27 May 2015 at 5.49pm | 1 Comment
Royal Ballet Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson and composer Joby Talbot have been honoured at the Benois de la Danse awards in Moscow for their achievements on The Winter’s Tale.
The awards, which were established in 1992, are decided by an international panel of dance experts and run by famed choreographer Yuri Grigorovich.
Christopher received the award for Best Choreography, while Joby (Chroma, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Fool's Paradise) was awarded Best Score. Edward, who created the role of jealous King Leontes, was awarded Best Dancer.
'I was thrilled for Christopher and Joby to be honoured for their great achievement in creating The Winter’s Tale, and for Edward's towering performance to be celebrated', says Royal Ballet Director Kevin O'Hare, who attended the ceremony at the Bolshoi Theatre. 'Creating a ballet like The Winter’s Tale is a huge undertaking not only for The Royal Ballet but for everyone working at the Royal Opera House and I am delighted their work has been acknowledged by these prestigious awards. We look forward to bringing The Winter’s Tale back to the Royal Opera House next season.'
The Winter’s Tale returns in Spring 2015/16.
The Winter’s Tale, a reimagining of Shakepeare’s late romance, had its world premiere at Covent Garden in April 2014 and was relayed live to cinemas across the world. Read audience reactions to the opening night and to the cinema relay.
A Special Edition box set including introductory films is available to buy online.