Washington Ballet's "Russian Masters"

October 5, 2017

On October 5 the Kennedy center for performing arts hosted the grand opening of the Washington ballet program "the Russian Masters". The performers brought to life four ballets staged by the greatest Russian choreographers. These were 'Les Sylphides' Choreography by Michel Fokine with music by Frédéric Chopin, Maurice Ravel’s 'Boléro' in Alexei Ratmansky’s interpretation, 'Le Corsaire Pas de Deux' by Marius Petipa with music of Adolphe Adam and Sergei Prokofiev's 'Prodigal Son' choreographed by George Balanchine. The performance was meant to reveal the roots of classic ballet, as well as to show the powerful influence these choreographers made on ballet as an art over the past 175 years. After the performance at the Kennedy Center the Washington ballet treated its guests with a big reception, where the Ambassador of Russia to the US Anatoly Antonov gave a warm welcome. In his speech the Ambassador noted that culture is something that genuinely brings nations together and becomes a beacon for dialogue and between countries and people. The Russian ambassador thanked the Washington ballet for its outstanding organizational and artistic quality and wished the performers every success.
Photo: Dean Alexander and The Washington Ballet