Moscow Ballet announces Romeo and Juliet premiere in 3 countries in 16 days: Moldova (former USSR) Oct 28, Canada Nov 7, and US Nov 13
Natasha Balan & Andre Ustimov dancing Andre Litvinov’s bold and dramatic choreography
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(Berkshires, MA) Nov 5, 2011 – Moscow Ballet announces North American premiere of epic love story Romeo and Juliet in Montreal, Quebec on Monday November 7, 7:30pm at the St Denis Theatre. The performance has premiered in three countries within 16 days; Chisinau, Moldova (former USSR) October 28, Montreal, Canada November 7 and Washington, US Nov 13. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s score with bold new choreography by Ballet Master Andre Litvinov, the Montreal production features rising-star principals Natasha Balan and Anatolie Ustimov. A corps of thirty four impeccably trained Russian dancers completes the cast. Natasha Balan, a soloist on the 2010 East Tour, premiered Romeo and Juliet in Moldova with Anatolie Ustimov and the corps de ballet at the National Moldovan Theatre of Ballet and Opera October 28, 2011. The company arrived in Montreal November 3 for the November 7 2011 tour premiere. Choreographer Andre Litvinov, in his fifth season with Moscow Ballet, is equally at ease in the modern world of colleague and fellow Moldovan Radu Poklitaru and ballet classicists. For Romeo and Juliet he creates classical choreography with strong contemporary emphasis. Costumes designed by Shakepearean costumer Arthur Oliver and created in Russia. Backdrops also created in Russia and shipped to North America. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketpro Canada 514-790-1111, non-French speakers 1-866-908-9090 and at www.nutcracker.com
Andrei Litvinov is an honored Laureate of the International Ballet Competition (IBC) Romania, 1996; Grigorovich IBC 2000; Danovsky IBC, and the Diagelev Prize. Born just outside of Moscow, he was 1 of 3 children selected, out of 360 auditioning, to attend the preeminent Bolshoi Academic Choreographic College, the Bolshoi School, in Moscow. He went on to study at the Chisinau Choreographic College and was immediately asked to join the Chisinau State Opera and Ballet Theatre where he later became Artistic Director. Called to military duty as an anti-aircraft gunner and tanker, he returned after a year of military service, to dance the archytypal Soviet Prince in leading roles including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Spartacus and more. He danced with the prima ballerinas of the day including Lyudmila Semenyaka, Nina Semizorova, Alyona Zaitseva, and Maria Polydova and was the lead danseur in the premiere of Yuri Grigorovich’ Nutcracker and Carmen Suite as well as in Carmen choreographed by internationally acclaimed, Moldovan Radu Poklitaru. He graduated from the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts in 2003 and became joined Moscow Ballet in 2004 while continuing to dance leading roles. Moscow Ballet is proud to announce Andre Litvinov as Ballet Master for the 2011 East and West tours. Go to http://www.nutcracker.com/about-mb/artistic-directors for an interview with Litvinov from spring 2011.
About the Performance
In 2011 Moscow Ballet premieres this classic love story with all new choreography, set to Prokoviev’s incomparable score, to audiences across the U.S. and Canada. Moscow Ballet principal dancers Alexandra Elagina and Anatolie Ustimov are praised by the press:“ (Elagina) ….seems brimful with feeling” Alastair Macaulay NY Times; “Elagina and Ustimov…partnered beautifully” Donald Rosenberg Cleveland Plain Dealer; “When performed by masters like these, ballet seems effortless, elegant, and easy.” Twin Cities Daily Planet. They portray the quintessential lovers with youthful charm, emotional depth and masterful technique. Ballet Master Andre Litvinov staged the new production drawing from his experiences dancing for classicist Yuri Grigorovich and modernist Radu Poliktaru. The Ballet begins with feuding between the Capulets and the Montagues. Romeo Montague crashes a party at the Capulet house where he meets Juliet Capulet and falls instantly in love with her. On the balcony at night’s end, the two proclaim their eternal love. Hoping to put an end to the family feud, Friar Lawrence secretly marries the couple. Later, Juliet’s cousin Tybalt kills Romeo’s friend Mercutio in a fight. A distraught Romeo kills Tybalt in a fit of revenge, and is sent into exile. Juliet turns to Friar Lawrence for help and he devises a plan: Juliet is to drink a sleeping potion to make her appear dead. When she is buried in the family tomb, Friar Lawrence will tell Romeo the truth and he will rescue her. The news of Juliet’s death reaches Romeo, but Friar Lawrence’ message does not. Believing Juliet dead, Romeo goes to her, drinks a poison and dies. When Juliet awakens, she sees her love dead and kills herself.
Akiva Talmi Presents Inc. is known for its annual, touring Great Russian Nutcracker and full-length productions of the classic story-ballets; Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others by the Moscow Ballet. Created by award-winning Juilliard alumnus, composer/conductor and theatrical producer, Akiva Talmi, the organization evolved out of Talmi’s all-star Russian "Glasnost Festival Tour" (1986-92). The Great Russian Nutcracker made its debut in 1993 and was directed and choreographed by soloist Stanislav Vlasov of the famous Bolshoi Theater. In 1994, the Moscow State Theatre of Natalia Sats and the theatre's full orchestra joined Moscow Ballet to expand the company to an 88-artist tour which was billed as the "19th Century Classical Nutcracker." In 2003, Anatoly Emelianov, then an upstart choreographer and winner of the Diagelev award, restaged the Great Russian Nutcracker to critical acclaim. Moscow Ballet productions continue to feature award-winning principals and top graduates of Perm, Vaganova, Moscow State Academic Choreographic and Kiev schools.