Dance

Russian Ballet Icons

Kristina Shapran and Xander Parish in Giselle. Photo by Marc Haegeman. Content supplied by Ensemble Productions.

The Russian Ballet Icons Gala is an annual star-studded event in London. Organised by Ensemble Productions since 2006, it is now firmly established as one of the highlights of the international ballet calendar. 

“An unbelievable eye-watering roster of world-class international dancers…”

British Theatre Guide.

The 2018 Gala will once again be a fascinating display of Russian classical ballet repertoire with much-loved masterpieces including Swan LakeDon Quixote, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and contemporary choreographies.

There will be London and world premieres including A Flashback by Mariinsky-based choreographer Ilya Zhivoi, Warrior of Light by the unique ballet family Maria Sasha Khan and Nadia Khan, and Julian and Nicholas McKay under the umbrella of the Theatrum Vitae cultural platform. Vladislav Lantratov and Maria Alexandrova become Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn in a pas de deux from the Bolshoi’s Nureyev, the talk of the town in Russia’s contemporary dance scene. Stanislaw Wegrzyn, winner of the Prix de Lausanne 2017 and now apprenticed with the Royal Ballet, will also be taking part in the Gala.

The Gala will feature performances by Maria Alexandrova (Bolshoi Theatre), Roman Belyakov (Mariinsky Theatre), Sergio Bernal (Ballet Nacional de España), Audric Bezard (Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris), Federico Bonelli (The Royal Ballet), Claudia D’Antonio (Teatro di San Carlo), Dorothée Gilbert (Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris), Francesca Hayward (The Royal Ballet), Maria Sascha Khan, Nadia Khan (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma), Kim Kimin (Mariinsky Theatre), Ekaterina Kondaurova (Mariinsky Theatre), Ekaterina Krysanova (Bolshoi Theatre), Vladislav Lantratov (Bolshoi Theatre), Julian MacKay (Mikhailovsky Theatre), Nicholas MacKay, Natalia Osipova (The Royal Ballet),  Artem Ovcharenko (Bolshoi Theatre), Xander Parish (Mariinsky Theatre), Giuseppe Picone (Teatro di San Carlo), Dmitry Semionov (The Semperoper Dresden Ballett), Polina Semionova (Staatsballett Berlin),Vladimir Shklyarov (Mariinsky Theatre), Oxana Skorik (Mariinsky Theatre), Anna Tikhomirova (Bolshoi Theatre) and Stanislaw Wegrzyn (The Royal Ballet). 

The Gala will be accompanied by the English National Ballet Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Valeriy Ovsyannikov.

Russian Ballet Icons

Sunday 25 February 7.00pm

Celebrating Russia’s legendary ballet school whilst paying tribute to its iconic dancers.

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