1. The Dancer


    Check out “The Dancer” by Ezra Hurwitz featuring 1995 Prix de Lausanne prize winner and New York City ballet principal Gonzalo Garcia

    Photo by F. Levieux | Gonzalo Garcia @ Prix de Lausanne in 1995


  2. Happy #tututuesday! It was 2 years ago, when we celebrated Prix the Lausanne 40th anniversary: operation “tutus on statues”


  3. Prix de Lausanne Daily Dance Dialogue I : How to perform better on a rake

    This year 4 conferences will take place at Beaulieu Theatre during the Prix de Lausanne. Join us for intimate discussions and question and answer sessions with some of the most amazing figures in the world of dance!

    The first Daily Dance Dialogue will take place on Tuesday January 28 at 5.30 pm in the Foyer.

    Peter Lewton-Brain is going to present a very interesting conference about how to perform better on a rake                           

    The subject of his talk is closely connected to the Beaulieu theater stage where the Prix de Lausanne candidates dance. Indeed this stage has a 3,5% slope that allows a deeper perspective and a better view for the audience. But how does it affect the dancers? How do they adapt to it? How do they prevent injuries or accidents?

    Peter Lewton-Brain was born in London and studied dance at the School of American Ballet in New York. He is resident osteopath at the Academie de Danse Princesse Grace in Monte-Carlo and directs the Dancer’s Health Clinic at the École Supérieure de Danse Cannes, Rosella Hightower. He is also a Member at Large of the Board of Directors of IADMS, the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.

    The conference will be moderated by Jason Beechey, Director of the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden.


  4. Presenting our 2014 Jury: Kay Mazzo, president

    The jury of the Prix de Lausanne is composed of nine renowned personalities of the dance world.

    The Prix de Lausanne is delighted to be able to provide the young dancers of the competition with a prestigious panel of dance professionals and wishes to take this opportunity to thank them for their time and expertise. Their voluntary work is extremely appreciated.

    During the following weeks, we are going to present each member of the 2014 Prix de Lausanne Jury. Today, we are happy to start with the president!

    Kay Mazzo, president of the 2014 Jury

    Kay Mazzo was born in Chicago, where she received early training before entering the Summer Course of the School of American Ballet at age 12. She subsequently enrolled as a full time student in SAB’s advanced division in 1959.

    Following performances with Jerome Robbins’ Ballets U.S.A., Ms. Mazzo became a member of the New York City Ballet in 1961 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1968. Among those ballets in which Ms. Mazzo originated principal roles are George Balanchine’s STRAVINSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO, DUO CONCERTANT, SCHERZO A LA RUSSE, UNION JACK, VIENNA WALTZES, TSCHAIKOVSKY SUITE NO. 3, and ROBERT SCHUMANN’S DAVIDSBUNDLERTANZE; and Jerome Robbins’s DANCES AT A GATHERING and IN THE NIGHT. Over the course of her nearly twenty-year career, she danced virtually every role in the repertory. Her partners included Jacques d’Amboise, Peter Martins, Edward Villella, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Sean Lavery.

    In 1983, Ms. Mazzo joined the faculty of SAB, serving as a coordinator of curriculum between 1993 and 1997. She was appointed Co-Chairman of Faculty in October 1997. She currently teaches intermediate and advanced classes and, with Chairman of Faculty Peter Martins, oversees all aspects of the training of SAB’s 440 Winter Term students and 200 Summer Course students. She is a founding trustee of The George Balanchine Trust.

     Kay Mazzo, présidente du jury 2014

    Kay Mazzo est née à Chicago, où elle a reçu sa formation initiale avant de participer au cours d’été de la School of American Ballet à 12 ans et de rejoindre la division avancée en 1959.

    Après avoir dansé avec la compagnie de ballet de Jerôme Robbins aux USA, Kay Mazzo est entrée au New York City Ballet en 1961 et a été promue Etoile en 1968. Au cours de sa carrière de près de vingt ans, elle a dansé pratiquement tous les rôles du répertoire et parmi ses partenaires figurent Jacques d’Amboise, Peter Martins, Edward Villella, Mikhail Baryshnikov, et Sean Lavery.
    En 1983, Kay Mazzo a rejoint la faculté de SAB en tant que coordinatrice du programme et, en 1997, a été nommée co-présidente de la faculté. Elle est également membre fondatrice du George Balanchine Trust.


