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"A Play For Him" (The Ballet Soloists Evening)


Vyacheslav Lopatin 
Denis Savin 
Igor Tsvirko 
Vladislav Kozlov

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Anton Pimonov
Andrei Kaidanovsky
Marijó and Pilar Álvarez
Claudio Hoffmann


A Play for Him is the benefit of the Bolshoi Ballet’s wonderful male dancers, who are quite unique in their own way. Principal dancer Vyacheslav Lopatin, leading soloists Denis Savin and Igor Tsvirko, artist of ballet Vladislav Kozlov will seize a rare opportunity to stay in the spotlight and represent a collective image of a modern male ballet dancer.

Throughout history, the ballet is a feminine art form, in which the ballerina is the star, supported by her male cavalier, who always remains in her shadow. No coincidence that many performances are named after the main heroines – Giselle, Paquita, Esmeralda, Raymonda, Carmen (Carmen Suite), Anna Carenina and so on… It's highly unlikely Marius Petipa could have supported the idea of the male ballet dancers’ benefit; and yet our artists got a chance to prove themselves in a new choreography and circumstances.

The program is composed of four parts. All of them will be shown for the first time in Russia, and two are the world premieres. Among the choreographers are acknowledged Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, aspiring choreographers Andrei Kaydanovsky and Anton Pimonov, as well as the Argentine team, starring Pilar Álvarez, Claudio Hoffmann, Marijó Álvarez. All pieces will be performed in different dance styles from neoclassic to ... tango. All parts of A Play are of course about love, therefore are inconceivable without women, so our female dancers will perform together with the beneficiaries.


P R O G R A M :


World premiere


Choreographer: Anton PIMONOV


Music: Francis Poulenc

Fiancailles pour rire, song cycle for voice and piano. Natalie Dessay (soprano), Philippe Cassard (piano)

Natalie Dessay, Philippe Cassard. Fiançailles Pour Rire. Parlophone Records, 2015

No. 1. Très agité, No. 2. Allegro vivace, No. 4. Violent, No. 5. Andante from 5 Impromptus. Pascal Rogé


Poulenc: Piano Works Vol. 3, Decca, 1998


Costume Designer: Elena Zaitseva

Lighting Designer: Konstantin Binkin


Dancers: Vladislav Kozlov

Marc Chino, Dmitry Dorokhov, Jacopo Tissi

Daria Bochkova, Eleonora Sevenard, Margarita Shrainer



First repertory production in Russia

Choreographer: Sidi Larbi CHERKAOUI


Music: Claude Debussy

Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

Additional music: Nitin Sawhney


Set Designer, Lighting Designer: Adam Carrée

Costume Designer: Hussein Chalayan

Assistants to Choreographer: James O’Hara, Daisy Phillips

Additional Rehearsal Directors: Nicola Leahey, Václav Kuneš

Assistant to Lighting Designer: Nicolas Moens


Dancers: Vycheslav Lopatin, Yulia Skvortsova (25)

Georgy Gusev, Daria Lovtsova (26)



Russian premiere

Choreographer: Andrei KAYDANOVSKY


Dmitry Cheglakov: Electronic compositions and Sound Design

Songs used:

Jacque Brel. Ne me quitte pas. Performed by Nina Simone

Best of Nina Simone, 1969

Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley. Beautiful Land. Performed by Nina Simone

I Put a Spell on You, 1965

Composition used:

Ne me quitte pas (J. Brel’s song adaptation). Performed by Mister Cornelius

Ne me quitte pas / Linda, 1960


Costume Designer: Karoline Hogl

Lighting Designer: Vasil Lisichkov


Dancers: Denis Savin, Igor Tsvirko, Ekaterina Krysanova



World premiere

Choreographers: Marijó ÁLVAREZ, Pilar ÁLVAREZ, Claudio HOFFMANN


Daniel Binelli. Danza Porteña*

Astor Piazzolla. Oblivion

Daniel Binelli - Sergio Vainikoff. Amanecer Imaginario

Angel Villoldo. El Esquinazo

Feliciano Latasa. Gran Hotel Victoria

Alfredo Bevilacqua. Emancipación

Astor Piazzolla. Final

Astor Piazzolla. Ausencias


Set Designers: Marijó Álvarez, Pilar Álvarez, Claudio Hoffmann

with support of Tristán Mur

Costume Designers: Marijó Álvarez, Pilar Álvarez, Claudio Hoffmann

with support of María Sanz

Lighting Designer: Sergei Shavchenko



Julián: Igor Tsvirko

Maria: Maria Vinogradova

Arnedo: Denis Savin

Vitaly Biktimirov, Artur Mkrtchyan, Georgy Gusev, Erick Swolkin, Sergei Zakharov, Oscar Frame

Ana Turazashvili, Victoria Yakusheva, Anna Balukova, Xenia Zhiganshina, Antonina Chapkina,

Oxana Sharova

Main Stage 1 Teatralnaya ploschad (1 Theatre Square), Moscow, Russia
New Stage Bol'shaya Dmitrovka Street, 4/2, Moscow, Russia
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