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Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2015 – 10th anniversary, Sunday 8 March 2015 at London Coliseum

Xander Parish in <I>Apollo</I>.<br />© Valentin Baranovsky. (Click image for larger version)
Xander Parish in Apollo.
© Valentin Baranovsky. (Click image for larger version)

London Coliseum to host 10th anniversary of the Russian Ballet Icons Gala
Sunday 8 March 2015

“Ablaze with classical artistry” Sunday Telegraph

An unbelievable eye – watering roster of world – class international dancers…” British Theatre Guide

“Heaven for ballet fans…and array of amazing dancing”. The London Reviewer

The Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2015, a grand gala evening dedicated to the story of Russian ballet, will be held on Sunday 8 March 2015 at 7.00pm at the London Coliseum.

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30 dancers already confirmed include Natalia Osipova, Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, Kim Kimin, Sarah Lamb, Xander Parish, Aline Cojocaru, Tamara Rojo, Marianela Nuňez and Thiago Soares. (full list at bottom of page)

The Russian Ballet Icons Gala will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the London Coliseum produced by Ensemble Productions. Every Gala is a multimedia experience which combines performances by living masters who celebrate the life and art of the greatest performers of the Russian ballet and the importance of the Russian ballet school. ‘Flight performed by the soul’ is how Alexander Pushkin described Russian ballet, whilst speaking of contemporary ballerina Evdokia Istomina in Eugene Onegin. It was the Russian ballet that was destined to revive the art worldwide by giving the world mesmerising dancers such as Anna Pavlova, Mikhail Fokin, Leonid Myasin, Bronislawa Nijinskaya, Vazlav Nijinsky, and George Balanchine. The sensational Ballets Russes of Sergey Diaghilev remains until today one of the most significant achievements in the ballet history.

Alina Somova and Timur Askerov in La Bayadere at the Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2014.© Andre Uspenski. (Click image for larger version)
Alina Somova and Timur Askerov in La Bayadere at the Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2014.
© Andre Uspenski. (Click image for larger version)

The Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2015 will again feature significant excerpts from the Russian classical repertoire and masterpieces by contemporary choreographers influenced by the Russian ballet. The gala will be accompanied by the orchestra of English National Ballet under the direction of Valery Ovsyanikov. The programme will be performed by the world renowned dancers of the Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, Staatsballett Berlin, New York City Ballet, Finnish National Ballet and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo.

Sunday 8 March 2015, 7.00pm, The London Coliseum
Box Office: 020 7845 9300
Online booking:
Running time 2 hours 20 minutes;

Russian Ballet Icons Gala Dancers

Royal Ballet
Sarah Lamb
Steven McRae
Vadim Muntagirov
Marianela Nuñez
Natalia Osipova
Thiago Soares
Edward Watson

Bolshoi Ballet
Semyon Chudin
Dmitry Gudanov
Artem Ovcharenko
Olga Smirnova
Anna Tikhomirova

Mariinsky Theatre
Kim Kimin
Xander Parish
Kristina Shapran
Alina Somova

English National Ballet
Aline Cojocaru
Tamara Rojo

Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris
Mathieu Ganio
Dorothée Gilbert

Berlin Staatsballett
Iana Salenko
Marian Walter

New York City Ballet
Chase Finlay
Lauren Lovette

Finnish National Ballet
Kenneth Greve
Daria Makhateli

Les Ballets de Monte Carlo
Bernice Coppieters

And also….
Daria Klimentova
Giuseppe Picone
Igor Zelensky

(Note from DanceTabs – A wonderful line-up, but do remember there can always be last minute changes.)

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