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Prize winners 2017

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04 Feb 2017

The Prix de Lausanne has once again attracted young and promising dancers from all over the world. 67 out of the 74 selected candidates, finally participated in the 45th edition. Yesterday, 20 candidates were chosen at the selections to compete in the finals.

8 finalists were awarded a scholarship that provides them with the unique opportunity to choose among the 68 prestigious partner schools and companies of the Prix de Lausanne.

During the week, jury members have observed the candidates performing their classical and contemporary variations. This year, the Director of the Royal Ballet, Kevin O’Hare, is the president of the nine jury member panel. As internationally-renowned dance professionals, they selected the 8 most promising talents.

The 8 Prix de Lausanne 2017 prize winners are:

410 – Michele Esposito – 17 years old – Italyadveq

  1. La Bayadère
  2. Nijinsky

306 – Marina Fernandes da Costa Duarte – 17 years old – BrazilOAK Fundation

  1. Don Quixote
  2. Préludes CV

415 – Taisuke Nakao – 17 years old – JapanBeau-Rivage Palace

  1. Swan Lake
  2. Vaslaw

201 – Koyo Yamamoto – 15 years old – Japan

BOURSE JEUNE ESPOIR

  1. La Fille mal gardée
  2. Yondering

102 – Lauren Hunter – 15 years old – United-States  

  1. Le Corsaire
  2. Bach Suite II

423 – Stanislaw Wegrzyn – 18 years old – Poland Harlequin

  1. Giselle
  2. Vaslaw

120 – Diana Georgia Ionescu – 16 years old – Romaniafondation_AAmon 

  1. Paquita
  2. Nocturnes

406 – Sunu Lim – 17 years old – South Korea

  1. Giselle
  2. Wrong Note Rag

Contemporary Dance Prize

410 – Michele Esposito – 17 years old – Italy

For his interpretation of : Nijinsky.

Audience Favourite


306 – Marina Fernandes da Costa Duarte – 17 years old – Brazil

  1. Don Quixote
  2. Préludes CV

The Rudolf Nureyev Foundation Artistic Award


205 – Denilson Almeida – 16 years old – Brazil

  1. Coppelia
  2. Vaslaw

Best Swiss Candidate Prize

FONDATION EN FAVEUR DE L’ART CHORÉGRAPHIQUE

410 – Michele Esposito – 17 years old – Italy

  1. La Bayadère
  2. Nijinsky

Finalists who have not been awarded any prize receive the sum of CHF 1’000.- offered by:

For the non-awarded candidates, the Prix de Lausanne organises an audition called the Networking Forum. This gives the dancers the opportunity to still have the chance of being selected by representatives of our partner schools and companies. Therefore, the Networking Forum makes the competition worthwhile for all participants. This audition will take place on Sunday, February 5th.