21 candidates have been selected for the Finals of the Prix de Lausanne that will take place on Saturday February 9th at the Beaulieu Theatre, after a week of lessons and coaching sessions.
The 74 candidates from all around the world have performed on the stage of the Beaulieu Theatre during the selections that took place today, Friday 8 February. During the week, they rehearsed with prestigious international dance professionals such as Elisabeth Platel, Director of the Paris Opera Ballet School.
The 9 jury members observed the candidates many times during the selections when the young talents performed one classical variation and one contemporary variation in front of a large audience.
The dancers’ potential was assessed by considering their technical facility, talent, ability to give an imaginative and sensitive response to the music and to communicating clear movements. They had to master the traditional classical repertoire as well as the contemporary creations of Mauro Bigonzetti, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Wayne McGregor, Heinz Spoerli or Richard Wherlock.
The jury was presided by Carlos Acosta, Gold Medal winner of the Prix de Lausanne 1990.
The 21 Finalists of the Prix de Lausanne 2019 are:
117 SHUGART Julia United States 16 years old
125 CHOI Jihyun South Korea 16 years old
126 BROWN Mackenzie United States 16 years old
202 GARRISON Parker United States 15 years old
203 DA SILVA João Vitor Brazil 15 years old
205 FERREIRA António Portugal 15 years old
206 BENZIE-DRAYTON Noah Australia 16 years old
207 FUCHIYAMA Shunhei Japan 16 years old
208 BECKER Carl Germany 16 years old
210 DAVIDOFF Benjamin Belgium 16 years old
212 LI Hang China 16 years old
303 SEO Yoon Jung South Korea 17 years old
310 WARDELL Victoria Canada 17 years old
313 SASAKI Sumina Japan 18 years old
315 KUPERUS Beatriz United States 18 years old
316 SUMIYAMA Mio Japan 18 years old
406 DE GROEVE Achille Belgium 17 years old
408 WAKIZUKA Yu Japan 17 years old
412 WU Shuailun China 17 years old
416 FIGUEREDO Gabriel Brazil 18 years old
418 JOAQUIM Alexandre Portugal 18 years old
The 21 selected candidates are from 10 different countries. The most represented are the United States and Japan, with 4 candidates each.
The Finals will take place on Saturday February 9th at 14.30 and will be live streamed on ARTE Concert, YouTube, Facebook and on the Prix de Lausanne website. The Prize Winners will be announced around 6pm.
8 Finalists will receive a scholarship and have the unique opportunity to choose among the most prominent schools and companies of ballet in the world.
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.