Matthew Golding, principal with the Dutch National Ballet, has been nominated for the prestigious dance award Benois de la Danse 2012.
Golding is nominated in the category ‘best dancer’ for his role of the Prince in Wayne Eagling and Toer van Schayk’s production of Nutcracker & Mouse King, which was shown last December in cinemas all over the world and has now been released on DVD and Blu-ray. In this category, Golding is competing against dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet, The National Ballet of Korea, New York City Ballet, The Paris Opera Ballet and Hamburg Ballett.
The winner’s name will be announced on Tuesday 22 May at a gala performance at the Bolshoi Theatre, in Moscow (Russia), where Matthew Golding will perform with Anna Tsygankova, principal with the Dutch National Ballet. They will be dancing the Black Swan pas de deux from Rudi van Dantzig’s Swan Lake, as a tribute to the choreographer, who passed away in January this year.
Benois de la Danse
The Benois de la Danse is the most prestigious international ballet award. Also called the ‘Oscar of Dance’, the award was established in Moscow in 1992 by the International Dance Association and is presented annually to the most remarkable choreographic and dance achievements of the past year. Since 1996, the Benois de la Danse has been part of UNESCO's World decade of culture.
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The Canadian dancer Matthew Golding, born in Regina, is now in his third season with the Dutch National Ballet. He was promoted from second soloist to principal in September 2010, following his spectacular performance in Alexander Ratmansky’s Don Quichotte. He trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, the Kirov Academy in Washington D.C. and the Royal Ballet School in London. Matthew is a winner of the Youth America Grand Prix and was awarded the Alexandra Radius Prize in September 2011. In October 2011, he was nominated for the ‘Zwaan’ award for the Most Impressive Dance Achievement 2011 by the VSCD. In March 2012, he was the first Canadian dancer ever to give a guest performance at the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre. De Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung recently described Matthew Golding and his dance partner Anna Tsygankova as one of the most perfect couples in today’s dance world.
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