For the 45th edition all the contemporary variations are from the John Neumeier canon. Ferly Films Production, created by Deborah Bull and John-Martin White, recorded on location in New York, London and Hamburg each of the variations with dancers from the American Ballet Theater, Bavarian State Ballet Munich, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Hamburg Ballet – John Neumeier, The Royal Ballet, and Zurich Ballet. The videos and the music for these variations can be downloaded from the Prix de Lausanne website.
Classical variations include the usual splattering of Swan Lake, Bayadère, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita and Don Q. The music to be used can also be found on the website.
There are four phases to the competition: medical record evaluation, video selection and phases three and four are in Lausanne (selection, 5 days; finals, 1 day). The deadline for the first phase is 30 September 2016 by which each candidate must submit their complete medical record which can be uploaded using the online registration form.
Information for the candidates can be found here.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.