Each month we highlight a Prix de Lausanne-related international dance artist.
Name: Irlan Silva
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro – Brazil
Training: Centro de Danca Rio.
Prix de Lausanne: Laureate 2008 (Apprenticeship)
Previous companies/positions: American Ballet Theatre II
Current company/position: ABT II Dancer
Favorite roles/choreographies: Nutcracker , Franz (Coppelia) , Ali (Le Corsaire) , Interplay (ch: Robbins) , Nijinsky (ch: John Neumeier) , Slokas (ch: Stallings)
Career highlight: By joining ABT II I have learned works by great choreographers and have been on tour to many places in the United States and abroad. I have had great stage experience which makes me sure that I am heading in the right direction.
Message to the Prix de Lausanne candidates: I say to you, do not hesitate to fight for your dreams and your ideals even with obstacles in your way. Never give up. Enjoy every moment on stage and let your feelings and emotions move. Take the most of this fantastic opportunity that the Prix de Lausanne has given you.
Message to the Prix de Lausanne organisation: Thank you Prix de Lausanne for helping me in a very important moment in my life, “the beginning of my professional career”. I will always cherish it. You have given me so much hope and have helped me to believe that anything is possible. I hope that the Prix de Lausanne can help others like me achieve their dreams and get to experience all the great things that the Prix can offer. Thank you very much to everyone at the Prix de Lausanne!