January 21, 2014

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19th – 22nd MARCH 2014, LONDON COLISEUM

The critically-acclaimed KINGS OF THE DANCE makes its UK debut at the London Coliseum, Wednesday 19th – Saturday 22nd March 2014, showcasing the phenomenal artistry, style and power of its celebrated male dancers.

The current KINGS OF THE DANCE line-up showcases the incomparable Roberto Bolle from Teatro alla Scala, American Ballet Theatre’s reigning stars Marcelo Gomes and Ivan Vasiliev, Russia’s brilliant Denis Matvienko of the Mariinsky Ballet and the compelling Leonid Sarafanov of the Mikhailovsky Ballet. These virtuoso performers will dance seven diverse pieces from Roland Petit, Patrick De Bana, Nacho Duato, Marco Goecke, Marcelo Gomes and Massimiliano Volpini.

Roberto Bolle and Ivan Vasiliev will perform Roland Petit’s tragic Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, also featuring the Bolshoi Ballet’s Svetlana Lunkina. Leonid Sarafanov, Marcelo Gomes and Denis Matvienko will appear in Nacho Duato’s Remanso, a work that demonstrates the line and strength of the male dancer. The evening will also include the London premiere of KO’d with choreography by Marcelo Gomes and music by Guillaume Côté.

KINGS OF THE DANCE made its debut in 2006, starring Angel Corella, Johan Kobborg, Ethan Stiefel and Nikolay Tsiskaridze, produced by Sergei Danilian, as a co-production between Ardani Artists, one of the world’s leading producers and presenters of dance, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts. It had its World Premiere at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, followed by its East Coast Premiere at New York City Center.
KINGS OF THE DANCE is performed to a specially recorded score.







Music:                                         Enrique Granados

Choreographer:                          Nacho Duato

Set and Costumes:                     Nacho Duato

Lighting Design:                          Brad Fields

Staging:                                       Tony Fabre

Organization & Production:      Carlos Iturrioz – Media Producciones SL (Spain)

© Nacho Duato. All Rights Reserved

First performance:                     1997, American Ballet Theater, New   York

Performed by:                            Leonid Sarafanov, Denis Matvienko, Marcelo Gomes






Le Jeune Homme et la Mort

Music:                                         Johann Sebastian Bach Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582

Libretto:                                      Jean Cocteau

Choreography:                           Roland Petit

Staging:                                       Luigi Bonino

Lighting:                                      Jean-Michel Desire

Costumes:                                   Karinska

Set:                                              Georges Wakhevitch

Set courtesy of English National Ballet

First performance:                     1946, Les Ballets des Champs-Elysees, Paris

Performed by:                            Ivan Vasiliev (March 19th & 21st March)  

                                                    Roberto Bolle (March 20th & 22nd March)

                                                    Svetlana Lunkina (March 19th – 22nd March)







Music:                                         Piero Salvatori produced by Fausto Dase

Concept and Choreography:     Massimiliano Volpini

Costumes:                                   Roberto Guidi di Bagno made by Sartoria Farani

Co-director:                                Avantgarde Numerique and XCHanges Vfx Design

Visual effects:                             XCHanges VFx

Performed by:                            Roberto Bolle


Morel et Saint-Loup

from Proust ou les Intermittances du Coeur

Music:                                         Gabriel Faure

Choreography:                           Roland Petit

Staging:                                       Luigi Bonino

First performance:                     1974, National Ballet of Marseille

Performed by:                            Denis Matvienko & Marcelo Gomes



Music:                                         Gennady Banshikov

Choreography:                           Leonid Jacobson

Staging:                                       Andrey Ivanov

Performed by:                            Leonid Sarafanov


Labyrinth of Solitude

Music:                                         Tomaso Antonio Vitali, Ciaconne in G Minor for Violin and Piano

Choreography:                           Patrick De Bana

Performed by:                            Ivan Vasiliev



Music:                                         Guillaume Côté, Piano Sonata no. 4 in F# minor

Choreography:                           Marcelo Gomes

Performed by:                            Marcelo Gomes, Roberto Bolle, Denis Matvienko,

                                                    Ivan Vasiliev, Leonid Sarafanov


Programme and Cast Subject to Change

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