04 December 2014, Thursday
World ballet stars have nobly agreed to appear in a charity Gala Concert, to be held at the Bolshoi Theatre on 7 December 2014, in support of the Kiev School of Choreography, the School building being urgently in need of renovation. The idea comes from Bolshoi Theatre Prima Ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, who began her ballet education within the walls of the School.
Her project has won the support of famous Kiev School of Choreography graduates (or of students for a number of years at the School as was the case with Zakharova) - Alina Cojocaru (English National Ballet), Nina Zmievets (St. Petersburg Boris Eifman Ballet Company), Leonid Sarafanov (St. Petersburg Mikhailovsky Theatre), Ivan Putrov (Great Britain). They have been joined by Yana Salenko (Staatsballett Berlin), who studied ballet in Donetsk, Artem Ovcharenko (Bolshoi Theatre) who began his ballet studies in Dnepropetrovsk, and also by the following stars - Natalia Osipova (London's Royal Ballet), Patrick de Bana (France), Dinu Tamazlacaru (Staatsballett Berlin), Denis Rodkin (Bolshoi Theatre), Denis Klimuk (St. Petersburg Boris Eifman Ballet Company). Svetlana Zakharova and her producer Bolshoi Ballet soloist Yuri Baranov have decided to call the Gala Ballet without Frontiers.
The programme for the Gala will include excerpts from the classics, famous 20th century full length ballets, as well as numbers created comparatively recently, some of them very recently. For instance, Digital Love commemorating the Malaysia Airlines Boeing crash), a number Patrick de Bana (choreographer) and Svetlana Zakharova danced for the first time last summer at a star Gala Concert in Shanghai.