Princess Grace Academy students ignite the Monaco Opera

Princess Grace Dance Academy students ignite the Salle Garnier

Thursday evening the Salle Garnier opened its doors again to the talented students of the Princess Grace Dance Academy for their end of the year gala performance. For the first time they danced to live music by the recently created International Youth Symphony Orchestra of Monte-Carlo under the direction of Alessandro Crudele from Italy. The Academy is committed to providing high-quality performance opportunities for its students with participation in main stage productions. The students put a truly world class show demonstrating their professionalism, their passion and flair.

The creative program in the magnificent Salle Garnier was divided in four parts in a mix of contemporary and classical dance, and the public applauded and cheered with excitement after each performance.

Orise choreographed by Michel Rahn with music by George Antheil interpreted by the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Michael Rahn is a talented singer and dancer turned choreographer and in January 2011 he was invited by Luca Masala to take the position of Director and Assistant Teacher of main dance at the Academy.

Donizetti Variations choreographed by George Balanchine restaged by Nanette Glushak, music composed by Gaetano Donizzetti after the Opera Don Sebastian, interpreted by the International Youth Symphony Orchestra of Monaco directed by Alessandro Crudele.

Comunic/Actions choreographed by Eugenio Buratti, with music composed by Richi Hawtin, interpreted by Plastikman from the album Closer; Max Richter from the album The Blue Notebook and composer and interpreter Autechre from the album Amber. Eugenio Buratti is from Italy and won the Prize of Lusanne in 1984. Teacher of classic and contemporary modern dance, choreographer in the Tuscany Ballet. He had been selected by Nureyev for the role of Tazio, and with him he performed in “Death in Venice” of F. Flindt in the Philharmonic Theatre Ente Arena of Verona.

Somnia Vertigo choreographed by Julien Guerin dancer of the Monte-Carlo Ballet, with the International Youth Symphony Orchestra of Monaco directed by Alessandro Crudele playing the 5th Beethoven Symphony. Julien Guerin was born in France and he began his dance studies at the La Rochelle Conservatory at 9 years old. Then, he integrated the Paris Music and Dance National Conservatory. In 2001, he joined the Junior Ballet and, in 2003, the Atlantic Southeast Ballet in USA. After graduating as dance teacher at the Paris Conservatory in 2005, he is engaged by the English National Ballet where he danced also in 2007, and performed more particularly works of Derek Deane. In 2006, he performed successively with the Ballet of the National Opera of Bordeaux and with the Scottish Ballet directed by the choreographer Ashley Page. In September 2007 he joined the Monte-Carlo Ballet.

Graduate students leave the nest to start their professional careers

It was the last performance as students for the eight adolescents just graduated from the Princess Grace Dance Academy. They not only perfected their dance but they became more independent and mature, they feel comfortable in their own skin as the saying goes. Mikio Kato the 18 year old from Japan who received the Prize of Lausanne earlier this year will stay in Monaco hired by the Monte-Carlo Ballet. Mikio had told Christophe Maillot he wanted to stay and he accepted. He was quoted saying: “I love all the pieces he makes and I dreamed of working with him. And that will happen! I was 15 years old when I arrived to the Academy. I was a little lost and I learned so much about how to express my dance. To join the Monte-Carlo Ballet is a great pride!” Hiroaki Ishida also from Japon was also living far away from his family and he evolved in his personal life even if it was tough. Now he became a professional dancer for the Dortmund Ballet in Germany, so his dream has been accomplished. The very handsome David Navarro Yudes from Spain who will be 18 years old in October and also was honored with the coveted Prize of Lausanne, will move to London to join the distinguished Royal Ballet. As for the young ladies, Miki Akuta will join the Northern Ballet in Leeds, England, Nicol Omezzolli goes to the Oldenburgishes Staattheater in Lower Saxony, Germany, and Meiri Maeda, Clarissa Pace and Anri Okada will not be alone because the three will join the Opera House Zurich Ballet. Mission accomplished this year again for the Academy of Dance Princess Grace who trains talented international dancers, with qualifications already awarded in their country of origin, enabling them to enter the professional world of ballet. The Director of the Academy Luca Masala emphasizes a thorough mastery of technique at every level so the dancers may develop both the discipline and the technique needed to pursue careers as professional dancers. We wish the graduates well because we are sure they will make us proud!

A new star is born – The International Youth Symphony Orchestra of Monaco

Creating an orchestra of young musicians affiliated to the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo was the dream of Prince Rainier III that became a reality thanks to the love and determination of HRH Princess of Hanover. Inspired by the Principality’s cultural politic towards the young favored the birth of this young orchestra following a proposal by Master Gelmetti. This orchestra allowed the best European music students to have access to a high-level orchestral formation. The exchanges and interdisciplinary advtanges between the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte-Carlo and the Music Academy Rainier III through its Director Christian Tourniaire, this orchestral education has as its artistic and pedagogic mission to provide access to students to the orchestral experience. Participating students coming from Monaco, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Mexico, Lyon and Paris and top music schools had to pass a tough selection process. Invited by the Monte-Carlo Ballet for the Gala of the Princess Grace Academy, the young orchestra accompanied the young students of this top-level school at the Opera Garnier.



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