Ballet Summer at the Bolshoi



The Ballet Summer Festival is traditionally held from 11 to 18 June. Its programme includes performances of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus featuring eminent dancers, performances of Astana Ballet Theatre, and a gala concert of world ballet stars.

The festival will open with Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The lead roles in the 11 and 12 June performances will be danced by ballet stars from Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia. In the first evening of the festival the roles of Odette/Odile and Siegfried will be performed by first soloists of the National Opera of Ukraine Anastasiia Shevchenko and Stanislav Olshanskyi respectively. The second performance will star the leading soloist of the Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theatre Nino Samadashvili and the Honoured Artist of Russia Igor Kolb from the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. The performances will be conducted by Nikolai Koliadko and Andrei Galanov.

From 13 to 15 June, the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus will host performances of the Astana Ballet Theatre, which occupies one of the leading places among the ballet companies of Kazakhstan. In the first evening, the artists of the Astana Ballet will show Love Fear Loss, based on the music of the songs by Edith Piaf and after the life of this great singer, and a dance programme ‘Astana Ballet GALA’ comprising the best numbers from the theatre’s repertoire, created by Kazakh and foreign choreographers and using the music of Kazakh composers and ethno folk bands, Kazakh folk music arranged by modern composers. At the close of the evening, the company will present one-act ballet Gaia to the music of Hekel Tavares and Isaac Albeniz, a vivid, poignant story of the planet Earth, narrated in the language of modern choreography.

On 14 June, the Belarusian audience will enjoy two performances of the Astana Ballet during one night, namely Carmen and Diversity. Carmen is a one-act ballet-fantasy to the music by Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin, where choreography, music, suppleness and the video make an organic whole. The choreographer and librettist Mukaram Avakhri introduces five images of Carmen: each of the five dancers involved in the performance tells her story in the language of dance. Diversity to the music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Pietro Mascagni, Ludwig Minkus, Jules Massenet, Alexander Glazunov, Antonio Vivaldi, Sergey Rachmaninov, Charles Gounod, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Max Bruch is another work of the choreographer Ricardo Amarante, depicting the evolution of choreographic art, which will give the audience an opportunity to make a retrospective journey to the wonderful world of ballet.

On 15 June, the Kazakh artists invite ballet admirers to an evening of one-act ballets, whose programme comprises Mists of Time by the young Chinese choreographer Zhang Yixiang and A fuego lento produced by Ricardo Amarante to the music by Lalo Schifrin, Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Gardel and others.

On 16 June, leading soloists of the Belarusian ballet company will present an evening of one-act ballets. The audience will see Grand pas from Paquita by Ludwig Minkus, Sonnets staged by Aleksandra Tikhomirova to the music of Peter Warlok and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Sechs Tänze choreographed by Jiri Kylian to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s music. The evening will be conducted by Nikolai Koliadko and Ivan Kostyakhin.

The festival will end on 18 June with a gala concert of world ballet stars featuring dancers of the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus and guests from Russia, Kazakhstan, Poland, and Germany: principal of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia Mikhail Lobukhin, Honored Worker of Kazakhstan, leading soloist of the ballet company of the Astana Opera House Madina Basbayeva, leading soloist of the ballet company of the Astana Opera House Rustem Seitbekov, soloist of the Bayerisches Staatsballett Tatiana Teleguzova, soloist of the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Ballet Maksim Woitiul, soloist of the ballet company of the Staatsoper Hannover Aleksandra Liashenko.