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Summer Ballet Seasons 2016
June 28 – August 28

RAMT (Russian Academic Youth Theater)
(2 Teatralnaya Square)

June 28 – August 28, MOSCOW – Russian Academic Youth Theater is about to host the 16th annual fixture of Summer Ballet Seasons 2016. When repertory theaters go   off-season, a unique ballet marathon starts on Moscow’s cultural map. Every day over two months, the RAMT stage will be home to masterpieces of global ballet art. This includes three ballets by Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake (traditionally opening and completing the Seasons), The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, as well as Giselle by Adolphe Adam, Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus, Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella by Sergei Prokofiev, etc. These will be shown in classical versions by Russia’s top choreographers – Marius Petipa, Vasili Vainonen, Leonid Lavrovsky, as well as in modern choreography reserving the classical basis. This concentration of world’s best masterpieces is the crown jewel of this city’s summer cultural life! Summer Ballet Seasons feature leading choreographic troupes with repertory based on ballet classics.

“In 2001, when we suggested for the first time that the viewers don’t go away for summer vacations and go to the ballet instead, we were mainly counting on foreign tourists. Now it is definitely no exaggeration to say that our international project has become a crucial part of the capital’s cultural life in the summer”, says Alla Nemodruk, the founder and artistic director of the project. Indeed, over the years the idea won quite a few avid followers among Moscow’s theater-goers and guests of the capital from Russian provinces. More than half a million viewers attended the Summer Ballet Seasons in the last fifteen years! It is safe to say that these ballet performances have grown to be Moscow’s event and a popular summertime tradition. A great opportunity for mass viewers to discover the art of ballet (partly thanks to a very democratic ticket pricing), the Seasons offer a chance for ballet connoisseurs to compare different choreographers’ interpretations: most ballets will be shown several times, performed by different troupes.

Over fifteen years of their history, Summer Ballet Seasons involved numerous Russian and foreign ballet companies, including Elik Melikov’s Moscow Ballet “La Classique”; Russian National Ballet Theater directed now by Vladimir Moiseev and Evgeny Amosov; Smirnov-Golovanov’s Moscow City Ballet directed by Ludmila Nerubaschenko, Balletto di Milano run by Carlo Pesta, Kiev Modern Ballet run by Radu Poklitaru, and other companies. Young promising soloists from Opéra Garnier attend the Seasons annually since 2014.

The theater will open its stage to four ballet troupes in 2016, including Moscow’s greatest repertory companies that repeatedly participated in the project: Moscow Ballet “La Classique”; Smirnov-Golovanov’s Moscow City Ballet; and the Russian Classical Ballet troupe headed by Oksana Usacheva. Opening the Summer Ballet Seasons 2016 is another great dancing company from Mari State Opera and Ballet Theater, directed by Honored artist of Russia, People’s Artist of the Republic of Mari El, former Bolshoi principal dancer, ballet master Konstantin Ivanov. Mari Theater debuted in the Summer Ballet Seasons last year, surprising the viewers in Moscow with a modern interpretation of Eduard Lazarev’s ballet The Master and Margarita; this year, in addition to the main repertory, it will show two classical ballets – Le Corsair by Adolphe Adam and La Esmeralda by Cesare Pugni.

All performances will be accompanied by the Summer Ballet Seasons orchestra, founded at the start of the project’s history in 2002, which has extensive experience of working at ballet repertory.

Russian Academic Youth Theater (RAMT) is the traditional home of the Summer Ballet Seasons. It is located in a grand historical building at the heart of Moscow – Teatralnaya Square, right next to the Bolshoi and Maly Theaters. The stage remembers performances of Zimin Private Opera (where Fyodor Shalyapin appeared regularly in 1907), Moscow Art Theatre the Second run by Mikhail Chekhov, and many other famous theater companies.

Over the last few years, Summer Ballet Seasons are organized in partnership with the state concert agency MosConcert andbacked by Moscow City Department of Culture.

The project’s mission is to keep Russian ballet’s rich traditions, an important part of Russia’s cultural heritage. Another, equally important, goal is to attract the mass audience to the art of ballet. The Seasons organizers are in constant search of new professional troupes and brightest performers, preserving continuity of generations in the Art of Dance.

Forthcoming performances

24 July, Sunday SLEEPING BEAUTY
Moscow Ballet “La Classique”. Artistic director — Elik Melikov
25 July, Monday SLEEPING BEAUTY
Moscow Ballet “La Classique”. Artistic director — Elik Melikov
26 July, Tuesday SWAN LAKE
Moscow Ballet “La Classique”. Artistic director — Elik Melikov
27 July, Wednesday SWAN LAKE
Moscow Ballet “La Classique”. Artistic director — Elik Melikov
28 July, Thursday DON QUIXOTE
Moscow Ballet “La Classique”. Artistic director — Elik Melikov

Full poster performances →