    Photo (c) Rosalie O’Connor


  5. Presenting our 2014 jury: XU Gang

    Xu Gang, 2014 Jury member
    Prix de Lausanne prize winner in 1985
    General Repetiteur and Ballet Master at the National Ballet of China

    In 1985, Xu Gang won a cash prize at the Prix de Lausanne, and after his graduation from the Beijing Dance Academy in 1987 he joined the National Ballet of China. Xu Gang was a Principal dancer for the company and danced all the major roles in ballets such as Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. In 2002, he spent a year in London to study Laban notation. In 2003, he worked with others to stage a new version of Swan Lake for the National Ballet of China and he was appointed General Repetiteur and Ballet Master of the company in 2012.

    Xu Gang, member du jury 2014
    Lauréat du Prix de Lausanne en 1985
    Répétiteur et Maître de ballet du Ballet National de Chine

    Xu Gang est lauréat du Prix de Lausanne en 1985. Il est engagé au Ballet National de Chine en 1987 à l’issue de sa formation à l’Académie de Danse de Beijing. En tant que Principal, Xu Gang a dansé tous les rôles majeurs des ballets du répertoire, tels que le Lac des Cygnes ou Roméo et Juliette. En 2002 il séjourne à Londres pour étudier la notation Laban. En 2003, il remonte le Lac des Cygnes dans une version nouvelle pour le Ballet National de Chine et est nommé répétiteur général et maître de ballet en 2012.

    First photo: Xu Gang at the Prix de Lausanne in 1985


  6. Presenting our 2014 jury: Pedro Carneiro

    Pedro Carneiro, 2014 jury member
    Director of the National Conservatory Dance School, Lisbon

    Pedro Carneiro started his dance studies at the school of Gulbenkian Ballet in Lisbon and then received a scholarship to study at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart. He danced with the Stadttheater Hagen and the Bonn Opera in Germany as well as with The National Ballet in Lisbon.

    Pedro Carneiro studied pedagogy at the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg. He has been a teacher for classical and character dance at the National Conservatory Dance School in Lisbon since 1996 and Director since 2003.

    Pedro Carneiro, membre du jury 2014
    Directeur de l’école de danse du Conservatoire national de Lisbonne

    Pedro Carneiro a commencé ses études de danse à l’école du Ballet Gulbenkian à Lisbonne et a reçu une bourse pour étudier à la John Cranko Schule à Stuttgart. Il a dansé au Stadttheater Hagen et à l’Opéra de Bonn en Allemagne ainsi qu’au Ballet National de Lisbonne.

    Pedro Carneiro s’est ensuite formé comme enseignant à l’Académie Vaganova, à Saint-Pétersbourg. Depuis 1996, il est professeur de danse classique et de caractère à l’école de danse du Conservatoire national de Lisbonne et directeur depuis 2003.



  7. Presenting our 2014 jury: Marilyn Rowe OBE

    Marilyn Rowe OBE, member of the 2014 jury

    Marilyn Rowe was born in Sydney, Australia and became a principal artist with The Australian Ballet in 1969 after training at The Australian Ballet School.

    After a career, where in 1973, she won a silver medal at the Second International Ballet Competition in Moscow, and, in 1980, received the Order of the British Empire, she danced all of the major roles in the company’s repertoire and had several works created for her by leading international choreographers. She was appointed Ballet Director, Deputy Artistic Director and in 1984 Director of The Australian Ballet’s Dancer’s Company. She was a member of The Australian Ballet’s Board from 1994 to 2009.

    Marilyn was appointed Director of The Australian Ballet School in 1999.

    Marilyn Rowe OBE, membre du jury 2014

    Marilyn Rowe est née à Sydney, en Australie et a été promue Etoile du Ballet d’Australie en 1969 après une formation à l’Ecole de Ballet d’Australie.

    En 1973, elle a remporté une médaille d’argent lors du deuxième Concours international de ballet de Moscou et, en 1980, a reçu l’Ordre de l’Empire britannique. Pendant sa carrière, Marilyn Rowe a dansé tous les grands rôles du répertoire du Ballet d’Australie, et les plus grands chorégraphes internationaux ont créé plusieurs rôles pour elle. Elle a été nommée directrice de ballet, directrice artistique adjointe et, en 1984, directrice de l’Australian Ballet’s Dancer’s Company. Elle a été membre du conseil d’administration du Ballet d’Australie de 1994 à 2009.

    Marilyn Rowe a été nommée directrice de l’Ecole de Ballet d’Australie en 1999.


  8. Presenting our 2014 jury: Kathryn Bennetts

    Kathryn Bennetts, member of the 2014 jury

    Born in Sydney, Australia, Kathryn Bennetts studied at the Scully Borovansky School of Ballet and at the Australian Ballet School. She then joined the Australian Ballet and the Stuttgart Ballet under the direction of Marcia Haydée. During her nine years with the company she danced a large repertoire of soloist roles. She began teaching at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart and then at the National Ballet School in Toronto, Canada. During this time, she also guest taught for countless companies worldwide.

