Ahmed Yehia and his companion Anja Ahcin in Cinderella. Cairo Opera House, 2015 (Photo: Bassam Al Zoghby)
Ahmed Yehia, a well-known Egyptian dancer from the Cairo Opera Ballet Company, will be among the jury members of the first edition of the Interdanza dance competition in Livorno, Italy.
A graduate of the Higher Institute of Ballet in Cairo, Yehia is one of the brightest stars of Egyptian ballet of his generation. He joined the Cairo Opera Ballet Company at the age of 16 and became its first dancer in 2000. The same year, he won first prize in the Egyptian ballet competition.
Yehia’s repertoire includes lead roles in dozens of ballets, including Spartacus, Zorba the Greek, The Corsair, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Coppelia, Hamlet, Lorkiana, 1001 Nights and many more. others.
Besides her popularity on the Egyptian ballet scene, Yehia has also danced with the company, or in smaller formations, on numerous international tours.
Ahmed Yehia in Cinderella. Cairo Opera House, 2015. (Photo: Bassam Al Zoghby)
The jury of the Interdanza Dance Competition includes many prestigious names in the field of international ballet: Denis Medvedev, professor at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Russia); Loreta Alexandrescu, professor at the Accademia Teatro alla Scala (Italy); Elek Tibor Zsolt, professor at the School of Dance of the National Opera of Vienna (Austria), Marco Laudani, artistic director at Ocram Dance Movement (Italy); Lorand Zachar, dancer, teacher and choreographer at the Budapest Dance Theater (Hungary) and Valentin Bartes, choreographer, artistic director and president of the Bell Art Cultural Association (Italy).
Led by Bartes, the competition brings young dancers (aged eight and up) from around the world to Italy, where from May 1-3 they will take part in workshops and perform for the jury.
The winners will be offered numerous partial or full scholarships at prestigious international ballet institutions, including the School of Dance of the Vienna State Opera, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and the Accademia Teatro alla Scala.
Taking place at the Goldoni Theater in Livorno, the Interdanza Dance Competition is organized by the Cultural Association Arts4all Associazione Interculturale and Bell Art in collaboration with Laboratorio di Danza e Movimento Livorno.
According to the event’s website, the competition is “a unique event for this region – bringing high quality ballet from around the world to Livorno and throughout Italy. It aims to promote, stimulate and encourage young talent in the discipline of dance and choreography, as well as giving dancers the opportunity to network with peers, teachers and directors around the world.”
The Interdanza dance competition will take place from May 1 to 3, 2020.
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