“Benois de la Danse”- 2015 nominees’ gala concert and award ceremony have been held on The Bolshoi Historical stage.
The Bolshoi Ballet prima Svetlana Zakharova got the “Best Female Dancer” prize. The jury awarded the outstanding ballerina for her Marguerite Gautier in “Lady of the Camellias” ballet staged by John Neumeier and Mekhmene Banu in “A Legend of Love” ballet staged by Yuri Grigotovich. This is the 2nd Benois prize for Svetlana Zakharova: the jury highly appreciated her performance as Hyppolyta-Titania in another Neumeier’s ballet “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 2005.
Congratulations to our prima!
The other laureates named on this evening: Christopher Wheeldon (The Royal Ballet) as “Best Choreographer”, Edward Watson (The Royal Ballet) as “Best Male Dancer”, Joby Talbot as “Best Composer” and John MacFarlane (San Francisco Ballet) as “Best Scene-Designer”. The first joint “Myasin-Benois. Positano-Moscow” prize goes to Swedish dancer Ana Laguna.
Tonight, on May 27, “Benois de la Danse Different Years Laureates” gala concert will take place at The Bolshoi with leading artists from the best world theatres. You can see evening’s program on our official website www.bolshoi.ru
YURI GRIGOROVICH — Chairman
LUIGI BONINO — Dancer, ballet master, coach
ALEXANDER VETROV — Dancer, ballet master, coach (Bolshoi Ballet)
INGRID LORENTZEN — Artistic Director of the Norwegian National Ballet
VLADIMIR MALAKHOV — International ballet star
KEVIN O’HARE — Artistic Director of the Royal Ballet
DESMOND RICHARDSON — Co-Founder and co-Artistic director of “Complexions” Contemporary Ballet