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Friday, 9 May 2008

9 May 2008. A Shot of Culture, if you please…

Benois de la Danse Award Ceremony to be Held in Moscow



Leading Russian and foreign dancers and choreographers working in ballet will be honoured at the 16th annual Benois de la Danse award ceremony, to be held tonight on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theatre here in Moscow.

6 May 2008



Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow to Play Host to a Gala Concert by the Winners of the Benois de la Danse



The New Stage of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre is due to play host later today to a gala concert by the winners in various years of the Benois de la Danse international ballet prize. The names of this year’s six winners of the prize were made public in Moscow yesterday. The winner of the most prestigious category, For Life in Art, is Fernando Alonso (1915-), the founder of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, along with his wife, the famous prima ballerina assoluta, Alicia Alonso (1920-). This company is known for its combination of technical severity and Latin sensuality. The prize is a statuette of a gracefully dancing pair and is named after Aleksandr Benois, a prominent Russian artist and art critic, whose ideas influenced the development of the ballet all over the world.

7 May 2008



Bolshoi Premier Dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze Hosts Benefit Performance



The Premier Dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, Nikolai Tsikaridze (1973- ), People’s Artist of Russia, shall host a benefit performance at the Bolshoi today. He dedicated it to his teachers, Marina Semyonova, Galina Ulanova and Nikolai Fadeyechev. “I was happy to learn from such great dancers and teachers”, Tsikaridze said. He invited his colleagues to take part in the gala-concert, which will feature scenes from different ballets in the standard world repertoire.

8 May 2008


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