Russian fairytales:

interwoven through the history of Russian art 


Lots of world well known masterpieces of ballet and opera created by russian composers and choreographers based on fairy tales and national folklore. The world of Russian folk tales was especially popular among the creative elite at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries. Tchaikovskiy, Prokofiev, Rimskiy-Korsakov, Stravinskiy and many others were inspired by national folk-tales.  The structural model of the festival will be based on the high-level classical art inspired by old russian fairy tales, folklore traditions and folk art.



The Wonder of Palekh miniatures


Exhibition of works by the best Palekh artists created at different times for the theater: sketches of sets and costumes from the collection of the Palekh Art State Museum.  The exhibition will present, among other things, previously unseen sketches of costumes for Leonid Yakobson's banned ballet «Wonderland»


The Art of Palekh is part of world culture, unique phenomenon of Russian national art originated at the beginning of the twentieth century on the basis of a combination of Old Russian icon painting and Folk art. The Art of Palekh uses plots of Russian epics, fairy tales and country life. Palekh images carry the idea of ​​turning into reality that poetry where a fairy tale exists as a reality.

Yuldus Bakhtiosina 

Photo exhibition «Soul Walking»

Square François André  (in front of  Le Normandy)

Yulduz Bakhtiozina best fashion photographer in 2016 (according to VOGUE), young and demanded russian fashion photo artists, costume designer, film director.

Rebellious Nureyev

Lecture by Ariane Dollfus

Ariane Dollfus is a French cultural journalist. From 1988 to 2006 she worked as a theatre and dance critic for the French newspaper «France-Soir». She was also a regular guest on the daily radio show «Fou du roi» for «France Inter». Her biography of Rudolf Nureyev («Rebellious Nureyev»), published in 2007 by Flammarion, was awarded the annual book prize by the performing arts association («le Syndicat de la Critique») the same year. Ariane Dollfus has also translated Nureyev’s autobiography, published for the first time in English by Hodder and Stoughton in 1962. In 2016, Ariane published its first ever French translation with Arthaud.

SADKO Fantasy film 

Directed by Alexander Ptushko (1952)

The plot of the film is based on ancient russian legends and fairy tales. When creating the script, sets and costumes, the authors relied on the heritage of ancient russian architecture,  folklore and the works of the great russian artists — Vasnetsov, Repin and Bilibin.


At the Venice Film Festival in 1953, the film received the Silver Lion, and actor Sergey Stolyarov was ranked among the best actors in the world cinema history for half a century for playing the role of Sadko. The film was bought by one of the Hollywood studios, and the then-beginning director Francis Ford Coppola worked on the adaptation and creation of the English version.

Russian fairy tales

Dance recital of  best russian ballet dancers. Masterpieces of world choreography and new stage productions of modern choreographers performed by ballet dancers of leading russian theaters.


Special dance programme dedicated to the 30th anniversary of creative activity of the artistic director of the festival SergeI Filin.  The program is attended by ballet dancers from leading Russian and foreign theaters.

Gala dinner  ZIMA (Winter)

chef Alexey Zimin

Zimin is one of the most well known russian foodies, chef and owner of the most popular russian restaurant ZIMA in London.




Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi  Theatre


Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre


Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi Theater


Leading Soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre


Dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre


Soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre


Soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre


Leading Soloist of the Eifman Ballet Company


Leading Soloist of the Eifman Ballet Company


First Soloist of the ballet company of the Stanislavsky and 

Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Musical Theater 


First Soloist of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Musical Theater 


Prima Ballerina of Russian and American ballet,  dances leading roles in the ballet company of San Francisco and on the best world venues.


touring ballet dancer, graduate of the Royal Danish Ballet, choreographer, performs solo parts in leading theaters of the world.


Aleksey Zimin

Chef et propriétaire du restaurant russe «Zima» à Londres, il est aussi le rédacteur du magazine «Afisha Cuisine» et fondateur de l'école culinaire «Ragu». C’est un explorateur de la cuisine russe.


Uldus Bakhtiozina

Artiste photographe et réalisatrice diplômée de la Central Saint Martins College,
University of the Arts London. Elle est la première oratrice russe à participer aux conférences américaines TED et a fait partie en 2014 de la liste de la BBC des 100 femmes influentes qui changent le monde. En 2016 elle a été nommée meilleure photographe de mode par VOGUE Italie.
Uldus est l'ambassadrice officielle de la marque GUCCI Beauté, ainsi que la créatrice
des costumes et des maquillages pour le Théâtre Royal de Covent Garden. En 2019
elle a débuté en tant que réalisatrice pour le film «La fille du pêcheur».



