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Please find here all relevant info for press & media content!

For all inquiries, please contact Olivia Edelman, Head of communication and press, at the following address : press@prixdelausanne.org

Info about the 2024 candidates

88 candidates have confirmed their participation to the Prix de Lausanne 2024. Find the detailed list as well as the statistics of the 2024 applicants in the next section

More details about the last edition can be found in our blog articles or in our press releases.

UPDATE – 28 January 2024

Following the cancellation of a candidate, some informations have changed:
– 87 candidates are actually taking part in the competition
– 43 girls and 44 boys
– 18 nationalities represented

You may find pictures in this Dropbox folder, such as the official artworks for the 2024 edition as well as daily pictures of this Prix de Lausanne 2024 (updated daily during the event).

A pre-Final press conference will be held on Saturday February 3, 2023 from 1 to 2 pm in the Théâtre de Beaulieu’s poulaillier (3rd floor)

You will have the chance to meet :

  • Darcey Bussell – President of the Jury
  • Alessandra Ferri – Lifetime Achievement Award 2024
  • Kathryn Bradney – Artistic and Executive Director of the Prix de Lausanne
  • Olivier Glauser – Chairman of the Prix de Lausanne Foundation Board

Upon arrival, please go to the 1st floor of the Théâtre de Beaulieu to collect your badge and tickets at the Welcome Desk.

Each accredited journalist will receive a badge upon arrival (to be collected from the Welcome Desk, Theatre de Beaulieu, 1st floor).

Please note that your badge is not valid to attend the Selections, Finals or the Rising Stars performance. For these events, you must be in possession of a ticket (on request from the press officer and subject to availability), which can also be collected from the Welcome Desk.

The press area is located in the ‘competition zone’ in Hall 1 of the Théâtre de Beaulieu. Here you’ll find work tables, press kits and wi-fi codes.

The Prix de Lausanne cannot provide you with housing facilities. However, we can give you some advice about the best places and directions.

We advise you to use hotel search engines such as www.hotels.com, www.booking.com or www.airbnb.com. TripAdvisor or Trivago may also help you to compare the best offers among these different search engines.
You can also find a detailed list of hotels and bed-and-breakfasts as well as complimentary information on the City of Lausanne Tourism website.

Tips on finding a hotel in Lausanne:

Choose a hotel in the city center of Lausanne. Bussigny and Crissier are suburbs, and you will need a car to reach the Theater if you stay there. You can also check the Postal Code/ZIP code that should be between 1000 and 1018. Keep in mind that Lausanne is a small city and most of the hotels in the center provide easy access to the Theater. Nearest bus stop: Beaulieu (lines 2 and 21)

Special discounts:

We have special rates in two different hotels, subject to rooms availability.
Please communicate your needs to the chosen hotel and specify that you are coming for the Prix de Lausanne. 
A free ticket for public transport will be offered and is valid for the whole stay.

❖ Tulip inn***

10, Chem. du Cerisier 8, 1004 Lausanne, Tel : + 41 21 646 16 25
– From CHF 139 per night with breakfast for a single room
Tourist tax CHF 5.50 per day and person
Reservation by email to reception@tulipinnlausanne.ch

❖ Ibis Lausanne Centre***

Rue du Maupas 20, 1004 Lausanne Tel : +41 21 340 07 07
– From CHF 150 per night with breakfast for a single room
Tourist tax CHF 3.10 per day and person
Reservation by email to h6772@accor.com

For this year’s edition, the jury is composed of 9 individuals, each of whom is either linked with our partner schools and companies, a Prix de Lausanne Prize Winner or a renowned figure from the dance world. Further aspects are taken into consideration to compose the panel, such as a wide geographical representation, a mix of youth and experience and a representation of various styles of dance.

