Cincinnati Ballet dancer places in international competition | Arts & Culture
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Ballet Soloist Rodrigo Almarales won the silver medal at the Helsinki International Ballet Competition, Helsinki, Finland on June 7, 2012.
The competition attracted 69 dancers from 28 countries. Judging was based on the highest jumps, most pristine pirouettes, depth and passion of performance. There was no prize awarded for first place in the Senior Men’s category; Almarales and a competitor from China both placed second.
The competition consisted of three rounds of judging and ran from March 29 – June 6, with the winners announced at the Gala on June 7. Almarales performed Diane and Acteon pas de deux and Don Quixote pas de deux with partner Mariya Oishi, a former CBII dancer with Cincinnati Ballet. Other competition pieces included Remix 03 and It’s not what it seems, a contemporary piece with choreography and music by Almarales. The winners were asked to perform at the Gala, and Almarales chose a variation from Don Quixote.
“[With the piece I created] I wanted a feel of unusualness that I think I accomplished,” said Almarales. “In the music there is a man laughing throughout, which would naturally make the listener want to laugh, but the mood of the background sound I created, the lighting and overall the choreography contradicts the laughter, accomplishing the mind confusion I wanted.”
The next chance for audiences to see Almarales perform in the United States will be in The Kaplan New Works Series, September 6-16, 2012.