World Ballet Stars
Monday, 10 of June 2024 at 7 pm
Théâtre du Léman, Geneva
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WORLD BALLET STARS is the 9th part of the Geneva Dance Events association’s project to introduce Swiss audiences to the world’s most extraordinary ballet stars.
You’ll see 10 astonishing ballets, with artists of international renown, including Étoiles dancers from the Paris Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, Bayerisches Staatsballett, Budapest Opera and Staatsballett Berlin.
As in previous editions, we are offering our audiences a programme featuring the masterpieces of the most famous classical ballets: 'Swan Lake', 'Don Quixote', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'The Nutcracker', 'Romeo and Juliet' and the premieres of our time.
Not to be missed!


Yasmine Naghdi and Willian Bracewell- Stars of the Royal Opera House
Inès Mcintosh and Paul Marque — Paris Opera stars
Polina Semionova and Martin ten Kortenaar — Stars of Staatsballett Berlin
Tatiana Melnik and Motomi Kiyota — Stars of the Budapest Opera
Shale Wagman and Madison Young — Stars of the Bayerisches Staatsballett
These exceptional artists will perform a never-before-seen selection of choreographies, adorned with the majestic references of classical ballet.
WORLD BALLET STARS is organised by Geneva Dance Events, a non-profit association founded in 2015 whose mission is to develop and promote a global ballet art for modern audiences. Geneva Dance Events aims to share the passion of classical and contemporary ballet, performed by the finest dancers of our time, with an international audience. The company takes great care to inspire and promote young local dance talent and to encourage the growth of ballet throughout the world.
The gala concert is also organised by the Vladimir Ippolitov Ballet School, which is based on the best traditions of classical dance teaching using the Vaganova method.

Yasmine Naghdi

Principal of the Royal Ballet

She was born in London and trained at The Royal Ballet School (White Lodge and Upper School). As a student she won the «Young British Dancer of the Year» competition in 2009. She was nominated for Best Female Dancer at the 2018 Critic’s Circle National Dance.

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William Bracewell

Principal dancer of the Royal Ballet

Welsh dancer William Bracewell is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. He joined The Royal Ballet as a Soloist in 2017 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2018, Principal, 2022.

Awards while a student include the 2007 Young British Dancer of the Year Award and the grand prix at the 2010 Youth America Grand Prix.
Bracewell’s other awards include Outstanding Male Performance (Classical) at the 2015 Critics Circle National Dance Awards.

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Polina Semionova

Principal dancer with the Berlin State Ballet. She is a professor at the Berlin State Ballet School


Gold Medal Laureate Moscow International Ballet Competition (Russia 2001) /// Anna Pavlova Award Moscow International Ballet Competition (Russia 2001) /// First Prize Vaganova Prix International Ballet Competition (St. Petersburg / Russia 2002) /// Junior Prize Nagoya International Ballet Competition (Japan 2002) /// Daphne Prize (Germany 2004) /// German Dance Prize Future (Germany 2005) /// Female Dancer of the Year Tanz-Magazine (Germany 2007) /// Heinz Spoerli Prize (Switzerland 2008) /// Dance Open Award (Russia 2010) /// Honorary Professor Berlin State Ballet School (Germany 2013) /// Prix Benois de la Dance (Russia 2014) /// Berliner Kammertänzerin (Germany 2017) /// Female Dancer of the Year Tanz-Magazine (Germany 2018)


• Partners: Roberto Bolle, Friedeman Vogel, Marcello Gomes, Leonid Sarafanov, David Hallberg, Vladimir Malakhov, Igor Zelensky, Denis Matvienko, Corry Sterns, Dmitry Semionov and others.
• 2002 Polina Semionova was invited to join the Berlin State Ballet at the age of 17 as a Principal Artist, becoming the youngest Principal Dancer in the company’s history.
• 2003 Polina Semionova featured as the Ballerina in the music video Demo (Letzter Tag) of German rock/pop artist Herbert Grönemeyer.
• 2006 Polina Semionova was included in 100 Minds of Tomorrow — The Future in the Country of Ideas, a project of the German Historical Museum and the tabloid Bild.
• 2010 Release of own book Polina (Author: Gerhard Haase-Hindenberg).
• 2012 Polina Semionova appeared in the movie Passion (Director: Brian de Palma).
• 2013 Polina Semionova appeared in the movie The Girl from Nagasaki (Director: Michel Comte)
• A new breed of the rare ornamental plant from the Rehmannia family was named «Polina S.» in the Berlin Botanical Garden.
• Polina Semionova was appointed Honorary Professor at the Berlin State Ballet School.
• 2013−2015 Polina Semionova became the official face of the fashion brand Uniqlo.
• 2014 Polina Semionova presented the Ballet Gala Polina Semionova & Friends at Lincoln Theatre Yountville (California / USA).
• 2015 Polina Semionova together with perfumer Geza Schoen created and released the perfume Precision and Grace (The Beautiful Mind Series — Volume 2).
• 2018 Polina Semionova presented the Ballet Gala Polina & Friends at State Opera Berlin (Germany)

