Talent development forms the essence of what the Prix de Lausanne is all about: a never-ending journey of discovery of some of the world’s greatest dance artists. Some of my fondest teaching memories are connected to the 13 years I taught the Prix’ contemporary classes. I am very honored to serve on the 2019 jury and excited about having rejoined the artistic committee of this important dance event.
Member of the jury 2019
Samuel Wuersten’s life in dance is multifaceted. He enjoyed a diversified career as a contemporary repertory dancer, created self-produced as well as commissioned work as a choreographer and is a sought after teacher of contemporary dance around the world. He is the artistic and executive director of the renowned Holland Dance Festival, executive co-director of Codarts Arts University Rotterdam as well as the artistic director of the Bachelor and Master Dance programs at Zurich Arts University in Switzerland.
He regularly serves as a jury member and consultant to various dance and arts organizations. For over a decade, he was the artistic co-director of the Steps International Dance Festival in Switzerland, a member of the artistic committee of the Prix de Lausanne as well as the competition’s contemporary teacher. Since 2013, Samuel Wuersten has been the international curator of Diana Vishneva’s CONTEXT festival in Moscow and St Petersburg.
Samuel Wuersten was born and raised in Gstaad, Switzerland. He had his formal dance training at the Hamburg Ballet School as well as at Codarts Arts University Rotterdam. He is currently based in The Netherlands. In 2011 he was honoured with a knighthood in the Dutch order of Orange-Nassau. In the same year he was admitted to the French Order of Arts and Letters as Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres.