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