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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Announced the names of the nominees for the prestigious ballet prize

At a press conference in the Bolshoi theatre, the organizers announced the names of the nominees one of the most prestigious in the world of ballet prize “Benois de la danse”, which is often called the Ballet Oscar. The ceremony and gala concerts will be held 17 and 18 may, as always at the Historic Bolshoi theatre, and nominees in this year happened a lot.

Photo courtesy of the press service of the Bolshoi theatre

Moreover, according to artistic Director of the prize Nina Kudryavtseva-Lurie “almost no one will be missing, and almost all will be their dance party for which and were nominated, which is extremely rare”.

Especially a lot of candidates for the prize in the “Choreographers” – as many as 8 people. The names of many of them at the hearing: come to the lead in the ballet La Scala replaced the Mahar Achieve Mauro Bigonzetti for the “Cinderella” ballet, Benjamin Millepied – the head of the Paris Opera ballet (and part-time husband of Hollywood diva Natalie Portman) for the ballet “Clear, loud, brilliant, forward,” Alexander Ekman for “a Midsummer night’s Dream” for the Royal Swedish ballet. Besides them among the nominees in this category are named: Jan Unfun for the ballet “the Emperor Lu” (Beijing dance Academy), Johan Inger for the ballet “Carmen” (Netherlands dance theatre (NDT)), Justin peck for the ballet with a fancy spelling of “Rode,o: four dance episodes” (the new York city ballet(NYCB)), Maxim Petrov for the ballet “Divertissement the king” (the Mariinsky theatre). The Bolshoi theatre in nominating a list of “Benoit” got this year, only for the ballet of Yury’s judgment “a Hero of our time”. Moreover, except for the choreographer ignored was the work of composer Ilya Demutsky (especially lamented the journalists who took part in the press conference) and artists involved in this ballet.

Due to the absence of the jury this year representatives of the Bolshoi theatre (except of course by Yuri Grigorovich – since inception of the prize – the permanent Chairman of the jury) this turn of events should not surprise – after all, according to the rules of this competition the jury for nominating the nomination, and then awarding a prize includes representatives from ballet companies (most often in the rank of managers), who typically lobby the interests of their companies. So the presence of the jury acting head of the ballet of the Mariinsky theatre Yuri Fateev, probably provided the contact with dancers of this troupe (definitely worthy of the nomination Oksana Skoryk and Kim Kimin) in the shortlist prize. It is interesting here, however, that Kimin Kim was nominated not for one of the roles that he sings in his native Mariinsky theatre, and for the pariah of Solor, which he danced at the Paris Opera in the edition of Nureyev. By the way, that the jury is the star of this theatre Marie-Agnes Gilot explains the presence in the list of “Benoit” a scattering of dancers, Grand Opera: Hannah O’ Neil (the title role in the ballet Lakota “Paquita”), Hugo Marchand (Solor in “La Bayadere”) and Pain of Offaly (the Prince in “Swan lake”, d Arvel Lucien in Paquita, the Main party in the “Theme and variations” Balanchine). The former Prime Minister of the Paris Opera and now the artistic Director of the National dance company Jose Martinez will probably be to maintain the competition of their dancer Alessandro Riga (nominated for the role of Frederi in the ballet by Roland Petit “arlezianka”), and artistic Director of the Royal Swedish ballet Johannsen Ohman Dmitry Zagrebin, former dancer and Great Musical theatres of Moscow, now representing this company (Basilio in the ballet “don Quixote”) and Gina TSE (Odette-Odile in “Swan lake” by mats ek). According to Kudryavtseva-Lurie, “the degree of participation in the concert dancers will be determined to be dead, because when she comes in may, it will be 7 months pregnant”. Arrives for the “Benoit” and the Americans, prima and Prime new York city ballet Sarah Newton Mearns and Amar Ramasar nominated for the ballet “Kind,” as well as choreographer of this ballet Justin peck.

In “the Dancer” for the role of Giselle in the eponymous ballet is still present Rebecca Bianchi. And Alicia Amatriain included in the list for the role of Blanche Dubois in Neumeier’s ballet “a Streetcar named “Desire”. Nominated for “Benois” this year and artists: the wives of Dunsany invented sets and costumes for “the Emperor Liu” and Jean-Marc Pyuissan for the ballet “Concerto Concordia”.

Particularly interesting tradition promises to be a charity gala concert, which will take place on the second day of the festival on 18 may. This time it is themed and is called “Shakespeare in ballet” or “Shakespeare through the eyes of different choreographers”. On the subject of “hamlet” we see the choreography of such masters as Bejart and Neumeier. Here will be shown excerpts from “Romeo and Juliet” with choreography by béjart, and also mats ek, Preljocaj, Jean-Christophe Maillot. In addition, they promise a “Storm” performed by artists from Buenos Aires, “Othello” Lara Lubovich, which will dance the Ballet Joffrey from Chicago. And “Macbeth” by Vladimir Vasiliev and the taming of the shrew by Jean-Christophe Maillot will show the stars of the Bolshoi theatre.

Himself was present at the press conference and moved recently to the performance of their duties, the current Director of the Bolshoi ballet makharbek vaziev.. He was talkative, and recalled only that in his tenure as Director of the ballet troupe of Milan’s La Scala on “Benoit” tried to let go of all artists.

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