The Imperial Russian Ballet

Ballet

Background

The Imperial Russian Ballet was created in 1994 by Maija Plisetskaya, the Great Russian Ballerina.  The name was the idea of Gediminas Tarandá, the current director, who explains that “imperial, in this case, has nothing to do with the power of government; rather, it has more to do with the imperial style and majesty of the classical Russian Ballet dancers.

The company is made up of 45 top level artistic dancers who come from the major ballet companies of Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Perm, many of whom have been given prestigious awards in international competition.

In spite of being a newly formed company, they have been highly recognized by  many countries of the world, such as Japan, Finland, Austria, Germany, United States, Brazil, Portugal, Spain, etc.

Because of their success they were invited to celebrate the 70th Gala Anniversary of Maija Plisetskaya at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.  She was quoted as saying: “the stars of this company are very good and I sincerely believe they are one of the best that has performed in Russia”.

Their repertory includes all the classical ballets: “Swan Lake”, “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Nutcracker,”  “Giselle,” “Carmen,” “Cinderella,” Coppelia,” “Don Quixote.”  They are able to interpret the following known Russian choreographers: M. Fokine, A. Gorsky, A. Goleisovsky, M. Petipá, N. Ogrysov, N. Androsov, and also have collaborated with British choreographers: A. Filipps and V. Rakitsky, and American choreographer, Lu Conte and the German choreographer, Kevin Heigen.