    In 1989 William Forsythe invited her to return to Europe to join the Frankfurt Ballett as ballet mistress. For the next 15 years she was responsible for the daily class and rehearsals of the company. Kathryn Bennetts has also staged William Forsythe’s ballets for companies all over the world. In 2005, she became the Artistic Director of the Royal Ballet of Flanders and in her seven years as Artistic Director the company achieved astounding success.

    Kathryn Bennetts, membre du jury 2014

    Née à Sydney en Australie, Kathryn Bennetts s’est formée à la Scully Borovansky School et à l’Ecole de Ballet d’Australie. Elle a rejoint ensuite le Ballet d’Australie puis le Ballet de Stuttgart sous la direction de Marcia Haydée. Durant les neuf années passées dans la compagnie, elle a dansé un large répertoire des rôles de soliste.

    Kathryn Bennetts commence sa carrière d’enseignante à la John Cranko-Schule à Stuttgart puis à l’Ecole Nationale de Ballet du Canada à Toronto. A cette même période, elle est aussi invitée comme professeur dans des compagnies du monde entier.

    En 1989, William Forsythe lui propose de revenir en Europe en tant que Maîtresse de ballet au Ballet de Francfort où, pendant 15 ans, elle est responsable des cours et des répétitions de la compagnie. Kathryn Bennetts a aussi mis en scène des ballets de Forsythe pour de nombreuses compagnies dans le monde.

    En 2005, elle est nommée Directrice artistique du Royal Ballet de Flandre qui a connu sous sa direction sept années d’immenses succès.



  9. Presenting our 2014 jury: Gigi Hyatt

    Gigi Hyatt, member of the 2014 jury

    Gigi Hyatt received her training in Berlin with Tatiana Gsovsky and in Munich with Konstanze Vernon at the Ballett-Akademie an der Hochschule für Musik and Theater München. In 1980 she was a finalist at the Prix de Lausanne. In 1982 she won gold in the Jackson International Ballet Competition and the same year joined The Hamburg Ballet, Director John Neumeier. Gigi Hyatt was fortunate to dance in many ballets choreographed by John Neumeier and to create numerous roles. In 1997 she became ballet mistress and teacher at The Georgia Ballet in the USA where, in 2004, she became Artistic Director. In 2013, Gigi Hyatt returned to Hamburg as Pedagogical Principal and Deputy Director of The School of The Hamburg Ballet.

    Gigi Hyatt, membre du jury 2014

    Gigi Hyatt s’est formée à Berlin avec Tatiana Gsovsky et à Munich avec Konstanze Vernon à la Ballett-Akademie an der Hochschule für Musik and Theater München. Elle a été finaliste du Prix de Lausanne en 1980 et, en 1982, elle a gagné la médaille d’or au Concours International de Ballet de Jackson. La même année, elle a rejoint le Ballet de Hambourg –  John Neumeier où elle a eu l’occasion de de danser dans de nombreux ballets chorégraphiés par John Neumeier. En 1997, elle est nommée Maîtresse de ballet et professeur au Georgia Ballet (USA) puis, en 2004, Directrice artistique. Depuis 2013, Gigi Hyatt est de retour à Hambourg en tant que Pedagogical Principal et Deputy Director de l’école du Ballet de Hambourg.


    Photo (c) Janusz Mazon


  10. Presenting our 2014 Jury: Julio Bocca

    Julio Bocca , member of the 2014 jury

    Born in Buenos Aires, Julio Bocca trained at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón. In 1986, he joined the American Ballet Theatre where he danced for twenty years. In parallel to his American career, he was invited to perform in many prestigious companies. In 1990, he was designated international representative by the Teatro Colón and founded his own company, the Ballet Argentino. On December 22, 2007, he danced for the last time, in front of 300,000 people, on Avenida 9 de Julio in Buenos Aires. Julio Bocca is now the Director of the Sodre National Ballet in Montevideo, Uruguay.

    Julio Bocca, membre du jury 2014

    Julio Bocca, né en Argentine à Buenos Aires, s’est formé à l’Institut Supérieur des Arts du Théâtre Colón. En 1986, il est entré à l’American Ballet Theater où il a dansé pendant 20 ans. Parallèlement à sa carrière américaine, il a été invité à se produire dans de nombreuses compagnies prestigieuses du monde entier. En 1990, le Théâtre Colón l’institue Représentant International. La même année, il fonde sa propre compagnie, le Ballet Argentino. Le 22 décembre 2007, il danse pour la dernière fois devant 300’000 personnes sur l’Avenida 9 de Julio à Buenos Aires. Actuellement Julio Bocca dirige le Ballet National Sodre à Montevideo en Uruguay.