Russian Ballet Icons Gala and Dinner 2012 | Tribute to Anna Pavlova
Celebrating a centenary of Anna Pavlova making her home in London, at Ivy House
Sunday 4 March 2012, 7.00pm, The London Coliseum
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I can’t recommend this ballet Gala to you highly enough. No matter how expensive you feel the tickets are, take a look at the repertory and the performers, read my review from last year, watch the video clip from the performance and see for yourself that it will be some of the best money you spend all year. It’s always a long evening packed with absolute gems; literally unmissable.
The Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2012, a grand gala evening in honour of Anna Pavlova will be held on the 4th March on the stage of the English National Opera in London.
Part of the Russian Ballet Icons series, the gala evening opens the Pavlova 2012 Festival marking the centenary of Anna Pavlova making her home in London at Ivy House, which has now become a place of pilgrimage for ballet lovers. Arts promoter Ensemble Productions is proud to present the evening accompanied with the orchestra of the English National Ballet under the direction of Valeriy Ovsyannikov.
The evening will present a unique opportunity to see several pieces from Pavlova’s repertoire such as Paquita, The Pharoah’s Daughter, Le Roi Candaule, Giselle, La Bayadére, The Sleeping Beauty, Marcobomba, and including rarely performed pieces Egyptian Nights and Dragon Flight, which will be restored especially for this gala, as well as contemporary dedications to this great icon of ballet. The programme will be presented by dancers from world leading companies: The Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres, the Royal Ballet, the English National Ballet and the Grand Paris Ballet, the Berlin and the Bavarian Staatsoper, American Ballet Theatre and Milan’s La Scala including: Tamara Rojo, Sergei Polunin, Alina Cojocaru, Johan Kobborg, David Makhateli, Alina Somova, Svetlana Zakharova, Vladislav Lantratov, Olga Smirnova, Anastasia Stashkevich, Vyacheslav Lopatin, Igor Zelensky, Natalia Somova, Giuseppe Picone, Ulyana Lopatkina, Marat Shemiunov, Vadim Muntagirov, Daria Klimentova, Lucia Lacarra, Marlon Dino, Yana Salenko, Marian Walter, Irina Dvorovenko, Maxim Beloserkovsky, Alessio Carbone, Dorothée Gilbert and others. The artistic director of the evening is the English National Ballet’s artistic director, Wayne Eagling.
The contribution that Anna Pavlova made to ballet around the world is inestimable and especially in England. Ashton and Helpmann were inspired by her and Ninette de Valois once said that she wished she had joined her company. A number of her company’s former dancers became teachers at the Royal Ballet School and elsewhere in England. For much of her life Anna Pavlova toured the world with her own company but kept a home in London, at Ivy House. The London Jewish Cultural Centre, current residents of Ivy House and custodians of her legacy, will be hosting Pavlova 2012 festival, a celebration of the vibrant contribution she made to London life and still makes to the world of classical dance and the organisers are proud to be opening the festival dedicated to such an icon of the ballet stage.
Sunday 4 March 2012, 7.00pm
The London Coliseum
Box Office: 0871 911 0200
You should read my reivew of last year’s Gala – a tribute to Galina Ulanova
You should watch a video clip from last year’s Gala :
You should read my interview with David Makhateli, Principal, The Royal Ballet
Stay tuned for more details.