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Benois de la Danse 2015

Posted on May 27, 2015

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The laureates of this year’s Benois de la Danse have been announced, with The Royal Ballet’s The Winter’s Tale dominating the prize.


The ballet won in three categories: for Christopher Wheeldon as choreographer, Joby Talbot as composer and Edward Watson for his performance as Leontes.

John Macfarlane won the scenography category for his work on Liam Scarlett’s Hummingbird for San Francisco Ballet. Svetlana Zakharova won the ballerina category for her performances as Marguerite Gautier in The Lady of the Camellias and Mekhmene-Banu in Legend of Love, both at the Bolshoi Ballet.

Visit the Benois de la Danse website for more about the prize.

Picture: Edward Watson as Leontes. Photograph © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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