Zeynep Sunal Öngün, Turkish ballerina from the Ankara State Opera and Ballet (ADOB), has been invited to serve on the jury of the 14th International Ballet Competition to be held at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.
According to the ADOB statement, the competition will be held from June 3 to 11 and is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the federally funded cultural institution ROSCONCERT.
By invitation, Zeynep Sunal Öngün, principal dancer of ADOB, ballet teacher and artistic director of the Bodrum International Ballet Festival will participate in the competition as a member of the jury.
Öngün, whose views were included in the statement, said she was proud to be part of the selection committee and to represent Turkey in this important competition.
The 14th International Ballet Competition is dedicated to Yuri Grigorovich to celebrate the 95th anniversary of his birth. Grigorovich, who was the chief choreographer of the Bolshoi Ballet, played a major role in the formation of Russian ballet in the second half of the 20th century, winning major awards at home and around the world with his acclaimed ballet productions. .
Some 343 applications were received from 33 countries, including Turkey, USA, Germany, UK, Italy, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, Ireland, New Zealand , China, Russia, Sweden, Japan and Austria.
The jury of the competition consists of prominent Russian and foreign names in the field of choreographic art, Russian and world ballet soloists, heads of the world’s leading theater companies, authorized choreographers, teachers, theater critics, prominent names in choreography and producers.
The International Ballet Competition has been held at the Bolshoi Theater every four years since 1969 by the Russian Ministry of Culture.