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Martin ten Kortenaar

Martin ten Kortenaar
Soloist at the Staatsballett Berlin
born in Toronto, Canada


2008−2013 Canada’s National Ballet School


2013 National Ballet of Canada /// 2014 Dutch National Ballet /// 2023 Staatsballett Berlin


Rudi van Dantzig: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Swan Lake (Siegfried, Rotbart); Sir Peter Wright: The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Florimund); Rachel Beaujean, Ricardo Bustamante: Giselle (Albrecht, pas de Quatre); Rachel Beaujean: Raymonda (Jean de Brienne); Ted Brandsen: Mata Hari (Vadim de Masloff), Copellia (Franz); Wayne McGregor: Yugen (The Boy); David Dawson: Tristan + Isolde (Tristan), The Four Seasons (Winter man, Summer man), Requiem; William Forsythe: Pas/Parts 2018; Christian Spuck: Messa da Requiem


Hnatyshyn Developing Artist Grant (2013)


Collaborator with Robert Binet’s Wild Space

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Paul Marque

Principal at the Paris Opera


• 2008: Enters the Paris Opera Ballet School.
• 2014: Joins the Paris Opera Corps de Ballet.
• 2016: Promoted to «Coryphée».
• 2017: Promoted to «Sujet».
• 2018: Promoted to «Premier Danseur».


• 2016: Gold medallist at the Varna International Ballet Competition.
• 2017: AROP Prize.


Paul Marque was named «Danseur Étoile» on December 13th 2020 on the Opéra Bastille stage, following a live performance of La Bayadère (Rudolf Nureyev) on the streaming platform «l'Opéra chez soi», in which he performed the Golden Idol.
As part of the Paris Opera Ballet’s official tours, he has performed in Spain (Madrid, 2019), the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi, 2019), Asia (Singapore, Shanghai, 2019) and Japan (Tokyo, 2020).

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Ines Mcintosh

Soloist at the Paris Opera


2011/2012: Double curriculum at the Paris National Conservatory (CRR).
2013: Enters the Paris Opera Ballet School.
2019: Joins the Paris Opera Corps de Ballet.
2021: Promoted to «Coryphée».
2022: Promoted to «Sujet».

Repertory (soloist roles, entries to the repertoire, creations)

D’après Jean CORALLI et Jules PERROT
Giselle / Pas de deux des paysans, Deux Wilis 2022
Nicolas PAUL
Degas Danse / Ambigramme 3 — création (Musée d’Orsay) 2019
Don Quichotte / La Première Demoiselle d’Honneur 2021
La Bayadère / Manou, Quatre Petites / Deuxième variation des Ombres 2022
Flammes de Paris / Jeanne (Spectacle «Jeunes Danseurs») 2021

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Shale Wagman

First soloist at the Bayerisches Staatsballett

The canadian dancer Shale Wagman trained in Toronto and in Monte Carlo at the Académie Princesse Grace. His first engagement was with the English National Ballet in London under the direction of Tamara Rojo. Since 2015, Shale Wagman has repeatedly choreographed, including works for the Académie Princesse Grace, Les Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco and the Gala de Danza, Mexico.

He has been engaged by the Bayerisches Staatsballett since spring 2021 and was promoted to first soloist for the 2022−23 season.


Prix de Lausanne 2018 1st Prize (Gold Medalist, Rudolf Nureyev Foundation award for Artistry)
Youth America Grand Prix 2014 Junior division (Youth Grand Prix Award)
New Name to Watch and Spectacular Young Dancer in Dance Europe’s Annual Roundup


He was the youngest guest ever invited to perform in a principal role (James in La Sylphide) at the Mariinsky Theater.
He has performed in many gala performances, including the International Ballet Festival in St. Petersburg Dance Open (2019) or the Gala de Danza in Los Cabos, Mexico.

