From May 12 to 16, RWB Corps de Ballet member Tristan Dobrowney competed in the Boston International Ballet Competition. Here is what Tristan had to say about his experience:
My experience in Boston was really amazing. I was staying with a friend who lives in Boston’s North End. I arrived on Wednesday (May 11) afternoon and then took a class at 5:30pm. Alex Lapshin was teaching class and it was great. The class was held at the Boston Ballet Building which is in Back Bay Area of the city and the theatre was about a block away. After class we had orientation where we chose our numbers. Class was at 8:30am the next day and then we had some rehearsal time at the theatre. I hung around at the theatre all day and I had a while before I had to perform because I was number 62. I didn't end up doing my variations until around 9:30pm that night. The first one was Diana and Acteon and it went pretty well. The second variation was from La Bayadere and it didn’t go as well as I had hoped. I didn't advance to the next round so I pretty much just had to do class on Friday. I watched the second round dancers that day and spent a bit more time exploring the city. All of the other competitors were very friendly and inspiring; it was very nice to be in close proximity with such amazing dancers. The entire city of Boston was so beautiful. All of the architecture is very amazing and the city is extremely walkable.
I watched Boston Ballet perform on Saturday afternoon. They were doing a Balanchine and Jerome Robbins program and it was incredible. It’s always amazing to see so many dancers on stage performing in unison and Balanchine does this spectacularly. Boston Ballet performs in the Boston Opera House; the inside of the building is very ornate. Friends that I met at the Banff Summer Dancer program dance with Boston Ballet and it was great to see them perform. I spent time with my friends Saturday night and Sunday. As well, I watched the 3rd round of the competition on Sunday and was very impressed with all of the contemporary pieces. Then on Monday it was the awards ceremony and gala performance. There were guests artists performing from Boston Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem and from New York City Ballet, as well as prize winners from the competition. It was a great show and very nice to see brilliant artists from a variety of companies. It was sad to have to say good-bye to everyone but just an amazing experience to have met them all.
It was really great to talk to the judges and coaches from around the world and have them compliment the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Sometimes it gets a little isolated in Winnipeg so it was nice to hear that our Company is being recognized internationally. All in all I had a wonderful experience and would definitely go to another competition or event similar to this. I would also like to return to Boston in the near future, I had a great connection with the city.