Darcey Bussell – President of the jury
Dame Commander of the British Empire
President, Royal Academy of Dance
Prize winner, Prix de Lausanne 1986

Federico Bonelli – Vice President of the Jury
Artistic Director, Northern Ballet
Former Principal, The Royal Ballet
Prize Winner, Prix de Lausanne 1996

Edson Barbosa
Company Artist, The Joffrey Ballet
Prize Winner, Prix de Lausanne 2012

Sarah-Jane Brodbeck
Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Homage to Ballet by Brodbeck & Lips
Former Soloist, Zürich Ballet
Prize Winner, Prix de Lausanne 2003

Tracy Inman
Director, The Ailey School Horton Pedagogy
Co-Director, The Ailey School

Sue Jin Kang
Artistic Director and CEO, Korean National Ballet
Prize Winner, Prix de Lausanne 1985

Rainer Krenstetter
Artistic Director, Unblanche Company
Associate Artistic Director, Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet
Prize Winner, Prix de Lausanne 1999

Aki Saito
Former Principal, Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
Ballet Teacher, Royal Ballet School of Antwerp
Prize Winner, Prix de Lausanne 1991

Yohan Stegli
Deputy of the Artistic Director and Managing Director, National Youth Ballet of Germany
Prize Winner, Prix de Lausanne 1998

If you would like to get in touch with any member of the Jury before or during competition, please let us know! You can either mention it in your accreditation form or send us an email. Please indicate the nature of your request (interview, photo, film) and the details (date, approx. duration, number of people in your team, etc.) Thank you very much in advance!

Kathryn Bradney – Artistic & Executive Director of the Prix de Lausanne

Find her picture here

Kathryn Bradney brings over 35 years of professional dancing experience plus administrative knowledge to the Prix de Lausanne.

After an international career as a principal dancer, teacher and ballet master for Maurice Béjart (Béjart Ballet Lausanne) from 1986 to 2005, she opens her own successful private ballet school, company and filming company and becomes deeply involved with the Prix de Lausanne since 2006. She has been a member of the video preselection jury and the South American preselection jury. She produced the filming and live stream, has been Production Manager from March 2017 and, since November 2017, the Associate Director of the Prix de Lausanne.

Ms. Bradney aims to uphold the Prix de Lausanne’s mission of excellence: to reveal potential, provide access, promote scholastic education and enhance healthy habits for dance students on all continents. Looking forward, she is committed to expanding the competition worldwide, to scout new talent and to support dancers and reveal new opportunities for them well into their professional dance careers.

Her experience

She was born in the USA and studied dance in New York where she graduated with honors. Right away, she danced professionally with various companies such as the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (Balanchine repertory), the New York City Opera Company at Lincoln Center and, from 1986 until 2005, with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, where she was a principal dancer performing internationally the Béjart masterpieces such as Bolero, Bhakti, Firebird, Ballet for Life, Hamlet, King Lear/Tempest, The Silk Road among many others.

In 2001, she also becomes Maurice Béjart’s assistant as the ballet mistress and main teacher for the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. She is a guest teacher for the Stuttgart Ballet, Tokyo Ballet, Conservatoire Supérieur de Danse de Cergy-Pontoise in Paris, Ballet du Rhin, Tanz Akademie Zurich as well as giving master classes in Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai, Taipei, the Solothurn Dance Competition, the Migros Dance Competition in Zurich and at the Prix de Lausanne among others. In 2001, she dances and acts in the movie «One Last Dance» with Patrick Swayze.

Since 2004, she is a choreographer for various galas from the opening ceremony of the International Harp Symposium in Lyon, the reopening of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne to creating many different choreographies that are performed by the Igokat Company.

In 2006, she forms the Igokat Dance Academy and Dance Company in Lausanne with her husband Igor Piovano. Since 2006, she is a jury member for the Prix de Lausanne’s video pre-selections, and in charge of the video trailers and blogs for the competition. In 2017, she becomes the Production Manager, she is then named the Associate Director and she is currently the Artistic & Executive Director of the Prix de Lausanne.

If you would like to know more about our competition’s and Foundation’s missions, please go to:

The accreditation form for the Prix de Lausanne 2024 is now closed.

For all inquiries, please contact Olivia Edelman, Head of Communication and Press, at the following address: press@prixdelausanne.org 


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