You'll Recognize These Benois de la Danse Nominees
Photo by Nathan Sayers
Each year, the Benois de la Danse selects the best male and female ballet dancer and a top choreographer from an impressive group of international artists. But just because it draws on a worldwide talent pool doesn't mean the names are all unrecognizable. This year's Moscow-based awards highlight the performances of many Dance Magazine favorites—and no less than three former cover stars. Plus, American Ballet Theatre received a nomination in each of the three categories.
This past November, we wrote about Boston Ballet's Misa Kuranaga and her incredible globetrotting career. She's been nominated for her portrayal of Tatiana in Onegin and Medora in Le Corsaire.
Misa Kuranaga as Tatiana. Photo by Gene Schiavone via Boston Ballet Instagram
Choreographer Akram Khan, who appeared on our September 2016 cover, is being lauded for his reimagining of Giselle at English National Ballet. He dished about the creation process in this Q&A, confessing, "This is my first full-length ballet, god help me." Seems like it turned out pretty well.
Back in April 2010, ABT artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky nabbed a DM cover. Needless to say, he's still one of the hottest names in ballet choreography. His nomination is for his Serenade after Plato's Symposium, which we singled out as one of the best performances of 2016.
Ratmansky's Serenade after Plato's Symposium at ABT. Photo by Rosalie O'Connor, Courtesy ABT.
The winners won't be announced until the end of May, but that gives you plenty of time to study up on the international artists you're less familiar with. Check out the full list of nominees below. Let the Google searching, YouTube treasure-hunting and Instagram consulting begin!
María Riccetto. Photo by Santiago Barreiro, Courtesy Ballet Nacional Sodre.
Stella Abrera for Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, American Ballet Theatre
Nina Kaptsova for Short Time Together, Bolshoi Ballet
Misa Kuranaga for Tatiana in Onegin and Medora in Le Corsaire, Boston Ballet
Ludmila Pagliero for Other Dances, Paris Opéra Ballet
Seul-Ki Park for Aegina in Spartacus, Korean National Ballet
Frederic Franklin in Valerie Bettis' A Streetcar Named Desire (1952). Photo courtesy DM Archives
In the June 1974 issue of Dance Magazine, our cover subject was the endlessly charming Frederic Franklin, then 60 years old. After declaring at the age of 4 that he was "going to be in the theater," the Liverpool-born dancer spent a lifetime doing exactly that.