Elite young artists at Regent for final
New Zealand’s young performers of the future are coming to Palmerston North next month.
In all 130 elite young artists, aged between 15 and 24, will participate at the Performing Arts Competitions Association of NZ (PACANZ) in ballet, tap dance, vocal and pianoforte on October 15-16, with the addition of the troupe competition on the October 14.
The awards, hosted by the Palmerston North Dance Association and the Manawatu Performing Arts Competition Society, are being held in the city for the third year and are proud to be the hosts for the 40th Anniversary of the awards.
This exciting weekend starts with the troupe/group competition all day Friday, then the soloist preliminary rounds on Saturday, building to the Sunday semi-finals and the spectacular Sunday night finals concert featuring 18 of the best competing for their respective national title and more than $40,000 in prize money.
The winning troupe/group will also perform as well as additional guest artists in recognition of the NYPA 40th anniversary.
Each performer represents a PACANZ member society – 52 in all – and undergoes a rigorous selection process, performing to the specific required standards of their chosen art form.
Executive officer Nikki Cunningham says the PACANZ awards are the only national awards of their kind that focus on the 15 to 24 age group across the eight art forms and which have a nomination process to win the right to compete.
‘‘Manawatu audiences will see the performers of the future on display, many of whom, in the past, have gone on to national and international careers,’’ she says.
Seven nominees are from the Manawatu/Wanganui area. They are ballet – Meg Morrison, Charlotte Gilmour, Anna Dombroski ; tap dance – Marian Sun; vocal – Madison Horman; troupes – Dean McKerras School of Dance, Maureen Ax School of Dance. They will compete in their art form for $5000 (first prize), $3000 (second prize) and $1500 (third prize). The other unplaced finalists will get a monetary prize with adjudicators, all six from Australia, rewarding a potential artist of their choice. There will also be an audience choice award for each art form which will be decided after each semi-final.
Nikki Cunningham anticipates an audience of more than 1000 will attend the preliminary sessions and the final at the Regent On Broadway and welcomes local people to experience New Zealand’s finest young artists in performance.
An exciting addition to the final concert this year is a performance by special guests from previous NYPA who will continue to ‘‘pay it forward’’ by performing for the up and coming young stars.
The tap dance adjudicators, Winston Morrison and Kricket Forster of Melbourne, and ballet adjudicator Claudia Dean of Brisbane will hold tap and ballet workshops on Monday October 17 for any interested local dancers and invites them to contact PACANZ to register.
Vocal will be adjudicated by Simon Kenway of Sydney and pianoforte by Glen Riddle from Melbourne.
2014 PACANZ winners.