The British Academy of International Arts (BAIA) celebrated a ‘red-carpet’ Gala Oscars evening at the Shakespeare Theatre on the BSK campus where students of dance, music and theatre were nominated from the members of the Academy for BAIA Oscars 2019. Arriving in their magnificent evening wear, the students and their families were welcomed by BAIA Founder Madam Vera Al Mutawa MBE and Dr. Lavinia Davenport, a filmmaker, TV chef and blogger; wife of the British Ambassador to Kuwait and the evening’s guest of honor.
Mr. John Lambert introduced upcoming Director of BAIA, Mrs Krysia Derecki, who has a background in media and the arts, is trained as a ballet dancer and worked in film, television and radio in the UK and Internationally as a producer.
Highlighting the outstanding examination results achieved by the various faculties, BAIA prides itself on offering classes that lead to UK based examinations in Dance, Music and Theatre with outstanding results achieved by BAIA’s students. Taking examinations with the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), students achieved a 100% pass rate in a range of musical instruments, achieving 25% of grades at Pass, 55% at Merit and 20% at Distinction.
In dance, 59 students took National Association of Teachers of Dancing (NATD) Performance Awards, achieving a 100% pass rate with 11 at merit and 48 at distinction, a truly outstanding entry for 2019.
Similarly with the British Ballet Organisation-Dance (bbodance) students also achieved a 100% pass rate in their graded examinations in May 2019. With 43 entries, 20% at a Pass, 60% with a Merit and 20% with Distinction from Introduction to Ballet all the way through to Advanced Level, an outstanding effort across the board.
In Theatre, students took examinations with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Like those of dance and music, results were outstanding. Of the 38 entries, there was a 100% pass rate with 17 at Merit and 21 at Distinction; testament to the great work of our teachers and dedication and ability of our students.
The presentations were interspersed with fabulous and varied performances. The function started with a rousing recital by Wasmiya Alashour, for many years now a student of BAIA and an actress in so many stage productions. Pianists, Farah Badr, Sulaiman Moukhaiber and Yoobi Kim entertained the audience with contrasting pieces.
Three of BAIA’s talented ballet stars, Sariya Asad, Irem Elbasi and Mariam Musa wowed the audience with two stunning performances. Sariya, one of BAIA’s most advanced dancers in the Company Class choreographed her solo contemporary dance, whilst Irem and Mariam danced a duet from the ballet, Sylvia.
The climax of the evening was the announcement of the names of the 2019 Oscar winners. 32 students, nominated by their teachers from Theatre, Music and Dance stepped forward to receive their Oscars trophies from Dr. Lavinia and Madam Vera to a round of applause from a packed house of family and friends.
Finishing the evening off in style, were two vocal performances – Mahima Juyal sang Wishing you were here from Phantom of the opera by A.L.Weber, accompanied by Miss Emily on piano. The final musical performance came from Christina Menhem singing Belle from Beauty and the Beast, accompanied by Nadine Tahboub, Elyette Baiono, Meher Sharma and Saleh Al-Mahmeed with Miss Patil on the piano
Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, The Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa; their support is so important, as it enables us to put on the events that showcase our student’s amazing work. This was certainly an evening of Hollywood glitz in the heart of Kuwait.