Aurelie Dupont has been appointed as Millepied replacement

On Thursday Stephane Lissner, Director of the National Paris Opera had a press conference where Benjamin Millepied, choregraphe and Benois de la Danse nominee, who has been invited to the position of director of the Opera's Ballet company a year ego, announced his resignation. Ex-etoile and ballet-mistress of the company, Benois laureate, Aurelie Dupont, has been appointed as Millepied replacement.


Mauro Bigonzetti…

Mauro Bigonzetti to be the new director of ballet at La Scala.


“The Taming of the Shrew” ballet by Jean-Christophe Maillot

This Sunday, on January 24, “The Taming of the Shrew” ballet by Jean-Christophe Maillot to the music by Dmitry Shostakovich will be live streamed in cinemas all over the world for the first time!

Bright and original staging granted with several Golden Mask awards will tell one of the most famous comedies by William Shakespeare in a language of dance. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch this ironic, dynamic and unforgettable ballet on the silver screen!

Further information on cinemas and tickets you can find at


Mats Ek has decided to stop to choreograph

On December 10 at the Theatre des Champs Elisees in Paris took place a performance dedicated to Mats Ek, the great choreographer and Benois de la Danse laureate who created his own “ballet language” and whose works have been staged all over the world. Mats Ek has decided to stop to choreograph after 50 years of carrier and even stop to restage his works.
Fortunately, in an interview he said that he's taking a break for two years to have a complete rest and after that he will see to comeback or not.


The new year's surprize

On December 31 Etoile of the Paris Opera and Benois de la Danse laureate, Marie-Agnes Gillot received a highest award of France — Order of Legion d'Honneur. We are happy for Marie-Agnes and sending her our most warmhearted congratulations!


Denis Matvienko danced the leading role in one of the Holidays performances of Nutcracker with the Novosibirsk Ballet company

Denis Matvienko, a star of the Mariinsky Balet and Benois de la Danse nominee, danced the leading role in one of the Holidays performances of Nutcracker with the Novosibirsk Ballet company. Thus, the Novosibirsk audience had a chance to see on stage the future Artistic Director of the company who's going to take this position in June 2016 from the current Artistic Director Igor Zelensky who will take the reins of the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich.


In Paris, at the Theatre des Champs Elisees…

In there was a premiere of a new ballet by Blanca Lee “Goddesses and Demones”. Two dancers, Blanca Lee herself and a prima of the Bolshoi Ballet and Benois de la Danse nominee, Maria Alexandrova, are dancing their solo et duets in a frame of high-tech staging.


Wishes you Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!


The All Russia's Ballet Competition announced its laureates

The All Russia's Ballet Competition announced its laureates in Moscow. The president of the Jury was Yuri Grigorovich (Chairman of Benois de la Danse Program). Included is a video of the Award ceremony and the final gala.

See part I.

See part I


A premiere of ballet Duse by John Neumeier

On December 6, on the stage of the Hamburg Opera House, was presented a premiere of ballet Duse by Director of the Hamburg Ballet, Benois de la Danse jury member and twice laureate, John Neumeier. The role of the legend of Italian Theatre, world famous actress at the beginning of the last century, Eleanora Duse, was danced by Alessandra Ferri (member of the Jury and laureate of Benois de la Danse), a star of ABT and La Scala who left the stage in 2007 and returned to perform in 2014. The role of Duse was created especially for Ferri, for her outstanding plastic and acting talent.

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