The Advisory Committee of the Year Roseta Mauri, formed by the City Council of Reus, the Teatre Fortuny Foundation and the Association of Dance Teachers of the region of Tarragona, has proposed that in this edition, on the occasion of the commemoration of the Year Roseta Mauri, the registration for the Roseta Mauri International Dance Competition will free of charge for all participants.
Our long-standing jury member Henning Albrechtsen has prepared for us a “playlist” of all the classical repertoire variations that contestants can present. For each solo he has commented on the essential requests and a dancer who performs or has performed brilliantly the part.
Female variations:Female Variations-HenningAlbrechtsen
Male variations: Male Variations-HenningAlbrechtsen
Spotlight on variations!
Carlos Labiós, classical dance teacher at Conservatorio de danza de Riba-roja de Túria, explains the nuances of prince Sígfrid 3rd act variation, in Swan Lake. This variation is perfect for him because allows the dancer to unfold his technique while in the jump and spin, and it helps as well to improve in terms of acting.
Here you have Carlos analysis on Sigfrid’s variation (text in English): Variación-CarlosLabiós
He proposes us to watch Carlos Acosta and Peter Schaufuss:
Considered one of the finest dancers of present times, Lucía Lacarra is going to take part in Roseta Mauri’s Gala, held in Teatre Fortuny in Reus, once more partnered by Marlon Dino, her co-star. These two stars have previously danced in Roseta Mauri’s Gala in 2013.
The Basque dancer has danced abroad since she joined Roland Petit‘s company, in France. Lacarra has been principal dancer of the San Francisco Ballet and since 2002 until last season also in Munich Opera Ballet. She did her first dance steps in Mentxu Medel dance school, Thaila, in San Sebastian and she completed her training at Victor’s Ullate School. In this great Spanish master’s company she started dancing professionally. Lacarra’s repertoire comprises a wide range of classical, neoclassical and modern works; from Swan Lake, to Roland Petite’s ballets and Nacho Duato or Russell Maliphant’s choreographies. Amongst other acknowledgements, Lacarra has been awarded with a Benois de La Danse for her performance as Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin in 2003 and Premio Nacional de la Danza Spain in 2005. Currently, Dino and Lacarra are regular guest artists with the Dortmund Ballet and Russell Maliphant Company.
Since September 2011, José Carlos Martínez has been the Artistic Director of Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza of Spain. He began his ballet studies in Cartagena, under Pilar Molina, continuing in 1984 at the Centre de Danse International Rosella Hightower in Cannes. In 1987, he won the Lausanne Prize and joined the Paris Opera Ballet School. In 1988, he was personally selected by Rudolf Nureyev to join the Ballet Company of the Paris Opera as a corps de ballet dancer. In 1992, he was promoted to Principal Dancer and won the Gold Medal in the International Competition of Varna. On 27th May 1997, he was appointed “Étoile” of Paris Opera Ballet, the highest rank a dancer can achieve.
During his career José Carlos Martínez was awarded numerous prizes, including: the Prix de l ‘AROP, the Prix Carpeaux, the Premio Danza & Danza, the Prix Léonide Massine-Positano, the Spanish National Dance Prize, the Gold Medal of the City of Cartagena, the Prize Elegance et Talent France/Chine; Scenic Arts Prize for the best dancer (Valencia), Benois de la Danse for his choreography Les Enfants du Paradis and the Premio Dansa Valencia. He is Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France).
José Carlos Martínez’s repertoire as a dancer is characterized by his famous choreographies of classical and neo-classical ballet. Apart from that he has worked with most of the important choreographers of the 20th Century such as Maurice Bejart, Pina Bausch, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, some of whom created pieces specially for him.
On invitation, he has also featured as guest performer with many of the world’s most prestigious ballet companies. As a choreographer, José Carlos Martínez has created pieces for several companie. For students of the Paris Opera Ballet School he composed Mi Favorita (2002), Delibes-Suite (2003) and Scaramouche (2005). For the Paris Opera Ballet he created Paréntesis 1 (2005), Soli-Ter (2006), El Olor de la Ausencia (2007) and Les Enfants du Paradis. For the Shanghai Ballet he created Ouverture en Deux mouvements and Scarlatti pas de deux (2009), Marco Polo and the Last Mission (2010). For Compañía Nacional de Danza de España he has created Sonatas (2012), Raymonda Variations, Giselle pas de deux (2013) and Don Quixotte Suite (2015). He also created Resonance (2014) for the Boston Ballet. He is also choreograpged CND’s first full-length classical ballet for 20 years: his own version of Don Quixote, which was premiered at Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid, on December 16th 2015
The next edition of the competition will be held from the 21 to the 25 March 2017.
Here you have a video from the last edition.
During a week the Teatre Fortuny was transformed once more into a trampoline for young talents. From 24 registered dancers, 21 participated in the first round, who tried to do their best helped by Arantxa Argüelles and Jone San Martín’s masterful classes. The performance’s progress of the 12 semi-finalists and even more the 9 finalists’ on the stage was admirable. On 12 March, once the final closed to and end the winners were announced. The jury of this edition has been chaired by Brigitte Lefèvre and composed by Henning Albrechtsen, Jone San Martín and Giorgio Mancini.
FIRST PRIZE. 5000€. Generalitat de Catalunya. Orión Picó, 18 years, Catalonia. School: Artemis (Tarragona, Catalonia)
SECOND PRIZE. 2000€. Diputació de Tarragona. Almendra Navarro, 19 years, Mexico. School: Conservatoire de Lyon (France).
THIRD PRIZE. 1000€. Ajuntament de Reus. Rocío Molina, 18 years, Murcia. School: Academia José Antonio Robles (Murcia).
SCHOLARSHIP-PRIZE ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE (SPANISH DELEGATION). Mariona Puente, 15 years, Catalonia. School: Centre de Dansa de Catalunya. (Hospitalet del Llobregat, Catalonia).
SCHOLARSHIP ROYAL DANISH BALLET. Pablo González, 17 años, Murcia. Professional Dance Conservatoire of Murcia.
AUDIENCE PRIZE OF 600 EUROS. Orión Picó, 18 years, Catalonia. School: Artemis (Tarragona, Catalonia)
Scholarship for ENDANZA Valencia 2015 summer course. Orión Picó, 18 years, Catalonia. School: Artemis (Tarragona, Catalonia)
Scholarship for the VI International Dance Campus of Valencia. Almendra Navarro, 19 years, Mexico. School: Conservatoire de Lyon (France).
Scholarship “Corella Dance Academy” in Barcelona. María Aparicio, 17 years, Madrid. School: Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Carmen Amaya (Madrid).
At the 14th March Gala they are performing pas de deux from Rapsody and Manon by Sir Frederic Ashton and Sir Kenneth MacMillan, respectively.
Aleix Mañé is the first former contestant of the Roseta Mauri International Dance Competion to be invited to dance at the Gala. Aleix is one of the first ediction’s finalists (November 2002) he won a scholarship that allowed him to continue his training in the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza in Madrid. In 2006 he joined the Compañía Nacional de Danza and in 2013 was promoted to soloist under the direction of José Carlos Martínez, current artistic director of the CND and former étoile with the Paris Opera Ballet.
At the gala Aleix Mañé is dancing with Sara Fernández, a dancer with the CND.