Benois de la Danse

Posted on April 24, 2012 by Jennifer Stahl

Who would have guessed a member of The Beatles would be nominated for the Benois de la Danse? Sure enough, Sir Paul McCartney is one of two composers in the running for the prestigious award, which is celebrating it's twentieth anniversary this year. An international jury led by Yuri Grigorovich and John Neumeier will make the final selections, to be revealed at the Bolshoi Theater on May 22. Here are the rest of the nominations:



Patrick De Bana –  Marie Antoinette, for Vienna State Ballet


Jean-Guillame Bart – La Source, for Paris Opéra Ballet


Lar Lubovitch – Crisis Variations, for Lubovitch Dance Company


Chung Eui-Sook and Daniel H. Byun – Interview with Isang Yun, for Arzid Modern Dance Company of Seoul


Boris Eifman – Rodin, for State Academic St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre of Boris Eifman



Kathleen Breen Combes – Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Boston Ballet


Olga Esina – The title role in Marie Antoinette, Vienna State Ballet


Kim Ji-Young – The title role in Giselle, Korea National Ballet


Alina Cojocaru – Julie in Liliom, Hamburg Ballet


Sara Mearns – Honorata in Ocean’s Kingdom, New York City Ballet


Euguenya Obraztsova – Kitri in Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet


Laëtitia Pujol – The title role in Cinderella, Paris Opéra Ballet




Matthew Golding – Prince and the Mouse King in Nutcracker, Dutch National Ballet


Vladislav Lantratov – Basil in Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet


Lee Dong-Hoon – Albert in Giselle, Korea National Ballet


Chase Finlay – The title role in Apollo, New York City Ballet


Mathias Heymann - Zaȅl in La Source, Paris Opéra Ballet


Carsten Jung  – The title role in Liliom, Hamburg Ballet



Michel Legrand – Liliom, Hamburg Ballet


Sir Paul McCartney – Ocean’s Kingdom, New York City Ballet