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Prizes for The Royal Ballet at Benois de la Danse 2019

Vadim Muntagirov and John Macfarlane scoop awards for their contributions to Swan Lake.

By Becky Black (Social Media Editor)

22 May 2019 at 2.32pm | 7 Comments

The Royal Ballet is delighted to share that Principal dancer Vadim Muntagirov and designer John Macfarlane have been announced as laureates of the Benois de la Danse 2019. The results of this prestigious international competition were announced at a gala at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on 21 May.

Vadim Muntagirov was awarded the title of best dancer for his performance as Prince Siegfried in Liam Scarlett’s production of Swan Lake for The Royal Ballet. John Macfarlane received the scenography prize for his designs of the same production.

Director Kevin O’Hare said, ‘I am thrilled that the supreme artistry of Vadim and John have been recognised in this way. Vadim’s performances were a dazzling feat of technical finesse and expressive poetry in the role of Prince Siegfried, and John – ever the master of theatrical design – created truly exceptional and evocative sets and costumes for this production. Our congratulations to them both.’

By Becky Black (Social Media Editor)

22 May 2019 at 2.32pm

This article has been categorised Awards, Ballet and tagged awards, Benois de la danse, John MacFarlane, The Royal Ballet, Vadim Muntagirov

This article has 7 comments

  1. elleG responded on 22 May 2019 at 3:54pm Reply

    It's wonderful when artists from what many of us regard as our 'home team' are recognised internationally. Of course, Vadim was also a Benois laureate in 2013. We are so fortunate that this amazing dancer is a Royal Ballet dancer.

  2. Laura responded on 22 May 2019 at 4:35pm Reply

    This is so deserved.
    ROH, don't ever let Vadim go, because his talent and artistry are unmatched and unlike anything I've ever seen. His performance as Siegfried was outstanding, he managed to create a three dimensional character capable of moving the audience to tears, not to mention his wonderful, clean and elegant technique. He truly is a gem.
    Treat this talented man well, please.

    Also, I'm so glad this production of Swan Lake is getting the recognition it deserves.
    These costumes and sets are some of the finest I've ever seen, a true work of art.


  3. NJT responded on 22 May 2019 at 5:55pm Reply

    Huge congratulations to both Vadim and John.

    Vadim’s performance was stellar and there would have been no justice if he hadn’t won. Likewise John McFarlane’s designs were superlative, especially that stunning Act 3 set.

  4. TAS responded on 24 May 2019 at 5:33pm Reply

    Now are you going to update his and Ms Nunez bios for the Critics Circle awards last February?

  5. Shirley Carruthers responded on 24 May 2019 at 6:22pm Reply

    Exciting NEWS for Vadim and John McFarlane's tremendous Honour. Credit to the Royal Ballet and the Royal Opera House, whatever happens please do not let Vadim Muntagirov go, we are so privileged to have his talent with us. I buy all his DVDs whenever they are available. John McFarlane's gift for design is spectacular. Congratulations to them both. We the Public Love them and all the Royal Ballet too.

  6. Susan responded on 25 May 2019 at 9:36am Reply

    So richly deserved. SW is a magical production and a feat for the senses. Muntagirov is a huge talent and the best I have seen since Baryshnikov.

  7. Annie responded on 7 June 2019 at 10:59pm Reply

    So well deserved by both artists. Congats!!!

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