Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2013 dedicated to Nijinsky – 10 March, London

Vaslav Nijinsky as the Golden Slave in <I>Scheherazade</I><br />Courtesy of Dancing Times. (Click image for larger version)

Vaslav Nijinsky as the Golden Slave in Scheherazade
Courtesy of Russian Ballet Icons/Dancing Times. (Click image for larger version)

Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2013 dedicated to Vaslav Nijinsky

On Sunday 10 March the Russian Ballet Icons Gala, this year dedicated to the legendary Vaslav Nijinsky, will take place at the London Coliseum.

The gala will include performances from the best living masters of ballet, dancing pieces from this iconic dancer’s repertoire as well as classic and contemporary dedications to one of the greatest dancers the world has ever known.

Born March 12 1890 in Kiev, Vaslav Nijinsky is often regarded as the greatest male dancer of the 20th Century. He made his debut with the Mariinsky Theatre in 1907 and with his spectacular leaps and unrivalled grace, he was an immediate success, dancing leading roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty, often with Anna Pavlova and Tamara Karsavina.

He travelled to Paris (1909) and, as premier danseur in Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe, was the first to dance the leading roles in Petrushka, Les Sylphides, Scheherazade, and The Spectre of the Rose, all choreographed by Fokine, and in ballets he himself choreographed – The Afternoon of a Faun (1912), The Rite of Spring (1913, for which Stravinsky composed the famous score), Jeux (1913), and Till Eulenspiegel (1916). His status as a legend and icon is unsurpassed in the history of dance.
 

Vaslav Nijinsky as the Golden Slave in ScheherazadeCourtesy of Dancing Times. (Click image for larger version)

Vaslav Nijinsky as the Golden Slave in Scheherazade
Courtesy of Russian Ballet Icons/Dancing Times. (Click image for larger version)

Vaslav Nijinsky’s repertoire and other choreographic masterpieces will be performed by:

Leanne Benjamin
Alina Cojocaru
J’aime Crandall
Elena Glurjidze
Dmitriy Gruzdev
Dmitry Gudanov
Kirill Kurlyaev
Alban Lendorf
Evgenia Obraztsova
Artem Ovcharenko
Giuseppe Picone
Ivan Putrov
Marianna Ryzhkina
Kristina Shapran
Iñaki Urlezaga
Edward Watson
Maria Yakovleva
Svetlana Zakharova

See more at:
russianballeticons.com

Note – The programme is subject to change and may incur additions and alterations.
 

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