RUSSAN SEASON

 II

The Second edition entitled «The Music Box» and was devoted to ballet music from the XIX to the XXI centuries.

«The Music Box» echoes the past, as the music box itself is a symbol of the ephemeral beauty of a bygone era and perfectly in tune with the festival concept : to enjoy a pure beauty that is born here and now, but that can last indefinitely if it is carefully preserved.

The festival opened with the exhibition of a contemporary russian artist Nikolai Koshelev. His project «Moon Pool», like the Festival itself, was inspired by Serge de Diaghilev's «Ballets Russes» in which the visual arts played a role not less important than choreography and music.

Artem Ovcharenko, the star dancer of Moscow’s Bolchoï Theatre presented, for the first time in his career, his signature program. Assisted by sixteen other stars and solists, he performed a selection of his favorite pieces and entirely new works created especially for him by contemporary choreographers.

«The Music Box» Gala, a unique joint performance of the brightest Russian ballet artists, consisted of experts of legendary classics as well as of completely new productions. Alongside the compositions of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky, the Festival presented the works of contemporary Russian composers such as Rodion Shchedrin, Yuri Krasavin, Leonid Desyatnikov and Ilya Demutsky.

Festival’s Gala Diner was served by Andrey Shmakov, the Executive Chef of Moscow’s legendary Metropol Hotel. He created the menu inspired by the historic banquet held at the Metropol in 1905 in honor of Sergei Diaghilev, the organizer of the ‘Russian Seasons’ in Paris.

Gala Diner was accompanied with the vocal program presented by soprano Daria Davidova. The spotlight of the concert was original performance of L. Bernstein's vocal cycle "La cuisine française", a rare musical masterpiece on a gastronomic theme.

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