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Sunday, February 4th, 2024!

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The Partner School Choreographic Project is a choreographic programme that offers some students from our Partner Schools to come to Lausanne to learn and perform a unique and tailor-made choreography with a renowned choreographer.

This workshop takes place in Lausanne during the Prix de Lausanne main competition, but is not part of the competition. Students who take part in the Choreographic Project are sent by their Schools to live a unique collective and educational experience of choreography creation. During a whole week, they get the chance to meet with young dancers from all over the world, and to work with some of the biggest choreographers of our era. The choreography, set up and staged in only a few days, is then performed in front of the audience during the Prix de Lausanne Finals.

Previous editions

During the 2024 edition of the Partner School Choreographic Project the partner students worked on an original piece with Kinsun Chan. The piece was performed during the “Soirée Chorégraphique” on Wednesday 31st February and the Finals’ Interlude on Saturday 2nd February and during our Rising Stars closing event on Sunday 4th February.

Title of the piece: SCHRäääG

Artistic Team:

  • Kinsun Chan: Choreographer
  • Aurelie Gaillard and Juliette Rahon: Assistants to the choreographer
  • Christian Kass: Light designer
  • Daniel Steffen and Hans-peter Pfammatter: Composers

Dancers:

Académie Princesse Grace: Tomas Ruao / Academy of Dance – Mannheim: Hana Lavra Poppe / Acosta Danza Academy: Maria del Carmen Pantoja Monier / American Ballet Theatre, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis School: Ayaka Matsubara / Ballet Academy – University of Music and Performing Arts Munich: Simon Boley / Boston Ballet School: Kallie Green / Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School: Olivia Koppanyi / Dutch National Ballet Academy: Perla Pace / English National Ballet School: Lana Klemen / Houston Ballet Academy: Hart Isaacoff / Hungarian Dance University: Dóra Szepsi / National Conservatory Dance School Lisbon – EDCN: Pedro Marques / New Zealand School of Dance: Josh Linkhorn / Oslo National Academy of the Arts: Emma Malee Skår / Palucca University of Dance Dresden: Julia Ibanez Aguilera / Pôle National Supérieur de Danse Rosella Hightower: Lucrezia Panza / Queensland Ballet Academy: Sienna Baensch / Royal Ballet School Antwerp: Ditte Vandevoort / Royal Conservatoire The Hague: Alessia Vogelzang / San Francisco Ballet School: Brooklyn Brizendine / The Royal Ballet School: Emile Gooding / The Royal Swedish Ballet School: Wilma Overgaard / The School of the Hamburg Ballet – John Neumeier: Irisa Mika Van Niekerk / University of North Carolina School of the Arts: Mariella Saunders / Zurich Dance Academy: Katica  Ruip

After a couple of years without being able to continue this beautiful project because of the pandemic, the Partner School Choreographic Project came back in 2023!

For this edition of the Choreographic Project, we worked with the choreographer Goyo Montero. In just one week, he created “BOLD” for and with 24 students from our Partner Schools. We discovered the results of their one-week work during the Interlude of the Prix de Lausanne Finals, on 4 February, 2023!

Artistic Team:

  • Goyo Montero: Choreographer
  • Owen Belton: Composer
  • Claudio Frasseto: Pianist
  • Margaux Manns: Costume designer

 

In 2020, for the 3rd edition of the Choreographic Project, the choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti has created “Andante Ballabile” for and with 26 students from our Partner Schools. We discovered the results of their one-week work during the Interlude of the Prix de Lausanne Finals, on February 8th, 2020!

Artistic Team:

  • Mauro Bigonzetti: Choreographer
  • Macha Daudel: Assistant to the choreographer
  • Carlo Cerri: Light designer

That year, the project was supported by an anonymous donor, the Rudolf Nureyev Foundation, the Friends of the Prix de Lausanne, Dance West and the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace.

 

 

In 2019, for the 2nd edition of the project, it is with the Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman that 26 dancers met in Lausanne to create a new piece, Is to Be (music from Arvo Pärt, Tabula Rasa). The dancers then performed their work during the Interlude on Saturday 9th February, 2019 as a world premiere!

Artistic Team

  • Didy Veldman: choreographer
  • Estela Merlos: Assistant to the Choreographer
  • Ben Ormero: light designer
  • Arvo Pärt: music composer for Tabula Rasa

 

For the first time in 2018, the Prix de Lausanne Partner Schools have been invited to send two of their best students to Lausanne to create a one-of-a-kind collaboration. For this first edition of the project, 50 students from all around the world came to Lausanne to learn an original piece (Pulse) created by the renowned choreographer Goyo Montero.

Artistic Team

  • Goyo Montero: choreographer
  • Carlos Lazaro: assistant to the Choreographer
  • Owen Belton: music composer for Pulse