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Sylvia Archbold at the Genée International Ballet Competition
Photo: David Tett
Reflections on the 2010 Genée by Sylvia Archbold, R.A.D. T.Dip., R.T.
The prize of tickets for two well positioned seats to attend the Genée final at Sadler’s Wells was most welcome. Within the crowded theatre foyer, the prospect of a fully supported performance was easily discernible. In awe, one immediately sensed a lively interest from an intrinsically knowledgeable audience.
Quite a treat ensued when the wonderfully committed young competitors danced the selected variations to onstage musical accompaniment. Subtle differences between artistry and articulation, not surprisingly, drew attentive consideration.
A guest performance of The Sleeping Beauty Act III Pas de deux danced by The Royal Ballet principals Steven McRae and Roberta Marquez proved thoroughly enjoyable.
In tandem with the competition’s title, presentation of all the dancers with due recognition to respective nationalities made a special impression. As expected, overall splendid organization assured an easy flow to the event.
At the post-Final reception, much discussion and camaraderie concluded a worthy occasion.
Thanks to The Royal Academy of Dance for the opportunity to attend the Genée Final 2010.
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