Australian dancer Remi Wörtmeyer is the winner of the Alexandra Radius Prize 2013. Wörtmeyer, principal with the Dutch National Ballet, was presented with the prize, € 2,500 and an artwork, by Alexandra Radius. The presentation of the prize took place at the festive Gala given by the Dutch National Ballet on Saturday 7 September 2013 in The Amsterdam Music Theatre. The prize was awarded this year for the 25th time.
From the jury’s report:
"Remi Wörtmeyer already attracted attention in 2011, with his refined interpretation of the shepherd Aminta in John Neumeier’s Sylvia. Since then, he has developed in rapid tempo as a dancer who stands out for his clear style and wonderful stage presence. Last season, he also demonstrated his versatility in classical and modern repertoire.
Through his precise and musical contribution to Frank Bridge Variations, Remi Wörtmeyer showed that he has the ‘Van Manen gene’, as a critic remarked. In the pas de trois from Petipa’s Paquita, he stood out for his jumps, seeming to really hover over the stage, in the way that he also captured the audience in Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky pas de deux. He demonstrated supple technique and a large dose of acting talent as Benjamin, the friend of the prince, Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella, and as José in Carmen by Ted Brandsen.
As a partner, too, he has gained in expression in recent years. For instance, he formed a light, darting couple with the equally fine dancer Maia Makhateli in Balanchine’s Symphony in C. In Rudi van Dantzig’s Romeo and Juliet, he and Jurgita Dronina gave a passionate interpretation of the roles of the tragic lovers from Verona.
For the jury, these exceptional achievements of the past season gave them every reason to award the Alexandra Radius Prize 2013 to Remi Wörtmeyer.
This year’s Alexandra Radius Prize jury comprised: Alexandra Radius (former principal with the Dutch National Ballet), Caroline Iura (former principal with the Dutch National Ballet), Eddie Vetter (musicologist and dance critic), Jan Haars (chairman of the Dutch National Ballet Fund) and Suzy Umar-Aebischer (Friend of the Dutch National Ballet).
Remi Wörtmeyer (Adelaide) joined the Dutch National Ballet in 2010 as a grand sujet, was promoted to soloist the following year and promoted to principal in January 2013. He trained at the Australian Ballet School and went on to dance with The Australian Ballet in Melbourne and with American Ballet Theatre in New York for a year. He won the Walter Burke Award in 2005 and silver at the 8th Asian Pacific International Ballet Competition in 2001. In 2011, the leading dance magazine Dance Europe placed Remi fifteenth in their top 100 international dancers who performed outstandingly.
Wörtmeyer is also active as a choreographer. For the Dutch National Ballet he created works such as La Source, as part of the programme Stardust (September 2012) which toured throughout the Netherlands and Magdalene, or, In Defence of Beauty (2011), of which a making of documentary was screened during Cinedans Festival 2011.
Photo: Angela Sterling