A new Creation by Hans Van Manen

Benois de la Danse laureate, Dutch choreographer, Hans van Manen (82) has created a new work for Ballet Alltag to the music by M. Blasco de Nebra and J. S. Bach, F. Schubert and G. Mahler of Deutsche Oper am Rhein, run by a Swiss choreographer and Benois de la Danse laureate, Martin Schloepfer. This new work has been an exception for Van Manen, as beginning from 1994 he is doing new choreographies only inside Holland — for Het National Ballet and the Netherlands Dance Theatre. He is a resident choreographer at the first company and he has found the second company, together with Rudi van Dantzig (Benois de la Danse laureate).


Undying Anna Karenina

After a few versions of Anna Karenina to the music by Rodion Schedrine made by some choreographers including Boris Eifman and Alexey Ratmansky, who have received Benois de la Danse for this ballet, German choreographer and since 2012 Artistic Director of the Zurich Ballet, Christian Spuck (Benois de la Danse nominee), has presented his version that opened the season 2014-2015. Anna Karenina will be in the program of the company through January 2015.


Sylvie Guillem will be retired from the stage

International super-star and Benois de la Danse laureate Sylvie Guillem has announced that she will be retired from the stage at the end of 2015, at the age of 50. Her last performance she's going to dance in Japan where she is particularly cherished by the public.


Brigitte Lefevre is becoming the Artistic Director of the International Danse Festival in Cannes

Brigitte Lefevre (Benois de la Danse Jury member and laureate For Lifetime Achievement) has left the position of Directrice de la Danse of the National Paris Opera. She had held this post for almost 20 years. By awarding Mme Lefevre the Lifetime Achievement Prize, Jury Benois-2014 recognized her leadership of one of the best ballet companies in the world. But Mme Lefevre is not going to retire from an active life, — in the next year she is becoming the Artistic Director of the International Danse Festival in Cannes.


Mariko Kida has become the first recipient of the new Prize

On September 6, in Positano, on Amalfi Coast, the newborn Prize Benois-Moscow — Miassine-Positano was awarded for a first time in Italy. Mariko Kida, a star of the Royal Swedish Ballet who won Benois de la Danse last May for her role of Juliet in “Juliet and Romeo” by Mats Ek has become the first recipient of the new Prize.


Christopher Wheeldon is now doing musicals

Benois de la Danse laureate British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is now doing musicals. From next November to January of 2015 the Theatre du Chatelait in Paris will be presented a new version of An American in Paris by George Gershwin directed and choreographed by Wheeldon. And in September in Positano he will be a recipient of Premia Miassine-Positano as the Best Choreographer of the Year.


Anjel Corella is taking position of the Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania Ballet

Benois de la Danse laureate, a Spanish dancer Anjel Corella who had been for many years a principal at the American Ballet Theatre, in September is taking position of the Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania Ballet that is celebrating its 50th year this year.

In 2008, then still principal at ABT, Corella founded in Madrid his own company under the patronage of the Royal family. Later on the company became the Barcelona Ballet. Corella would dance himself in its performances but recently has taken the decision to dissolve the Barcelona Ballet due to the financial problems.


Davide Bombana has been named in April Artistic Director of Firenza Danza

Davide Bombana, Benois de la Danse laureate and member of the Jury, has been named in April Artistic Director of Firenza Danza. During these three months the company has already presented two programs: Carmen by Bombana and a mixt bill of ballets by Marco Goekke, Bombana and Gaetano Soto.


Jacopo Godani has become artistic director of the Forsythe Dance Company

The news that was leaked few months ago now became official. William Forsythe is passing the helm of his Frankfurt based Forsythe Dance Company to its former soloist and Forsythe's close associate, choreographer and Benois de la Danse nominee Jacopo Godani. Forsythe however keeps for himself the position of the principal choreographer and artistic consultant of the company.


The new building of the Florence Opera House was re-inaugurated…

The new building of the Florence Opera House was re-inaugurated after three years of work to improve a number of design errors. In the gala with the participation of opera soloists and dancers of the company MaggioDanza, which is now again under the leadership of Davide Bombano (Jury member and laureate of Benois de la Danse), as the guest star performed Alessandra Ferri (Benois de la Danse Jury member and laureate) who danced with a New York City soloist Craig Hall, the pas de deux from After the Rain by Christopher Wheeldon (laureate of Benois de la Danse).

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