For yet another year, Barcelona is playing host to the International Dance Programme IBStage in which over 23 renowned classical ballet teachers and choreographers will take part, coming from a variety of international schools such as ABT, SFB, ROH, RBS, Mariinski, Bolshoi, Paris Opera and ENBS.
The course is taking place at the Institut del Teatre, where 160 youths will get a chance to perfect their technique, increase the quality of their dance execution and acquire new experiences in a professional environment with advanced dance classes, point work, contemporary dance, bodywork techniques and pilates. In this edition, the Foundation has given out 13 grants though the IBStage-Banco Sabadell Foundation Grants Programme. This programme has been created in order to give an opportunity to talented students who lack sufficient economic resources to take part in the course. This help aims to promote talent in aspiring young professional dancers, and give them the opportunity to receive training from some of the most renowned professionals in the world of ballet.
“In addition to receiving advanced training, some of the students know the IBStage is one of the best ways to make yourself known to directors and to obtain a scholarship to a prestigious academy or get a professional contract with a company”, said Leo Sorribes, Chairman and Founder of IBStage Barcelona.
All strudents will share the stage with renowned professionals in two galas which will take place on 27 and 28 August at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. This event will include stars from some of the most prestigious companies and a troupe of over 100 dancers.
“Students in IBStage search for quality and professionalism, two of the qualities that set us apart from other similar events”, explained Leo Sorribes.
Galas will include choreography from classic pieces such as ‘The Dying Swan’, ‘Don Quixote’, ‘Giselle’, ‘Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux’ and also a contemporary repertoire of prestigious choreographers such as Hans Van Manen and David Dawson. All this under the artistic direction of Xiomara Reyes, chief ballerina at the ‘American Ballet Theater’ and Elias García, ballerino at the ‘Ballets du Monte Carlo’.
The best ballerinas in IBStage
For three weeks, IBStage will gather all the best-known ballerinas today: Iana Salenko, chief ballerina at ‘Berlin Staats Oper’ and ‘Royal Ballet’; Daniil Simkin, chief ballerino at ‘American Ballet’; Oksana Skorik, chief ballerina at ‘Teatro Mariinsky’ and ‘Dutch National Ballet’; Kimin Kim, chief ballerina at the ‘Teatro Mariinsky’; Steven Mcrae, chief ballerina at the ‘Royal Ballet’; Vadim Muntagirov, chief ballerina at the ‘Royal Ballet’; Xander Parish, chief soloist at the ‘Teatro Mariinsky’; Lauren Cuthbertson, chief ballerina at the ‘Royal Ballet’; Daria Klimentova, chief ballerina at the ‘English National Ballet’; Larissa Lezhnina from ‘Dutch National Ballet’ (HET); Juanjo Arques, chief solois at the ‘English National Ballet’; Ada Gonzalez, chief ballerina at the ‘Teatro de Ballet Sibiu’.