Andris Liepa was the crown prince of the ballet of the 1980s, who during his meteoric career was the principal dancer of both the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres, and the star of the American Ballet Theatre under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov. Liepa celebrated his 50th birthday at the Kremlin (…)
Russian ballet stars of Diaghilev Festival are set to enthral Doha with a rich repertoire from world-famous ballets when they stage their first-ever performance in Qatar on October 26 at the Qatar National Convention Centre Theatre. “This visit will be a discovery for us, as it is the first time (…)
I was fortunate enough to see Maris Liepa dance his most iconic role, Crassus, in “Spartacus”, at the Coliseum; very theatre where this gala took place. It was the early ‘70s and one had to run the gauntlet of Soviet Weekly sellers and pro-Israeli demonstrators even to get into the (…)
Principal dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre Nilolai Tsiskaridze performed exempts from Roland Petit’s ballet “The Queen of Spades” with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and “The Death of the Rose” with music by Gustav Mahler. Choreographer and dancer Patrick de Bana unveiled a pas de deux from the upcoming Paris premiere (…)
PARIS — The premiere of a whole new ballet, especially one that draws on a legend like Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, is a rare pleasure these days on European stages. Rarer still is the depiction in dance of the lives of real dancers. Audiences at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, (…)
“You’ll never confuse him with another dancer. He’s a dancer of great individuality – always clean, elegant … noble.” Marina Semyonova (the first Soviet trained Prima Ballerina, Bolshoi Ballet, on the late Maris Liepa) Following the sensational success of the Diaghilev Festival in 2011, Saison Russes de XXIe Siècle presents (…)
From the boisterous Crassus in Spartacus to the sensual prince from The Swan Lake, and cheerful Basilio in Don Quixote – these are just a few of the many characters brought to life by one of the USSR’s most talented ballet artists, and in which he was fondly remembered by (…)
Gala performance by star dancers of several world famous theatres.
The premiere of Scheherazade performed by the National Academic Bolshoi Theater of Opera and Ballet of the Republic of Belorussia. The restoration and staging of the ballet was conducted by Andris Liepa. Title roles danced by Ilze Liepa and Denis Klimuk.