Benois de la Danse Nominees

The nominees for the 2013 Benois de la Danse Awards were announced today at a press conference in Moscow—and they include a former Pointe cover star, several exciting up-and-comers and many other big names. Here's the complete list:

CHOREOGRAPHERS
Hans Van ManenVariations for Two Couples, Benjamin Britten, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Stevan Kovács Tickmayer, Astor Piazolla. Dutch National Ballet.
Justin Peck Year of the Rabbit, Sufjan  Stevens. New York City Ballet.
Christopher WheeldonCinderella, Sergei Prokofiev. Dutch National Ballet.
George WilliamsonFirebird, Igor Stravisky. English National Ballet.
 
BALLERINAS
Gudrun Boyesen – Marguerite Gautier in The Lady of Camellias, Frederic Chopin/John Neumeier. Royal Danish Ballet.
Maria Kochetkova – Tatiana in Onegin , Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky/John Cranko. San Francisco Ballet.
Ksenia Ovsyanick – The title role in Firebird, Igor Stravinsky/George Williamson. English National Ballet.
Ekaterina PetinaBroken Fall, Barry Adamson/Russell Maliphant. Bavarian State Ballet.
Olga Smirnova– Nikia in La Bayadère, Ludwig Minkus/M.Petipa, version by Yuri Grigorovich; Aspicia in Pharaoh’s Daughter, C.Pugni/P.Lacotte after Marius Petipa; Anastasia in Ivan the Terrible, Sergei Prokofiev/Yuri Grigorovich; Principal in Diamonds of Jewels, Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky/George Balanchine. Bolshoi Theatre of Russia.
Anna Tsigankova – The title role in Cinderella, Sergei  Prokofiev/Christopher Wheeldon. Dutch National Ballet.

DANCERS
Taras Domitro – Lensky in Onegin, Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky/John Cranko. San Francisco Ballet.
Matthew Golding – Prince in Cinderella, SergeiProkofiev/Christopher. Wheeldon. Dutch National Ballet.
Vladislav Lantratov – Solor in La Bayadère, Ludwig Minkus/Marius Petipa, version by Yuri Grigorovich; the title role in Ivan the Terrible, Sergei Prokofiev/Yuri Grigorovich.
Alban Lendorf – Armand Duval in The Lady of Camellias, Frederic Chopin/John Neumeier. Royal Danish Ballet.
Tigran Mikayelyan – Third duo in Goldberg Variations, Johann Sebastian Bach/Jerome Robbins. Bavarian State Ballet.
Vadim Muntagirov – Prince in Sleeping Beauty, Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky/Kenneth MacMillan. English National Ballet.
Edward Watson – Principal in Fool’s Paradise, Joby Talbot/Christopher Wheeldon. Royal Ballet, London.

The awards will be presented May 21 at the Bolshoi Theater. Congrats to all the nominees!