Andrey Uvarov has been appointed Director interim of the company

Andrey Uvarov, one of the first Benois laureates, former star of the Bolshoi Ballet and a maitre de ballet de Moscow Musical Stanislavsky Theatre, has been appointed Director interim of the company following the resignation of Igor Zelensky who became Artistic Director of the Bavarian State Ballet. However, Mr. Zelensky is keeping his relationship with Moscow company as an Advisor on dance programming to the General Director of the Theatre, Anton Getman.


Mauro Bigonzetti abruptly resigns from position…

The Teatro alla Scala press release announced that Mauro Bigonzetti, the Italian choreographer and Benois de la Danse nominee, who has been Director of La Scala Ballet since past March, abruptly resigns from this position do to some serious health issue. The premiere of Coppelia planned to be on December 20 won't be cancelled or rescheduled but will be choreographed by a different choreographer whose name will become public the next week.

Frederic Olivieri (Benois Jury member), former Director of the company who is now Director of La Scala Ballet School, will replace Mr. Bigonzetti as Director Interim until February 2017.


The Ballet Theater Yuri Grigorovich in Krasnodar celebrates its 20th Jubilee

The Ballet Theater Yuri Grigorovich in Krasnodar celebrates its 20th Jubilee. The gala-evening has been programed for October 15 featuring three suites from Grigorovich's ballets: Romeo and Juliet by S. Prokofiev, Nutcracker by P. Tchaikovsky and Spartacus by A Khachaturian.


Whipped Crem, a World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre

Whipped Crem, a World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre, choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky (twice Benois de la Danse) and designed by artist Mark Ryden, set for March 15, 2017 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California. Two-act ballet with original libretto and score by Richard Strauss.

New York Premiere scheduled for May 22, 2017 at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Courtesy of ABT Press


On September 10 in an Italian town of Positano

On September 10 in an Italian town of Positano, on Amalfi coast, had been held the award ceremony and the gala of Positano Premia Danza Leonid Massine and of the twined Prize Benois-Moscow Massine-Positano. The awardee of Benois-Massine Prize has become Benois de la Danse — 2016 laureate, star of the Stuttgart State Ballet, ALICIA AMATRIAIN.

AURELIE DUPONT, etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet and Benois de la Danse laureate, who on August 1 officially replaced Benjamin Millepied (Benois nominee) as Directrice de la Danse of the old house, got the Positano Prize For Carriere. Members of Benois Jury, Helene Trailine and Victor Ulliate, were awarded Prizes Massine Heritage and Excellence in Ballet Education, respectively.

VLADIMIR Vassiliev received Lifetime Achievement Prize; Canadian contemporary dance choreographer, MARIE CHOUINARD — Choreography; Artistic Director of the Nice Opera Ballet, ex-etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet, ERIC VU-AN — FOR Including into Repertoire the Rare Classics; conductor RICHARD BONYNG — Music for Ballet.

Also the awardees — dancers: MICHAEL TRUSNOVEC (Paul Taylor company); FILIPA DE CTRO and CARLOS PINILLOS (Compania Nacional do Bailado, Lisboa); OSCAR ALEJANDRO VALDES (Het National Ballet); MATTIA RUSSO and ANTONIO DE ROSA ( Compania Nacional de Danza of Spain); MAEWA COTTON and ALESSIO PASSAQUINDICI (Nice Opera Ballet) and FRANCESCO COSTA ( Vienna State Ballet).


Toer van Schayk…

Toer van Schayk, Dutch choreographer, scenographer, Jury member and nominee of Benois de la Danse celebrates in September his 80th Birthday. The Benois team sends to Master its heartfelt wishes of health and many creative years to come.


Paris Opera Ballet is opening the season 2016/17

Paris Opera Ballet is opening the season 2016/17 on September 24 at Palais Garnier by two new creations — Blake Works by William Forsythe (Benois de la Danse laureate) to the music by James Blake and a new ballet by Crystal Pite (Benois de la Danse nominee)to the music by Max Richter after Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons. Forsythe has been invited by the former director of the company, Benjamin Millepied, as a resident choreographer who will make three new ballet per season.


The Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre will present in Monaco

On September 9 and 10 the Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre will present in Monaco, at the Grimaldi Forum, Up&Down in choreography by Benois de la Danse member of the Jury and laureate Boris Eifman. It will be first tour of the company in the beginning of a new season.


On September 13 the Mikhailovsky Theatre of St. Petersburg…

On September 13 the Mikhailovsky Theatre of St. Petersburg is openning the season 2016/17 by Sleeping Beauty in the version of its former Artistic Director, Spanish choreographer and Benois de la Danse laureate Nacho Duato (currently, Artistic Director of the State Ballet Berlin). The role of the Evil fairy Karabosse will be performed by another Benois laureate, Farukh Ruzimatov.


Mario Bigonzetti will add two of his works to the repertoire of the company

In season 2016/17 the new Artistic Director of La Scala Ballet and Benois de la Danse nominee, Mario Bigonzetti, will add two of his works to the repertoire of the company. On December 17 it will be the preview for the Young People, and then the premiere on December 20, of the revival of Coppelia by Leo Delibes, and on May 20 — the premiere of Handel Project to the music by George Friedrich Handel.

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