Prix de Lausanne 2022 Competition Opening


Prix de Lausanne 2022

International Ballet Competition – 2M2C Montreux

The international dance competition started on January 31st in Lausanne, for a second relocated edition at the 2m2c – Montreux Music & Convention Centre. This year, 70 young dancers of 16 different nationalities are participating in the competition. The Finals take place on Saturday, February 5th, 2022, at the Auditorium Stravinski in Montreux.

70 candidates (43 girls and 27 boys) arrived last January 29th at the 2m2c – Montreux Music & Convention Centre to participate in the Prix de Lausanne 2022. All week long, they will be under the careful supervision of our artistic team composed of renowned international dance teachers and coaches to work on their classical and contemporary variations. On Friday, they will present them to the Jury presided by Margaret Tracey to try to be selected for the Finals.

For the 8th consecutive year, the competition will be livestreamed on ARTE Concert and the Prix de Lausanne website, with nearly 7 hours of live coverage per day. As to the Selections and the Finals, they will be broadcast in their entirety.

This year again, the public will be able to support a young dancer of their choice by making a donation via our online crowdfunding campaign and by voting for their favourite finalist. The vote will be open after the Selections, directly on the Prix de Lausanne website or via SMS. The money raised will be shared between the winner of the Audience Favourite Award (public on site in Montreux) and the winner of the Web Audience Favourite Award (online audience) to help them get into the school of partner company of their choice.

Kathryn Bradney, Artistic and Executive Director: “How exhilarating to be back in a theatre and be watching dancers back on stage after these long months of hardship. The well-being of the dancers, artistic team and public is so very important to the Prix de Lausanne and we have taken huge measures to keep everyone safe. This year’s exceptional Jury is made up of international ballet stars and directors and it is my pleasure to welcome the brilliant Margaret Tracey as the President of the Jury. There is a tangible excitement as the candidates arrive in Montreux for this week that promises to be an incredible experience for everyone!”

The Finals’ Interlude, on February 5th, will open with the finals of the Young Creation Award, a new choreographic project in collaboration with our partner schools. The five talented young choreographers selected will present their original variations to the public and to the Jury, who will select two winners out of them. Those two will see their original variation integrated to the contemporary repertoire of the 2023 competition.

This special programme will be followed by “Back to Track”, a piece by Jean-Christophe Maillot danced by students from the Princess Grace Academy. The Interlude will close with the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 to French choreographer Pierre Lacotte.

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