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“Silent Screen” © Rahi Rezvani (photo provided by press office)

Audiences will be won over and occasionally shocked by the productions in “DANCE OPEN”, Russia’s largest international ballet forum, which will take place on the Main Stage of the Alexandrinsky Theatre from 13 to 24 April.

Five world-famous choreographic companies, each of which is a phenomenon representing a particular style and trend, will be bringing both premieres and acknowledged masterpieces.

“The Snow Queen” (photo provided by press office)

“DANCE OPEN” starts on 13 April. For the first time in the festival’s history the programme will begin with a children’s production which will appeal to people of all ages. “The Snow Queen”, staged by Vyacheslav Samodurov, Artistic Director of the Yekaterinburg Ballet, in conjunction with the Russian composer Artyom Vasiliev, is a fascinating children’s fairytale-quest which provides a lesson to those who are only just learning to love and to those who could love more...

“Virus” © GAdi Dagon (photo provided by press office)

On 15 April the world-renowned headliner of contemporary dance, the Batsheva Dance Company from Israel and its leader Ohad Naharin, will present a genuine psychedelic experiment. They will perform “Virus” — a kind of dialogue between the dancers and the audience in the latest body language Gaga.

“Cinderella” © Anton Zavyalov (photo provided by press office)

On 17 April the Perm Ballet will perform “Cinderella”. Artistic Director Alexey Miroshnichenko will present , perhaps, the most original version of the fairytale. The action is brought forward to 1957: “Cinderella” is being staged in the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and the production is surrounded by a network of intrigue. The old prima ballerinas hinder the career of a young star, the young choreographer eclipses his ancient predecessor, the powerful minister decides the fate of art and the foreign prince appears against the background of the tireless vigil of special service agents...

“The Tempest” © Ewa Krasucka (photo provided by press office)

The fusion of dance and cinema, music and innovative visual artistic experiments will be continued by the Polish National Ballet: on 19 April “DANCE OPEN” will feature the premiere of “The Tempest”, based on Shakespeare’s play. The neoclassical choreography of Krzysztof Pastor reinterprets classical canons. And the exquisite set design, in which there is both the expected theatrical quality and a breakthrough of visual art technologies, in assonance with the video content by Shirin Neshat will plunge the audience into an abyss of meanings and passions.

“Thin Skin” © Rahi Rezvani (photo provided by press office)

On 21 and 22 April the festival will continue with an evening featuring the Netherlands Dance Theatre. The virtuoso dancers will perform three one-act ballets: “Shoot the Moon” and “Silent Screen” — productions by the world-famous choreographic duo Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon to the music of Philip Glass, and “Thin Skin” by Marco Goecke to music by Patti Smith and Keith Jarrett.

By tradition the festival will close with the “DANCE OPEN” Gala featuring stars of world ballet — the concert on 24 April will include performances by the soloists of leading ballet companies with their most outstanding numbers.

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March 2019

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