On May 21-22, the Historic Stage of the Bolshoi Theater hosted the 27th “Benois de la Dansе” festival with the support of ExxonMobil

The International Ballet Prize “Benois de la Danse”, known worldwide as “the Ballet Oscar,” is awarded for the most outstanding works in the field of choreography over the past year. Distinguished figures in the world of choreography, famous choreographers, leaders of ballet companies, and the brightest ballet stars are among the jury members. The outstanding Russian choreographer Yuri Grigorovich is the head of the festival and the jury chairman.

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On May 21-22, the Historic Stage of the Bolshoi Theater hosted the 27th “Benois de la Dansе” festival with the support of ExxonMobil

Photographer: Mikhail Logvinov. Source: Archive of Benois Centre. 

ExxonMobil Russia Inc. has been supporting the annual “Benois de la Danse” International Ballet Festival since 2011, which includes the Benois de la Danse Prize Ceremony and two charity gala concerts, organized by the regional public organization “Benois Center”. In 2019 soloists from 16 leading classical companies and popular international teams were among the 27 nominees for this year's Ballet Oscar. Among others, the concert was attended by Anna Laudere, the prima ballerina of the Hamburg Ballet, and the laureate of the latest Russian-Italian Prize “Benois-Massine”, soloists of the Hubbart Street Dance company from Chicago. Other international ballet stars, Maria Kochetkova, Sylvia Atstsoni and Alexander Ryabko, Anna Laudere and Edwin Revazov, Vadim Muntagirova and Sarah Lamb, Victoria Jayani and Timur Suluashvili, were among the visitors. The evening program included classical, neo-classical and modern fragments of famous choreographers’ works

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About the Benois de la Danse

“The Benois de la Danse” prize was established in 1991 in Moscow by the International Association of Choreographers (today – the International Union of Choreographers) and was awarded at the Bolshoi Russian Theater the same year. Since its inception, UNESCO adopted this project under its patronage, appreciating its huge creative potential and ability to influence the development of ballet in Russia and worldwide. Thus, in 1996, the Prize was included in the UNESCO program “World Decade of Culture”.   

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