Hamburg Ballet | “Prix Benois de la Danse” for Carsten Jung, Alina Cojocaru and Michel Legrand
John Neumeier’s most recent ballet Liliom was honoured with three awards at this year’s “Prix Benois de la Danse”: Carsten Jung and Alina Cojocaru were awarded the “Dance Oscar” as best dancers for their interpretations of the leading roles “Liliom” and “Julie”. For the best composition, the jury awarded Michel Legrand for the music-score of Liliom.
After the award ceremony at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre on May 22, HAMBURG BALLET principal Carsten Jung admits: “It was already a great honour to be among the nominees, but winning the prize is even more special.“ John Neumeier had created the title role of “Liliom” especially for Carsten Jung. The ballet had its world-premiere on December 4th, 2011 with THE HAMBURG BALLET.
The “Prix Benois de la Danse” is awarded at the Bolshoi Theatre every year to give credit to the best choreographer as well as to the best male and female dancers and composers for their achievements of the past year. John Neumeier was among the first to be awarded the Benois for his ballet “Window to MOZART“ in 1992. Other HAMBURG BALLET dancers were among the past laureates for their interpretation of roles created by Neumeier: Jiři Bubeníček was honoured for his Armand Duval in Lady of the Camellias in 2002 and Lloyd Riggins as Aschenbach in Death in Venice in 2004. In 2008, Silvia Azzoni was singled out for her moving portrayal of the title role in The little Mermaid. In 2010, Hélène Bouchet and Thiago Bordin were awarded the “Prix Benois de la Danse” as best dancers for their interpretations of roles in John Neumeier’s Orpheus and Lady of the Camellias. Over the years, many other company members have been among the nominees.