Ballet troupe of one of the leading ballet masters and People's Artist of the USSR Oleg Vinogradov has finished its tour in Crimea with performance on the main scene of Crimean Academic Theatre named after Gorky. The spectators of the philanthropic show were 700 citizens and guests of the Crimea. Choreographic show “Vivat, Ballet!” aroused interest among community: theatre-goers not once interrupted the performance with storm of applauses.
“St. Petersburg ballet is 200 years old. Today you will see art pieces, which are more than 100 years old – and they still alive and inspire wonder of spectators, - said Oleg Vinogradov, addressing to people before the final show. – When we came here they told us: “Crimea hasn’t had a ballet for a long time, the community will react in unknown way”. It all turned out to be wrong. The spectators are wonderful!”
The organizer of the tour is Yalta International Economic Forum Foundation under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Crimea. 3,5 thousands of people had a chance to see the ballet show, which lasted for 3 days.
The tour of international troupe proved that culture unites the world, despite of political differences and attempts of Western countries aimed at Crimean isolation. Alongside with Russian ballet artists were dancers from the USA and Egypt.
“I am in Russia for a month and came here to take part in the festival of young ballet dancers, conducted by Oleg Vonogradov, - commented ballerina from New York Nikol Fedoroff, from the family of USSR emigrants. – The level of ballet in Russia and the USA cannot be compared because of different approaches. Russia values acting skills, expression, sensibility. In America technique and physical development”.
Ballerina has performed “Russian dance” from “Swan Lake”, pa-de-de from “Harlequinade” and variation from “Pachita”. The artist marked that her brightest role is in “Russian dance” of Tchaikovsky ballet. “I began dancing it in Ney York, it was well greeted by people and I have received lots of invitations to perform with it. But in Russia I dance it for the first time”, - said Ms. Fedoroff.
After the show Oleg Vinogradov has thanked YIEF Foundation for organizing the tour and presented the Director of the YIEF Foundation Sergey Lazutkin with his own drawing of ballet scene.
Sergey Lazutkin also thanked Oleg Vinogradov for the performances in Crimea. “Today the tour is over, but I am sure that this is not the last visit to Crimea. YIEF Foundation will continue to cooperate with Oleg Vinogradov. I think that in the nearest future we will organize here more global performance, - said Director of the Foundation. – The economy development is impossible without organic cultural development. We have had a sort of cultural forum, the participants of which became more than 3 thousands of people. I hope the YIEF Foundation has offered its mite not only to Crimean culture development, but to revival of historical cultural values”.