Italy's leading dance magazine DANZA & DANZA has voted the Bolshoi Ballet principal Denis Rodkin the best dancer of the year (2016). In 2016 besides his triumphs at the Bolshoi and during the Bolshoi Ballet summer season at Covent Garden he successfully performed in Italy, in particular, as Jose in Carmen Suite (Politeama, Naples, Svetlana Zakharova as Carmen) and Paolo in Y. Posokhov’s ballet Francesca da Rimini in the framework of Svetlana Zakharova’s project Amore (the cities such as, among others, Modena, Parma, Ravenna and Genova).
Margarita Shrainer has been included in Dance Magazine’s (see January issue) 25-to-WatchList for 2016 — a top list of recommended young dancers to keep an eye on in the new year.
The Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle has announced the nominations for the 17th National Dance Awards. The Bolshoi Ballet has been nominated five times!
Our nominations are as follows:
BEST FEMALE DANCER
BEST CLASSICAL CHOREOGRAPHY
Jean-Christophe MAILLOT for THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
OUTSTANDING FEMALE PERFORMANCE/ CLASSICAL
Ekaterina KRYSANOVA for the part of Katharina in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
OUTSTANDING MALE PERFORMANCE/ CLASSICAL
Vladislav LANTRATOV for the part of Petruchio in THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
The winners will be announced at a lunchtime ceremony to be held in Central London on Monday, 6th February 2017.
Yulia Stepanova is promoted from Leading Soloist to Principal Dancer.
Bolshoi Theatre Opera soloists Olga Kulchinskaya (soprano) and Bogdan Volkov (tenor) carried off two of the prizes at one of the world’s most prestigious singing competitions – the 2016 Operalia.
The Dance Open International Ballet Festival, which this year celebrates its 15th jubilee, has just ended in St. Petersburg. The 2016 Dance Open Grand Prix was awarded to the Bolshoi principals Olga Smirnova and Semyon Chudin. Both dancers have already been honoured at this Festival: in 2013, Smirnova carried off the Miss Expressivity award and in 2014 Chudin - the Mister Virtuoso award. The authoritative international jury was headed this year by choreographer Hans van Manen.
Olga Smirnova is promoted from Leading Soloist to Principal Dancer.
For two years in succession a Bolshoi Ballet ballerina has carried off the Positano Léonide Massine Prize for the Art of Dance (in the Dancer of the Year on the International Stage nomination). This time round the prize was won by Bolshoi Theatre ballerina Ekaterina Krysanova!
Summing up the results of the outgoing theatre season, the authoritative German Tanz (Dance) magazine has voted Bolshoi Ballet premier Vladislav Lantratov 2015 Dancer of the Year. Lantratov is in good company: ballerina of the year is Alina Cojocaru, and choreographer — Marco Goecke, (while Company of the Year is Deutsche ballet am Rhein).
Denis Rodkin is promoted from the Leading Soloists to Principals; Maria Vinogradova — from the First Soloists to the Leading Soloists, Maria Semenyachenko — from the Soloists to the First Soloists; Alexander Vodopetov — from Artists to the Soloists.
Anna Nikulina, Anastasia Stashkevich are promoted from the Leading Soloists to Principals; Artemy Belyakov — from the Soloist to the Leading Soloist, Denis Savin and Igor Tsvirko — from the First Soloists to the Leading Soloists; Daria Khokhlova, Yuri Baranov — from the Soloists to the First Soloists; Anastasia Vinokur, Angelina Karpova, Ana Turazashvili and Alexander Smoliyaninov — from Artists to the Soloists.
Vladislav Lantratov is promoted from the Leading Soloist to Premier, Olga Smirnova — from the First Soloist to the Leading Soloist, Denis Rodkin — from Soloist to the First Soloist. Anna Okunyova, Yanina Parienko, Artemy Belyakov & Anton Savichev became Soloists.