Mauro de Candia Wows Audience, Judges at Milwaukee Ballet’s 'Genesis'

Innovative storytelling highlights fourth international choreographic competition


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MILWAUKEE – February 15, 2011 – Mauro de Candia, an Italian choreographer living in Berlin, won over the audience and the judges at Milwaukee’s own “reality” competition, Genesis: International Choreographic Competition. On Saturday, February 12, the judges named de Candia as the first-place winner of the competition. Votes for the Audience Favorite were tabulated yesterday, declaring de Candia the winner in that category as well. In addition to a cash prize, he returns next season to create a full-length piece for Milwaukee Ballet. De Candia’s abstract and humorous ballet, Something I Had in Mind, combined intricate partnering and rapid movements set to Paganini’s Variations on The Carnival of Venice and Edith Piaf’s Non, Je ne regrette rien.

Australian Lucas Jervies took home second place for Smile, and Edgar Zendejas received the third place prize for his piece, Mara.

In choosing the next international dance sensation, audience members voted for their favorite international choreographer through paper votes at The Pabst Theater. The three choreographer finalists were chosen by Artistic Director Michael Pink, who watched and critiqued over 50 submissions from across the globe. This year, Pink received entries from Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, England, France, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, Latvia, Norway, Philippines, and the United States.

The panel of esteemed judges included Septime Webre, artistic director of The Washington Ballet in Washington, D.C.; Ashley C. Wheater, artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago; and William Whitener, artistic director of Kansas City Ballet.

Held every other year, Genesis demonstrates Milwaukee Ballet’s continued commitment to generating new and innovative works. While ballets internationally often follow the same model, Milwaukee Ballet is one of few companies in this country hosting a truly international competition.

About Milwaukee Ballet
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 23 professional dancers along with 20 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of over 1,200 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.