The Stars of the Classical Russian Ballet in the Summer Ballet Festival|
Russian State Ballet theatre
"RUSSIAN STATE BALLET"
Artistic Director: Viatcheslav Gordeev
The "Russian State Ballet" theatre over 20 years remains one of the leading Russian ballet companies. The repertoire includes masterpieces of the world ballet classical repertoire and the best samples of modern choreography. The primary task of the "Russian State Ballet" is to preserve the heritage of the Russian and West-European choreography alongside with the seek for the newer forms of dancing.
The "Russian State Ballet" has received international acknowledgement. It has been awarded by numerous prizes among which are "The Golden Ticket" – for the audiences of 100.000 people who visited the performances of the company during the just 2-months German tour, the "Most Grandioso Performance of the Year", the Association of West-European Impresario called the "Russian State Ballet" - "The Best Ballet Company of the Year".
Keeping a tradition alive.
Creating the "Russian State Ballet" was the dream of Irina Tichomirova, the prima ballerina of the "Bolshoi Ballet" and Director of the Moscow Philharmonic Society. She was already 62 when her dream became reality in 1979.Talented stars from the famous Bolshoi, Kirov and Stanislavski ensembles joined her to take up the challenge of the project: to form a touring ensemble of the highest quality which would dance the message of Russian ballet into everybody’s heart all around the world .
Under the "Bolshoi" star-soloist and choreographer Viatcheslav Gordeev’s leadership the "Russian State Ballet" was shaped into the high degree of artistic expression, gracefulness and body control we can enjoy today.
Since a tour to the United States in 1987 attended by the former President Ronald Reagan the company has embarked on a series of international tours across the world. Also a lively response was encountered on various tours which led the ensemble through Mexico, Taiwan, The People’s Republic of China, Great Britain, Australia, Ireland and the Middle East. The "Russian State Ballet" now tours Europe every year and has become a wonderful part of the Christmas season not only in Germany. The company was honoured by the Association of West-European Impresarios as "the best touring ballet company of Europe". Several cities in the USA, France and Mexico have elected the dancers of the "Russian State Ballet" honorary citizens, and the people of New Orleans have a new public holiday: "The Russian State Ballet Day"!
The "Russian State Ballet" presents an exciting and demanding programme of classical and modern ballet, created by traditional and new choreographers like Ivanov, Petipa, Gorsky or Gordeev himself. Especially Gordeev’s renderings of folk and pop songs, for example Lionel Richie’s "Hello", are always extremely well received by the audience. With its 50 soloists, of whom many are laureates of national and international ballet competitions, the "Russian State Ballet" is along with the "Bolshoi" and the "Kirov Ballets" the most famous Ballet world-wide. Even Mikhail Gorbachev as a great admirer of the "Russian State Ballet" has functioned as patron for some of the tours.