Ruth Leon recommends… Prix de Lausanne 50th Anniversary

Ruth Leon recommends… Prix de Lausanne 50th Anniversary

Ruth Leon recommends

norman lebrecht

March 28, 2023

Prix de Lausanne 50th Anniversary

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​The prestigious Prix de Lausanne has been a launchpad toward international renown for talented young dancers since its founding in 1973, helping jumpstart the careers of ballet stars like Nancy Raffa, Darcey Bussell, Carlos Acosta, and Maria Kochetkova.

To mark this important milestone, former laureates of the competition returned for a star-studded selection of beloved numbers, featuring favorite moments from classics as well as contemporary pieces by David Dawson, Katarzyna Kozielska, and Christopher Weldon.  

This is a truly spectacular gala. It could easily be titled ‘Ballet’s Best Bits’ because they’re all here – pas de deux from Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, The Dream, and the Dying Swan. There are several less familiar works by contemporary choreographers and the dancing throughout is spectacular. My favourite – look out for it – is a solo by Steven MacRae of a Hungarian Czadas which just takes the breath away.
Dancers include Alina Cojocaru,Vadim Muntagirov Marcelino Sambé Francesca Hayward, Steven McRae, Matthew Ball, Laura Fernandez, Xander Parish, Julian MacKay. Madison Young, Marcelo Gomes, Olga Smirnova, and Maria Kochetkova.

​Heaven for any ballet lover.

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