Two major names of international ballet at National Opera Bucharest


Ballerina Igone de Jongh and premier danseur Artur Shesterikov dance in Giselle show tonight.

Ballerina Igone de Jongh, nominated for Benois de la Danse (Moscow), and Artur Shesterikov, premier danseur of the National Dutch Ballet, will play the major roles of Giselle ballet by Adolphe Charles Adam at the National Opera Bucharest today at 7 pm.
According to a release sent to Mediafax, after the presence of ballet dancers Letizia Giuliani and Amilcar Moret in the contemporary ballet show Women by Gheorghe Iancu, the National Opera Bucharest brings other two major names of the international ballet, namely ballerina Igone de Jongh and premier danseur of the National Dutch Ballet Artur Shesterikov.
Dutch ballerina Igone de Jongh began her dancing study at Ballet Studio Kennemerland, then at Nationale Balletacademie (Amsterdam) in 1988. In 1995, during her studies at Royal Ballet School of London, she reached the final of one of the strongest launching platforms for young ballet dancers all around the world – Prix de Lausanne -, and then she won the Arnold Haskell prize. Since 2003, Igone de Jongh has been one of the principals at the Dutch National Ballet (Het Nationale Ballet), and among the prizes she won over her career one can mention the Incentive Prize 2002 (Dansersfonds ’79), the Alexandra Radius Prize and a double nomination at the Benois Prize de la Danse (Moscow). The ballerina’s repertoire includes major roles in classical ballet masterpieces such as “Romeo and Juliet,” by Sergei Prokofiev, choreographed by Rudi van Dantzing, “Giselle,” by Adolphe Adam, choreographed by Peter Wright, “Swan Lake “ by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, choreographed by Rudi van Dantzing, “La Sylphide” by Herman Severin Lovenskiold, choreographed by August Bournonville or “La Bayadere” by Ludwig Minkus, choreographed by Natalia Makarova. The ballerina also had major roles in George Balanchine’s ballets.
Russian ballet dancer Artur Shesterikov was born in a family of artists, both his parents being prima ballerina and premier danseur for the State Opera and Ballet of Perm (Russia). In 2002, after graduating the Ballet School of Perm, Artur Shesterikov joined the Ballet Company of Perm Opera House where he danced many major roles. In 2004, he reached the final of the International Ballet Competition Arabesque (Russia), winning the prize for the most talented dancer. In 2007, he joined the Dutch National Ballet, where he shortly became prime danseur. His classical repertoire includes many works of famous choreographs such as George Balanchine, William Forsythe and Benjamin Millepied. He worked together with choreographs such as Krzysztof Pastor, John Neumeier, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Natalia Makarova and many others.

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