Premia Positano Leonid Massine and Russian-Italian Prize Benois-Massine

Premia Positano Leonid Massine and Russian-Italian Prize Benois-Massine will be awarded on September 7 in Positano, a town on the Amalfi coast of Italy.

The Russian-Italian Prize Benois-Massine will get a principal of the Royal Ballet London Vadim Muntagirov (one of Benois-2019 laureates).

Premia Positano Leonid Massin For Lifetime Achievement will go to a Spanish dancer and choreographer, artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky Ballet Nacho Duato (Benois laureate).

The prima-ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre and Teatro alla Scala in Milan Svetlana Zakharova (co-president of the Jury and twice Benois laureate) will be awarded as Ballerina of the Year.


The premiere of one more version of Sergey Prokofiev

The premiere of one more version of Sergey Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet took place at the antic amphitheater Arena di Verona. The choreographer of the new reduction is Benois nominee Johan Kobborg. The title roles were danced by Sergey Polunin and Benois laureate Alina Cojocaru.


Evgenia Obraztsova was starring in Andrey Smirnov's film Frenchman

Prima-ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet Evgenia Obraztsova (Benois nominee) was starring in Andrey Smirnov's film Frenchman. A French student Pierre Durant comes to Moscow in 1957 for a practical training at Moscow University and meets a Bolshoi dancer Kira Galkina… The film is coming to the theatres on October 31.


Rudolf Nureyev's International Classical Ballet Festival will be open

On September 7 Rudolf Nureyev's International Classical Ballet Festival will be open in Oufa, the city where Nureyev (member of the first Benois de la Danse Jury) was born. In the program there are two ballets by Yuri Grigorovich Swan Lake and The Legend of Love. Also in the frame of the Festival will be shown three galas with the participation of Bolshoi and Mariinsky theaters' stars; Gala-Tchaikovsky, Gala-Nureyev and Gala-Grigorovich. Ivan Vassiliev, the principal of the Mikhailovsky Theatre and Benois laureate, will take part in the program of Gala-Nureyev. All the Festival's events will be held on the stage of the Bashkortostan Opera and Ballet Theatre.


On July 29 by Yuri Grigorovich

On July 29 by Yuri Grigorovich's Spartacus the Bolshoi Ballet opened its season in London on the stage of Covent Garden. In addition to Spartacus, the program announced Swan Lake, Don Quixote and The Bright Stream. Among the leading soloists are Benois laureates: Svetlana Zakharova, Olga Smirnova, Denis Rodkin and Semyon Chudin. The season will continue to August 17.


The Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre will open its season on the Historic stage of the Bolshoi Theatre

On July 29 the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre will open its season on the Historic stage of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. The Novosibirsk's company under the reins of Denis Matvienko (Benois nominee) will present two ballets by Piotr Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake in Asaf Messerer version and The Sleeping Beauty in the version by Artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky Theatre and Benois laureate Nacho Duato. Another Benois laureate Ivan Vassiliev will dance the role of Evil Genius in Swan Lake on August 6, 7 and 8. The season will last until August 10.


On June 24 in Vladivostok took place the opening…

On June 24 in Vladivostok took place the opening night of the Fourth Far Eastern Festival Mariinsky with ballet by the house choreographer and Benois nominee Yuri Smekalov The Bronze Horseman. The role of the Tsarine of the Ball was danced by the Mariinsky Ballet prima-ballerina and Benois laureate Ekaterina Kondaurova.

The Bronze Horseman was created in 1949 by Rostislav Zakharov. The new choreographic version that was premiered in spring of 2016 has been made by Yuri Smekalov with the help of some retired dancers who used to dance in the original production.

Also in the frame of Festival will be shown, for the first time in Vladivostok, Sylvia by Leo Delibes and Frederick Ashton. The leading roles will be danced by the premiers of Mariinsky Ballet and Benois nominees Viktoria Tereshkina and Timur Ashkerov as well as by Benois laureate Kim Kimin and Nadejda Batoeva. There will be also in the Festival's program that runs until August 9 recitals of Kim Kimin and Vladimir Shkliarov.


