XXV International Ballet Competition - Varna was held from 15 to 30 July. Patron of the competition was the Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria Mrs. Margarita Popova. The event was held under the patronage of UNESCO. It was organized by the Foundation "International Ballet Competition - Varna" and the Ministry of Culture and Municipality Varna under the auspices of the Constant dance Committee of ITI and CID at UNESCO.
Winners of previous editions of the International Ballet Competition in Varna were among the jury of the XXV edition of the International Ballet Competition in Varna. Chairman was Prof. Peter Loukanov /Bulgaria/, deputies - Constantine Dutu /Romania/ Professor Xiao Suhua /China/. Part of the jury were the legendary Aurora Bosch from Cuba, who won medals in 1965 and 1966, Gabor Kevehazi from Hungary, laureate from 1972 and 1974, Kenichi Soki from Japan, winner in 1994. Jury member for the first time this year was Maximiliano Guerra, who made impression in 1988 and won a gold medal. Beloved by ballet lovers, he participated in the ceremonial concert in the finals. In the jury was Clotilde Veye - etoile of the Paris Grand Opera and ballet master. She became a winner in Varna in 1978. Bulgarian ballerinas Viara Nacheva, medalist in 1994 and Evgenia Krasteva - with a prize in 1974 were also in the jury of internationally renowned teachers, choreographers and artists. In the international jury were also Professor Valentin Elizarev from Belarus, Eldar Aliev from the U.S., Mary Bahar Chimendzhiler from Turkey, Professor Sung He Kim from Korea, Tursinbek Nurkaliev from Kazakhstan and Professor Hikmet Mehmedov from Bulgaria.
66 competitors from 20 countries played in front of the contest fire. The large group of Japanese participants - 13 people, made a big impression. A group of 8 people is the presence of the dancers from Korea, whose school triumphed in the previous edition. Seven contenders came from the United States, 6 from Kazakhstan. Bulgaria was represented by 4 dancers.
Traditionally, the participants competed in three rounds with the works of world classical ballet and contemporary choreography.
From 15 to 30 July within the contest framework the International Summer Ballet Academy was held. Aurora Bosch /Cuba/, Gilbert Meyer /France/ and Liliana Draguleva /Bulgaria/ led classical techniques. Professor Natalia Tarasova taught typical dances and Louisa Frank /the Netherlands/ and Gianpiero Tirantsoni /Italy/ - modern techniques.
The competition awards
“The Varna grand prix” is not awarded. The first prize and gold medal for female is not awarded. Second prize - a silver medal, diploma and title of laureate goes to Mickey Vakuta, Japan and to Chae Eun Yang, Korea. Third prize - bronze medal, diploma and title of laureate goes to Christina Chochanova, Bulgaria and Eiger Beketaeva, Kazakhstan.
Winners of male medals are: the first prize - a gold medal, diploma and title of laureate deserved Brooklyn Mac, USA and Dennis Cherevichko, Austria, the two artists who blew the Summer Theatre of Varna with their inspired performances. Second prize - a silver medal, diploma and title of laureate receives Miyagava Arata, Japan. Third prize is not awarded.
In junior cetegory with "Special Distinction - Varna 2012" - diploma, medal and title of laureate is awarded Hy Taiy, China.
Winners of junior female medals are: Chinsin Wang, China received I degree, diploma, medal and title of laureate. II honors degree is not awarded. With III honors degree - diploma, medal and title of laureate has been awarded three young ballerinas - Minzhung Kim - Korea, Natalie Bratanova - Bulgaria and Margarita Fogarti Miko - USA.
Winners of junior male medals are: I honors degree - diploma, medal and title of laureate won Chaoy Zhang, China. II honors degree is not awarded. With III honors degree - diploma, medal and title of laureate was awarded Jovon Ahn, Korea.
Special Prize "Emil Dimitrov" for young talents earned Hy Taiy, China.
Fund "Nina Kiradjieva" awards for artistry the Bulgarian participant, who has received the highest score in the Third Round - Christina Chochanova, Bulgaria. "Sylvia Co." gave two awards - Japan, for promising young dancers from Group "B" Juniors, one for girls and one for youth who participated in the third round. For the girls - Catherine Odarenko, Belarus and for adolescents - Jovon Ahn, Korea.
Partnership encouragement and diploma receives Nicolas Hadzhitanev, Bulgaria. Encouragement for the youngest competitor who participated in the third round receives Katherine Eileen Higgins, Belgium, born 14.5.1996. All athletes, participating in the third round of the competition but did not receive awards or honors, received a diploma for a finalist.
Encouragement for original performances with contemporary choreography, performed at the competition, created in the last 5 years (after July 15, 2007) - I honors degree - a certificate is awarded to the "Elegy in memory of Emil Dimitrov" - Zhang Tian/Blue Blue Sun, China, 2012, and award II degree – for the "Lullaby for my insomnia" by Galina Srebreva Bulgaria, 2012. Picture from Dimitar Kirov gets Yana Shtangey, Belarus.
XXV International Ballet Competition - Varna has happened thanks to the general sponsorship of Societe Generale Expressbank and the kind support of Automotor corporation "Citroën" AD, "Albena" AD, Korea Ballet Association, Sylvia Co. - Japan, the French Institute in Bulgaria, Yoko Morishita - Japan, Palace of Culture and Sports Committee - EAD, Varna Festival and Congress Centre - Varna Interhotel "Black Sea" - Varna Fund "Nina Kiradjieva" Atanas Kareev, Quality Art Foundation.
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