On 12 November 2010 the nominees for the Russian prestigious Golden Mask National Theatre Awards 2009/2010 were announced. Unusually the Bolshoi Ballet did not get any nominations this year at all. The Mariinsky got two nominations for Ratmansky's Anna Karenina -- Best Ballet Production and Ekaterina Kondaurova for Best Female Role in Ballet for Karenina.
For the first time in many years the Mikhailovsky has been nominated for the Golden Mask. It's Swan Lake has been nominated in three categories: Best Ballet Production, Best Choreographer -- Mikhail Messerer, Ballet Master in Chief of the Mikhailovsky Theatre, and Ekaterina Borchenko for Best Female Ballet Role for Odette-Odile. In a Minor Key has been nominated in three categories: Best Ballet Production, Best Choreographer (Slava Samodurov) and Best Lighting Designer in Music Theatre (Simon Bennison).
The 17th Golden Maslk Award ceremony will take place in Moscow on 15th April 2011.
One of the other much discussed news in St Petersburg is that the contemporary choreographer Nacho Duato who is to become Creative Director of the Mikhailovsky from January 2011, has announced in a press interview that he is to stageThe Sleeping Beauty after Petipa with the Mikhailovsky in February 2012.
Mikhail Messerer has also been nominated for a Uk National Dance Award for his production of Vakhtang Chabukiani's 'Laurencia' by The Mikhailovsky Ballet at the London Coliseum in July 2010.http://www.goldenmask.ru/eng/index.php