Hans van Manen and Christopher Wheeldon have both been awarded a Benois de la Danse for best choreographer, for productions they created for the Dutch National Ballet.
Hans van Manen, resident choreographer with the Dutch National Ballet, received a 'Benois' for Variations for two couples, a work that was premiered in February 2012 in the anniversary programme Present/s – festival of new works. Van Manen also received a 'Benois' in 2005 for his whole oeuvre.
Christopher Wheeldon received a 'Benois' for Cinderella, a production that had its world premiere in December 2012, danced by the Dutch National Ballet. Cinderella recently had great success at its premiere in the United States, danced by co-producer San Francisco Ballet. Wheeldon has had two previous nominations for a 'Benois', in 2003 and 2010.
The names of the prize winners were announced on Tuesday 21 May 2013 at the annual award gala in the Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow, Russia), where many of the nominated dancers performed and fragments of nominated ballets were presented.
Besides the winners, Anna Tsygankova and Matthew Golding, principals with the Dutch National Ballet, also received nominations in the categories best female dancer and best male dancer, for their roles in Cinderella. The couple performed a duet from Cinderella at the award gala. They also joined principals Igone de Jongh and Jozef Varga in dancing Variations for two couples by Hans van Manen.
benois de la danse winners in 2013
Best new choreographic work 2012:
- Hans van Manen - Variations for two couples
- Christopher Wheeldon - Cinderella
Best debut role in 2012 – female dancer:
- Olga Smirnova, Bolshoi Ballet, for her roles in La Bayadère and Diamonds
Best debut role in 2012 – male dancer:
- Alban Lendorf , Royal Danish Ballet, for his role of Armand Duval in The Lady of the Camellias by John Neumeier
- Vadim Muntagirov, English National Ballet, for his role of Prins Désiré in The Sleeping Beauty
Lifetime Achievement Award:
- John Neumeier
benois de la danse
The Benois de la Danse is the most prestigious international ballet award. The award, sometimes referred to as the ‘Oscar of Dance’, was founded by the International Dance Association in Moscow in 1992, and is presented annually to the most outstanding choreographic works and dance achievements of the previous year. The Benois de la Danse has been part of UNESCO’s World Decade of Culture since 1996.