Competition gold for Canterna Dance: Linthicum teen and her partner each won a gold medal, and a Brazilian choreographer won for a piece in which Canterna danced.

July 06, 1998|By Judith Green | Judith Green,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The International Ballet Competition, held June 13-28 in Jackson, Miss., was virtually a clean sweep for 15-year-old Adrienne Canterna of Linthicum.

Not only did she win the women's gold medal in the junior division, but her partner, Rasta Thomas, 18, of Washington, won the men's gold medal in the senior division.

Brazilian choreographer Ivonice Satie also won $5,000 for her pas de deux, "Shogun," which was Canterna and Thomas' contemporary selection.

Ironically, Satie at first had not been willing to have the couple dance her duet because she would not be available to coach them. In fact, says Adrienne's mother, Sally, the dancers learned it from a videotape.

And after the thousands of dollars she spent to rent professional costumes for her daughters, Sally Canterna thinks it's pretty funny that the Japanese hakama pants used in "Shogun" were "$50 pants out of a karate catalog."

Maria Bystrova, a 15-year-old Russian who studies at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, won the Dance Magazine Scholarship, named after the journal's late editor, William Como.

Canterna and Thomas will be guest artists Aug. 8-9 in Vail, Colo., on a showcase called "International Evenings of Dance" that features couples from ballet companies across the country.

San Francisco winners

Two San Francisco Ballet dancers were among the competitors at Jackson, and they'll be with the company when it performs at the Wolf Trap Festival in Vienna, Va., on Aug. 25.

Corps de ballet member Corrine Blum lasted through the first round, while fellow corps member Michael Eaton was a finalist in the awards round. SFB's repertory will include: "Tuning Game," a virtuoso work for a ballerina and male corps de ballet, choreographed by artistic director Helgi Tomasson to John Corigliano's oboe concerto; "Valses Poeticos," a lovers' duet by Tomasson to dances of Enrique Granados; the pas de deux from "Esmeralda," a 19th-century showpiece; and Balanchine's "Symphony in C," set to an early work of Georges Bizet.

The spotlight role in "Tuning Game" has most recently been danced by Katita Waldo, who attended the Washington School of Ballet.

Wolf Trap tickets: 703-255-1868.

Hamby at the Fringe

"Funkopolis" is not the only Baltimore event at the New York International Fringe Festival in August.

Doug Hamby Dance, based at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will perform at the Fringe, in collaboration with media artist Steve Bradley.

"Fog" (1997) is one of Hamby and Bradley's current experiments in mixing live dance and video. In "Square Breath" (1997), the dancers wear contact microphones that feed into a computer, which designs a sound score based on their movements.

Pub Date: 7/06/98

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