Crystal Pite from Canada wins Benois de la Danse ballet 'Oscar'

The award for "best choreographer" went to Canadian Crystal Pite (Paris Opera) for her work on "The Seasons’ Canon."

The award for "best choreographer" went to Canadian Crystal Pite (Paris Opera) for her work on "The Seasons’ Canon."

Mikhail Logvinov
A special prize for outstanding contribution to world dance was awarded to the legendary Marcia Haydee.

The laureates of Benois de la Danse, known as the ballet "Oscars," were announced at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow on May 30.

The award for "best choreographer" went to Canadian Crystal Pite (Paris Opera) for her work on "The Seasons’ Canon."

The honorary prize "For Lifetime Achievement" went to the legendary ballerina and choreographer from Uruguay Marcia Haida (right). Source: Mikhail LogvinovThe honorary prize "For Lifetime Achievement" went to the legendary ballerina and choreographer from Uruguay Marcia Haida (right). Source: Mikhail Logvinov

The honor of "Best Ballerina" went to two dancers — Maria Riccetto, for her role as Tatiana in "Eugene Onegin" in the National Ballet of Uruguay, and Ludmila Pagliero, for her role in "Other Dances" in the Paris Opera.

Joseph Walsh and Victoria Jaiani, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago. Source: Mikhail LogvinovJoseph Walsh and Victoria Jaiani, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago. Source: Mikhail Logvinov

French dancer Hugo Marchand (Paris Opera Ballet) and Russian dancer Denis Rodkin (The Bolshoi Theater of Russia) both won "Best Dancer."

French dancer Hugo Marchand (Paris Opera Ballet) and Russian dancer Denis Rodkin (The Bolshoi Theater of Russia) both won "Best Dancer." Source: Mikhail LogvinovFrench dancer Hugo Marchand (Paris Opera Ballet) and Russian dancer Denis Rodkin (The Bolshoi Theater of Russia) both won "Best Dancer." Source: Mikhail Logvinov

The honorary prize "For Lifetime Achievement" went to the legendary ballerina and choreographer from Uruguay Marcia Haida.

The honor of "Best Ballerina" went to Maria Riccetto for her role as Tatiana in "Eugene Onegin" in the National Ballet of Uruguay. Source: Mikhail LogvinovThe honor of "Best Ballerina" went to Maria Riccetto for her role as Tatiana in "Eugene Onegin" in the National Ballet of Uruguay. Source: Mikhail Logvinov

The permanent chairman of the jury is the well-known choreographer Yury Grigorovich. The jury this year included the leader of the National Ballet of Uruguay Julio Bocca, the Bolshoi Theater’s prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, the art director of the Vienna State Ballet Manuel Legris, the art director of the Washington Ballet Julie Kent, the ex-director of the Paris National Opera, the art director of Biennale Dance in Cannes Brigitte Lefevre, and choreographer Jorma Elo.

Nina Kapcova and Denis Red'kin, The Lady of the Camellias ballet. Source: Mikhail LogvinovNina Kapcova and Denis Red'kin, The Lady of the Camellias ballet. Source: Mikhail Logvinov

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