Lausanne, January 6th, 2021: the 49th Prix de Lausanne Jury panel will be presided by Richard Wherlock, Director and Head Choreographer of the Basel Ballet. In order to supervise this upcoming Video Edition he and the 8 other Jury members will gather in Lausanne to watch and mark the 79 candidates via recorded videos. The audience will be able to follow the programme live on Arte Concert and on prixdelausanne.org. The Young Creation Award finalists will also be presenting their variations via video during the competition week. After being watched and marked by the Jury, two of them will be awarded.

An eclectic Jury

The nine Jury members of the Prix de Lausanne 2021 are: Richard Wherlock (President), Clairemarie Osta (Vice-President), Armando Braswell, Kinsun Chan, Myrna Kamara, Nicolas Le Riche, Ihsan Rustem, Sarawanee Tanatanit et Samuel Wuersten.

“I feel very honoured to have Mr. Richard Wherlock, the Director of the Basel Ballet and a strong advocate for young dancers, as the 2021 Prix de Lausanne Jury President!” (Kathryn Bradney, Artistic and Executive Director, Prix de Lausanne).

A full programme live on Arte Concert

The audience will be able to follow the competition and relive some of the Prix de Lausanne’s best moments thanks to original content, with a live commentary presented by Jason Beechey and Cinthia Labaronne in Lausanne. It will be streamed on Arte Concert and on the Prix de Lausanne website from Monday, February 1st to Saturday, February 6th, the day of the Finals of this 49th Prix de Lausanne.

First edition of the Young Creation Award

After the great success of the three editions of its Choreographic Project, the Prix de Lausanne announced last February the setting up of a brand new programme for the Partner School and Companies students, aiming to encourage and highlight young choreographic talent. The selected finalists are: Joshua Ostermann (Australia), Pablo Polo (Spain), Maya Smallwood (USA), Louis Van Etten (Australia) and Samuel Winkler (Australia). Their original variations will be watched and judged by the Jury during the competition week, next February. The two winning choreographies will become part of the Prix de Lausanne 2022 contemporary repertoire. Despite the pandemic context, the Young Creation Award has met great enthusiasm (55 submitted choreographies in total), which highlights the importance of this new programme and confirms the Prix de Lausanne’s status as a forerunner and mentor in the dance world.

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