By Patricia Boccadoro
PARIS, 21 October 2005
—The 2005 Leonide Massine Prize at Positano in Italy, instituted in
September 1969 and given each year to leading figures on the dance scene
for their accomplishments throughout the year, was awarded to Emmanuel
Thibault and Myriam Ould-Braham of the Paris Opéra Ballet. It is one of the most important
international recognitions of great talent in the dance world, and
in recent years has only been given to José Martinez (1998), Manuel
Legris (2001), and Agnès Letestu ( 2004), at the French company.
For Thibault, a great favourite of the Paris public and critics alike,
who has won medals at the International Competition of Paris, at the
Eurovision competition in Helsinki, and at Varna, amongst others, it is
yet another recompense, but for Ould-Braham, who made her debut in the
title role of the Sleeping Beauty earlier this year, it is the
first indication of great things to come.
Thibault, who danced the Bluebird pas de deux in Rome in May with
Ould-Braham, will be partnering Covent Garden's star ballerina, Rumanian
Alina Cojocaru at a gala in Amsterdam on October 25th.
Patricia Boccadoro is the dance editor for