A series of master classes given by one of the world’s leading choreographers, Oleg Vinogradov, took place in three Italian cities. The choreographer introduced Italian choreographers and dancers to the school of Russian ballet and shared experience staging large and small ballets. He also held a series of round tables for choreographers and teachers from ballet schools, met with leaders from those cities he was visiting, and chaired the panel of judges for the Arenzano in Danza ballet competition. Proxy Centre was involved in organizing the trip.
The Italian organizer of the trip was the Festival & Contest Cultural Association (President Christian Cartoceti).
In the city of Canelli (Piedmont), Oleg Vinogradov conducted master classes for gifted children and organized video viewings of his ballets Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, and Petrushka for all those interested. Spectators were especially moved by the ballet Petrushka, which gave rise to the idea of performing the ballet in Italy with the libretto updated to the modern political situation in Europe. Simultaneously with the master classes of the Russian choreographer, lessons were held in the city by dancers and teachers of contemporary trends in ballet.
In the city of Arenzano (Liguria), Mr. Vinogradov conducted a master class on classical ballet and the methods of training dancers used in Russia based on the pedagogical system of Agrippina Vaganova. In addition, he spoke at a press conference about the complexities of the development of ballet across the world, including Italy.
The choreographer also chaired the panel of judges for one of Italy’s most famous classical ballet competitions, the Arenzano in Danza. During the competition’s final concert, Oleg Vinogradov presented the most talented participant with a free trip to the international festival-contest Italian Evenings in Russia, which will be held in Tula from 27 November to 2 December. The event is being organized by the Festival & Contest Cultural Association. Mayor of Arenzano Luigi Gambino presented the Russian ballet master with a prize for his career and contribution to the development of ballet.
In the city of Porto Recanati (Marche), Oleg Vinogradov conducted a series of master classes on classical ballet and staged large and small ballets as part of the international Moovedance festival, organized by modern choreographer Paolo Londi. Hundreds of festival participants gathered for video viewings of the choreographer's ballets and asked numerous questions about Mr. Vinogradov’s work. At the festival’s final concert, the Mayor of the city, Roberto Mozzicafreddo, presented Oleg Vinogradov with a special award for professional achievements.
At meetings with city leaders during the trip, the Russian choreographer emphasized that it was Italy that had served as the cradle of world ballet centuries ago and called on the authorities to continue ballet’s development.
“Proxy Centre has been participating in organizing business and cultural events in Italy for several years,” said the company’s director Sergei Lazutkin. “We support projects related to ballet, because for Russia ballet is more than just the darling of our history and culture but is also a way into the hearts of people all over the world. Even during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the West, Russian ballet performances were held in Europe to full houses.”