Guidebook on the Performances of the Coming Season
The 16th Season of the Dance Open is going to be extensive and versatile. While we were thinking over the programme so many discussions, ideas and opinions were born that we decided to make a quest guide on it. Shall we take a look?
Do you want to persuade your children that ballet is not less exciting than fantasy and Disney cartoons?
You need to see the The Snow Queen by Ekaterinburg Ballet. Striking scenography, inventive directing, breathtaking music and, most importantly, Vyacheslav Samodurov’s choreography, this “digest of the world ballet” with dance style from Petipa to Riverdance that nevertheless remains solid and original.
Are you a fan of classical ballet with gorgeous music, abundance of costumes and “great” choreography?
Then Prokofyev’s Cinderella in the interpretation of Alexey Miroshnichenko will be your choice. Apart from enjoying the work of one of the best ballet companies of Russia, Perm Ballet, you will appreciate the original stage direction of the production.
If you follow the choreography trends of the turn of the 20th–21st centuries, you won’t miss such an extraordinary event as the NDT-1 visit of St. Petersburg. To tell you the truth, we have been preparing this tour for several years. Isn’t it a real ballet happiness to see Lightfoot-León´s Shoot The Moon performed by Europe´s most iconic troupe? Not to mention the presence of Lightfoot himself at the festival.
Are you concerned about the new dimensions of the semantic space and understanding of the esoteric nature of things?
It is exactly what Israeli Batsheva under the guidance of its permanent leader Ohad Naharin are doing. Strictly speaking, Naharin`s Virus is not the ballet in its traditional sense. The words of the philosophy text that are carefully written not by the bodies of the dances but by the whole organism of the company let us delve deep in the very DNA of the dance movement – the emotional reflections of the soul.
You struggle to make your choice as your interest lies within all these facets?
There is a solution: come and see The Tempest of the Polish National Ballet. We really think that it is the peak of the programme of the 16th season of the festival but it is up to you to decide. It is a fairy-tale and philosophical variation of Shakespeare’s play. And the directing that is absolutely worth of this literature heritage. All and all, this is a real gem of the world season:
- Choreography by Krzysztof Pastor is the quintessence of the modern rethinking of the classical canons
- Strong academic company that has rapidly risen to the top lines of ballet ratings.
- Exquisite scenography that combines expected theatricality with unexpected use of modern technologies
As for the traditional Star Gala – nothing has changed. Only the best of the best performed by the best.
Welcome to Dance Open-2017!