International Prizes for Lacarra, Slavicky and Cullum

Prix benois for Lucia Lacarra and Lukas Slavicky

The prestigious Prix Benois de la danse, awarded at a grand gala at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on April 29, 2003, was won this year by two members of the Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich.

Lucia Lacarra was awarded the prize for best female dancer. She had been nominated for her interpretation of Tatjana in John Cranko’s Onegin, alongside Maria Allash (Bolshoi Ballet), Joanne Berman (San Francisco Ballet), Agnès Letestu (Ballet of the Opéra, Paris), Aysem Sunal (Royal Ballet of Flanders), Xia Hai Ying (Singapore Dance Theatre) and – a second nominee from the Bayerische Staatsballett – Lisa-Maree Cullum.

Lukas Slavicky won the award as best male dancer for his interpretation of Jean de Brienne in Marius Petipa’s Raymonda. His fellow competitors were Dmitri Belogolovtsev (Bolshoi Ballet), Gonzalo Garcia (San Francisco Ballet), Kulk Swee Boon (Singapore Dance Theatre), José Martinez (Ballet of the Opéra, Paris), Jesus Pastor (guesting with the production of Adventures in Motion Pictures in Lyon, France) and Wim Vanlessen (Royal Ballet of Flanders).

The prize for choreography was split between David Dawson and Edouard Lock. A fourth nomination from the Bayerisches Staatsballett had been for choreography After Dark by Jacopo Godani.

There were three special prizes for live achievment: Maurice Béjart, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Marina Semionova, legendary ballerina of the Bolshoi, who – at ninety five – still teaches and coaches young dancers at the Bolshoi Theatre.

To emphasise the importance of giving dance adequate publicity, two prizes were awarded to journalists for the first time: to the photographer Nina Alovert and to the writer Victor Ignatov.

For Lucia Lacarra who has already been awarded the Prix Nijinsky in Monte Carlo in December 2002, this second great prize confirmed her outstanding position among the top ballerinas of our times.

Premio Danza & Danza 2002 for Lisa-Maree Cullum

The Italian magazine Danza & Danza nominated Lisa-Maree Cullum as Dancer of the year 2002. She was awarded the Premio Danza & Danza for her interpretation of Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty with the Ballet of the Opera in Rome. She will receive the prize during a ballet gala to be held at Bolzano on July 12, 2003.