The Eleventh International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
March 24, 2015
by Denise Sum
copyright 2015 by Denise Sum
The late Erik Bruhn led the National Ballet of Canada as artistic director from 1983-1986. His commitment to excellence in dance left a lasting impression on the company. Now, decades later, he is still remembered and celebrated with the Erik Bruhn Prize, which has occurred anywhere from every one to five years since the first competition in 1988. He dedicated part of his estate to establish this friendly competition, which provides a unique showcase for talented young dancers (age 18-23) from companies with which he was closely associated. The dancers are chosen by their artistic directors, who also act as the judges (however, directors do not score their own dancers).
Yuri Yanowsky, Hannah Fischer, and Carlo Di Lanno at the Eleventh International Competition for the Erik Bruhn Prize. Photo by Bruce Zinger.