The International Sergei Diaghilev Competition of Choreographic Art

3rd Edition

 

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The 3rd International Sergei Diaghilev Competition of Choreographic Art was held at the Danuta Baduszkowa Music Theatre in Gdynia on 8th-9th October 2004. During the actual competition part the original productions of professional choreographers from Japan, Austria, Great Britain, Australia, France, the USA, Sweden and Poland were presented. The Gala Competition was honoured by the performance of the famous American contemporary ballet theatre – Moving Arts Dance (San Francisco, USA) under the leadership of Anandha Ray and Scott Belding. The audience in Gdynia had a chance to admire various choreographic works by distinguished contemporary American writers as well as a perfect technique performed by an international cast of dancers of the Moving Arts Dance.

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According to the international jury of the 3rd edition, presided over by Catharina Gadelha from Germany, the high standard of all programs in which the participants were representing diverse cultures, styles and emotions, has proved the dynamic development of the art of choreography and highlighted the importance of organising meetings of choreographers from different countries in order to exchange experiences and showcase their achievements.

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The International Foundation "Diaghilev's House", established in Russia, has honoured the founder, creator, organiser and the director of the Competition Alexandr Azarkevitch with the Silver Sergei Diaghilev Medal. This award was granted for a significant contribution and outstanding achievements in choreography art promotion and for the renovation of the inheritance of Sergei Diaghilev, who was a great activist and reformer of the world culture and ballet. Alexandr Azarkevitch became the 21st person in the world presented with this distinction, which is recognized by UNESCO as an international award for promoting art and culture. This medal has been awarded regularly since 1997. The list of those who have been awarded so far include the world's greatest dancers and choreographers, personalities from the fields of culture and arts, ballet theatres and organisers of the major competitions in the world, such as: Galina Ulanova, one of the finest dancers in the history of classical ballet; Bernadette Chirac, the wife of the President of France, who has supported the development of dance art; Pierre Cardin, a world famous fashion designer and some institutions and companies like: Grand Opera in Paris, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. The medal was presented to Alexandr Azarkevitch by Igor Makhaev, Chairman of the Foundation and a former soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, initiator of the world's only tombstone of Vaclav Nijinsky in Paris and organiser of the Diaghilev's Evenings in the Grand Opera in Paris as well as in many other ballet theatres worldwide.

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At the Gala Concert that year, the Sergei Diaghilev International Association for the Promotion of Choreographic Art, as the organiser of the event, awarded the Polish Sergei Diaghilev Medal to Janina Jarzynówna-Sobczak for her outstanding contribution to the development of global choreography. Mrs. Jarzynówna-Sobczak was the Grande Dame of the Gdańsk Ballet Stage. She sadly passed away in September 2004. This award has greatly emphasized the achievements of that outstanding choreographer, founder and manager of the ballet group at the Opera Studio (now Baltic Opera) in Gdańsk. The medal was handed over to Mrs. Sobczak's family.


The competition was held under the Honorary Patronage of the Minister of Culture Mr. Waldemar Dąbrowski, the Mayor of Gdynia Mr. Wojciech Szczurek, and the Marshal of the Pomeranian Province Mr. Jan Kozłowski.

 

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