The Grand Opera soloists took part in the Summer ballet seasons

Балет Донкихот. Солисты парижской Опера Гарнье (Гранд опера) Элоиз Бурдон (Heloise Bourdon) и Жереми-Лу Кер (Jeremy-LoupQuer)

On July 19, 2016, debut of soloistes of Grand Opera with the Russian classical ballet Oksana Usachevahosted was held. On the stage was given the ballet by Ludwig Minkus “don Quixote”. The audience, consisting predominantly of Russian people (which is surprising for the Summer ballet seasons).

On July 21, 2016 will be a performance by French soloists with the ballet Theatre of classical choreography E. Melikova,” the Tchaikovsky ballet “the Nutcracker”.

Ludwig Minkus (1826-1917) is Austrian composer and violinist of Jewish origin, whose life and works are closely connected with Russia, where he served 1853-1855 as bandmaster of the band of Prince N. B. Yusupova, from 1861 he worked in the orchestra of the Bolshoi theatre, in the years 1872-1885 he was a composer of the ballet troupe of the St. Petersburg Imperial theatres. The ballet “don Quixote” was created in 1869 in Moscow, Bolshoy theatre in collaboration with choreographer Marius Petipa. this production combines traditional audience of Russian ballet, “lively” in 1900 Alexander Gorsky due to the introduction of theatrical aesthetics.

On the scene there is a vivid, unforgettable parade of Spanish and Gypsy dances. Despite the fact that the ballet is named after the world-famous work of Miguel de Cervantes “the Ingenious Hidalgo don Quixote of La Mancha”, it has little to do with the novel. First, it’s a Comedy. Secondly, the drama, the problems of impoverishment of the Spanish nobility and the death of his chivalric culture in ballet do not exist, to the fore a love story.

On 19 July 2016, the audience had the opportunity to see in one performance a combination of two ballet schools.

First one, at the highest professional level, was shown by excellent Russian classical ballet under the leadership of Oksana Usacheva. As the name implies, it is the Russian classical ballet school.

The troupe was organized in the late 1990s as the team has already held artists of Russia and the CIS with the participation of British impresario Robert Pratt. The main goal is the preservation of classical ballet repertoire and demonstration of the tour. The ballet “don Quixote” for the company supplied by Italian choreographer Serge Manget.

Artistic Director of the troupe Oksana Usacheva, in the recent past, the soloist of the theater “Kremlin ballet” and “ballet Theatre of classical choreography E. Melikova”.

Another school, also masterfully demonstrated the soloists of the Paris Opera Garnier (Grand Opera) Heloise Bourdon and Jérémy-Loup Coeur. Spectacle of the school, though associated in our minds with contemporary French choreography, was created in the Opera Garnier by native of Russia, Rudolf Nureyev.

Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993) – ballet dancer and choreographer of the Soviet Tatar-Bashkir origin. He is a soloist of Leningrad theatre of Opera and ballet. Kirov asked in 1961 for political asylum in France. In 1983-1989 he directed the Paris Opera ballet. “Don Quixote” by Nureyev, though it retains much of the staging of Alexander Gorsky, enhances the beginning of a Comedy, the sound of Spain, shortens the ballet and brings with it elements of “Commedia Dell’arte”.

Eloise and Jeremy-Loup are graduates of the Paris Opera ballet school and soloists of the opéra Garnier. They play a wide repertoire, including performances by R. Nureyev, J. Balanchine, M. Bejart and others touring the world and, in particular, in Russia.

Pas de Deux and variations the main characters of the ballet – Kitri and Basilio, as amended by R. Nureev harmoniously blended into the main body of the play. Artists in incredibly short period of time managed to create unity of action in a variety of schools.

The result is nice and juicy. French style made the Russian production even brighter, adding mischief, underlining the style of the troupe and characteristic features of Russian dance.

Ballet By Ludwig Minkus

On July 21, Paris soloists will join the “Nutcracker”, also introducing the language of the French ballet and innovation by R. Nureev.

The great Russian composer P. I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) had created a Nutcracker for the Mariinsky ballet in 1892, it is based on a story by E. T. A. Hoffmann “the Nutcracker and the mouse king” arranged by A. Dumas. Choreography By Marius Petipa. It is believed that in this work the author was an innovator of ballet, creating him music, full symphonic development.

Rudolf Nureyev staged “the Nutcracker” in 1967 for the Royal Swedish ballet at the request of his roommate, an outstanding Swedish ballet dancer Erica Brune.


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