St. Petersburg – Savonlinna Ballet Days 2013
Summer NightS Stars Gala



Date: July 14, 2013 
Venue: Savonlinna (Finland)

A new stage in the development of cultural links between Finland and Russia: the International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN gathered the brightest soloists in the most authentic place of a medieval castle Olavinlinna and held a series of master classes for young ballet dancers in Mikkeli.

For at least a century the Finnish town of Savonlinna has been famous for its opera festival. As a development step, recently Olavinlinna castle has started to claim the status of a major European ballet center: for the third time St.Petersburg ballet festival DANCE OPEN, which is admitted to be one of the most influential choreographic forums in the world, gathered here the most outstanding soloists of the Russian and world ballet companies.

DANCE OPEN galas are special for their absolute exclusivity: every year the organizers present the best ballet dancers who are at the height of their fame. These events always perform to a full house - in St.Petersburg as well as abroad. It’s a rare chance for the audience to see la creme a la creme of the world choreography in the most concentrated program.

This year on 14 July the Summer Night Stars Gala did not make an exception: brilliant Denis and Anastasia Matvienko along with Anton Korsakov and Anastasia Kolegova from Mariinsky Theater, renowned Irina Perren, Leonid Sarafanov, Sabina Yapparova and Marat Shemiunov from the Mikhailovsky Theater, noble Dinu Tamazlacaru and elegant Iana Salenko from the Staatsballett Berlin, unequalled Lucia Lacara and Marlon Dino, star couple from the Bavarian State Ballet, adorable Anna Tsygankova and charming Matthew Golding from the Dutch National Ballet danced in Olavinlinna.

Ekaterina Galanova, Head of the International ballet Festival DANCE OPEN: «The Gala is unique for its venue. Very special authentic atmosphere of the medieval castle fits perfectly to the art of ballet emphasizing delicacy and elegance of dance. You simply immerse yourself in the atmosphere of old legends and high feelings…The experience is wonderful and incomparable!»

The Gala was held within the project St.Petersburg - Savonlinna Ballet Days supported by South-East Finland – Russia ENPI Program of cross-border cooperation.