Friday, 9 October 2015

Welcome back to London, Michaela DePrince

Michaela DePrince
Photo Angela Sterling
Copyrught The Dutch National Ballet 2013
All rights reserved
Reproduced with the kind permission of Dutch National Ballet

Yesterday Michaela DePrince, coryphée with the Dutch National Ballet, opened the Women in the World Summit. According to Cynthia Allum the performance was a great success (see Allum Michaela DePrince stuns crowd with rousing performance at the women of the world conference 8 Oct 2015). There are some good pictures of the performance at the end of the article.

The Women of the World summit  claims to be "the premier showcase for women of impact—and for the men who champion them". It got its start in 2008 as an offshoot of The Daily Beast. The summit is intended to provide a forum for "activists, artists, CEOs, peacemakers, entrepreneurs, and firebrand dissidents who have saved or enriched lives and shattered glass ceilings in every sector." This year it us taking place in London between the 8 and 9 Oct 2015. Speakers include Meryl Streep, Nicola Sturgeon MSP and Lady Amos.  The agenda can be downloaded here.

Michaela DePrince is a very welcome visitor to our shores. She was here in July with the National Ballet when they danced Cinderella and she gave a master class at Danceworks (see Michaela's Masterclass 8 July 2015). I bumped into her as I was leaving the opening gala of the Amsterdam ballet season last month and was quite charmed by her. In The best evening I have ever spent at the ballet 13 July 2015 I wrote:
"I left the Stopera thinking how that exceptionally talented young dancer was as gracious off stage as she is magnificent upon it."
I have written a number of articles about DePrince in this blog and if anyone is interested they will find links to them here.

I would love to hear her speak. If anyone from the committee of the London Ballet Circle or Danceworks reads this article they may like to consider inviting her as a speaker on one of her future trips to London. I think DePrince would fill the meeting room to capacity.

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