Ballet Show "Summer Seasons" by leading Ballet Companies: Moscow City Ballet and Russian National Ballet Theatre19 July 2008 - 10 September 2008|
SCHEDULE 19 July 2008 - 10 September 2008
The SUMMER BALLET SEASONS were founded in 2001 and immediately attracted the
attention of audiences. The repertoire of the Seasons consists of classics
performed by promising and prominent Russian ballet companies.
More than 300,000 people have visited performances of the Seasons during
In 2001, the project was planned as the means to settle tourist problems - in
the period of summer vacations, closed theatres and concert halls, it was
impossible to form a worthy cultural program for foreign tourists. Time passed,
and today the Seasons have turned into a prominent cultural event in Moscow. The
performances of both the ballet companies, participating in SBS-2008, are a
great rarity in their own country, as they tour abroad most of the year. For
example Moscow City Ballet had 15 annual tours and more than 1500 performances
just in UK!
The conception of the Summer Ballet Seasons is to cherish the inherited
treasures of the Russian national culture.
The performances traditionally take place in the very heart of Moscow
in the old RAMT (Russian National Theatre) next to the worldwide known Bolshoi
and opposite the Kremlin and Red Square.
Moscow City Ballet (MCB)
In 1988, the Russian choreographer and former soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet,
Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, founded the Classical Ballet Theatre, which is known
abroad as Moscow City Ballet. The Company"s success, both at home and abroad,
makes it one of Russia"s most extensively touring ballet companies.
Considering classical ballet to be an important part of the national heritage
of Russia, Victor Smirnov-Golovanov aims to bring it to as wide a public as
possible, especially to the new generation of ballet-going youngsters.
Some of the Company"s greatest successes have been in the United Kingdom,
where it has given more than 1,500 performances since 1991, all under the
auspices of Victor Hochhauser. In addition, Moscow City Ballet has appeared in
Belgium, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan,
Lithuania, the People"s Republic of China, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal,
the Republic of Ireland, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, the USA and,
naturally, in Russia itself. The touring schedule of the Company is always very
tight and the tours are planned long ahead.
Moscow City Ballet is renowned for the perfection of its corps de ballet in
the best traditions of the Russian school of classical ballet. This is ensured
by the unceasing efforts, both in production and rehearsal, of Victor
Smirnov-Golovanov and his wife, Lyudmila Nerubaschenko. Smirnov-Golovanov"s own
productions, as well as older versions of the classical ballets, all share a
clearly defined style and choreographic integrity.
The Company of more than 60 dancers is drawn from graduates of all the finest
choreographic academies and schools in Russia and the Ukraine, including Moscow,
St. Petersburg, Perm, Kiev, Novosibirsk, Ufa and Alma-Ata, as well as guest
artists from abroad. Moscow City Ballet appears regularly with its own orchestra
and is in constant demand all over the world.
Russian National Ballet Theatre
The Russian National Ballet Theatre (RNBT) was founded with the help
and support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. The necessity
to have a young, promising and vibrant theatre with a unique potential in both
kinds of dance, classical and modern, was the main reason for its foundation.
Talent and devotion to art is its major principle. This is support by the
outstanding talent and devotion of the celebrated masters Russian ballet, such
as, People`s Artist of the USSR Professor Moiseev, People`s Artist of Russia
Professor R. Struchkova, People`s Artist of USSR M. Lavrovsky, People`s Artist
of USSR Y. Vladimirov and others.
The Russian National Ballet Theatre has given Russian ballet a new
lease of life. The theater"s repertoire includes not only classical performances
such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Scotland Suite, Don Quixote
and Gala Concert, but also modern ballets set to the music of Mozart, Bach,
Ravel and others. The company personnel numbers more than 50 dancers, and is the
result of the pain-staking search for dedicated and talented artists. A great
effort has gone into providing the correct atmosphere and conditions in which to
develop and perfect the artists` mastery and creative pursuits. The company"s
main soloists are: Honoured Artist of Russia M. Bogdanova, E. Berezina, O.
Pavlova and prize winners of international ballet competitions - M. Romanov, K.
Pavinskaya, N. Ivanova, N. Kungurtseva, to name but a few.
Artistic Director of the company is Vladimir Moiseev, the Honoured Artist of
Russia and the soloist with the Bolshoi Theatre. The company"s General Director
is the Honoured Artist of Russia, Evgeny Amosov. The Theatre`s soloists have
been invited to perform principal roles in the leading theatres of Russia,
Italy, Spain, Japan, the United States, Mexico, Australia, South Korea and
Mainland China. And the company tours intensively all over the world as well.
They"ve been announced the best touring company in China in the years 2001 and
The major creative principle of the Theatre is not only careful preservation
the Russian classical ballet school, but also the development of new forms of
choreographic expressiveness, as well as discovering new models, directions and
possibilities of dance.
The Rakhmaninov Symphony
The Rakhmaninov Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1995, was directed by the
celebrated conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre Andrei Chistyakov.
