Saturday, 31 December 2016
Terpsichore Titles: Company of the Year
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As Ted Brandsen, Ernst Meisner, David Dawson and Cristiano Principato were my choreographers of 2016 and Artur Shesterikov and Daniel Silva my outstanding male dancers it will come as no surprise that the Dutch National Ballet is my company of the year. How could it be otherwise? I have seen three outstanding full-length ballets at the Music Theatre - Mata Hari in February, La Bayadere in November and Coppelia earlier this month - as well as a dazzling gala and the magnificent Junior Company at the Meervaart in February. I congratulate everyone in the company and wish them all a happy and prosperous New Year.
Although the Dutch National Ballet is regarded as one of the world's top five ballet companies the above video shows that it is also a relatively new company. It was founded in 1961 which was four years after the Royal Ballet received its royal charter, 20 years after the famous wartime tour of the Royal Ballet (then known as Sadler's Wells Ballet) to the Netherlands and 30 years after the formation of the company. It is also younger than English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet which started in Bristol as Western Theatre Ballet and, of course, the Birmingham Royal Ballet which is the Royal Ballet's sister company. Compared to the Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky, the Dutch National Ballet is a mere stripling. To have achieved so much is so short a time is not far short of miraculous.
The complete list of Terpsichore Titles is as follows:
Company of the Year Dutch National Ballet
Contemporary Company of the Year Phoenix Dance Theatre
Choreographers of the Year
- Full Length Works Ted Brandsen
- Short Works Ernst Meisner
- Best New Work in the UK David Dawson
- Young Choreographer Cristiano Principato
Ballet of the Year Bolshoi's The Taming of the Shrew
Ballerina of the Year Lauren Cuthbertson, Royal Ballet
Premier Danseur Noble of the Year Artur Shesterivov, Dutch National Ballet
Outstanding Male Dancer (Smaller companies) Damien Johnson, Ballet Black
Outstanding Young Dancers
- Male Daniel Silva, Dutch National Ballet
- Female Gwenllian Davies, Ballet Cymru
This has been a tremendous year for Terpsichore, particularly this last month. We have already received 25,369 page hits in December which is almost double the number of page hits we received in November which was itself a record month, and there is still the rest of the day to run. Our growth reflects a growing interest in adult dance (and particularly adult ballet) throughout the UK and indeed the rest of the world, We plan to do more to help those who want to dance to access classes, workshops and performances next year.
As this is my last post for 2016 I wish all my readers a happy New Year.