The gala concert to mark the 25th anniversary of the international private theatre company Stars of the 21st Century was held on 30 June in the world ballet capital of St. Petersburg, on the stage of the Oktyabrsky Grand Concert Hall. The concert was held with the support of the company Proxy Centre. The artistic director of the gala concert was the legendary choreographer Oleg Vinogradov, a People’s Artist of the USSR, academic, and a laureate of the State Prize of Russia and eight international prizes.
The private theatre company Stars of the 21st Centuryis one of the most prestigious ballet gala concerts in the world. Famous artists who make up the creme de la creme of contemporary ballet art consider it an honour to participate in the company’s concerts. The project’s gala concerts have been a smashing success in the best halls of Toronto, New York, Panama, Bucharest, Moscow, Paris, and Cannes. This marked the first time that St. Petersburg hosted the concert.
The gala concert featured talented and unique dancers from the leading theatres of the world: England’s Royal Ballet, the Paris Opera, the Berlin State Ballet, the Vienna Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Norwegian Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the Dutch National Opera and Ballet Theatre. Russian ballet dancers were represented by performers from the country’s two leading theatres: the Mariinsky Theatre (St. Petersburg) and the Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow).
The concert programme included masterpieces of classical ballet and contemporary choreography. The audience had a chance to watch the ballet “Swan Lake”, a duet from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet “Cinderella” as choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev, a pas de deux from the ballets “Sleeping Beauty”, “Don Quixote”, “Carmen”, and “Le Corsaire” as well as other treasures of world ballet.
“The whole world knows about the unforgettable impressions and success associated with the incredible beauty of the gala concerts of Stars of the 21st Century”, the gala concert’s artistic director Oleg Vinogradov said. “As a direct assistant to the authors and main performers of this fantastic project, I had an opportunity to personally see the awe of audiences in the top theatrical halls of various countries and continents. Professionals of the highest level and the brightest ballet stars consider it an honour to take part in the world’s most prestigious gala concert and I am thrilled that the Stars of the 21st Century were able to finally shine in St. Petersburg, which is recognized as the capital of world ballet. For our part, we will do our best to make this event a tradition”.
Vinogradov offered high praise for the diverse programme of the gala concert, at which the audience was shown the ballet of various schools and trends. “Just like today, we were the best in the world in ballet twenty or thirty years ago, but then we dreamed of seeing another ballet that was different from our own. We knew that it existed and that the public loved it”, Vinogradov said. “Ballet is the most beautiful and most difficult art in the world. It penetrates our hearts and excites us like poetry. Why? Because this kind of art is dedicated to glorifying beauty”.
Proxy Centre Director Sergey Lazutkin, for his part, emphasized the connection between the development of culture and economic progress. “Proxy Centre organizes business events at an international level: congresses, forums, and conferences. At the same time, we are systematically involved in cultural projects since the economy cannot evolve without the development of culture. Each gala concert put on by the Stars of the 21st Century is an international cultural event and we are happy to have the opportunity to support such an important event”, Lazutkin said.
Photo by Anna Frantsuzova