The closing of the 14th International Ballet Festival DANCE OPEN
Despite the intensity of the program for the 14th season, the epicenter of the festival has always been and always will be the DANCE OPEN Gala, an event that draws together all the very best and most interesting elements of the world ballet.
The annual «choreographic feast» will take place on the steeped in legends stage of the Alexandrinsky theatre, our old partner and friend, who will again become a hospitable home and additional source of inspiration for the participants of the stars Gala. We believe that the hallowed walls of Alexandrinsky theatre will help them.
The place itself draws associations with classic literature… Despite our need for cutting budgets this year, we did our best to make the Gala 2015 an «encyclopedia» of contemporary ballet, in the first place, the encyclopedia of styles and schools. Without unlocking our secrets, we shall specify only the corner points of the spectrum: from the time-proven choreography by Bournonville and Petipa through the classics of the 20th century to ultra-contemporary avant-garde and style with a self-explanatory name «free expression», that will be performed on stage by twin brothers from Argentina.
Creed of the Gala stays the same – to introduce the audience to the quintessence of ourfavorite genre, performed only by «stars». Those, who are already beloved by the audience in the previous seasons, will take the stage. Among them – last year’s winner of the People’s choice award, Yoel Carreno, enchanting Daniil Simkin and elegant duet from Great Britain, Melissa Hamilton and Eric Underwood.
As it always has been, there will be a fair amount of breakthroughs. It will be the first time in St. Petersburg for the charming Sarah Lamb, Principal Dancer of the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, for Vadim Muntagirov, who stormed on the wings of the wind to the Ballet Olympus, Isabella Boylston, sparkling American dancer, and Osiel Guneo, named «Cuban sensation» by critics, J'aime Crandall, who «dances with her heart» and amazingly talented Alban Lendorf who represent The Royal Danish Ballet… Soloists from the San Francisco Ballet, historically first company of US, will perform at the Gala for the first time.