Ted Brandsen, President of the Jury, told Dansportalen after the finals, when I asked him ‘where are the European dancers’?
“It's fluctuates a bit from year to year, we see a lot of private schools in the world who want their students to come to big schools in Europe. But in general, French students on this level tend to go to the Paris Opera School, and the Swedish students go to the Royal Swedish Ballet School.”
“They don’t seem to need what Prix de Lausanne can offer because they have already made that decision on this level of education.”
“I think it is important what Prix is planning, to do more pre-selections, to go more out, to competitions and gatherings, and it is also important for European dancers to show themselves and get the possibility to go somewhere else. It is also interesting to notice we have got more comptetitors from Asia and South America.”
“Ballet is a very difficult profession, the students invest a lot and the outcome is not sure. In Europe I am afraid that is not what our children are learning these days in school or at home. I think that has something to do with it as well. It is a level of being comfortable. That is not compatible with the demands of this profession”, says Ted Brandsen.
Prix de Lausanne has a different way of judging the candidates. It is not only the variations they do on stage, also the classes are concidered. 25% of the marks are from contemporary class, 25% from classical class, 25% contemporary variation on stage and 25% classical variation. In the final it is 50% from the contemporary variation and 50% from classical variation. The jury follows them all the week and there are also closed classes only for the jury and partner schools.
Ted Brandsen continues: “It is for the jury and partner schools to get to know the candidates and see how they work. It was very interesting because you have candidates that gets to dance on stage very much. But you also have some candidates who practise one variation for 1,5 minute for two years, and of course they look very good.”
“But there are other things too, they have to learn new material, like in the real world, and they can’t do that. We have to see all the different aspects. How dance students learn things, how they pick up things is vital for us to know and understand, also for company directors and school teachers.”
There were 380 dancers who sent their videos to Lausanne, of them 78 were selected to participate in the contest. In the end 74 came to Lausanne.
Norway has sent two dancers, Gabriel Gudim in the junior group and Helena Byrt in the senior group.