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17.05.2016

The international Benois de la Danse Bfllet Prize Winners for 2016 have been announced

On May 17 in Moscow on the historical stage of Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre the laureates of the Benois de la Danse – 2016 Prize were announced and followed by the traditional Gala Concert of laureates.

This year eight choreographers, including two Russians, were nominated for the Benois de la Danse prize. On the evening of May 17 the esteemed jury headed by Yury Grigorovich announced their verdict — and in the category of Best Choreographer the winners are YURI POSSOKHOV (Bolshoi Ballet) and JOHAN INGER (Netherlands Dance Theatre).

The Best Ballerina are ALICIA AMATRIAIN (Stuttgart State Ballet) and HANNAH O’NEILL (Paris Opera Ballet).

Six leading soloists from the most prominent ballet companies in the world were nominated for the prize of Best Dancer. It went to KIM KIMIN (Paris Opera Ballet).

This year the jury awarded the prize for Best Scenographer to REN DONGSHENG (Beijing Dance Academy).

The special joint Russian-Italian Benois-Moscow-Massine-Positano Prize was awarded to prima ballerina of the Ballet of Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre, Ekaterina Krysanova. And Oleksandr Ryabko, principal dancer of the Hamburg Ballet, was awarded a special prize “For Great Partnering Artistry.” In addition, prizes announced earlier were awarded to Edward Watson (principal dancer of the Royal Ballet of the U. K. ) and to one of the greatest choreographers in the ballet world today, John Neumeier (for Lifetime Achievement).

The Festival 2016 Jury included: Yury Grigorovich, president of the jury and artistic director of the program of Benois de las Danse; Marie-Agnès Gillot, Étoile of the Paris Opera; José Carlos Martínez Garcia, artistic director of Spain's Compañía Nacional de Danza de España; Johannes Öhman, artistic director of the Royal Swedish Ballet; Xiao Suhua, choreographer and professor in the department of choreography at the Beijing Dance Academy; Elisabetta Terabust, star of Italian ballet; Yury Fateyev, acting head of the Mariinsky Ballet; and Linda Shelton, executive director of the Joyce Theater Foundation (New York).

If the awards ceremony in the first part of the evening was exciting, the second half was even more so: the charity gala concert performed by the nominees for the 2016 prizes. The gala began with 23-year-old choreographer Maxim Petrov showing a fragment of his ballet, Divertissement of the King.. Alicia Amatriain and Jason Reilly, stars of the Stuttgart Ballet, brought an emotional note to the evening with their performance of the rape scene from John Neumeier’s A Streetcar Named Desire. The Paris Opera showcased their rising stars Hannah O’Neill and Hugo Marchand, who danced the pas de deux from the ballet La Esmeralda. And favorites of the public and critics Silvia Azzoni and Oleksandr Ryabko danced the pas de deux from John Neumeier’s brilliant choreography of Gustav Mahler’s 3rd Symphony.

The gala continued with Edward Watson, star of the Royal Ballet of the U. K. — laureate of the prize of Benois de la Danse, the Benois-Moscow-Massine-Positano prize, and the Laurence Olivier award — danced with the London prima ballerina Lauren Cuthbertson. They danced an excerpt from the ballet Romeo and Juliet as choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan. And the night ended with stars from St. Petersburg, Oksana Skorik and Filipp Stepin, who lit up the stage in excerpts from Silvia by Frederick Ashton.

6.05.2016

In 2017 at the Bolshoi Theater of Russia will be held the Festival…

In 2017 at the Bolshoi Theater of Russia will be held the Festival dedicated to Yuri Grigorovich.According to the director of Bolshoi Ballet, Makhar Vaziev, in 241 Bolshoi season 11 ballets by Grigorovich will be in the program. On January 2 maestro will celebrate his 90th Jubilee.

7.04.2016

Nominees of Benois de la Danse-2016:

CHOREOGRAPHERS
MAURO BIGONZETTI – Cinderella, Sergey Prokofiev, La Scala Ballet
ALEXANDER EKMAN – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mikael Karlsson. Royal Swedish Ballet.
JOHAN INGER – Carmen, George Bizet/RodionSchedrine, Compañia Nacional de Danza; One on One, Franz Schubert, Nehterlands Dance Theatre.
BENJAMIN MILLEPIED – Clear, Loud, Bright, Forward, Nico Muhli, Paris Opera Ballet.
JUSTIN PECK –‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes, Aaron Copeland, New York City Ballet.
MAXIM PETROV –Divertissement of the King, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Mariinsky Ballet.
YURI POSSOKHOV – Hero of Our Time, Ilya Demutsky, Bolshoi Ballet.
ZHANG YUNFENG – Emperor Yu Li,Eleni Karaindrou,Wei Dou,Baoshuo Tan,Suola Liu, Beijing Dance Academy.

BALLERINAS
ALICIA AMATRIAIN – Blanche DuBois, AStreetcar named Desir, S. Prokofiev, A. Schnittke/J. Neumeier; The Devil, The Soldier’s Tale, I. Stravinsky/D. Volpi, Stuttgart State Ballet.
REBECCA BIANCHI – Title role, Giselle, A. Adam/P. Rouanne, Rome Opera Ballet.
SARA MEARNS – Leading part, ‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes, Aaron Copeland, New York City Ballet.
HANNAH O’NEILL – Title role, Paquita, E. Deldevez, L. Minkus/P. Lacotte, Paris Opera Ballet.
OKSANA SKORIK – Title role, Sylvia, L. Delibes/F. Ashton, Mariinsky Ballet.
GINA TSE – Odette-Odile, Swan Lake, P. Tchaikovsky/M. Ek, Royal Swedish Ballet.

