Dame Malvina Major Foundation artist Christchurch ballet dancer Tasman Davids has been nominated for a 2019 Golden Mask Award for Best Male Performance in a ballet.
The Golden Mask is a National Theatre Award established in 1993 for productions in all genres of theatre art: drama, opera, ballet, modern dance, operetta, musical, and puppet theatre. It is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Moscow Government.
The main festival programme includes Russian productions, selected by experts from among the premieres of the previous season and nominated for the Golden Mask Award. During the festival the two juries – one for drama and one for musical theatre – composing 10 plus a chairman of recognised Russian actors, directors, conductors, choreographers and theatre critics – decide on the winners of the Golden Mask Award.
The Awards are given to the winners at the Golden Mask Awards Ceremony that takes place on the last festival day. It is the most important cultural event of the season and is widely covered by the press and broadcast by a central TV channel. In 2019 the Golden Mask Festival will be held for the 25th time on 16 April at the Bolshoi Theatre, Historic Stage.