The original version of Giselle

The original version of Giselle in choreography by a renown dance-maker Akram Khan (Benois nominee) was shown on the new stage of the Bolshoi theatre in the frame of the Chekhov Festival by the English National Ballet.

Leading roles were danced by Benois laureates Alina Cojocaru, Isaak Hernandes and Tamara Rojo (Artistic Director of the company who's idea was to commision this version to Akram Khan). The company principal James Stritter was Tamara Rojo's partner.

Akram Khan has been nominated to Benois de la Danse for Giselle in 2017.


The World premiere on the stage of Paris Opera.

Globally renowned choreographer, Benois de la Danse lauréate Mats Ek who announced a few years ago that he was going to completely retire from making choreographies and even staging his old works, presented on the stage of Palais Garnier the full evening of his creations Mats Ek. The new works include a duo Another Place to the music by Franz List and the famous Bolero by Maurice Ravel.

The Programme of the evening started with Carmen, ballet that choreographer created for his wife and muse Ana Laguna (Benois-Massine Prize laureate) 27 years ego.



On May 21, the Bolshoi Theatre's Historic Stage saw the announcement of the 27th Benois de la Dansewinners

This year 6 choreographic works were nominated for the Prize and on the evening of May 21 the jury announced that the award for “Best Choreography” goes to Fredrik Benke Rydman (Duet with an Industrial Robot, Stockholm City Theatre) and Christian Spuck (Winterreise, Zurich Ballet)

Soloists of 11 leading dance troupes from around the world competed for the title of Benois laureate.The award for “Best Female Dancer“ went to Ashley Bouder (Swanilda, Coppelia, New York City Ballet) and Elisa Carrillo Cabrera (Juliet, Romeo and Juliet, State Ballet Berlin). Vadim Muntagirov (Prince Siegfried, Swan Lake, Royal Ballet London) was named “Best Male Dancer”.

Scenographer John Macfarlane (Swan Lake, Royal Ballet London) was also awarded the Benois Prize.

This year the „Lifetime Achievement Award” went to Jiří Kylián, an outstanding choreographer and two-time Benois de la Danse laureate. The Russian-Italian Benois-Massine Prize was awarded to the Prima-Ballerina of the Hamburg Ballet Anna Laudere and the Artistic Director of Chicago’s Hubbard Street Dance Glenn Edgerton is set to receive the Benois-2017 statuette on behalf of highly acclaimed choreographer Crystal Pite.

The Jury of Benois-2019: Yuri Grigorovich, Dirk Badenhorst, Ted Brandsen, Svetlana Zakharova, Ana Laguna, Agnès Letestu, Vladimir Malakhov and Rachel Moore.

The second half of the evening was in no way less entertaining, as it included the gala concert of 2019 laureates, who performed the works of Juanjo Arques, Spetime Webre, Christian Spuck. Manuel Legris presented a duet from his version of Leo Delibes' “Sylvia” and Swedish choreographer Fredrik Rydman presented a miniature, that was created specially for the gala. Ashley Bauder from the NYC Ballet performed the wedding pas de deux from George Balanchine’s “Coppelia” with Seth Orza.Elisa Carrillo Cabrera and Ivan Zaytsev performed a duet from Nacho Duato’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Yuan Yuan Tan from the San Francisco Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet’s Kaho Yanagisawa along with their respective partners presented the choreography of Christopher Wheeldon and William Forsythe. Cuban dancer and choreographer from the Malpaso Dance Company Abel Rojo performed his miniature to the music of Erik Satie’s “Gnossienne”.Daniel Camargo and Elisa Badenes presented the immortal pas de deux from “Don Quixote” and the pas de deux from “La Sylphide” was performed by the premieres of the Washington Ballet Andile Ndlovuand Maki Onuki. Representing the Bolshoi Theatre was Viacheslav Lopatin, who danced a fragment from the ballet “NUREYEV” choreographed by Y.Posokhova, and Amadine Albisson participated in the gala on behalf of the Paris Opera Ballet.

A reception was held at the end of the concert to celebrate the Benois-2019 awards. Guests were offered champagne from the Abrau-Durso wine house and The Maison Mugler, who is a partner of the festival presented a new perfume collection, much to the guests’ delight.

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