Twenty candidates are from eight countries have been announced as finalists for the last day of the competition, on Saturday 5 February in the Auditorium Stravinski, Montreux – the competition's temporary home.
After a week of lessons and coaching sessions, the 70 candidates taking part in the selection process have been observed by the nine-member jury, and now their choices have been revealed.
The dancers' potential was assessed by considering their technical facility, talent, ability to give an imaginative and sensitive response to the music and the ability to communicate clear movements, among others. They had to show mastery of the classical repertoire as well as contemporary creations by Mauro Bigonzetti, Kinsun Chan, Wayne McGregor, Goyo Montero and those of the two winners of the 2021 Young Creation Award, Maya Smallwood and Samuel Winkler.
The jury, presided over by Margaret Tracey, has selected the following 20 finalists of the Prix de Lausanne 2022:
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The most represented countries are South Korea with six candidates, the United States with four candidates and Australia with three candidates.
The Finals will take place on Saturday 5 February 2022 at 2.30pm at the Auditorium Stravinski. It will be live-streamed on ARTE Concert and the Prix de Lausanne website. The Prize Winners will be announced around 6pm. Seven finalists will receive a scholarship and have the unique opportunity to choose among the most prominent ballet schools and companies 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.