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The year 2006 was opened with the annual New Year Ball. This
year the Ball Moscow-Paris 2006 is held at a new venue – the Manege Exhibition
Complex in Moscow opened after its reconstruction. Andris Liepa, the producer
and hospitable master of the evening surprised everyone with his unique ability
to create the festive and cozy atmosphere and present the brilliance and
traditions of the nominated city. The scene featured the famous Paris cabarets
of Moulin Rouge and Lido, Boney M, Valeri Meladze, In Grid, Sergei Penkin and
others. General sponsor of the evening was the Economic Union Bank.
From January 2 to January 7, 2006 Andris held the traditional "New Year Show for
Kids and Grown-Ups" at the Gostinny Dvor. The program is participated by Yana
Shevchenko’s Circus on Ice and performers of Children’s Musical Theater; the
Soap Bubbles Show was presented by Anna Yang.
In January 2006 the Opera and Ballet Theater of Marseille, France presented the
opening nights of ballets Petrushka and The Firebird produced by Andris Liepa.
On February 12, 2006, the Board of Trustees of the Bolshoi Theater presented the
gala concert dedicated to the 80th birthday of Maya Plisetskaya at the Royal
Opera House in London. The Maris Liepa Foundation was one of the organizers of
the concert and Andris Liepa was its producer. Participants of the concert
included Farukh Ruzimatov, Igor Zelenski, Ulyana Lopatkina, Ilze Liepa, Svetlana
Zakharova, Galina Stepanenko, Irma Nioradze and other solo dancers the Mariinski
Theater as well as solo dancers of the Royal Opera House: Leanne Benjamin,
Darcey Bussell, Alina Cojocaru, Mara Galeazzi, Roberta Marquez, Marianela Nunez,
Ivan Putrov, Tamara Rojo, Vyacheslav Samodurov, Thiago Soares and Miyako
Yoshida. Maya Plisetskaya appeared on stage at the end of the show.
On February 28, 2006, the Board of Trustees of the Bolshoi Theater presented the
gala concert dedicated to the 80th birthday of Maya Plisetskaya at Espace Pierre
Cardin in Paris. Participants of the event included Pierre Cardin, Marie-Claude
Pietragalla, Jose Martinez, Gigi Caciuleanu, Wilfride Piollet, Jean Guizerix,
Svetlana Zakharova, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, Ilze Liepa, Irma Nioradze,
Mark Peretokin, Ilya Kuznetsov, Andrei Merkuryev, Marchela Soltan, Ekaterina
Mechetina, Boris Lifanovski and Maya Plisetskaya herself.
On May 22, 2006, Andris Liepa presented the second program of Russian Seasons –
21st Century, which included the renewed ballets Tamar (music by M. Balakirev,
choreography by Yu. Smoriginas, produced by Andris Liepa) and The Firebird.
From April 1 to April 14, 2006 the program Russian Seasons – 21st Century toured
the cities of Novosibirsk, Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg and Perm. The Russian
audience saw ballets The Blue God and The Firebird. The leading parts were
presented by Nikolai Tsiskaridze and Ilze Liepa as well as solo dancers of the
Kremlin Ballet – Kristina Kretova, Sergei Smirnov, Natalia Balakhnicheva and
Andris Liepa is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Church of the Great
Martyr Catherine which is under construction in Rome. On May 19, 2006, minor
dedication of the church took place and a gold-plated reliquary for the Martyr's
relics was donated.
At present, Andris Liepa is one of the most talented art directors in Russia.
Adhering to the classical tradition and being the producer of classical ballet
shows and gala concerts, he is open to experiments and is not afraid of
combining on stage different genres – ballet, opera, circus, etc. Acting as the
inspirer, producer, and stage manager he has significantly widened the limits of
his creative work by turning to absolutely different genres and spheres of art,
staging new choreographic and drama shows and circus programs, shooting films
and video clips, directing fashion shows, presentations and entertainment
programs. Andris Liepa is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cherry-Tree
Andris Liepa was awarded with the title
"People's artist of Russia" on
May 20, 2009 in the Ekaterininsky hall of the
Moscow Kremlin along with such outstanding politicians
and cultural workers as Viktor Chernomyrdyn, Yunus-Bek
Evkuev, Tatyana Samoilova, Tatiana
Shmyga, Mikhail Zhvanetsky.
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