Laurent Hilaire becomes Artistic Director of Stanislavsky Ballet in Moscow

Laurent Hilaire,a famous Etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet, member of Jury and twice Benois de la Danse laureate, on January 1, 2017 becomes Artistic Director of Stanislavsky Ballet in Moscow. Andrey Uvarov (Benois laureate) is going to take a position of administrative director of the company.

Mr. Hilaire is going to move to Moscow, a city he knows quite well having come here with Paris Opera Ballet as a dancer, and few times by Benois de la Danse invitations.


Aurelie Dupont on her childhood, teachers, career…

“Yes, this is going to be tough, but what will happen to you if you say no?” — the Artistic Director and Etoile of the Paris opera Aurelie Dupont (Benois de la Danse laureate) on her childhood, teachers, career and the Context festival..“


With great sadness Benois de la Dance announces…

With great sadness Benois de la Dance announces the demise of Raymond Stultz, a wonderful man, talented journalist and a great fan of ballet, opera and theater at large. Raymond brought a touch of finesse into the English translation of our event brochures, to make them adequate, in his own words, to the high level of the Benois Programme.
We all express sincere condolences to Raymond's family and friends.


Maison Guerlain Perfumeur presents “Prima Ballerina”…

Maison Guerlain Perfumeur presents “Prima Ballerina”, a new fragrance dedicated to the perfumers' muse, prima-ballerina Svetlana Zakharova. The bouquet opens up with surprisingly fresh wintery notes of…pinaceae needles, followed by jasmine, sweet vanilla and tonka beans. The new perfume is offered in octagonal flacon together a big pulverizer, decorated with a violet velvet bow.


On October 29 and 30 in St. Petersburg…

On October 29 and 30 in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the main auditorium of the Tovstonogov's Theater will be shown the premiere of The Sleeping Beauty in the version of a Paris Opera ex-etoile and Benois laureate, Jean- Guillaume Bart.

This is a first cooperation of Leonid Jacobson Ballet Company with French choreographer.

For Mr. Bart it is his second ballet made for a Russian company,- in 2007 he staged Le Corsaire for Ekaterinburg Ballet.


The Sleeping Beauty at the Novosibirsk Opera House

Nacho Duato, a Spanish choreographer and Benois de la Danse laureate, who's now director of State Ballet Berlin, staged in Novosibirsk Opera House his version of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty. This is the third staging of Duato's version, the first two were shown in St. Petersburg and Berlin. In an interview choreographe said that he wanted to do something of his own but on classical base, eg “tutus, points and pirouettes”.

For the first time Sleeping Beauty was staged in Novosibirsk in 1953 in the classical Marius Petipa's version. In 1996 Sergey Vikharev presented his version of ballet that had been in the repertoire of the company more than 15 years.


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

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