Dronina and Hernández win Alexandra Radius Prize 2014

Amsterdam, 13 september 2104

Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernández, principals with Dutch National Ballet, are the winners of the Alexandra Radius Prize 2014. It is the first time in the history of the prize that two dancers have received the award simultaneously.

Dronina and Hernández received their prize, € 2500 and an artwork, from Alexandra Radius herself at the festive Gala given by Dutch National Ballet on Saturday 13 September 2014 in Dutch National Opera & Ballet, in Amsterdam.

The jury were full of praise for both dancers. About Jurgita Dronina, they wrote: “Everything she danced this season turned to gold”. And about Isaac Hernández: “A compelling virtuosity and intensity that escaped nobody at all”. The prize was awarded this year for the 26th time.

Jurgita Dronina’s reaction:
“I feel grateful to receive the Alexandra Radius Prize along with Isaac. It is very rewarding to feel that the partnership we have created on stage has been acknowledged and appreciated by the jury”.

Isaac Hernández’ reaction: “For me it is not only an honour to receive this award but it is also pure inspiration to continue doing my best and giving my all to this profession. I met Jurgita in 2006 at a competition. Back then I was 16, but I knew that one day I wanted to dance with her. Now, after all these years, it is extra special to share the prize with her. She and Guillaume Graffin (balletmaster with Dutch National Ballet) have given me all their support and have made all of this easy and enjoyable. I am honoured to receive the award, because it reminds me that there are people who watch us and appreciate all the work we do to make the best of every show”.

From the jury’s report
“The 2013-2014 season was of a very high standard of dancing - exceptional, in fact. The jury therefore came to the conclusion that this time two prizes should be awarded instead of one, and despite this gesture there were still a few other dancers who would have been eligible.
However, the jury were unanimous in their choice of Jurgita Dronina and Isaac Hernández: Jurgita because everything she danced this season turned to gold, and Isaac as an undisputed asset for the company and because he made best use of his talent to be promoted to principal. He danced with a compelling virtuosity and intensity that escaped nobody at all.
As chance would have it, they also make a wonderful and unique combination. Watching them dance together in Don Quichotte by Alexei Ratmanksy, The Sleeping Beauty by Sir Peter Wright, The Dream by Frederick Ashton and Dances with harp by Hans van Manen is an experience to be long remembered. Dutch National Ballet can be justly proud of its dancers - and certainly of these prize-winners”.

This year’s Alexandra Radius Prize jury comprised: Alexandra Radius (former principal with Dutch National Ballet), Caroline Iura (former principal with Dutch National Ballet), Eddie Vetter (musicologist and dance critic), Jan Haars (chairman of the Dutch National Ballet Foundation) and Frederik Redelé (Friend of Dutch National Ballet).

Jurgita Dronina
Isaac Hernández

Friends of Dutch National Ballet
The Alexandra Radius Prize is an initiative of the Friends of Dutch National Ballet, which has a membership of over 2000 ballet-lovers. The Friends’ support for the only classical ballet company in the Netherlands is extremely important and is gaining in importance all the time. The annual highlight is the presentation of the Alexandra Radius Prize, which is awarded to the most remarkable male or female dancer within the ranks of Dutch National Ballet. But the Friends do far more than that. Their financial contributions enable the company to present new productions like Cinderella, Giselle and Don Quichotte, and they have provided the dancers with a fully equipped fitness studio. The Friends also make it possible to invite several guest teachers, and the Travel and Study Fund allows dancers to take part in courses and dance competitions all over the world and thus improve their dance qualities.

Friends of Dutch National Ballet