Recently, my dear friend, Paul L., introduced me to a cultural phenomenon of outstanding beauty and eloquence. He introduced me to The Great Russian Ballet! I am so very grateful for this gift that I have to share it with YOU!
I’ve been a fan of ballet since I first saw a professional group in Madrid, Spain many years ago and I’ve got to admit that the beauty of ballet enthralls my senses. I see why so many artists fell in love with this art style. I have always been attracted to the paintings of dancers by Picasso, Renoir & Degas. It’s easy to see why the dancers are grace incarnate and beauty personified. The Great Russian Ballet troupe is no exception to this vision. They are gloriously beautiful and flawlessly talented.
This year they are performing their renditions of Giselle and Romeo & Juliette. It’s an experience you need to see!
Giselle is the death-defying love story,“Giselle”, is a masterpiece in two acts with music by Adolphe Adam, and choreography by Marius Petipa. First created in 1884 for the Imperial Russian Ballet, Petipa’s definitive version was performed by the Russian Ballets (Ballets Russes) in 1910 at the Palais Garnier. The role of “Giselle” is one of the most sought-after characters in ballet. It demands both technical perfection, and outstanding grace, as well as great dramatic skills. In the first act, Giselle has to convey the innocence and love of a country girl, and the heartbreak of being betrayed. In the second act, Giselle must seem otherworldly, yet loving and forgiving. Enjoy a fantastic journey, through epically decorated sets, fabulous costumes and a masterful choreography, that leads the heart through this touching and deeply romantic love story.
Romeo & Juliette is, well you know this one. The Ballet begins with a feud between the Capulets and the Montagues. Romeo crashes a party at the Capulet house where he meets Juliet and falls instantly in love with her. On the balcony at night’s end, the two proclaim their eternal love. Hoping to put an end to the family feud, Friar Lawrence secretly marries the couple. Later, Juliet’s cousin Tybalt kills Romeo’s friend Mercutio in a fight. A distraught Romeo kills Tybalt in a fit of revenge and is sent into exile. Juliet drinks a sleeping potion to make her appear dead. Believing Juliet to be dead, Romeo goes to her, drinks a poison and dies. Juliet awakens to the horror of her dead lover and decides to take her own life. Sporting spectacular new costumes and crackling choreography, this is the Great Russian Ballet – Romeo and Juliet as you’ve never seen before, performed by the most talented artists, will leave you breathless and wanting more!
This year’s tour is called Romantika and you can inquire about tour dates on their website. Like all ballet troupe, they rely on the kindness of patrons and sponsors. If you or a company you know would like to sponsor them, please contact Amber Arts at 514-458-0399 or look at the attached sponsorship possibilities below for extra details on how to bring this awesome beauty to a stage near you.