Among this year’s 27 nominees are soloists of 16 leading classical and contemporary companies from across the globe. On 21 May the Jury and its President Yuri Grigorovich announced the laureates of Benois-2019.
The Lifetime Achievement Prize having already been awarded to the member of French Academy des Beaux Arts Jiři Kylian. In addition to the nominees, the Prima-Ballerina of the Hamburg Ballet Anna Laudere who was awarded this year Benois-Massine Prize as well as the soloists of Hubbard Street Dance from Chicago, will participate in the gala on 22 May. They will present the Benois de la Danse-2017 laureate Crystal Pite’s choreography. The Benois de la Danse is a major international dance prize for ballet professionals produced in cooperation with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, each year the nominees include dancers from around the world. On 22 May 2019 on the Historic stage of the Bolshoi Theatre will take place Festival Benois de la Danse — 2019 under the artistic leadership of Yuri Grigorovich. The participants of the galas are nominees to the Prize —2019 and laureates of different years.
The Jury 2019:
YURI GRIGOROVICH – President;
DIRK BADENHORST – CEO of the South African International Ballet Competition, Director of Mzansi Ballet andCuDanSA school;
TED BRANDSEN – Director of Het National Ballet;
SVETLANA ZAKHAROVA – Prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia;
ANA LAGUNA – International Star, ballet master and coach;
AGNES LETESTU –Etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet, costume designer;
VLADIMIR MALAKHOV – International Star, coach, choreographer;
RACHEL MOORE – President and CEO of the Los Angeles Music Center.
BENOIS DE LA DANSE-2019 LAUREATES
FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Fredrik Benke Rydman
Elisa Carrillo Cabrera
THE RUSSIAN-ITALIAN PRIZE BENOIS-MASSINE
VOICES FROM THE AWARD GALA
“So thankful to the incredible dancers of Ballett Zürich, the stage designer Rufus Didwiszus, costume designer Emma Ryott, light designer Martin Gebhardt and dramaturg Michael Küster, the incredible staff of Ballett Zürich, Jean Francois Boisnon, Eva Dewaele and Daniel Otevrel as well the pianists Luigi Largo and Christophe Barwinek. Congratulation to us all for receiving the Prix Benois 2019 for our new creation WINTERREISE!”
“Today is a day of great joy in my life and in my career. I am very grateful for the Benois de la Danse committee for having received this recognition. I would like to dedicate this award to all Mexicans and all Mexicans. Let us never stop fighting and working to achieve our dreams. Thank you for your nice words!”
“FEELING VERY HAPPY BUT ALSO VERY HUMBLED TO HEAR THAT I HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE BENOIS DE LA DANSE 2019 FOR MY PERFORMANCE AS PRINCE SIEGFRIED IN SWAN LAKE. IT IS OVERWHELMING TO KNOW THAT THE AMAZING JURY (led by Yuri Grigorovich) LIKED MY DANCING AND ALSO TO HAVE A RUSSIAN AWARD TO ADD TO THE ONE I GOT IN THE UK IN FEBRUARY. A BIG “THANK YOU” TO THE ROYAL BALLET FOR GIVING ME THE ROLE AND TO MY PARENTS, TEACHERS AND FRIENDS FOR ALL THEIR SUPPORT. THIS IS YOUR AWARD TOO. “Photo @gabo2671