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06 June 2018 (Wed), 19:00 World famous Bolshoi Ballet and Opera theatre (established 1776) - Marvellous Main (Historic) Stage - Stars of the Stars  Classical Ballet "Benois de la Danse" Awarding Ceremony and Prize Winners Gala Tickets available only at

The performance has 1 intermission

Schedule for "Benois de la Danse" Awarding Ceremony and Prize Winners Gala 2020

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 21 May 2019 and 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 ballet theatre is unique. Different periods of the history of the dancing art live together in harmony on its stage. The staging, the librettos and the scores never reach a forgotten old age. Of all the theater arts, this timeless harmony is possible only in ballet. The task of Benois De La Danse is to honour the extraordinary events in the colorful world of dance, merging classical ballet with contemporary and modern productions.”

Yury Grigorovich
President of the International Dance Union,
Chairman of the Jury of BENOIS DE LA DANSE,
Choreographer of Bolshoi Theatre of Russia,




List of the Jury 2019:

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.





Natalia Makarova



Deborah Colker

Yuri Possokhov



Sae Eun Park 



Vladislav Lantratov

Isaac Hernandez



Ilya Demutsky




Kirill Serebrennikov



Jury Benois de la Danse-2018:

Yuri Grigorovich – President;

Eleonora Abbagnato – Etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet, Artistic Director of the Rome Opera Ballet;

Boris Eifman – Artistic Director of St.Petersburg Eifman Ballet;

Nona Esteves – Ex-Prima-ballerina, choreograph and coach of the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro;

Nicolas Le Riche – Artistic Director of the Royal Swedish Ballet;

David Mcallister – Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet;

Tamara Rojo – Prima-ballerina and Artistic Director of the English National Ballet;

Samuel Wuersten – Director of Holland-Dance Festival.


Program of the last year:

Laureates 2017:

Crystal Pite

Ludmila Pagliero

Maria Riccetto

Hugo Marchand

Denis Rodkin


Marcia Haydee


SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI – Exhibition, Modest Mussorgsky/ Maurice Ravel, Royal Ballet of Flanders. 
EDWARD CLUG –Handman, Milko Lazar, NederlandsDans Theater. 
HYO-HYUNG KANG – Into the Pulse, Puri, Korean National Ballet. 
AKRAM KHAN – Giselle, Vincenzo Lamagna after Adolphe Adam, English National Ballet. 
CRYSTAL PITE – The Seasons’ Canon, Antonio Vivaldi, Max Richter, Paris Opera Ballet 
ALEXEY RATMANSKY – Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, Leonard Bernstein, American Ballet Theatre. 
DEMIS VOLPI – Salomé, different composers, Stuttgart State Ballet.

STELLA ABRERA – Princesse Aurora, The Sleeping Beauty, P.Tchaikovsky/M.Petipa, A.Ratmansky’s version, American Ballet Theater. 
NINA KAPTSOVA — Short Time Together, M.Richter, L.Bethoven/P.Lightfoot, S.Leon, Bolshoi Theatre of Russia. 
MISA KURANAGA – Tatiana, Onegin, P.Tchaikovsky/J.Cranko; Medora, Le Corsaire, A.Adam/M.Petipa, I.Liška’s version, Boston Ballet. 
LUDMILA PAGLIERO – Other Dances, F.Chopen/J.Robbins, Paris Opera Ballet. 
SEUL-KI PARK – Aegina, Spartacus, A.Khachaturian/Y.Grigorovich, Korean National Ballet. 
MARIA RICCETTO – Tatiana, Onegin, P.Tchaikovsky/J.Cranko, National Ballet of Uruguay.

GUSTAVO CARVALHO – Don Jose, Carmen, G.Bizet/M.Haydée, National Ballet of Uruguay. 
DAVIDE DATO – Abderakhman, Raymonde, A.Glazunov/M.Petipa, R. Noureyev’s version, Vienna State Ballet. 
JAE-WOO LEE – Karabosse, The Sleeping Beauty, P.Tchaikovsky/M.Petipa, M.Haydée’s version, Korean National Ballet. 
BROOKLYN MACK – Leading part, Theme and Variations,P.Tchaikovsky/G.BalanchineTheWashington Ballet. 
HUGO MARCHAND – Title role, Romeo and Juliet, S.Prokofiev/R.Noureyev, Paris Opera Ballet. 
DENIS RODKIN – Solor, La Bayadère, L.Minkus/M. Petipa, Y.Grigorovich’s version, Bolshoi Theatre of Russia. 
JEFFREY CIRIO – Colas, La Fille Mal Gardée, F.Herold/F.Ashton; Title role, Prodigal Son, S.Prokofiev/G.Balanchine, American Ballet Theatre.