Veronika Bogatyreva

Creator and producer

Artistic Events Producer and Communication Consultant. Passionate about Russian Art from of 19th and 20th centuries


Sergey Filin

Creator and Director of the Artistic Program

Director of the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow (2011-2016)

Artistic Director of the young talents of Ballet Bolshoi

Benois Prize for Dance, Emeritus Artist of the Russian Federation, 

WInner of the International Prize "the Golden Mask”, 

and the International Ballet Prize "The stars of the 21st century”


Natalia Gunderina


Expert in communications

Project Manager and Event Management

Alexey Kurbatov

Festival designer


Alexey is the Festival's graphic designer, author of illustrations published
in magazines such as The New Republic, The Atlantic, GQ, Tatler, Esquire,
Robb Report, Harper’s Bazaar. He also designs the covers of the books
for the publishing house Penguine Random House.




For twenty years, From 1909 to 1929, the success of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in France and around the world was resounding. Diaghilev, considered one of the most important artistic figures of the century, worked with all prominent european artists of the time. Over the years, he invites to participate in  the Ballets Russes adventure André Derain, Juan Gris, Joan Miró, Marie Laurencin, George Braque, George Rouault, Max Ernst, Coco Chanel, Giorgio de Chirico, Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau (...) He has commissioned Stravinsky, Debussy, Richard Strauss, Manuel de Falla, Erik Satie and Serge Prokofiev to write novel compositions for ballet music. Not only Nijinsky, but many other ballet dancers of Russian Seasons became famous stars and  choreographers and who have extended the legacy of the Ballets Russes to New York, London and Paris. George Balanchine has created the New York City Ballet, Ninette de Valois has founded "The Royal Ballet" and Serge Lifar has revived the Ballet of the Opera Paris.


The quiet colours of the coast of English Channel and Normandy’s laconic landscapes are a perfect backdrop not only for the showcase of luxury but also for recollection of the thoughts and relaxation of the mind. 

The upper-class resort of Deauville took form during the Belle Epoque as the «kingdom of elegance and perfection». It has always been cherished by the international bohème and elite who would gather here to exchange creative ideas and social rumour. 

Art has always played an extremely important role here. The Casino Barriere built in 1912 is a real masterpiece of the European art nouveau. The Theatre Casino was opened in 1912 and one of the first performances staged here was the Sergey Diaghilev's «Ballet Russe». The soloist, Vaclav Nijinsky, was then at the summit of his fame, as was another performer - the famous Russian-born opera singer Feodor Chaliapin. Theatre Casino Barriere has also hosted the performances of Sarah Bernard and many other magnificent stars of all time.

The history of Deauville and the Ballets Russes are closely linked. During the inaugural season of the new Deauville casino, in August 1912, its Casino Theater hosted Diaghilev's Ballets Russes for two weeks  for his very first  french performances outside Paris. Durings these weeks, Deauville witnessed the golden age of Diaghilev's troupe. Places were selling on the black market. The star of this troupe was Vaslaw Nijinski, who had then just created his own version of "The Afternoon of a Faune". When he danced on the stage of the Casino Theater in "Le Spectre de la rose", the journalists wrote that “he flew in the air like the summer breeze of Deauville”.

In 1912,  desolation and tragedies of First World War were still far away. In this brand new theater, young dancers fascinated the refined public  by their virtuosity and originality. This little - known episode of the Ballets Russes in Deauville is now highlighted and extended by the Festival of Russian Art.

In August 2018, more than a hundred years later, Russian art was back on the Normandy coast: the Russian Art of Deauville had its first edition. The stars of the Russian ballet once again returned to the historical stage of the Casino Theater. They have thus revived the historical tradition to pay a tribute to these precursors philanthropists, 

to these romantic thinkers and the deep friendship that unites the French and Russian people.



The Circle of Friends of the Festival is a community of knowledgeable amateurs and enthusiasts. Each season of the Festival could not be completed without the help of these generous donors. Their commitment allows the Festival to achieve its artistic mission, to revive the exceptional heritage and to present the young Russian talents to the international public.

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Veronika Bogatyreva

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