Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2018
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London’s annual ‘Russian Ballet Icons “In the Steps of the Ballets Russes”’ Gala, first held in 2006, is now firmly established as a highlight of the international ballet calendar. And its finally back this year again.
“An unbelievable eye-watering roster of world-class international dancers…” British Theatre Guide.
The 2018 Gala once again was a fascinating display of Russian classical ballet repertoire with much-loved masterpieces including La Bayadère, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and contemporary choreographies. Every year a dazzling programme pays tribute to the wonderful traditions of the Russian ballet school and its legendary soloists who have been inspiring dancers and ballet lovers since the early nineteenth century.
World premieres included A Flashback by Mariinsky-based choreographer Ilya Zhivoi, Warrior of Light by the unique ballet family Maria Sasha Khan and Nadia Khan, and Julian and Nicholas McKay under the umbrella of the Theatrum Vitae cultural platform. Vladislav Lantratov and Maria Alexandrova become Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in a pas de deux from the Bolshoi’s Nureyev, the talk of the town in Russia’s contemporary dance scene. Stanislaw Wegrzyn, winner of the Prix de Lausanne 2017 and now apprenticed with the Royal Ballet, will also be taking part in the Gala.
The Gala featured performances by Maria Alexandrova (Bolshoi Theatre), Roman Belyakov (Mariinsky Theatre), Sergio Bernal (Ballet Nacional de España), Audric Bezard (Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris), Federico Bonelli (The Royal Ballet), Claudia D’Antonio (Teatro di San Carlo), Dorothée Gilbert (Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris), Francesca Hayward (The Royal Ballet), Maria Sascha Khan, Nadia Khan (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma), Kim Kimin (Mariinsky Theatre), Ekaterina Kondaurova (Mariinsky Theatre), Ekaterina Krysanova (Bolshoi Theatre), Vladislav Lantratov (Bolshoi Theatre), Julian MacKay (Mikhailovsky Theatre), Nicholas MacKay, Natalia Osipova (The Royal Ballet), Artem Ovcharenko (Bolshoi Theatre), Xander Parish (Mariinsky Theatre), Giuseppe Picone (Teatro di San Carlo), Dmitry Semionov (The Semperoper Dresden Ballett), Polina Semionova (Staatsballett Berlin), Oxana Skorik (Mariinsky Theatre), Anna Tikhomirova (Bolshoi Theatre) and Stanislaw Wegrzyn (The Royal Ballet).
The Gala was accompanied by the English National Ballet Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Valeriy Ovsyannikov.
The Gala was followed by a post-performance Dinner at the legendary Savoy Hotel in the presence of the star dancers and other celebrity guests.
Extra special Thank you to Ensemble Productions and Olga Balakleets, for creating a divine experience each and every year! You doing such a wonderful job and we truly honoured to be a part of it! Thank you so much for such a wonderful Sunday evening full of magic and joy!
The Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2018 is another unforgettable celebration of ballet at its best.