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Audition will be by an online video submission of a variation from the classical repertoire (or a video of class work, including a short barre, centre work and pointe work for the girls). Confirmation of acceptance in the program will be by email. The video must be sent by e-mail with a link to help visualise the video easily.

Deadline for submission of audition video for the program is July 1st, 2023. Age for selection to the program: minimum 16, maximum 20, both boys and girls. Number of participants limited to a maximum of 15 students. Registration is confirmed after selection by video and payment of the deposit of €790 of the program fee. This deposit is not refundable. Access to the studios is allowed only after payment of the remaining €1100, which must arrive at the latest one week before the beginning of the program.

The selected students will be housed at Chateau Mathias, 196 Route de la Sauvegarde, 47200 Virazeil, with the organizers and all the teachers.

Transport by minibus is provided between the studios and the accommodation as well as to and from Bordeaux-Merignac airport or Marmande SNCF train station upon arrival on the 20th of July 2023 and departure of the selected participants on July 31st 2023. ( Please note that there is no pick up from the train station in Bordeaux).

15 students

A maximum of 15 students can participate in this adventure

16 to 20 years old

The participants must be between the ages of 16 and 20.

Selected by video

Acceptance is made by after viewing auditions sent by video
by the direction of the ballet program

Teaching artists

Thomas Gallus
plus

Thomas Gallus

Director of the Exclusive International Ballet Program, International Guest Ballet Master

Kathryn Bennetts
plus

Kathryn Bennetts

Former Artistic Director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders, "William Forsythe" repertoire

Robert Tewsley
plus

Robert Tewsley

Former International Principal Guest Artist, "Kenneth Macmillan" repertoire

Filip Barankiewicz
plus

Filip Barankiewicz

Artistic Director of The Czech National Ballet

Junko Hata
plus

Junko Hata

Pianist accompanist

Program

DAILY   PROGRAM

Mornings:
– 90 minute Ballet Class given by Filip Barakiewitz/ Thomas Gallus
– 90 minute Repertoire Class with Thomas Gallus/ Filip Barakiewitz
Both classes will be given daily and alternately by M. Filip Barakiewitz, Director of the Prague National Ballet and M. Thomas Gallus, International Ballet Master and Director of the Exclusive International Ballet Program.

Afternoons:
– 90 minute Kenneth MacMillan Repertoire Class with Robert Tewsley, former Principal Guest Artist, Ballet Master and specialist in staging the works of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, choreographer of the London Royal Ballet.
– 90 minute William Forsythe Workshop given by Kathryn Bennetts, former Director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Ballet Mistress and specialist for William Forsythe repertoire.

Evening rehearsal:
The day ends with a 60/90 minute rehearsal of scenes taken from the Classical Ballet repertoire in preparation for the end of course Open Performance Night.

All classes are accompanied by Junko Hata, pianist accompanist.

For the very first time this year, the Open Performance Gala will be staged at the “COMOEDIA” theatre in Marmande in front of an audience.
This special night will be an opportunity for the students to, not only show the work progress accomplished during the course, but also give each one a chance to dance on stage in professional conditions.
The students will also get to share the stage with past winners of the Exclusive Ballet Program, who have now turned professional themselves and have become soloists in various prestigious Dance Companies all over the world.
Renowned Artists and Principal Dancers will also be invited to take part in this exceptional night of “LA NUIT DE LA DANSE”

Round tables will be organised with the teachers to discuss participants’ artistic and professional development (work methodology, personal advice, support for auditions with professional companies and major ballet schools, orientation recommendations based on the artistic potential of each student).

The Performance at the end of the Program, July 30th 2023

Daily Planning

July 18th – July 24th

– 10am – 11.30m : Classical ballet
– 11.45pm – 1.15pm : Repertoire women/men
– 1.15pm – 2.15pm : Lunch
– 2.15pm – 3.45pm : MacMillan repertoire
– 3.45pm – 5.15pm : Forsythe repertoire
— 5.30pm – 7.00pm : Rehearsal for the last performance

Round tables & Free day

Monday 24th July 2023

Performance
"La Nuit de la Danse"

29th July 2023 : Stage rehearsal and general rehearsal

30th July 2023 : Performance “La Nuit de la Danse” at the Theatre Comoedia, Marmande

The jury will award prizes to the students who have shown merit during the
week

1 – The opportunity to participate in the Gala des Étoiles des Hivernales de la Danse in Liège (Belgium). The journey, and hotel (including breakfast) expenses will be covered by the Exclusive international Ballet Program. The Gala consists of two performances and the repertoire will be decided by the director of the ballet program after consultation with the director of the Gala des hivernales de la Danse.

2 – A period of insertion with an international renowned ballet company (The Czech National Ballet in Prague). The travel expenses ( within Europe), and accommodation will be organised by the ballet program and the Czech National Ballet.

3 – A period of insertion with an international renowned ballet company (The National Ballet of Portugal in Lisbon), plus a donation from the town of Marmande. The travel expenses (within Europe) will be organised by the ballet program. The dates for these insertions will be decided by the director of the ballet program along with the ballet directors of Prague and Lisbon. Please be aware that meals are not included in these prizes.

4 – An invitation to the 2nd edition of the “Prix des Hivernales” in Liège, Belgium, 18th of march 2023.

The jury reserves the right not to award prizes.

Prize recipients

2020 – Ines McIntosh
Invitation to perform at Gala des Étoiles des Hivernales de la Danse de Liege (Belgium).

2020 – Sami Gossart
A weeks insertion at the Czech National Ballet in Prague, at the end of his week there he obtained a contract to start with the company immediately.

2021- Dorian Plasse

Invitation to perform at Gala des Étoiles des Hivernales de la Danse de Liege (Belgium).

2021 – Elena Dombrowski

A weeks insertion at the Czech National Ballet in Prague

2022 – Elena Dombrowski
A weeks insertion at the Czech National Ballet in Prague, at the end of his week there she obtained a contract to start with the company immediately.

2022 – Matoi Kawamoto

Invitation to perform at Gala des Étoiles des Hivernales de la Danse de Liege (Belgium).

2022 – Charlotte Skreiskes

A weeks insertion at the Portuguese National Ballet in Lisbon

Accommodation

Shared accommodation at Château Mathias (11 nights, arrival July 20 , departure July 31).

Château Mathias

196 Route de la Sauvegarde
47200 Virazeil
France

Price (Package)

Fees

The price of the package for the Exclusive International Ballet Program is € 1,890.

Package includes:

– Seven and a half hours of dance instruction per day for ten days accompanied by a live pianist.

– Food (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) with drinks.

– Transport (On arrival at the SNCF train station in Marmande or Bordeaux-Merignac airport and return, as well as between accommodation and studios)

– Shared accommodation at Château Mathias (11 nights)

– Round tables organised with the teachers to discuss participants’ artistic and
professional development (work methodology, personal advice, support for auditions with professional companies and major
ballet schools, orientation recommendations based on the artistic potential of each student).

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