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XIX International Ballet Festival "Dance Open"
14 April 2020 - 27 April 2020

SCHEDULE 14 April 2020 - 27 April 2020

The International Ballet Festival Dance Open is the biggest ballet forum in Russia that gathers artists from all over the world. One of the most important ballet and dance events in the world, since 2001 founded by Vasily Medvedev and Ekaterina Galanova. Based in St.Petersburg, Russia. Presenting famous world ballet stars, directors of the most important ballet companies and ballet teachers.

Dance Open’s 19th season is about the changeable state of a human life, with performances from the most avant garde and perceptive contemporary choreographers, focusing not on plot but on the increment and gradient of real (and at times uncomfortable) human emotions.

For this season of Dance Open, the summer solstice has been moved to 14 April, when the Russian premiere of Alexander Ekman’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream as performed by Ballett Dortmund will provide a total immersion in the swirl of unbridled magic ritual.

On 16 April Ballet Nacional de España will brings to St. Petersburg dance that translates the power and wisdom of the ages into fervent passion. Every piercing finger snap, the graphic sharpness of the alternating poses, the sudden conflagrations of black silk, and the predatory grace of the silhouettes are all stamped with a headstrong personality as sharp as Toledo steal, as lingering as Mauritian spices, and as beautiful as love itself.

Then on 18 and 19 April, Dance Open invites those whom St. Petersburg’s inextricably changing seasons have taught to recognize the slightest fluctuations in mental temperatures to discover the penetrating choreography of Paul Lightfoot and Sol León and the electric plasticity of Marco Goecke. SH-BOOM! is the title both of this evening of Russian premieres of ballets performed by Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT-2) and of one of the three works featured by Lightfoot and León — the very work, in fact, that began their creative alliance with its jazz rhythms.

To scrutinize intently the movement of the body, to melt into perfection of line, to dreamily observe the transformation of silhouettes in space, as if in slow motion... 24 and 25 April the dancers of Dutch National Ballet will demonstrate their intricate mastery — employing the most complex techniques — in the perception of elusive emotions and moods. The program comprises masterpieces previously unseen in Russia by Hans van Manen, William Forsythe, and George Balanchine, all undisputed masters and shining geniuses of non-narrative ballet. The Netherlands’ cult brand of ballet will turn the stage of the Alexandrisnky Theater into a map of distilled emotion.

The plot of Sleeping Beauty as choreographed by Jeroen Verbruggen will seem familiar at first glance to anyone who loves Tchaikovsky and anyone who in childhood read the Brothers Grimm or Charles Perrault. But the nightmarish visions of this princess are clearly not for children. In this fantastically beautiful fairy tale by Leipziger Ballett, good does not conquer evil, but only offers the hope of a happy ending. That comprises the main message of this production — while there is a place in the world for violence and dictatorship over the will of others, the curse of the spindle will go on repeating itself. Come and see on 22 April.

A personality update can start small — for example, by getting rid of the little mental bloodsuckers like envy, “acceptable” vanity, and the desire to fit in. In the break-dance hip-hop comedy Lobby that will be performed at Dance Open on April 26 by the French dance collective Tie Break, raucous laughter and “unrestrained” movement provide the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate the irrelevance of other people’s playbooks and cliches.

The culmination of the festival is the Gala of the stars of the world ballet Dance Open. The evening, for which spectators from all over Russia and Europe specially gather in the Northern capital, will be held on April 27. Each jewelry-built program of the Gala is a kind of limited edition of the actual plastic text, which is collected in winter and summer, day and night. A long search, hundreds of watched performances, many hours of discussions, creative disputes, calls, negotiations - all this in order to organize an exclusive concert from the best that was and will be in world ballet. Concrete names and numbers of the concert are kept secret until the last moment, but the audience’s expectations have been able to not only justify, but also surpass for already a year.

According to the results of the Gala, the Dance Open International Ballet Award will be awarded for the eighth time: it will be awarded at the closing of the festival to ballet soloists for the highest personal achievements.

SCHEDULE 14 April 2020 - 27 April 2020

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