Ahmed Yehia, Egypt's well-known principal dancer of the Cairo Opera Ballet Company, will be among the jury members of the first edition of the Interdanza Dance Competition in Livorno, Italy.
Graduate of the High Institute of Ballet in Cairo, Yehia is among his generation's brightest stars of the Egyptian ballet. He joined the Cairo Opera Ballet Company at the age of 16 and became the principal dancer in 2000. In the same year, he won the first prize at Egypt's ballet competition.
Yehia's repertoire includes leading roles in dozens of ballets, including Spartacus, Zorba the Greek, Le Corsaire, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Coppelia, Hamlet, Lorkiana, 1001 Nights and many others.
Apart from his popularity in the Egyptian ballet scene, Yehia has also danced with the company, or in smaller formations, in many international tours.
Ahmed Yehia in Cinderella. Cairo Opera House, 2015. (Photo: Bassam Al Zoghby)
The Interdanza Dance Competition's jury panel includes numerous prestigious names in the international ballet field: Denis Medvedev, professor at Bolshoi Ballet Academy (Russia); Loreta Alexandrescu, professor at Accademia Teatro alla Scala (Italy); Elek Tibor Zsolt, professor at the Dance School of the Vienna State Opera (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).
Headed by Bartes, the competition brings together young dancers (aged eight and older) from all around the world to Italy, where, between 1 and 3 May, they will participate in the workshops and perform in front of the jury.
The winners will be offered many partial or full scholarships at prestigious international ballet institutions, including the Dance School of the Vienna State Opera, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and Accademia Teatro alla Scala.
Taking place in Livorno's Goldoni Theatre, the Interdanza Dance Competition is organised by the Arts4all Associazione Interculturale and Bell Art Cultural Association 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 all of Italy. It aims to promote, stimulate, and encourage young talents in the discipline of dance and choreography, as well as give dancers an opportunity to network with peers, teachers, and directors from around the globe."
The Interdanza Dance Competition will take place between 1 and 3 May, 2020.
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