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31 Jan

The Firebird and The Rite of Spring to be dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Odessa Ballet Company on February 7

On February 7 two ballets by Igor STRAVINSKY, in particular The Firebird and The Rite of Spring, are to be on stage within the framework of events dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Odessa Ballet Company at the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater (choreography by George KOVTUN, Honored Art Worker of Russia, People’s Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan). 

The leading performers are Ekaterina KALCHENKO (The Firebird, The Firebird), Maria RIAZANTSEVA (The Chosen One, The Rite of Spring), Stsnislsv SKRYNNIK (Ivan Tsarevish, The Firebird), Pavel GRYTS and Sviatoslav KVACHUK (Kashchei the Immortal, The Firebird), Igor SARAZHINSKY (Idol, The Rite of Spring), Bogdan TCHABANYUK (The Young Man, The Rite of Spring). Other participants are the ballet artists and the theater orchestra.

The conductor is Aleksandru SAMOILE, People’s Artist of the Republic of Moldova.

The ballets The Firebird and The Rite of Spring were premiered on June 2, 2013 during the II International Odessa Opera Arts Festival. The same productions closed the 203rd theatrical season on July 21.

On the photo by Mykola VDOVENKO: The Firebird  

The theater started marking the 90th anniversary of the Odessa Ballet Company on November 27, 2013. That was the day when they opened the photography exhibition called Odessa Ballet: The Past and The Present in the English Foyer. The exhibition consisted of the rare archive photographs and works by contemporary photographers. Three ballets and a gala concert that had numbers of classical and contemporary choreography were dedicated to the jubilee. 

The history of the Odessa Ballet Company started in December 1923. The Swan Lake by Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY, the first production staged by Odessa ballet troupe, was premiered in choreography by Robert BALANOTTI on that night.