O.Anujin wins 3rd place at Shanghai Ballet Competition
The Shanghai International Ballet Competition was held from August 3 to 11 with the theme of “Dance to the Rhythm of Shanghai”. O.Anujin from Mongolia won third place. There were a total of 125 dancers from 16 different countries that registered to participate in the competition. From the dancers that had applied, only 73 were selected...
The Shanghai International Ballet Competition was held from August 3 to 11 with the theme of “Dance to the Rhythm of Shanghai”. O.Anujin from Mongolia won third place. A total of 125 dancers from 16 different countries registered to participate in the competition. From the dancers that had applied, only 73 were selected.
One of the selected ballet dancers was State Honored Artist O.Anujin and dancer of the State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet Ts.Khishigjargal. During this year’s Naadam, O.Anujin was awarded the State Honored Artist title.
Previously, O.Anujin became the champion of the International Ballet Competition held in South Korea under the guidance of ballet master D.Dash-Lkhagva. In the first round of the competition, she had danced the ballet “Le Corsaire” and advanced to the next rounds. Even though Ts.Khishigjargal made a strong competitor, he did not make it to the next round.
Additionally, Honored Artist of Mongolia D.Altankhuyag and Georgian ballerina Nina Ananiashvili were invited to the competition as honored guests.
D.Altankhuyag gave an interview about the Shanghai International Ballet Competition.
How would you rate the quality of the ballet competition?
The competition started being organized 12 years ago. The prize fund for the biennial event this year was 50,000 USD. This is a celebratory event where significance lies in the dancers whose entire lives are ballet as opposed to a large prize fund.
I can see that China pays great attention to this event. Shanghai has 24 million in population and the people are breathing ballet. All the news sources are reporting about the event and its information is available on every street.
A lot of the officials came here from Beijing. The mayor of Shanghai, the head of cultural affairs and many officials came to the event. Additionally, people from the city government came every day to catch up with the progress and congratulate the dancers from many countries.
I think that this is a classical arts event that is of a global scale where the dancers show that ballet is pride, value and power.
Mongolian dancers were invited to the competition during the first Mongolian International Ballet Competition. O.Anujin is competing successfully. Is she on the same level as international top ballerinas?
She is good and doesn't have anything lacking from others. These days, there are a lot of Mongolian ballet dancers that are making it a goal to become top international dancers. The main thing is that they should be supported in all aspects.
The fact that Mongolia organized its First International Ballet Competition has been an excellent choice, timing wise. Director of Shanghai Ballet Shin Li Jid expressed his gratitude to Mongolian ballet. We already knew him because he judged the ballet competition in Mongolia. It was evident that he wanted to support Mongolian ballet in many ways.
Through the director, I was given a special room. He also announced O.Anujin as the super star of the Dance to the Rhythm of Shanghai. This all is a great honor and is a stepping stone for victory for us.
This is the result and pay off of the Mongolian International Ballet Competition organized by the Mongolian Ballet Development Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Science. We are aware of what we did to a decent quality and what we could have improved on during the competition.
As a guest here, I am calmly observing and enjoying everything here. The next international ballet competition will be held in 2020 and I think we should organize everything in an orderly fashion from the beginning.
O.Anujin at the Dance to the Rhythm of Shanghai