the 52nd edition of the Prix de Lausanne international dance competition starts today at the Beaulieu Theatre in Lausanne. This year, 87 young dancers of 18 different nationalities are taking part in the competition. The Finals, which will allow 9 dancers to win Prizes, will take place on Saturday, 3 February 2024. To celebrate the future of dance, the Prix de Lausanne will extend its event for a whole day of celebrations, on Sunday 4 February 2024, with the Rising Stars event.

87 candidates (43 girls and 44 boys) arrived yesterday at the Beaulieu Theatre to compete in the Prix de Lausanne 2024. All week long, they will be under the careful supervision of our artistic team composed of renowned international dance teachers and coaches to work on their classical and contemporary variations. On Friday, they will present them to the Jury presided by Dame Darcey Bussell to try and be selected for the Finals.

For the 11th consecutive year, the competition will be livestreamed on ARTE Concert and the Prix de Lausanne website, with nearly 7 hours of live coverage per day. As to the Selection and the Finals, they will be broadcast in their entirety.

This year again, the public will be able to support a young dancer of their choice by making a donation via our online crowdfunding campaign and by voting for their favourite finalist. The vote will be open after the Selection rounds, directly on the Prix de Lausanne website or via SMS. The money raised will be shared between the winner of the Audience Favourite Award (public on site in Lausanne) and the winner of the Web Audience Favourite Award (online audience) to help them get into the school of partner school or company of their choice.

Interlude

The Finals Interlude on 3 February will open with Madison Young and Julian MacKay dancing the pas de deux from Angelin Preljocaj’s Le Parc. Their performance will be followed by the winning variations of the Young Creation Award 2024, imagined and created by young students from our partner schools. The piece created by Kinsun Chan and 25 dancers from our partner schools for the Partner School Choreographic Project will then be presented for the first time on the Beaulieu stage. Madison Young and Julian MacKay will then return to dance the pas de deux from Don Quixote. Finally, the interlude will conclude with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award 2024 to Alessandra Ferri.

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Sunday, 4 February: let’s celebrate the rising stars of ballet !

To celebrate the future of dance and its rising stars, the Prix de Lausanne is adding a festive day to its competition week. On Sunday 4 February 2024, a number of events await the public: at 11am, the Prix de Lausanne will present the documentary film Le Prix, made by Alain Wirth and Nuria Manzur on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the competition. At 3pm, the dazzling ‘Rising Stars’ performance will get underway, bringing together Madison Young and Julian MacKay with the best of the Prix de Lausanne 2024 Finals !

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