The Diaghilev Award is the first Russian professional award in recent times for the best production project in the performing arts. The award was launched in 2003, but received a new lease of life in 2012 when leading specialists in theatrical production became part of the jury at the invitation of the Diaghilev Festival’s management. The jury includes directors of the world’s most important theatres and festivals, critics, and representatives of cultural institutions from various countries. It was headed by the legendary innovator of contemporary opera, Gerard Mortier.
The award is designed to celebrate and encourage the organizers of cultural events which embody the spirit of Sergei Diaghilev’s works, and is awarded annually to an original theatrical production that premiered during the previous calendar year. Newly-commissioned and staged operatic, dance and ballet performances, as well as innovative interpretations of well-known works can be nominated for the award. The Diaghilev Award Ceremony will take place at the International Diaghilev Festival in Perm.
Due to an unforeseen budget cutback of The Ninth International Diaghilev Festival and, as a result, of a prize fund of The Diaghilev Award the festival management has made a complicated decision — to cancel the delivery of The Award in 2015.
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