Last night, on the Bolshoi's Historical Stage, the recipients of the Benois de la Danse prizes for 2017 were announced.
Crystal Pite won the prize for Best Choreographer for The Seasons' Canon, commissioned by the Paris Opera Ballet.
Of the six nominated ballerinas, Ludmila Pagliero was awarded for her performance in Jerome Robbins' Other Dances at the POB, and Maria Riccetto for her Tatiana in Onegin for the Ballet Nacional SODRE in Uruguay.
There was also a Lifetime Achievement award which was presented to Marcia Haydée.
Tonight a Charity Gala will conclude the Benois de la Danse 2017.
Various of the winners have answered the Gramilano Questionnaire. Read more about them here:
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