Rockers and angels at Lappeenranta Ballet Gala 2012


The third annual Lappeenranta Ballet Gala will take place on the last weekend of August. Performances will be staged at Lappeenranta City Theatre on August 24 and on August 25.

The audience will see gems of classical ballet as well as topical pieces of choreography.

The main guest at the Lappeenranta Ballet Gala, the Prague National Theatre Ballet, will forsake their ballet shoes and jump right into the rhythms of the 1960s. On Saturday night, the Prague National Theatre Ballet will give a rocking performance of Rooster, a ballet based on the music of the Rolling Stones.

The Lappeenranta Ballet Gala’s artistic director, Juhani Teräsvuori, sees the choreography as a combination of classical and modern ballet technique.

“According to the choreographer, the style of movement also contains a trace of the era’s social dances and atmosphere. The London premiere in 1992 was attended by Mick Jagger, frontman of the Rolling Stones. He praised the work and took a liking to its style of movement,” Teräsvuori says.

Balet Bratislava from Slovakia, directed by Mário Radačovský, will perform Falling Angels by Jiří Kylián.

In addition, the Boston Ballet will bring the gala a taste of the other side of the Atlantic. Its Finnish artistic director, Mikko Nissinen, will come to Lappeenranta with his star dancers Lia Cirio and James Whiteside.

Last year, the ballet gala featured Maria’s Dream, a piece by the artistic director of the Prague National Theatre Ballet, Petr Zuska. This year, the audience will see the delicate and funny Déjà vu, performed by the choreographer’s own company.

Finnish dancer Maria Baranova, who left the Hamburg Ballet to join the Finnish National Ballet, will arrive in Lappeenranta with her new partner, Michal Krčmář. The Czech Krčmář is also principal dancer at the Finnish National Ballet.

The gala is organised by NordicDance Makers in collaboration with the City of Lappeenranta.

Lappeenranta Ballet Gala


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