The RSO collaborates with many composers, both in Russia and abroad,
including Michelle Legrande and Ennio Morricone. As a result of such
collaborations, the orchestra has not only performed many successful concerts,
but also released numerous disks.
The RSO has worked with such companies as:
Movida-film and television
Concorde-New Horizons. USA
films, UGC Images. France
Numero Uno, Artmosfera. Italy
From its founding, the orchestra has participated in the yearly Maya
Plisetskaya Festival in Finland, where they have performed such works as Swan
Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, and Carmen.
With the arrival in 2005 of A. Petukhov, the orchestra intensified its
performance schedule: they now perform in Moscow"s finest concert halls,
including the Great Hall of Moscow State Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Hall, The
Central State Concert Hall "Russia", and the Kremlin Palace. The RSO has a
long-term contract with the Kremlin Palace, which is located in the territory of
the Kremlin and has seating for 6000.
At the Italian-Russian Festival, the RSO premiered modern Italian composer
Bruno Cantini"s opera "Anastasia". The festival was an important event in
Moscow"s cultural life.
In the near future, the RSO is planning concerts in Finland, France, and
||Alexander Petukhov is a professor
of the Moscow State Conservatory, professor of the Russian Academy of Theatre
Arts, honorary professor of the International Academy of Science in San Marino,
vice president of the International Union of Musicians, and a distinguished
figure in Russia"s cultural life. Since 1998, A. Petukhov serves as both
director and conductor of the Moscow Conservatory Opera Studio.
A graduate of Moscow State Conservatory, A. Petukhov has
directed professional symphony orchestras from 18 years of age. During his years
as a student of the Conservatory, many important symphonic works were performed
under his direction, including operas of Tchaikovskii, Puccini and Prokofiev. At
22 years of age he was invited to conduct the Moscow State Operetta Theatre
orchestra, and after six months to conduct the State Symphony Cinematic
Orchestra of the Soviet Union, in which over 250 musicians worked under his
Over the course of his fourteen years with this ensemble, A.
Petukhov maintained an active concert schedule, and also recorded music of
widely varying styles. During this period, they recorded music for more than
1500 films, (including the cult series "Seventeen Moments of Spring"), shows,
and television programs, as well as dozens of symphonies, operas, and ballets.
From 1983 to 1988 A. Petukhov served as artistic director and
conductor of the countries most celebrated orchestra- the All-Union Radio and TV
Orchestra. Daily radio broadcasts, as well as frequent concerts made him a
famous and beloved public figure.
From 1989 to 1994 he toured with the concerts all over the
world. And beginning with 1995 he became a professor of the Moscow State
Conservatory. A. Petukhov joined the Rakhmaninov Symphony Orchestra as the
artistic director and chief conductor in
Graduated from Moscow State Conservatoire named after
P.I.Tchaikovsky (pedagogues E.Leonov and G.Rozhdestvensky) with distinguished
diplomas. In 1997 was invited to the music theatre Amadeus, where he staged
several pieces by Mozart and Strauss. In 1999 he was invited as a conductor to
the Opera studio at Moscow Conservatoire, where participated in the production
of the opera Aleko by S.Rakhmaninov. In 2000 Alexey Osetrov staged operas Eugene
Onegin by Tchaikovsky and Boris Godunov by M.Mussorgsky at the Opera
Studio-Theatre named after S.Prokofiev. In 2001 he participated (under the
guidance of G.Rozhdestvensky) in staging of The Gambler at the Bolshoi Theatre
and one year later, together with the famous conductor G.Zhemchuzhin, he worked
at the ballet Magic Flute by R.Drigo. During the season of 2003/2004 Alexey
Osetrov conducted at Helikon Opera Theatre. He also performs extensively as a
guest conductor in the country and abroad. His repertoire includes classical
operas, ballets and symphony music programmes.
Graduated from the State Musical Collage named after the Gnesins
(pedagogue V.Kalinin) with the distinguished diploma. Later graduated from
Moscow State Conservatoire ( his pedagogues were B.Tevlin and G.Rozhdestvensky).
Since 2005 Konstantin Khvatinets is on probation with the National Philharmonic
Orchestra of Russia (artistic director and chief conductor V.Spivakov). And
alongside with this he is a conductor of the Children"s Music Theatre named
after N.Sats. His repertoire includes music and ballet performances. He was
invited as a guest conductor to perform at the Bolshoi theatre during the
presentation of the Bolshoi ballet school in Brasil graduates Gala programme. In
2006 he has brought into life a new production of Chippollino by K.Khachaturyan
on the stage of Children”s Music
Russian National Theatre hall plan
WHAT‘S SUMMER WITHOUT BALLET?
SBS REVIVES TRADITION
ROMEO AND JULIET, KING‘S THEATRE, GLASGOW
ROMEO AND JULIET - MOSCOW CITY BALLET - EVERYMAN THEATRE
SCHEDULE 19 July 2008 - 10 September 2008