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:

 

CHOREOGRAPHERS

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

 

BALLERINAS

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

 

 

DANCERS

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

 

COMPOSERS

Michel Legrand – Liliom, Hamburg Ballet

 

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

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