Due to the current pandemic situation and related restrictions, the Fondation en faveur de l’Art Chorégraphique has had to rethink the usual form of its main event. Exceptionally, the 49th edition of the Prix de Lausanne will be a Video Edition!
Every selected candidate will be able to demonstrate their talent and compete for a scholarship or apprenticeship via video submission and not in person. Classical and contemporary variations, as well as a ballet class, will be evaluated and marked separately. As in previous years, 20 finalists will be selected and judged at the end of the week, before the winners’ announcement during the Finals on Saturday, February 6th, 2021. The event will require only the Jury’s 9-member presence on site in Switzerland.
The Prix de Lausanne’s Partner Schools and Companies will follow the competition week and will be able watch the videos privately through our Networking Forum and thus offer their support to all of the 81 candidates. The Prix de Lausanne team is also working on coordinating online classes taught by excellent teachers and coaches for the candidates before the competition begins.
The Young Creation Award, a new competition in search of young choreographic talent and sponsored by the renowned choreographer Heinz Spoerli, will also be held via video. The Prix de Lausanne jury will be able to watch and judge the submitted finalists’ choreographies and award the two best young choreographers after the judging on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021. The choreographies will be performed publicly at the Prix de Lausanne 2022.