Russian Ballet Icons Gala and Dinner

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The Russian Ballet Icons Gala and Dinner 2013, dedicated to Vaslav Nijinsky, will feature famous excerpts from the legendary dancer’s repertoire and masterpieces by contemporary choreographers (such as John Neumeier, Roland Petit, John Cranko, Nacho Duato, Kenneth Macmillian, Maurice Bejart, Twyla Tharp, Jessica Lang and Alexey Ratmansky), performed by the leading star dancers of the Bolshoi, Mariinsky, Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, ballets of the Grand Opera Paris, Berlin Staatsoper , New York City Ballet and the Ballet of Monte Carlo.

The gala will be followed by a post-performance dinner for VIP guests in the presence of the esteemed ballet dancers, as well as members of the Royal Family, leading politicians, numerous celebrities from both countries at the exclusive St. Martin’s Lane Hotel, next door to the London Coliseum providing a unique opportunity for corporate networking in a more informal environment where guests will also leave with shared memories of a wonderful occasion.

Gala tickets will be on sale from the ENO very soon – find us on Facebook for all the latest updates about the gala: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Russian-Ballet-Icons-Gala/160784144021767?fref=ts

Born March 12 1890 in Kiev Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian ballet dancer, choreographer and brother of Bronislava Nijinska, is often regarded as the greatest male dancer of the 20th Century and was ballet’s first modernist choreographer. He entered the Imperial Ballet School, St. Petersburg, in 1900 and made his debut with the Mariinsky Theatre in 1907. 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).

Date

10 March 2013

Venue

London Coliseum

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