OUR 2020 PANEL OF INTERNATIONAL BALLET MASTERS - MESSAGE TO YOU
Currently Demi soloist member of Narodni Divadlo Brno (National theater of Brno, Czech republic ). Before then held the position of Principal Dancer with the repertory company, Ballet Theatre Afrikan. Trained at the BTA academy and simultaneously attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg as the first boy of color to attend the ballet department where the training included classical ballet, contemporary\modern and Spanish dancing. Nominated for a Gauteng MEC Award in the category MOST OUTSTANDING MALE DANCER in 2006. Featured in the opening Ceremony at the United Nations World Conference Against Racism. With more experience & accolades than can be listed Thoriso offers a well rounded and unique perspective for our Dancers & Teachers.
DIRECTOR OF THE DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET Under the directorship of Ted Brandsen (1959, Kortenhoef, the Netherlands) the Dutch National Ballet has made enormous progress. In 2013, for instance, the New York Times ranked the company in the top five dance institutions in the world that presented new productions, and De Süddeutsche Zeitung ranked the group in the top three in the world. As the director of Dutch National Ballet, Ted Brandsen has introduced and developed a number of important artistic initiatives. These include taking an innovative look at the full-length repertoire, presenting leading repertoires more widely throughout the Netherlands and introducing new world-class choreographers. In collaboration with the National Ballet Academy, he initiated a closer link between the dance academy and professional practice, and was involved in founding the Junior Company. Brandsen feels it is necessary to take a fresh look at the classics and believes that new impulses are vital.
MARTHA IRIS FERNANDEZ AGUERO
Deputy Artistic Pedagogical Director of the National School of Ballet "Fernando Alonso" .CUBA. Ballerina Corifea of the Camaguey Ballet, directed by maestro Fernando Alonso. Member of the International Dance Council of Unesco. Vice President of the Organizing Committee of the XXVI International Meeting of Academies for the Teaching of Ballet and International Ballet Contest, Havana 2020. Dance coach to numerous successful Ballet Dancers & Jury of the International Competition "Asis en Danza", Italy, 2015. Ballet Maitre of the San Carlo Theater, Napoli, Italy and the School of this Theater, years 1996-97, years 2013 to 2015. With qualifications as DISTINGUISHED DAUGHTER OF HAVANA OLD, ORDER TO PEDAGOGICAL MERIT, CONDECORATION: "LAUR SEAL" as well as ORDER FOR CUBAN CULTURE. Martha brings with her a wealth of knowledge spanning a long and distinguished career as a dancer, ballet master as well as Artistic Director.
Guest ballet master. Teacher for ballet, pas de deux and repertoire at Berlin State Ballet Academy and Youth Ballet Berlin. Staging of “Le Corsair” for Youth Ballet Berlin. Visiting lecturer at High school of performing Arts, Berlin. Former principal dancer at Oper Leipzig conducted by Uwe Scholz. Main and leading roles in pieces of Uwe Scholz, George Balanchine, John Cranko, Yuri Vamos, Glenn Tetley and others. Staging of Scholz' pieces to several national and international theatres. Competition coach of various international ballet competitions so as Moscow, Varna, Perm, Vienna, Berlin, Riga and Cape Town. Having been instrumental in our International Ballet Intensive in July 2019 & production of Christmas in July, we are thrilled to have Bohm back with us for the SAIBC ONLINE event & IBI .