THE MOSCOW STANISLAVSKI BALLET
LAURENT HILAIRE, company director
Alexander Ekman, choreography
VARIATIONS SUR UN THEME DE BIZET
Vladimir Bourmeister, choreography
Andrey Kaydanovskiy, choreography
With the dancers of Moscow StanislavskI Ballet
For many years, the Moscow Stanislavski Ballet has been a flagship institution cultural life in Moscow. Vladimir Bourmeister, one of the company’s emblematic figures, who was director of the ballet for nearly thirty years, is well known to Parisians after choreographing a version of Swan Lake in the early 1960s which remained the reference for the Paris Opera before Rudolf Nureyev’s.
Two years ago, the famous principal dancer Laurent Hilaire took over the artistic direction of the Moscow company – the first Frenchman to run a Russian company since Marius Petipa. A talented and award-winning artist, former iconic dancer of the “Nureyev Generation”, choreographer and accomplished ballet master, Laurent Hilaire caused a sensation in his first season as artistic director. He led a true artistic revolution by immediately utilising the repertoire of Serge Lifar, William Forsythe, George Balanchine and Paul Taylor, while still preserving the classical heritage of this 120-dancer troupe.
For these Paris performances, he will exhibit the energy of his dancers with a mixed program combining a historical piece by Vladimir Bourmeister, a pajama party by the young Russian Andrey Kaydanovskiy – prolific and imaginative choreographer on the Moscow scene – before closing the evening with Tyll, by Swede Alexander Ekman whose ingenuity is well established.