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July Birthdays 

3rd Maria Khoreva; 4th Francesca Hayward; 5th Eve Mutso, Eliot Feld; 8th Cynthia Gregory; 11th Julie Kent; 13th Leanne Benjamin, Diana Vishneva; 22nd Adam Cooper, Johannes Öhman, Boris Eifman, Julia Farron (1922 - 2019); 25th Tamas Detrich; Charles Jude; 27th Pina Bausch (1940 - 2009), David Blair (1932 - 1976), Anton Dolin (1904 - 1983); 28th Jacques d'Amboise; 30th Patrice Bart

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Semperoper Ballett
has announced that Marcelo Gomes and Sofiane Sylve will be joining the company next season as ballet masters/principal dancers and Carlo Di Lanno will be joining as a principal dancer. Photos : Chris Mann, David Allen, Chris Hardy


Julian MacKay


Julian MacKay in Don Quixote, Ballet Icons Gala, London, 2020. © Emma Kauldhar

San Francisco Ballet and artistic director and principal choreographer Helgi Tomasson has announced the appointment of Julian MacKay, 22, as principal dancer. A native of Montana, MacKay trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy and became the first American to complete both the upper and lower-level school. He has won awards at the Prix de Lausanne, Istanbul International Ballet Competition, Youth American Grand Prix, Young Ballet of the World (Sochi) and the Beijing International Ballet Competition.  At the age of 17, he made his professional debut as Siegfried in Swan Lake with the Russian State Ballet in Berlin, later joining The Royal Ballet as their 2016 Prix de Lausanne prize winner. Shortly after, upon personal invitation from Mikhail Messerer, MacKay joined the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg as a Second Soloist, later receiving a promotion to First Soloist. He  will join San Francisco Ballet for the 2021 season.


Palais Garnier

The Palais Garnier, home of the Paris Opera, has now opened to visitors. More information and tickets HERE


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Stéphane Lissner leaves Paris Opera 

Paris Opera general director Stéphane Lissner has announced that he is standing down from his post at the end of the year, seven months before his contract was due to expire in July 2021. His successor will be Alexander Neef, who is currently leading the Canadian Opera Company. In recent years, the Paris Opera has suffered a catalogue of challenging events including the terrorists attacks on Paris, the prolonged general strike (which the Paris Opera’s dancers joined) ignited by President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms, and Covid-19 that has seen both the Palais Garnier and the Opera Bastille dark since they were lockdowned on 17 March. The multiple crises have left the Paris Opera with a €45 million debt.

Friedemann Vogel
Congratulations to Stuttgart Ballet principal Friedemann Vogel who has won the  “Outstanding Performer” award of the German Dance Prize 2020. The German Dance Prize was established in 1983 and is currently organized by the "Dachverband Tanz". The Dachverband Tanz Deutsch/and e. V. has been working as an official nationwide platform for artistic dance in Germany since 2006. 

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Winners in Biarritz

Results of the 1st Choreographic Competition From Your Home in Biarritz are: 1st prize – an all-expenses paid stay during the Time to Love festival and a creative day of work with the 22 dancers of Malandain Ballet Biarritz - was won by Nicolas Rombaut for his piece Emporté. The other six winners are: 2nd: Isolation by Graham Kotowich; 3rd: Dessine-moi un arbre by Maylis Arrabit; 4th: Ô maître carré ! by Iban Garat; 5th: Remotely Equal by Carlos Kerr Jr and Valeria Marangelli; 6th: Window Diaries by Laura Engholm and 7th: A History of Masks by Ari Soto. The jury comprised Martin Harriague, Richard Coudray and Thierry Malandain.