Christopher Hampson announced as Genee International 2013 judge!

Scottish Ballet's very own Christopher Hampson has today been announced as a judge for the Final of this year’s Genee International Ballet Competition, to be held in Glasgow in September.

Christopher has been an active supporter of the Genee since 2003, when he took on the role of Commissioned Choreographer for the Birmingham event: "The opportunity to host the Gene?e is one I know Glasgow will seize with both hands. As a proud resident of this most dynamic of cities, I'm honoured to be on the judging panel for what promises to be a true showcase of international dance."

Joining Christopher on the judging panel will be Darcey Bussell CBE and Royal Ballet Director Kevin O’Hare. They will select medallists from rising stars of ballet, who will – as part of the competition – perform Variations choreographed by Royal Ballet Choreographic Apprentice Robert Binet. Canadian-born Robert Binet will choreograph Variations for both male and female competitors.

Darcey Bussell, recently appointed RAD president, said: ‘The Gene?e is an extraordinary experience for any student, due to the talent it attracts. I am very excited to be part of the judging panel this year, as it is one of the largest annual competitions and is recognised around the world by everyone in dance. Past winners have gone on to have fulfilling careers in the best companies around the world.’

Kevin O’Hare said: ‘What makes the Genee so exciting for me is the chance it gives us all to see a new generation of talent tackle world-class choreography on an international stage. I'm thrilled to be part of the team.’

The Geneee International Ballet Competition will run from 21-29 September 2012, with public performances by semi-finalists taking place on 26 and 27 September at the New Athenaeum Theatre and the Final taking place on 29 September at the Theatre Royal Glasgow.

Tickets for public events will go on sale in April.



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