Raven people, vintage ballet, the classical Nutcracker, the hypnotic dances of the Mad Hatter, and what not – all of those can be seen at the Dance Open ballet festival in the Alexandrinsky Theater from April 17 to 29, 2019.
Every year this festival brings to Saint Petersburg those who are creating the history of modern ballet right now, and each time there is not a single underwhelming production in the program. The secret is that over the 18 years of its existence, the experts involved in the Dance Open program have learned to successfully negotiate with the companies in high demand as well as accurately select performances not only for rare “special connoisseurs”, but for the public at large.
This means that you can see not only modern choreography, contemporary and avant-garde dances bordering on the performance art, but also classical ballets with filigree fouetté and pas de chat at the Dance Open.
In addition, the festival annually arranges a series of master classes for ballet professionals. In the finals, the participants of the educational program – the students of world ballet schools aged from 7 to 20 - perform in the traditional Young Stars Gala Concert of the Dance Open, probably the most touching and emotional event of the program.
The Program of Dance Open 2019
April 17 - Winter Journey, Ballett Zurich
For whom: this production is a must see for those who want to know what real modern ballet is.
This ballet staged by Christian Spuk resembles a dream, scary and mesmerizing at the same time. Each scene here is an animated canvas, where reality intertwines with phantasmagoria, classical traditions are combined with modern abstraction, and dance turns into meditation.
April 19 - The Nutcracker, Perm Opera and Ballet House
For whom: a family ballet for those who prefer the classical ballet with a plot and beautiful scenery.
Saint Petersburg, being the birthplace of the Russian academic ballet, has the highest standards of and special requirements to the classical dance. So it is quite a challenge to bring The Nutcracker to St. Petersburg, especially in the springtime off season. However, it is not for nothing that the Perm Ballet troupe is considered to be one of the best in this country.
April 21-22 - Alice, Dortmund Ballet
For whom: for those who choose “new technologies” not only in life, but on stage as well.
Productions by Mauro Bigonzetti always present an explosive mixture of classics and modern, the most complex acrobatic technique and virtuoso dancing beyond the laws of physics and gravity. SO he is the best candidate for staging a ballet after Lewis Carroll. Bigonzetti’s Alice is a trip to the realm of stage and choreographic wonders.
April 24 and 25 - Coppelia, Vienna State Ballet
For whom: for those nostalgic of the brilliance, luxury and leizure of the bygone past.
This is a really vintage ballet, which is not losing but gaining charms over the years. Thanks to painstaking "restoration" work, viewers now have the opportunity to see Coppelia almost the way it was in the days of Napoleon III: with luxurious costumes and decorations.
April 27 - Masters, Introdans (Netherlands)
For whom: for fans of neoclassic and those who are interested in modern ballet, but are not ready for bold experiments.
The Introdans repertoire consists of one-act ballets, and is famous for its subject-free compositions focusing on choreographic text and the study of the body language possibilities. In the three one-act ballets that Introdans will show at the Dance Open, there is room for both comic dialogues and heated discussions.
When: April 17 to 27, 2019
Where: Alexandrinsky Theater at the address 6, Ostrovskogo, Square, next to Gostiny Dvor metro station, St. Petersburg.
See details on the festival website
Mariinsky Opera and Ballet Theater in Saint Petersburg
The Bolshoi Theatre
Author: Vera Ivanova