In the program, the most outstanding works in the world of dance created in the last year and the most outstanding works in the history of the Benois Prize. The participants are stars of these leading companies:

Bolshoi Theatre of Russia
Mariinsky Theatre
Boston Ballet (USA) 
Dortmund Ballet (Germany)
English National Ballet
Joffrey Ballet (USA)
Korean National Ballet
National Ballet of Uruguay
Paris Opera Ballet
Royal Ballet of Flanders
San-Francisco Ballet (USA)
State Ballet Berlin
Stuttgart State Ballet (Germany)
Vienna State Ballet 
Washington Ballet

The members of the Jubilee Jury, under the presidency of Yuri Grigorovich, are all Benois laureates:

Julio Bocca — Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Uruguy;
Jorma Elo — Choreographer;
Sue Jin Kang — Artistic Director of the Korean National Ballet;
Julie Kent — Artistic Director of the Washington Ballet;
Manuel Legris — Artistic Director of the Vienna State Ballet;
Brigitte Lefevre — Ex-Director of the Paris Opera Ballet, Director of Danse Biennale in Cannes;
Svetlana Zakharova — Prima-ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater of Russia.

About project

International ballet prize by "Benoits de la of dans" ("Benois de la danse") is awarded yearly for the most salient works in the region of choreography in last year. This only in its kind ballet reward of press from the very beginning was named "ballet Oscar".

Loran Iler. Click to enlarge Ulyana Lopatkina. Click to enlarge

Prize is founded in Moscow by the international association of the workers of choreography, the now international union of the workers of choreography, and it is represented for the first time in 1991 on the scene of the Bolshoi theater.

Organizer of project - Public Noncommercial Organization "Center of Benoits". The President of union, salient choreographer Yuri Grigorovich, are the artistic leader of project and, on the post, by the chairman of judges.

The yearly changed international judges, which consists of the most authoritative workers of world choreography - leaders of the largest ballet companies, salient choreographers, well-known teachers, the stars of world ballet, advances nominantov and, working for a period of year, as a result are determined best.

Prize of the Benois de la danse Author of the statuette of prize - well-known Parisian sculptor Igor Ustinov, the representative of the renowned family of the Benoits.

The presentation of prize is devoted to the international Day of Dance - on 29 April - Declared UNESCO. The conquerors of prize on all nominations declare during the yearly charitable "Benois de la danse - Gala" the stars of ballet - laureates and degree students of prize.

In 1992 the prize by "Benoits de la of dans" is accepted under patronazh OF UNESCO, in 1996 it is included in the program OF UNESCO "world decade of culture". In 2002 the ministry of culture of the Russian Federation included project into the federal program the "cultural heritage of Russia". Federal agency on culture and cinematography lends financial and organizational support project.

Since 2003 the project was enlarged to the framework of the festival, in program of which in 2004, besides the traditional evening of the presentation of prize and charitable Gala-concert of those rewarded, on 23 February in the London theater of sedlers Wales even on 28 April in the Bolshoi theater in Moscow took place the Gala-concerts the "Stars OF BENOITS DE LA dans - laureates of different years".



From the history of prize

First four years the presentation of prize "BENOITS DE LA DANS" passed to the Bolshoi theater of Russia. The five-year anniversary of prize was noted solemn gala in the palace OF UNESCO in Paris (1996). Then the scene of national theater in Warsaw (1997) assumed prize, State Kremlin palace (1998), Berlin Shtatsopera (1999), Shtatsteatr in Stuttgart (2000).

The tenth anniversary, eleventh and twelfth presentations of prize and BENOIT DE LA DANS - Gala of laureates (2002, 2003, 2004) they again passed in Moscow on the scene of the Bolshoi theater.

In 2005 - on 26 April on the scene of the Bolshoi theater of Russia take place the sequential thirteenth presentation of prize and the charitable Gala-concert of those rewarded; - on 27 April there - the Gala-concert of ballet the "Stars OF BENOITS DE LA dans - the laureates of different years".

Schedule for "Benois de la Danse" Awarding Ceremony and Prize Winners Gala 2020

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