Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2017

London Coliseum

March 12th, 2017

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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. 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. The Programme of the Ballets Russes consisted of 15 best performances of all times: Sheherazade, Swan Lake, The Firebird, Rubies (From Jewels), Light Rain, Petrushka, Lac, Le Spectre de la Rose, The Sleeping Beauty, The Fairy Doll, Les Enfants Terribles, Afternoon of a Faun, Diamonds (from Jewels), Dying Swan, Don Quixote and the World Premier ‘Theatrum Vitae”.

Olga Balakleets, Alina Blinova

Olga Balakleets, Alina Blinova

This year all the guest of the Russian Ballet Icons Gala were privileged to be the very first ones to see a new performance ‘Theatrum Vitae”, which has been specially produced to showcase an innovative and life-changing creative venture that will touch the hearts and minds of people all over the world. World Premier was presented to the audience by incredible 2 ballet dancers: Liudmila Konovalova and Davide Dato. BRAVO!

The cast for the Gala was studded with world ballet stars and principal dancers from the world’s finest ballet companies: Maria Alexandrova (Bolshoi Theatre), Tyler Angle (NYCB), Davide Dato (Vienna State Ballet), Marlon Dino (Bavarian State Ballet), Matthew Golding (The Royal Ballet), Dmitry Gudanov (Bolshoi Theatre),Liisa Hämäläinen (Monte-Carlo Ballet), Isaac Hernandez (English National Ballet), Maria Kochetkova (San Francisco Ballet), Liudmila Konovalova (Vienna State Ballet), Ekaterina Krysanova (Bolshoi Theatre), Lucia Lacarra (Bavarian State Ballet), Sarah Lamb (The Royal Ballet), Vladislav Lantratov (Bolshoi Theatre), Svetlana Lunkina (National Ballet of Canada), Sasha Mukhamedov (Dutch National Ballet), Vadim Muntagirov (The Royal Ballet), Evgenia Obraztsova (Bolshoi Theatre), Alexis Oliveira (Monte-Carlo Ballet), Natalia Osipova (The Royal Ballet), Ekaterina Osmolkina (Mariinsky Theatre), Xander Parish (Mariinsky Theatre), Tamara Rojo (English National Ballet), Iana Salenko (Berlin State Ballet), Vladimir Shklyarov (Mariinsky Theatre), Jacopo Tissi (La Scala), Ivan Vasiliev (Mikhailovsky Theatre), Edward Watson (The Royal Ballet), Zenaida Yanowsky (The Royal Ballet) and students of the Vaganova Academy among others.

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.

Special thank you to all the sponsors of the evening, without your support it wouldn’t be the same: UBP, Giberg & Blavatnik Family Foundation.

Extra special Thank you to Ensemble Productions and Olga Balakleets, for creating a divine experience each and every year! You doing such a wonderful thing 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!