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.

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The Kiev Ballet

Ballet

Background

The Kiev Opera Ballet is celebrating its 143rd anniversary.  It was founded in 1867 based on the traditional classic Russian School of Ballet.  Ana Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina and Matilda Kesisnkaya were among some of its principal dancers, whose grace, expertise and professionalism influenced the Ukrainian school of classic ballet. Mijail Mardkin was the director of The Kiev Opera Ballet in 1919.  He was one of the greatest European choreographers who along with Bronislava, the sister of the famous soloist Vatslav Nijinski, founded the School of Choreography of Kiev.  Serge Lifar, the known choreographer, graduated from this school, then later immigrated to France, and became the Director of The Opera Ballet of Paris.

The well known schools of the Bolshoi and Kirov dominated the international panorama of classical ballet with stars of extraordinary expertise.  During this time the Ukrainian school was always spoken of with great respect and admiration, this was especially true of the principals and soloists of The Kiev Opera Ballet.  Now, because of the political and social changes that have occurred in the ex Soviet Union, the cultural and artistic strength of the Ukrainians has permitted them to integrate into the elite of the best European schools of ballet companies.

Regrettably, the United States has never witnessed the calibre and artistry of The Kiev Opera Ballet, who counts amongst it’s star principal dancers:  Tetyana Golyakova, Natalya Domracheva, Takita Shinobu, Ksenya Ivanenko, Victor Ishchuk y Maksym Chepyk, who are able to perform with remarkable precision, flawless purity and immaculate pageantry, the great ballet classics, such as: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Carmen, Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sulfide and others.

This is an excellent opportunity for ballet critics and the American public to delight and discover the stupendous Kiev Opera Ballet, who will leave their skillful talent in the hearts of the audience.