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August 3, 2021

Show review – Ballet stars in graceful onstage parade

The public who filled up the Palace Hall on Saturday evening had the opportunity, for the second time this year, to see the International Ballet Gala “Stars of the 21st century.” It was a distinguished and refined show, which lasted for almost three hours and heavily relied on the representation of excellence in the delicate and difficult art of dance. The artists who danced in the “Stars of the 21st Century” Gala from Bucharest are dancers in world renowned theatres from Moscow, Sankt Petersburg, Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg, London and Madrid, internationally acclaimed artists seen on the most important lyrical stages of the world.

The first dance of the evening was “Flames of Paris” – Pas de Deux, interpreted by Anastasia Stashkevich, soloist of Bolshoi Ballet Ensemble from Moscow, together with Vyaceslav Lopatin, soloist of Bolshoi Ballet Company. Next on the stage were the dancers of the Ballet Ensemble of the State Opera from Berlin, the first ballet dancer Iana Salenko and the soloist Marian Walter playing “Not Any More,” a modern dance rewarded with long lasting applauses.

Erina Takahashi, senior first ballet dancer of the National English Ballet Company, and Dmitri Gruzdeyev, first ballet dancer of the same company, interpreted with lyricism and grace “Giselle” – Pas de Deux, being followed by Alina Somova, first ballerina of the Ballet Ensemble of Mariinski Theatre from Sankt Petersburg, and David Makhateli, first ballet dancer of the Royal Ballet Ensemble from London, in “Le Corsaire” – Pas de Deux. The next dance was “Canon” in D Major played by Jiri and Otto Bubenicek, twin brothers, the first being first ballet dancer of SemperOper Ballet Ensemble from Dresden, and the second first ballet dance of the Ballet Ensemble from Hamburg. The dancers’ team was completed by Joh Vallejo, second soloist of Scaena Carmen Roche Ensemble from Madrid. The last dance of the first part was both classic and comic, “Le Grand” – Pas de Deux, in which Elisa Carrillo Cabrera, soloist of the Ballet Ensemble of the State Opera from Berlin added to her dancing costume a crown, a pair of glasses and a hand bag. Partner on the stage was Mikhail Kaniskin, first ballet dancer of the same Ballet Ensemble from Berlin. Their evolution on the stage was one of the most appreciated. In the second part of the show, the ballet dancers brought before the audience new stories full of lyricism, delicacy and refinement. Erina Takahashi and Dmitri Gruzdeyev presented, at the debut of the second part, “Manon” – Pas de Deux on music by Jules Massenet, and the choreography of Kenneth McMillan. Anastasia Stashkevich, dressed in a nice costume with wings, and Vyacheslav Lopatin, in a Scottish costume, presented a magic love story from “La Sylphide” – Pas de Deux. The end brought on the stage all the 13 dancers of the Gala, who were rewarded with ovations and plenty of flowers. The next performances of the International Ballet Gala “Stars of the 21st century” are due on December 18, 19, 20, at Winter Garden Theater from Toronto, which will feature Alina Somova and David Makhateli in the “Nutcracker.”

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