Malakhov & Friends – The Final Ballet Gala

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In the great, international world of ballet, gala events play an important role: they are a meeting place for the elite of the dance world; they are glamorous social events, and they serve as a melting pot for the new and the traditional, for young talent and big stars. Many trends which have shaped the history of ballet had their origins in a gala programme. The fact that dance in general, and ballet in particular, is traditionally imbued with a love of display may explain the success which is always enjoyed by the ballet gala MALAKHOV & FRIENDS. A theatre evening could hardly be any more ingenious, entertaining, or surprising. The mix is the thing: a rediscovered piece of bravura ballet may stand alongside a première performance, but both pieces immediately reveal to the audience the pure energy of dancers who are masters of their art form.

In January 2014, the gala MALAKHOV & FRIENDS will be dedicated to the 10-year jubilee of the Staatsballett Berlin, which was founded under the theatrical management of Vladimir Malakhov in January 2004 as part of the Stiftung Oper in Berlin (the Opera in Berlin Foundation).

Dancing

International Guest solists:

Julie Kent and Sascha Radetsky/Marcelo Gomes, American Ballet Theater
Lucia Lacarra and Marlon Dino, Bavarian Staateballet
Matthew Golding, Het National Ballet
Mizuka Ueno and Mika Yoshioka, Tokyo Ballet
Irina Perren and Marat Shemiunov, Mikhailovsky Theater St. Petersburg

Soloists from Staatsballett Berlin:

Elisa Carrillo Cabrera
Wieslaw Dudek
Mikhail Kaniskin
Beatrice Knop
Rainer Krenstetter
Vladimir Malakhov
Vladislav Marinov
Nadja Saidakova
Iana Salenko
Dinu Tamazlacaru
Marian Walter

DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN

PREMIERE: Tuesday, 21.01.2014, 19:30
TICKETS: 38 – 122 €

Further Events:
21 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 27 January 2014
27 | 28 | 31 March 2014

Conductor: Robert Reimer
Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin

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Vladimir Malakhov becomes Artistic Advisor to the Tokyo Ballet

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UPDATE! The position is apparently as an official advisor to the Tokyo Ballet. Not as Artistic Director. [via YAGP]

Today, the Staatsballett Berlin released a press release confirming that Vladimir Malakhov becomes Artistic Director of the Tokyo Ballet from August 1, 2014.

Read the full press release in German here.

La Péri – Ballet in two acts

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Vladimir Malakhov has drawn inspiration from historic lithographs to create a new staging of the romantic ballet LA PÉRI for the Staatsballett Berlin. Like the sylphids, the wilis and all the other unattainable fairy and elfin beings that populated the 19th century ballet stage in great numbers and in many new interpretations, the péris are oriental heavenly creatures that embody Prince Achmed’s yearning for another form of existence. A beautiful péri appears to him with her retinue and promises him redemption: she promises that the barrier between Heaven and Earth can be overcome by the power of love. The ballet LA PÉRI was first performed in 1843 at the Paris Opéra. Friedrich Burgmüller composed the music, and Théophile Gautier’s libretto was translated into dance by the choreographer Jean Coralli. Vladimir Malakhov’s interpretation of the ballet is expressed in a refined and delicate dance style, which was characteristic of the romantic era and follows naturally from the music. The stage and costume designer, Jordi Roig, has lovingly created an opulent, historic setting in which the atmosphere of the exotic scene is brought to life and the ballet can work its unique magic. [Source]