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Kevin Ng

27-04-02, 03:07 PM (GMT)
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"Benois de la Danse prizes"
 
   The Benois de la Danse prizes awarded at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow last night were -

>1. Choreographer - William Forsythe,
2. Male Dancer - Jiri Bubenicek and Jeffrey Gerodias
3. Female dancer - Aurelie Dupont and Anastasia Volochkova
4. Life Achievement - Rudi Van Dantzig and Jurgen Rose


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Benois de la Danse prizes AnnWilliams 27-04-02 1
     RE: Benois de la Danse prizes Kevin Ng 28-04-02 2
         RE: Benois de la Danse prizes Angela 28-04-02 3
             RE: Benois de la Danse prizes MAB 30-04-02 4
                 RE: Benois de la Danse prizes Ballet.comoderator 02-05-02 6
                     RE: Benois de la Danse prizes alison 02-05-02 7
                     RE: Benois de la Danse prizes Jonathan S 04-05-02 8

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AnnWilliams

27-04-02, 06:09 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Benois de la Danse prizes"
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   Thank you for this information, Kevin. I know all the dancers mentioned except Jeffrey Gerodias. Can you tell us who he is?


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Kevin Ng

28-04-02, 03:54 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Benois de la Danse prizes"
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   LAST EDITED ON 28-04-02 AT 04:02 AM (GMT)

Ann, Jeffrey Gerodias is a dancer of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, while Jiri Bubenicek is a principal of the Hamburg Ballet.

According to my Moscow friend, the awards ceremony has provoked a lot of anger from the audience, especially William Forsythe's ballet "Street Dogs" (?) which was performed in the Gala. Also controversial was the awarding of prize of the best female dancer to Anastasia Volochkova.

>And though Volochkova's prize was predictable, the public obviously disagreed with the opinion of the jury, stamped their feet and whistled. I can't remember such reaction of public in Bolshoy! And it's a great pity that the prize wasn't given to Svetlana Zakharova.


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Angela

28-04-02, 04:44 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Benois de la Danse prizes"
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   Don't worry too much about this prize - I've seen the last two Gala performances (Berlin in 1999 and Stuttgart in 2000) and the audience never completely understood who won and what for. Each Gala had the critics complaining about strange nominations and even less credible winners. It's always interesting to compare the members of the jury and the nominees - usually each jury member brings one or two of his dancers along. I'd like to know how they finally choose the winners...

At first this was intended to be a prize like the Oscar, but for dancers: best female dancer, best male dancer, best choreographer. Later they also nominated designers and composers, only to skip that category in the following years.
Maybe you are interested in the winners until now:

1992:
Nadeshda Gratsheva, Alexander Kolpin, Julio Bocca
John Neumeier

1993:
Isabelle Guérin, Andrej Uvarov
Jiri Kylián

1994:
Sylvie Guillem, Sergej Filin
Roland Petit

1995:
Galina Stepanienko, Dominique Khalfouni, Nicolas Le Riche
Angelin Preljocaj

1996:
Diana Visneva, Irek Mukhamedov, Vladimir Derevianko
Valentin Elisariev
George Kouroupos (Composer)

1997:
Uliana Lopatkina, Farukh Ruzimatov, Gregor Seyffert

1998:
Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Julia Makhalina, Manuel Legris, Vladimir Malakhov
Davide Bombana, Carolyn Carlson
Olivier Debre (Design)

1999:
Elisabeth Platel, Sue Jin Kang, Nikolaj Tsiskaridze
Jiri Kylián

2000:
Julie Kent, Alessandra Ferri, Angel Corella, Jean-Guillaume Bart
Nacho Duato
Jaffar Chalabi (Stage Design)
Brad Fields (Light Design)
Alicia Alonso (Lifetime Achievement)

No Prix Benois in 2001, as far as I know.

Interesting that both Altynai Asylmuratova and Nina Ananiashvili never received the Benois de la Danse - was that by Jurij Grigorovich's influence? This prize is still pretty much under the control of the former Bolshoi director.


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MAB

30-04-02, 05:21 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Benois de la Danse prizes"
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   Like Angela, I would like to know exactly how they choose the winners. Just how impartial can a jury be when one of its members awards his lover a lifetime achievement award? And as for Volochkova, how could she even get nominated, let alone be awarded the prize? I always thought that rigged results were a feature of the bad old Soviet days, but it seems that in Russia nothing changes.


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Ballet.comoderator

02-05-02, 06:08 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Benois de la Danse prizes"
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   We have removed the last post in this thread, and written to the author to explain why.


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alison

02-05-02, 09:35 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Benois de la Danse prizes"
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   Thank you. I should think so, too.


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Jonathan S

04-05-02, 11:27 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Benois de la Danse prizes"
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   I didn't see the post that you've removed, so I can't comment. However, as someone who has seen Juri Bubenicek at close quarters, I would like to say that he deserves all the prizes coming to him, and that the Bubenicek twins' website is at http://www.bubenicek.net/


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