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Oscar-winning filmmaker James Cameron will receive the Prince Rainier III Award from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA on October 25 in Beverly Hills.
“It is my distinct privilege to present the Prince Rainier III Award to James Cameron,” Prince Albert said in a statement. “He is one of Hollywood’s most iconic filmmakers and dedicated philanthropists. His revolutionary work has transformed the film industry, and at the same time he has helped explore the deepest parts of the oceans to help advance science and protect our most vital resources. There is no one more fitting to receive this accolade.”
Mr Cameron, a Canadian, will be honoured at the Princess Grace Awards Gala, which will also introduce the Stephen Hillenburg Animation Scholarship for young, emerging animators in film. The evening also will include a special dance performance by past Princess Grace Award winners Michelle Dorrance, Jason Samuels Smith and Joseph Wiggan, the organisers say.
The Prince Rainier III Award recognises renowned leaders in the arts whose achievements are coupled with demonstrated service to their communities. Mr Cameron, who has directed the two highest-grossing films of all time (Titanic and Avatar) while winning three Academy Awards, is being honoured for his “outstanding contributions to the arts” and “exemplary give-back”.
Previous recipients include Julie Andrews, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Glenn Close, Queen Latifah, George Lucas, Mandy Patinkin, Sibylle and Robert Redford, Twyla Tharp, Pauletta and Denzel Washington, Cicely Tyson and Dick Van Dyke.
The Prince Rainier III Award includes a grant of $25,000 to the philanthropic organisation of the recipient’s choice and a unique sculpture by artist Alex Soldier.
This year’s gala celebrates the Princess Grace Foundation’s 35th anniversary, during which it will award more than $1 million to artists in dance, theatre and film.
The Stephen Hillenburg Animation Award is named after the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, who, along with his wife, Karen, endowed the foundation with a donation that will encourage and assist future animators in their professional growth. Mr Hillenburg was the recipient of a Princess Grace Award in 1991 and is the first honouree to grant the foundation such a scholarship.
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Monaco’s history and cultural heritage are incontestably linked with the turbulent and innovative era of Serge Diaghilev’s “Russian Seasons”, a phenomenon of Russian culture in the early 20th century. The Russian Gala project, inaugurated in September 2012 at the Grimaldi Forum with the Gala of Stars of the Russian Ballet and attended by well-known figures from the Rock, continues the tradition of representing Russian culture on the Côte d’Azur and confirms the great interest shown in Russian art and the timeliness of such events in Europe today.
For the fifth anniversary of the Gala on September 9 and 10, the Grimaldi Forum will once again host the stars of the amazing Eifman Ballet from Saint Petersburg. Following the great success of “Anna Karenina” in September 2014, there will now be a performance of Boris Eifman’s latest ballet, “Up & Down”. In this work, the “psychoanalyst choreographer” delves into the unexplored depths of the interior worlds of his characters and enters the most hidden parts of the subconscious, the organisers say.
The main character of the work is a successful psychiatrist – a loving and charismatic husband who has everything he needs to be happy. But in a world entirely dominated by the power of money and dark, destructive instincts, true happiness seems impossible.
Eifman’s interpretation of Scott Fitzgerald’s novel “Tender is the Night” has already been acclaimed in Paris, New York, Chicago, Moscow and several other capital cities throughout the world.
“This year, the Russian Gala will be host to a legendary choreographer – the incomparable Boris Eifman – who celebrated his 70th birthday last year. This will be a rare opportunity to welcome the famous Ballet Eifman troupe to Monaco. The troupe has repeatedly been acclaimed by critics and the international press – this is a show that’s not to be missed under any pretext,” said Gulshat Uzenbaeva, manager of Gala Russe.