In its first-ever appearance in Poland, Valery Mikhailovsky's Saint-Petersburg Male Ballet will present "Oh, Those Chef-D'oeuvres!" ("In Jest and Earnest").
In its first-ever appearance in Poland, Valery Mikhailovsky's Saint-Petersburg Male Ballet will present OH, THOSE CHEF-D'OEUVRES! (IN JEST AND EARNEST). The troupe will perform at the Congress Hall of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw on May 7, 2003. OH, THOSE CHEF-D'OEUVRES! is a compilation of scenes from the troupe's best productions. Choreographic compositions in the production include the group's famous PAS DE QUATRE and VARIATION from ESMERALDA (C. Pugni), KITRI'S VARIATION from the ballet DON QUIXOTE (L. Minkus), and THE SWAN from ANIMAL CARNIVAL (C. Saint-Saëns).
The Saint-Petersburg Male Ballet was created in 1992 by renowned Saint-Petersburg-based dancer and Russian artist of merit Valery Mikhailovsky. A highly new and original ballet troupe, there is no other group like it anywhere in the world.
The group's fist performances elicited immense interest from both audiences and ballet specialists and aficionados, who dubbed the troupe's appearance a "revolution in Russian ballet" and the "sensation of the season." This was the first time in the history of the Russian ballet that anyone had dared to form an ensemble composed exclusively of male dancers. The Saint-Petersburg Male Ballet is truly exceptional, not least because of the genius of its dancers, who are capable of performing everything from complex contemporary male roles to legendary female roles from the classical repertoire. Members exhibit near-perfect mastery of the technique of dancing in ballet slippers, a lively style, a subtle sense of humor and exquisite taste.
Specialists underline that the unbelievable success that seems to accompany every appearance by Mikhailovsky's troupe derives from professionalism, the group's contemporary perspective on ballet, and highly original directing. The Saint-Petersburg Male Ballet has received over three hundred euphoric reviews in publications in Russia and former Soviet countries, and all over the world. Feature articles about the group have appeared in a number of highly prestigious publications, including the American "Dance Magazine," "The New York Times", the English and Japanese publication "Dance" as well as specialist publications in France, Finland, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Israel, the Republic of South Africa, Spain, and Macedonia. The troupe has also been featured in numerous films and television programs produced in Europe, America, Australia, and the Confederacy of Independent States.
Mikhailovsky's troupe has represented Russia at many international festivals, among them, the UNESCO organized "Copenhagen-96" Festival as well as the international "Stars of World Ballet" Festival. The group has performed on some of Russia's and the world's best-known stages, including Lincoln Center in New York and the chief concert halls and theatres of Tokyo, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Seoul, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Shanghai, Beijing, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kiev, Minsk, Riga, Tallinn, and Vilnius.
The Saint-Petersburg Male Ballet has thus far put together six productions, each of them constituting another stage in the development of contemporary ballet. Mikhailovsky's troupe has clearly already reserved a place for itself in ballet history.
"What made the production so fascinating were the moments when the dancers performed traditional choreographic elements in a manner that underlined their technically perfect classical training. The comical moments in the production were unusually sophisticated - choreographic elements designed for elfin ballerinas being performed by strong, muscular men" ("The New York Times," USA).
"Comic moments are inserted sporadically and carefully... the general approach is serious and traditional; troupe members demonstrate perfect technique in ballet slippers, an uncanny sense of music, and an enchanting style" (Dance & The Arts, USA)
"They are in their element, an element they have clearly chosen with relish. The dancers dazzle through their style and technical mastery of tradition and the conventions of classical ballet. With a mixture of joyous revenge and adoration, Mikhailovsky and his troupe take on both the classical repertoire and the archetypal stage personality of the Russian ballerina... All of this is forgivable when presented under the title 'In Jest and Earnest,' which proves to be an extravagant smokescreen. Satin ballet slippers in men's sizes and testosterone form an explosive mixture. This is pure art, embodying male brawn without a hint of vulgarity" (The Star, Republic of South Africa).Organizer: "MAKROCONCERT" sp. z o.o.
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