Following a wonderful first half of the 2013 YAGP Gala in NYC, a star-studded roster of “Stars of Today” took over the stage for yet more fabulous dancing. Enjoyably, the variations were preceded by short video interviews with the dancers, giving an uncommon glimpse into their thought and working processes. Maria Kochetkova reclaimed the spotlight in the NY premiere of Wayne McGregor’s “Broderlands Pas de Deux,” partnered by SFB’s Lonnie Weeks, a YAGP alumnus. The piece accomplished a sort of alien aesthetic with extremely difficult partnering, no-room-for-error timing, and Kochetkova’s preternatural legs. Other highlights included American Ballet Theater’s Marcelo Gomes and Paris Opera Ballet’s Dorotheé Gilbert dancing the Balcony Pas de Deux from Romeo and Juliet, Viengsay Valdés and Osiel Gouneo of the National Ballet of Cuba in the US premiere of Peter Quanz’s playful and jazzy “Double Bounce,” and “The Dying Swan,” simultaneously interpreted by ballerina extraordinaire Nina Ananiashvili (who has the most mesmerizing swan arms) and Lil Buck, whose jookin’ contortionist hip hop stylings expressed surprisingly poignant lyricism.
As always, the 2013 YAGP Gala in NYC was a night to remember. Larissa Saveliev, and those she inspires and leads, outdid themselves this year.
Launched in 1999 by former Bolshoi ballet dancers, Larissa and Gennadi Saveliev, Youth America Grand Prix is the world’s largest student ballet competition. Now in its 14th Season, YAGP has awarded over $2 million in scholarships to the leading dance schools worldwide. Over 25,000 dancers worldwide have participated in YAGP’s international workshops, competitions, and audition classes. Over 300 YAGP alumni are now dancing with 50 companies around the world, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and many others.
Dorothee Gilbert and Marcelo Gomes performing "Romeo and Juliet",
choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan © Liza Voll Photography
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