The Twelfth International Competition for

The Erik Bruhn Prize

November 15, 2016

The Twelfth International Competition for

The Erik Bruhn Prize

November 15, 2016

About the Competition

The legendary Danish dancer Erik Bruhn holds a place of affection in the hearts of ballet lovers everywhere but he has a special relationship with The National Ballet of Canada. Revered as one of the 20th century’s greatest classical dancers, he was also a gifted choreographer and Artistic Director, a role he assumed with the National Ballet from 1983 until his death in 1986. As part of his legacy, Mr. Bruhn created The Erik Bruhn Prize, which was to be awarded to one male and one female dancer who, in his words, “reflect such technical ability, artistic achievement and dedication as I endeavoured to bring to dance.”

“This glittering prize… gives audiences a peek at future world-class performers.”
Toronto Life

First held in 1988, the International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize showcases some of the finest young dancers from the top companies in the world. Competitors must be between 18 and 23 years of age and are selected by the respective Artistic Directors of their companies. Each pair performs in a classical pas de deux or variation and in a contemporary pas de deux or solo work. There is also a prize awarded for the evening’s best contemporary choreography. Winners are chosen by a jury of the Artistic Directors of the participating companies. Honouring the legacy of one of ballet’s great dancers and the up and coming dancers of today, The Erik Bruhn Prize is an evening of rich and exciting artistry.

Dancers

American Ballet Theatre
Cassandra Trenary and Gabe Stone Shayer

The Hamburg Ballet
Madoka Sugai and Christopher Evans

The National Ballet of Canada
Calley Skalnik and FĂ©lix Paquet

The Royal Ballet
Chisato Katsura and Harrison Churches

San Francisco Ballet
Natasha Sheehan and Angelo Greco

Erik Bruhn View Gallery

Reviews

“Features the best young dancers from several major companies and the standards are high” — Pointe Magazine 

“The Erik Bruhn Prize is a showcase of young talent from some of the most respected ballet companies in the world” —DanceView Times 

“The annual competition is open to the most promising young dancers and choreographers” —Toronto Sun 

Running Time

  • Act I 60m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act II 1h 20m
  • Total (approx) 2h 40m

Further Reading

Past Winners

Running Time

  • Act I 60m
  • Intermission 20m
  • Act II 1h 20m
  • Total (approx) 2h 40m

The Twelfth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize is presented by John and Claudine Bailey.

Ballet Talks

The National Ballet invites you to attend the Erik Bruhn Prize Ballet Talk 45 minutes before the show in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Enhance your experience and learn more about the Erik Bruhn Prize from Peter Ottmann, Senior Ballet Master.

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