2014 Prix de Lausanne

2014 Prix de Lausanne

The Curtain has Fallen on the 42nd Edition of Prix de Lausanne

The Prix de Lausanne has yet again attracted young, promising dancers from all over the world. This 42nd edition began with a total of 69 candidates, of which 20 were selected to compete in the finals on Saturday, February 1st. Amongst these finalists, 6 were awarded a scholarship allowing them to further their dance studies with one of the 61 prestigious Prix de Lausanne partner schools or companies.

For the non-awarded candidates, the Prix de Lausanne has organized a “Networking Forum”, an audition giving them the opportunity to be chosen by representatives of partner schools and companies of the Prix. The Networking Forum, in addition to all the experience they’ve gained, makes the competition worthwhile for all participants.

Over the course of the week, jury members observed the candidates performing their chosen classical and contemporary variations. The jury was made up of 9 internationally-renowned dance professionals, chaired by Kay Mazzo, former Principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and now co-chairman of the School of American Ballet, USA.

The 6 prize winners of the 2014 Prix de Lausanne are:

Prize Winner Sponsor
(404) Mr Niyama Haruo, Japan Hakucho Ballet Academy Fondation Leenaards
(108) Ms Maeda Sae, Japan Mayumi Kinouchi Ballet Studio Beau-Rivage Palace
(319) Ms Adams Precious, USA Bolshoi Ballet Academy Adveq
(402) Mr Navarro Yudes David Fernando, Spain Princess Grace Academy, Monte-Carlo Oak Foundation
(403) Mr Pogossian Garegin, France Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse Lyon Fondation Coromandel
(413) Mr Kato Mikio, Japan Princess Grace Academy, Monte-Carlo Harlequin Floors

Contemporary Dance Prize – given by the Minerva Kunststiftung

(319) Ms Adams Precious, USA Bolshoi Ballet Academy

Audience Favourite – given by the Fondation en faveur de l’Art chorégraphique

(402) Mr Navarro Yudes David Fernando, Spain Princess Grace Academy, Monte-Carlo

An Exceptional 42nd Prix de Lausanne

During the finals, the Théâtre de Beaulieu’s audience enjoyed a performance by two soloists of the Ballett Zürich: Katja Wünsche, a Prix de Lausanne prize winner in 1998, and William Moore, who danced Christian Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet “Balcony pas de deux”. In addition, members of the Staatstheater Nürnberg Ballett, a partner company, danced excerpts of “Benditos Malditos”, a choreography by Goyo Montero, prize winner in 1994.

After last year’s success, the 2014 Prix de Lausanne continued to open its doors even more to the public. In fact, ballet fans could watch classes, rehearsals and coaching under the supervision of famous dancers. Additionally, the Prix offered daily conferences, the “Daily Dance Dialogues” with this year’s stars Alessandra Ferri and Julio Bocca. The Daily Dance Dialogues were an occasion for the public to be engaged in a discussion with dance professionals.

A new partnership with the City of Lausanne allowed local high school students to immerse themselves in the world of dance. This was a great opportunity for them to have a behind-the- scenes look at the Prix de Lausanne.

Another fun addition to this week’s competition was the photo booth where candidates and visitors could pose in front of Steven McRae’s ballet manga double. Steven McRae is a Prix de Lausanne prize winner in 2003.

We are also pleased with the results of our first pre-selections in Dresden, Germany.  These pre-selections in Germany are instrumental in encouraging European-based schools to send their students at the Prix de Lausanne (2 candidates, one Italian and one German, participated this year). Our pre-selections in Argentine, Danzamerica, celebrated their 10th anniversary this year and resulted in 4 Brazilian candidates coming to the competition this year.

The Prix de Lausanne

The Prix de Lausanne is an international ballet competition that aims to provide a springboard for talented young dance students by offering scholarships and apprenticeships with the world’s finest schools and companies. From the very beginning, a commitment to the health, education and well-being of young dancers has been fundamental to the Prix’s underlying philosophy.

Through its scholarships and apprenticeships, offered in partnership with the most eminent professional ballet schools and ballet companies around the world, the Prix de Lausanne provides a unique and invaluable stepping stone for young talent. Over the 42 years of its history, 388 dancers have benefitted from the opportunities of the Prix on their way to a successful career in dance.

The competition takes place annually, in the last week of January or first of February, at the Theatre de Beaulieu, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Each year, six to eight prize winners are offered one year scholarships at a choice of 31 Partner Schools or apprenticeships at a choice of 30 Partner Companies. Candidates who are not selected to take part in the finals of the competition are able to participate in a Networking Forum, at which they can be seen by the many directors of Partner Schools and Companies who are in Lausanne to attend the competition. Since it was established, in 2005, 166 dancers have taken up places at schools and companies as a result of the Networking Forum.


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