© 2019 Deauville Festival de L'Art Russe   |  Illustrations and graphics by Alexey Kurbatov

Genius, Folly and Splendor of the Russian soul on historical stage of Deauville

The mission of the Festival of Russian Art in Deauville is to extend and reinvent the centuries-old artistic ties between Russia and France.  Every year the program of the Festival combines  legendary masterpieces  with the best representations of today's Russian artistic creation  performed by emerging artists.



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”

Veronika Bogatyreva

Creator and producer

Artistic Events Producer and Communication Consultant

Passionate about Russian Art from of 19th and 20th centuries

Natalia Gunderina


Expert in communications

Project Manager and Event Management

Natalya Krasnova


Historian and Philologist, 

passionately in love with Normandy



Thursday , August 22, 2019

Presentation of the artistic project «Moon Pool»



Salle de Fête de Deauville

The exposition of the “Sets for Imaginary Ballet”, created by the painter and ceramist Nikolay Koshelev


5:00 p.m.

Salle de Fête de Deauville

Festival Opening Cocktail (Press and VIP Guests)


6:30 p.m.

Public Opening of the exposition

(open every day until August 25)

Friday , August 23,  2019

The world premiere of the choreography

 created by the artistic director of the Festival Sergey Filin and the principal dancer of Bolshoi Theater Artem Ovcharenko.


7:00 p.m.


Casino Barrière Theater

The famous choreographies as well as the new works

 interpreted by Artem Ovcharenko 

with the participation of fourteen stars and ballet soloists

of the main Russian BAllet theaters.

9:30 p.m.


Gala - Dinner SAVVA


Ambassadors' Hall of the Casino Barrière de Deauville

Historic gastronomic journey into the atmosphere of the  Russia’s Silver Age.


The author of the menu, Andrei Shmakov, is the illustrious chef of the SAAVA Restaurant at the Metropol Hotel in Moscow


The menu for the Gala is inspired by the dishes

 served at the Metropol in 1905 during a dinner given in honour of Sergey Diaghilev


The 2019 vocal program will be presented by soprano  Daria Davidova, the guest soloist of Bolshoi.  Her program will be composed of famous works by the great masters of Russian opera (NA Rimsky-Korsakov, PI Tchaikovsky, A. Borodin)

 and French composers (C. Gounod, C. Debussy, L. Delibe, F. Poulenc, etc.). 

In addition, Daria will sing original chamber compositions, including L. Bernstein's vocal cycle "La Cuisine Francaise”, 

a rare musical masterpiece on a gastronomic theme.

Saturday, August 24, 2019
«A Music Box»
Gala Night of the Stars

7:00 p.m.

Barrière Casino Theater
The masterpieces of the legendary ballets, as well as the original choreographies 

created on the music of the great Russian composers of yesterday and today, 

will be performed by 16 ballet star dancers from the main Russian Theaters

 under the direction of Sergey Filin (the artistic director of the Bolshoi Theater 2011 to 2016, winner of the Benois Prize for Dance, distinguished artist of Russia).

The Festival team

Sergey Filin

Creator and Director of the Artistic Program



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.

Deauville is also known as a world-class center of the equestrian sports and hippodrome business. The races and race horses have always been the essential part of life and leisure for the rich and famous. Deauville hosts series of prestigious races and auctions of the highest class attended by Middle Eastern sheiks, millionaires, and young aristocrats. 

In August, during one of the most prestigious events, the concentration of the important guests reaches its peak. The audience is attracted not only by the prestige of the equestrian events but also by the festive picnic-like atmosphere and the excitement reigning the hippodromes of Deauville. 
The closeness to Paris and the beauty of the Normandy coast, the mild climate, and the gorgeous historic hotels place Deauville in the ranking of high-society resorts.


Nobility and members of the financial elite know that here they can hide from the buzzing world at any time and enjoy the silence, the luxury and the elegance. 

Russian art

the return to Deauville

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 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.


Join us

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.



Become a friend, join a circle of sponsors, associate your business, make a donation - there are many ways to leave your mark in the history of Franco-Russian artistic ties. Whatever support you decide to bring, it will be invaluable for the future of the Festival. Contact us to learn more about the choices,  of the  opportunities and the privileges of such a friendship.

To participate in the event or to support it, please contact:

Natalya Krasnova

such. +33 0670633540

email: natalyanormandy@gmail.com