Paris Opera Ballet Dominates Benois de la Danse Awards

Classic Arts News   Paris Opera Ballet Dominates Benois de la Danse Awards
The Benois de la Danse Awards, the 13-year-old "Oscars of dance," were presented at a ceremony at the Bolshoi Theater on April 24, the Moscow Times reports.

The Paris Opera Ballet was the biggest winner. The company's Matthieu Ganio won best male dancer; Marie-Agnes Gillot shared the best ballerina award with the Bolshoi's Svetlana Zakharova. Nederlands Dans Theater choreographer Jir‹ Kylišn was honored for his design for a Paris production, and composer Mauro Lanza won for a score created for the company.

Bolshoi Ballet director Alexei Ratmansky won the award for best choreography for a staging of Rodion Shchedrin's Anna Karenina at Copenhagen's Royal Danish Ballet.

Choreographers Trisha Brown and Hans van Manen won lifetime achievement awards.

According to the Times, Ratmansky, Kylišn, Lanza, and van Manen were present to accept their awards. The Royal Ballet's Alina Cojocaru, who won the award for best ballerina last year, was also in attendance.

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