Ballets created by Maurice Béjart, choreography of Izadora Weiss, Slava Samodurov’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet from Yekaterinburg, and Teodor Currentzis conducting musicAeterna orchestra, together formed the performance part of the program.
The intellectual component of the Festival was represented by the conference ‘In Diaghilev’s Circle’, four exhibitions, Images being the largest and dedicated to Russian avant-garde artists from Kazimir Malevich to Andrei Bartenev; and, finally, the Festival’s first toe was dipped in the waters of publishing — a newly discovered manuscript by Sergei Grigoriev, Diaghilev’s assistant and régisseur, which the original is today housed in the U. S. Library of Congress.
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Festival “Diaghilev. P.S.” and Institut français de Saint-Petersbourg presented the Russian premiere of the French film “Polina. Dancer sa vie” (2016).
Rounding up the Festival’s live theatre offerings, on 26 November, was a single performance of Viacheslav Samodurov’s production of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, by the dancers of the Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
A photo exhibition “Never Fading Stars of the Original Russian Ballet of Col. W. de Basil” was opened in honour of the book’s launch “The Original Russian Ballet, 1932-1952 by Sergei Grigoriev.
This year the Festival “Diaghilev. P.S.” continued the cycle of scientific conferences “In Diaghilev’s circle”. After bringing to light the issue of philanthropy and patronage of Ballets Russes in 2015, in 2016 we suggested our members to examine methods and tools used skillfully by Sergei Diaghilev striving for success and global recognition of the Ballets Russes. How to influence media, manipulate public opinion, create new fashion trends and, ultimately, determine the course of development of the theatrical world for decades to come?
The 125th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Prokofiev was celebrated with a performance by the MusicAeterna orchestra of the Perm Opera and Ballet theatre. On 23 November the orchestra, conducted by Teodor Currentzis, performed Prokofiev’s score for the ballet Romeo and Juliet.
A photographic exhibition by Lois Greenfield (USA), entitled Moving Still opened on 21 November 2016 at the Sheremetev Palace.
This open discussion focused on the role of public opinion in how we give approval to newcomers in the world of the arts.
The official programme started with the ballet of the famous company Bejart Ballet Lausanne. Ballets “The Miraculous Mandarin”, “Etude for the Lady of the Camellias” and “Bakhti III” produced by Moris Bejart were presented in Russia for the first time. “Anima Blues” by Gil Roman was also a premiere in Russia. The show was given twice – on 20th and 21st of November 2016.
In anticipation of the legendary Béjart Ballet Lausanne’s performances, an exhibition by the well-known French photographer François Paolini, entitled Chorégraphismes, opened 18 November 2016 at KGallery. The exhibition featured 30 photographs depicting a range of Béjart’s ballets.