The two dancers were recognized "for their exceptional careers in the world of dance, where they are acknowledged as representing the pinnacle of expressionism in their respective generations."
Plisetskaya, a longtime dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, has directed the Opera Ballet of Rome, Spain's National Lyric Ballet Company, and the Russian Imperial ballet, which she founded. She has been a Spanish citizen since 1993.
Rojo was born in Montreal of Spanish parents. Currently a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, she has also danced with the Victor Ullate's company in Madrid, Scottish Ballet, and English National Ballet.
The Prince of Asturias Award is named for Felipe de Borb‹n y Grecia, the heir to the Spanish throne; he is honorary president of the Prince of Asturias Foundation. Awards are given in the fields of technical and scientific research, literature, international cooperation, and sports, among others.
The winners receive 50,000 euros (about $60,000) and a sculpture designed by Joan Mir‹.