Program 2016

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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27-28th of November Premiere of the French film “Polina. Dancer sa vie”

Festival “Diaghilev. P.S.” and Institut français de Saint-Petersbourg presented the Russian premiere of the French film “Polina. Dancer sa vie” (2016).


Ballet “Romeo and Juliet” by Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

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.

Alexandrinsky Theatre

Exhibition “Images. Beyond the Reality”

On 24 November 2016, the launch of “Images. Beyond the Reality” took place at the Sheremetev Palace.

Sheremetev Palace

Photo exhibition “Never Fading Stars of the Original Russian Ballet of Col. W. de Basil”

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.

The Samoilov Family Museum

International Scientific Conference “IN DIAGHILEV’S CIRCLE. PR AS A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS”

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?


Orchestra musicAeterna of the Perm Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, conductor – Teodor Currentzis     

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.

Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia

Exhibition “Moving Still” by Lois Greenfield (USA)

A photographic exhibition by Lois Greenfield (USA), entitled Moving Still opened on 21 November 2016 at the Sheremetev Palace.

Sheremetev Palace

Performance of The White Dance Theatre (Poland)

The Festival 2016 presented the performance of The White Dance Theater (Poland) for the first time in Russia on the 22d of November on the stage of Alexandrinsky theater. Founder

Alexandrinsky Theatre

Round table discussion “Scandal as an instrument of PR”

This open discussion focused on the role of public opinion in how we give approval to newcomers in the world of the arts.

St Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music

Bejart Ballet Lausanne

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.

Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre

Exhibition Chorégraphismes

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.