Among 26 nominees of Benois—2018 are soloists of 13 leading companies of the world. The decision of the Jury under the presidency of Yuri Grigorovich announced during the ceremony. This year Prize For Lifetime Achievement awarded to an outstanding dancer, Natalia Makarova.
In the gala this year, apart from the nominees, participate Polina Semionova of the Staats Ballett Berlin, Benois laureate of 2014.
In the programme there are Petipa classics as well as neo-classical version of his ballets and several world and Moscow premieres. Among the participants: Natalia Ossipova, Lucia Lacarra, Ivan Vassiliev, Maria Vinogradova, Ekaterina Krysanova, Denis Rodkin, Xander Parish, Polina Semionova, Oksana Skorik, Ruslan Skvortsov, Brooklyn Mack and other stars of the ballet world.