DANCERS
JOSUA HOFFALT – Prince, Swan Lake,P. Tchaikovsky/R. Nureev’s version; Theme and Variations,P. Tchaikovsky/G. Balanchine; Lucien d’Herville,Paquita,E. Deldevez, L. Minkus/P. Lacotte, Paris Opera Ballet
KIM KIMIN – Solor, La Bayadère,L. Minkus/R. Nureev’s version. Paris Opera Ballet.
HUGO MARCHAND – Solor, La Bayadère,L. Minkus/R. Nureev’s version, Paris Opera Ballet.
AMAR RAMAZAR – ‘Rōdē,ō: Four Dance Episodes, Aaron Copeland, New York City Ballet.
ALESSANDRO RIGA –Frédéri, L’Arlesienne, G. Biset/R. Petit, Festival dei Due Mondi, Spoleto.
DMITRY ZAGREBIN –Basil, Don Quixote, L. Minkus/R. Nureev’s version, Royal Swedish Ballet.

SCENOGRAPHERS
JEAN-MARC PUISSANT –Concerto Concordia,costumes,F. Poulenc/Ch. Wheeldon, Dutch National Ballet; Other Stories, set and costumes for W. Whelan/E. Watson’s recital at Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, London.
REN DONGSHENG – Emperor Yu Li, set and costumes, Eleni Karaindrou,Wei Dou,Baoshuo Tan,Suola Liu/Zhang Yunfeng, Beijing Dance Academy.

24.03.2016

List of the Jury Benois de la Danse-2016

YURI GRIGOROVICH — President

MARIE-AGNES GILLOT – Etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet

JOSE CARLOS MARTINEZ GARCIA – Artistic Director of Compania Nacional de Danza (Spain)

JOHANNES ŐHMAN – Artistic Director of Royal Swedish Ballet

XIAO SUHUA – Professor, Chair of Choreography Department at Beijing Dance Academy

ELISABETTA TERABUST – Star of Italian ballet

YURI FATEEV – Acting Director of Mariinsky Ballet

LINDA SHELTON – Director of Joyce Theater (New York)

19.03.2016

Yuri Grigorovich and Irina Kolpakova…

Two big stars of the classical ballet visited their Alma Mother — the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg. Yuri Grigorovich (Head of Benois de la Danse Program) and Irina Kolpakova (member of Benois de la Danse Jury), both graduated from this, one of the oldest and most prestigious, ballet school in the world. Yuri Grigorovich moved to Moscow in 1964 and Irina Kolpakova, one of the last and most beloved students of Agrippina Vaganova, in 1989 moved to NY, by invitation of Michail Baryshnikov (Benois de la Danse laureate), then the Artistic Director of the American Ballet Theatre, to become the leading ballet mistress of this company.

They have discussed with the Director of Vaganova Academy, former Bolshoi Ballet star, Nicolay Tsiscaridze (Benois de la Danse laureate), plans of their futur cooperation with the Academy.

18.03.2016

Modern Choreography Night premieres tonight at the Bolshoi

Tonight, on March 18, Modern Choreography Night premieres on the Historical stage.

The program will present 3 pieces:

“Frank Bridge Variations“ one-act ballet by Hans Van Manen (Benois de la Danse laureate) to music by Benjamin Britten;

„Short Time Together” one-act ballet by Sol León and Paul Lightfoot (Benois de la Danse laureates) to music by Max Richter and Ludwig van Beethoven;

“Symphony of Psalms” one-act ballet by Jiri Kylian (Benois de la Danse laureate) to music by Igor Stravinsky.

16.03.2016

Julie Kent is becoming Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet

Julie Kent, ex-star of the American Ballet Theatre and Benois de la Danse laureate, on July 1 is becoming Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet. She's moving back to her native city where her mother lives, with her husband, Victor Barbee, also a former principal of ABT, who's taking the position of the associate artistic director, and their two children, William 11 and Mathilda 6.

9.03.2016

Jean-Christophe Maillot has been nominated to the prestigious Olivier Award

Jean-Christophe Maillot (Benois de la Danse laureate) has been nominated to the prestigious Olivier Award in London in the category “Best Ballet Production“ for his version of „Romeo et Juliette”. The ceremony will take place on April 3 at Convent Garden.

1.03.2016

Sergey Filin…

Sergey Filin, the Artistic Director of Bolshoi Ballet and Benois de la Danse laureate, is leaving the directorship on March 17, due to the expiration of his contract. But he doesn't leave the great theater definitively according to the Bolshoi General Director, Vladimir Urin. He's taking the helm of the newly organizing Bolshoi Workshop of Young Choreographers.

29.02.2016

List of the Jury Benois de la Danse-2016

YURI GRIGOROVICH — President

MARIE=AGNES GILLOT – Etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet

JOSE CARLOS MARTINEZ GARCIA – Artistic Director of Compania Nacional de Danza (Spain)

JOHANNES ŐHMAN – Artistic Director of Royal Swedish Ballet

XIAO SUHUA – Professor, Chair of Choreography Department at Beijing Dance Academy

ELISABETTA TERABUST – Star of Italian ballet

YURI FATEEV – Acting Director of Mariinsky Ballet

LINDA SHELTON – Director of Joyce Theater (New York)




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