We now have some confirmed names of artists appearing on 23 February 2004 at Sadler's Wells for the Benois de la Danse 'Ballet Oscars' showcase performance. Full programme will be announced early in the new year. See below:
BENOIS DE LA DANSE - Œ BALLET OSCARS¹
Sadler¹s Wells, London Monday 23 February 2004
Living legends and famous personalities of the dance world will be on stage at Sadler¹s Wells on 23 February 2004 for a star-studded showcase performance of recent winners of the Benois de la Danse prize. This is the first time such an event has been staged (in addition to the annual awards held each April) and will highlight the profile of this prestigious prize which celebrates and honours the achievements of dance creators worldwide.
The evening¹s performances will be presented by Yuri Grigorovich, President of the International Choreography Association* which founded the Award in 1991, and Sir Peter Ustinov, great nephew of Alexandre Benois, the epoch-making artist, ballet designer and Diaghilev collaborator after whom the award is named. Dancers currently listed to perform include: Sofiane Sylve (New York City Ballet) and Raphael Coumes-Marquet (Dutch National Ballet) dancing Grey Matter by Benois award-winning choreographer David Dawson; Elisabeth Platel (Paris Opera Ballet) ; Sue Jin Kang (Stuttgart Ballet) and Robert Tewsley (New York City Ballet) in John Neumeier¹s The Lady of the Camellias; Diane Vishneva and Vladimir Malakhov; Ulyana Lopatkina, Galina Stepanenko, Gregor Seyffert, IrekMukhamedov and students of The Royal Ballet School by kind permission of the director, Gailene Stock, AM (in a work choreographed by Irek Mukhamedov).
The first public awards and performances for Benois de la Danse were held at the Bolshoi Theatre on April 29 1992 under UNESCO patronage. Since then it has become an annual event and has gained recognition throughout the world as the "Ballet Oscars". The first to be honored by the Award were John Neumeier as "Best Choreographer", Nadezhda Gracheva as "Best Ballerina" and Julio Bocca and Alexander Kølpin jointly as "Best Ballet Dancer". To these categories have been added three more in recent years: "Best Composer", "Best Scenographer" and a special award for lifetime achievement in the world of dance "Life in Art" . The statuette presented to all winners was designed by French sculptor Igor Ustinov, great, great nephew of Alexandre Benois. A new jury each year makes the nominations and awards and is made up of leading figures in the world dance arena, including artistic directors, teachers, and performers.
The aim of the Awards event is to present to the public the very best of contemporary dance and ballet and also to encourage unity amongst international dance artists by providing a network for creative contacts. This all-embracing policy also includes Œballet veterans¹ as proceeds from the public award performances are pledged to a fund for retired ballet dancers.
Following this London debut event, the 12th Award presentation will take place at the Bolshoi Theatre on 27 April 2004.
* now the International Dance Union
FURTHER BOOKING INFORMATION:
Sadler¹s Wells Box Office Tel.020 7863 8000 www.sadlerswells.com
Ticket prices: £15, £20, £25, £30, £35, £40, £45.
Notes to Editors:
Benois de la Danse Award
Over the past decade members of the Jury have included: Frank Anderson, Loipa Araujo, Altynai Assylmuratova, Patrice Bart, Yvette Chauvire, Rudi Van Dantzig, Carla Fracci, Alexander Grant, Karen Kain, Irina Kolpakova, Brigitte Lefèvre, Nadia Nerina, John Neumeier, Rudolph Nureyev, Peter Schaufuss, John Taras, Helgi Tomasson, Galina Ulanova.
Laureates of the Prize include:
Lifetime achievement: Alicia Alonso, Rudi van Dantzig, Jurgen Rose (designer), Marina Semionova, Maurice Bejart, Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Choreographers: Jiri Kylian, Roland Petit, Angelin Preljocaj, Valentin Elizariev, Carolyn Carlson, Davide Bombana, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, David Dawson, Edouard Lock.
Ballerinas: Isabelle Guerin, Sylvie Guillem, Dominique Khalfouni, Galina Stepanenko, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Julia Makhalina, Marie Claude Pietragalla, Elisabeth Platel, Sue Jin Kang, Alessandra Ferri, Julie Kent, Aurélie Dupont, Lucia Lacarra.
Dancers: Andrei Uvarov, Sergei Filin, Nicolas Le Riche, Vladimir Derevianko, Irek Mukhamedov, Gregor Seyffert, Farukh Ruzimatov, Manuel Legris, Vladimir Malakhov, Nikolai Tsitskaridze, Angel Corella, Jean-Guillaume Bart; Jeffry Gerodias, Jiri Bubenicek, Lukas Slavicky.
Composer: George Couroupos.
Designers: Olivier Debre and Jaffar Al Chalabi.
The Benois de la Danse London showcase performance is managed by Centre Benois and London-based Ensemble Productions, an independent production company founded by Olga Balakleets and Julian Gallant which promotes international cultural exchange with projects in the UK and overseas, especially Russia. Forthcoming 2003/4 events in the UK include The Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra at the Natural History Museum (November 03), a Brazilian concert series at the Wigmore Hall (03/04 season), Nina Ananiashvili and the Moscow Dance Theatre at Sadler¹s Wells in February/March 2004, Igor Zelensky and Friends at the Royal Albert Hall (April 04) and Helikon Opera at the Peacock Theatre (May 04). www.ensembleproductions.co.uk