The XIII Ballet Festival Dance Open will take place in Saint Petersburg
Performances of three dance companies and a gala-concert of world ballet stars will take place at the Alexandrinsky Theatre from April 23rd to April 28th. In comparison to previous festivals, this year the program has been considerably enlarged; the number of new works is record-setting. Complexions Contemporary Ballet (the USA) opened the festival and presented three productions. “Moon Over Jupiter” to the music by Rachmaninoff was choreographed by Dwight Rhoden. His productions are compared to hot melted lava that is dripping “with undeniable force”; artists' trained bodies are truly magnificent. Two other productions – “Recur” (reflections about the past expressed with the help of dance language) and "Innervisions” (staged to hits by Stevie Wonder) – are European premieres. Americans assure us that this is the first ballet in history that was staged to the music by the American blind soul-idol. /…/ As usual, the festival will close with a gala-concert. The list of guest virtuosos includes soloists of the Royal Ballet, Berlin State Ballet, English National Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Of course, there are Russian ballet stars as well – Sergei Polunin (Moscow Music Theatre), Viktoria Tereshkina (the Mariinsky Theatre), Kristina Kretova and Semyon Chudin (the Bolshoi Theatre). The program of the gala includes classical pas de deux (for example, a fragment of the forgotten ballet “Bluebeard”, which has been reconstructed painstakingly), mixed with modern numbers; the audience will see dancers wearing both tutu skirts and tight leotards. Ancient fragments from “Giselle”, “Esmeralda” and “Le Corsaire” will be performed together with the newest pieces by David Dawson and Wayne McGregor. Music by Mozart, Dvorak and Strauss the Son will be followed by the cry of flamenco and Gershwin's “Summertime”. After the gala the International Ballet Award Dance Open will be awarded for the fifth time. Laureates receive crystal copies of a remarkably beautiful leg of the ballerina Anna Pavlova. As usual, the ceremony will take place at the Marble Hall of the Russian Museum of Ethnography.
Krasnodar mass media:
Georgy Gusev, an artist of the Bolshoi Ballet, will come to Krasnodar. On April 26th he will dance in the production of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Yuri Grigorovich Ballet Theatre. According to the press-office of the creative union “Premiere”, Gusev will perform the part of Mercutio. “An Honored Artist of Russia in Dayun will perform the part of Romeo; Elena Luzina will perform the part of Juliet”.Georgy Gusev graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography in 2010 and was invited to join the company of the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre. In 2013 he joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company.