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Bianca Teixeira

Soloist of the Bavarian State Ballet


• 2014 she was awarded the best classical dancer at the Festival de Dança de Joinville (Brazil) and was one of the finalists at the Prix De Lausanne that year.
• 2016 she received the silver medal at the Youth America Grand Prix.


• 2016/2017 season, joined the Polish National Ballet in Warsaw, as a demi-soloist.
• From 2019 she danced with San Francisco Ballet, where she danced in productions such as The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Etudes, Sandpaper Ballet, Cinderella.
• At the beginning of the 2021/2022 season, she was engaged as a soloist at the Bavarian State Ballet where she performed many solo and lead roles until now.

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Tatiana Melnik

Principal dancer of the Hungarian National Ballet


• International Ballet Competition, Moscow — 2nd prize (2013)
• International Ballet Competition 'Arabesque' - 3rd prize (2012)


In 2006 she graduated from the Perm State Choreographic School. From 2006 to 2013 she worked at the Moscow State Regional Theater «Russian Ballet», under the direction of V. M. Gordeev. Since 2013 she has been a soloist with the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Musical Theatre. Laureate of the III Prize at the Arabesque International Competition of Ballet Dancers and Choreographers (2012) and the II Prize of the International Competition of Ballet Dancers and Choreographers in Moscow (2013). Since 2015 she has been the prima ballerina of the Hungarian National Ballet. Performs leading roles in Cinderella, La Bayadère, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and others.
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Motomi Kiyota

Soloist at the Budapest Opera


John Cranko Schule, Stuttgart (2016−2019)
Mitsuko Inao Ballet School, Japan (2003−2016)


Best corps de ballet of the season (2022/23)


• Petipa/Messerer/Minkus: Don Ouixote — Basil
• Eagling/Solymosi/Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker — Nutcracker Prince, Russian dance, Chinese dance
• MacMillan/Liszt/Lanchbery: Mayerling — Bratfisch
• Eifman/Strauss: The Pygmalion Effect — Father
• Seregi/Khachaturian: Spartacus — Gad
• Seregi/Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet — Clown
• Dantzig/Schayk/Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake — Pas de six
• Forsythe/Schubert: The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude
• León/Lightfoot/Prado/Dominguez/Lecuona/Barretto/LosPanchos: Sad Case
• Ekman/Karlsson/Satie/Brun: Episode 31 — Solo boys
• Kylián/Mozart: Six Dances

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* The casting can be changed



Bianca Teixeira and Shale Wagman
Choreography by Agrippina Vaganova
Music by Cesare Pugni

Tatiana Melnik and Motomi Kiyota
Choreography by András Lukács

Inés McIntosh and Paul Marque
Choreography by Rudolf Nureyev
Music by Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

Yasmine Naghdi and William Bracewell
Choreography by Kenneth McMillan
Music by Sergei Prokofiev

Polina Semionova and Martin ten Kortenaar
Choreography by Marius Petipa
Music by Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky



Tatiana Melnik and Motomi Kiyota
Choreography by Marius Petipa
Music by Leon Minkus

Polina Semionova and Martin ten Kortenaar
Choreography by David Dawson

Yasmine Naghdi and William Bracewell
Choreography by Marius Petipa
Music by Piotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

All Stars



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One of Geneva Dance Events` main objectives is to inspire and develop young local dance talent. We work actively with ballet schools throughout Switzerland and encourage young audiences to enjoy exceptional productions by offering special deals for children. You can get a 50% discount on a ticket for a child under 12.

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Théâtre du Léman, Geneva Quai du Mont-Blanc 19, 1201 Genève

About Us

Geneva Dance Events, a non-profit association founded by Vladimir Ippolitov in 2015, is aimed to develop and promote the art of ballet for contemporary audiences. Geneva Dance Events sets its mission as to share with an international audience its passion for classical and contemporary ballet, performed by the best dancers from world-famous theatres such as Mariinsky Theatre in Saint-Petersburg, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Royal Ballet in London, Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Grand Théâtre de Genève.

The association is dedicated to inspiring and promoting young dancing talents locally as well as fostering the development of ballet worldwide. Geneva Dance Events supports ballet and dancers around the world and as such part of the benefits obtained from ticket sales for its shows is donated to the artists in developing countries.

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