On June 17 in Japan starts The Year of the Russian Culture

On June 17 in Japan starts The Year of the Russian Culture. The Program Pas de deux on Points and for Fingers will be open by a violinist Vadim Repin and the prima ballerina of the Bolshoi and La Scala theaters, Benois de la Danse laureate, Svetlana Zakharova. Her partner is going to be Benois nominee, a premier of the Bolshoi, Mikhail Lobukhin.


“Ondine” ballet by Vyacheslav Samodurov

June, 24“Ondine” ballet by Hans Werner Henze choreographed by Vyacheslav Samodurov (Benois de la Danse laureate) will premiere on the New stage.


The Àmerican premiere of Alexei Ratmansky

This spring, American audiences get their first chance to feast their eyes and ears on this exotic ballet the Golden Cockerel, based on Alexander Pushkin’s folktale, that was the hit of Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes season in 1914. With his inimitable style and sensitivity, Alexei Ratmansky creates rich characters for the seductive Queen, a marvelously gullible Tsar, and the darkly magical cockerel—set against a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors that evoke a mythical Russia.


Boris Eifman takes his ballet Anna Karenina to Europe

Boris Eifman (Benois de la Danse laureate) takes his ballet Anna Karenina to Europe. From 5 to 13 Juin this performance will see the ballet — goers from Budspest, Belgrade and Vienne.


A well known moviemaker Valery Todorovsky has been working

A well known moviemaker Valery Todorovsky has been working on finishing a grand film BOLSHOI dedicated to the Bolshoi Theatre. The details of the plot are still unknown to the public according to TEATRAL. One of the protagonists was played by ex-etoile of the Paris Opera and Benois de la Danse laureate, Nicolas Le Riche.


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.


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.


Nominees of Benois de la Danse-2016:

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.

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.

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.

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.


List of the Jury Benois de la Danse-2016


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)


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.

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