annette Roselli, and Jordan Yeuk Hay Chan from Hong Kong, trained by Yui Man Cheung, were each awarded a bronze medal.
Joshua Green started dancing in 2016 under the watchful eye of Karen Ireland at Karen Ireland Dance Centre. In April 2018, he travelled to New York and was selected as a top 20 dancer at the Youth America Grand Prix finals. He also received a scholarship to the John Cranko Schule. After completing the Genée, he remained in Hong Kong as one of the finalists of the Asian Grand Prix.
Monet Hewitt from Auckland, New Zealand, began dancing when she was eight years old at Philippa Campbell School of Ballet, under the tutelage of Joye Lowe, Jane Turner and Geordan Wilcox.
Jordan Yeuk Hay Chan was also presented with the Margot Fonteyn Audience Choice Award, and the Choreographic Award for best Dancer's Own variation was awarded to Joshua Green.
The 2018 Genée attracted 51 of the world's finest young dancers from 13 nationalities, aged between 15 and 19 years old. Finalists performed three solos including never-before seen pieces by choreographer Carlo AC Pacis, who was commissioned to create two variations (one for male and one for female candidates).
The young dancers were judged by Septime Webre, Artistic Director for Hong Kong Ballet, Janek Schergen, Artistic Director at Singapore Dance Theatre, Lisa Pavane, Director of the Australian Ballet School, Joanne Michel, Ballet Mistress for the Australian Ballet School and Chi Cao, former Principal with Birmingham Royal Ballet. Genée 2018 Ambassador, Ye Feifei (Principal dancer at Hong Kong Ballet), performed at the Final, as part of the Hong Kong Ballet guest performance. She was awarded a silver medal at Genée 2006, when the competition was last held in Hong Kong.
Now in its 87th year, the Genée International Ballet Competition is named after RAD's first President, Dame Adeline Genée, and is renowned for launching the professional careers of young dancers. Toronto, Canada has been announced as host city for Genée 2019 in August.
Benesh International has appointed Christopher Wheeldon as its new President.
Following the tradition of having a renowned choreographer in the role, Wheeldon takes the reins from Sir Peter Wright and joins the ranks of past Presidents including MacMillan and Ashton.
'I firmly believe that Benesh Movement Notation is still the most accurate way of recording the original intentions of the choreographer,' said Wheeldon. 'Most of my works for the Royal Ballet have been recorded in BMN and have subsequently been staged around the world using the BMN score as the source for the original choreography. It's incredible to fully understand how so much artistic and fluid detail can be recorded using BMN.'
Anna Trévien, Head of Benesh International, and Senior Benesh Choreologist for the Royal Ballet, said, 'I am thrilled that Christopher will be taking on this role. I hope that his appointment demonstrates the importance of preserving choreography and also in training the next generation of choreologists.'
Benesh International also announces new introductory distance learning courses in English, Spanish and Chinese and new professional awards. www.royalacademyofdance.org/benesh