Russian award for Tsygankova and Wörtmeyer

Anna Tsygankova, principal with Dutch National Ballet, has won the Grand Prix of the Dance Open Festival 2014 in St Petersburg (Russia). Remi Wörtmeyer, also a principal, won the Audience Award, which he shares with the Cuban dancer Joël Carreno. The awards were presented at the gala evening that closed the Dance Open Festival on Monday 28 April 2014.

The Grand Prix, presented to the most impressive male or female dancer of the evening and of the whole Festival, was awarded unanimously by the jury to Anna Tsygankova. The prize is not presented every year. Tsygankova opened the gala evening with Matthew Golding, dancing the pas de deux Delibes Suite by José Martinez. It was the first time she had danced this work. Wörtmeyer, the winner of the Audience Award, had choreographed a solo for himself especially for the festival.

Dance Open Festival
The festival is the biggest and most popular ballet festival in Russia. As a guest at the festival, Dutch National Ballet danced a programme of works by Hans van Manen: Dances With Harp, Trois Gnossiennes, Variations for Two Couples, Solo and Corps, at the Alexandrinsky Theatre on Sunday 27 April.

Festival participants included more than 30 leading dancers from big international companies, such as the Bolshoi Ballet (Moscow, Russia), Mariinsky Ballet (St Petersburg, Russia), The Royal Ballet (London, England), Berlin Ballett (Berlin, Germany), English National Ballet, American Ballet Theatre (New York City, United States) and Dutch National Ballet.

The jury comprised directors and representatives of big international ballet companies and international ballet and dance competitions, and renowned choreographers. The jury was chaired by the Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen, resident choreographer with Dutch National Ballet. Besides the Festival Grand Prix, the jury also awarded prizes for the most expressive and most virtuoso male and female dancer, and the best dance couple.