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About Giselle

The Saint Petersburg Festival Ballet becomes the International Festival Ballet, due to the war of Russia against Ukraine

Vladimir Putin's murderous aggressive war against Ukraine which has been devastating it since February 24, does not only cause immeasurable suffering and destruction to the local civilian population. It also indirectly reveals more and more tragic links on the international cultural scene.

The famous Saint Petersburg Festival Ballet has also been affected by the Russian war. Thus, the name of the ballet is going to be changed into International Festival Ballet starting from May 2022.

After the war began, many Russian artists took a clear position against the war madness and for the respect of universal human rights. Before the beginning of each performance of the current tour on French stages, the Saint Petersburg Festival Ballet takes a stand by observing a minute of silence, making statements and playing the Ukrainian national anthem.

The ballet is now under massive pressure from its home country. The threatening situation leaves little doubt that a return of the Russian members of the troupe to their home country in May 2022 is currently not possible without danger to their lives and physical integrity.

Deeply personally affected by the war perpetrated by the Russian government in the name of Russia, the ballet is now going to change its name as a conscious sign of demarcation. The director of the Ballet Festival as well as of Ovation Events, Irena Veres, says about it: "The war situation, which is so terrible and deadly for the innocent Ukrainian population, affects us personally and despairs us, like the vast majority of people. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, the ballet company and the whole team show even more their anti-military position, expressed long before, in words and deeds."

Update 05.04.2022

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International Festival Ballet & Hungary Festival Orchestra present: a celebration of beauty, elegance and grace, “Giselle”

The most romantic classical ballet alive

International Festival Ballet, Artistic director Alexander Abaturov

International Festival Ballet was created in 2009.

The costumes and scenery of the Festival Ballet emulate the heritage and royal splendor of the past, while the unforgettable performances combine strict classical elegance with twenty first century modernity.

The International Festival Ballet reflects the spirit, elegance and grace of the historic city from which it originates in combination with a truly royal splendor of sets and costumes by world-famous Set and Costume Designer Vyacheslav Okunev (Bolshoi Theatre, Mariinsky Theatre, La Scala)

During the last ten years International Festival Ballet with a great success has toured on the biggest stages of Europe in such countries as Germany, Austria, Italia, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Iceland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia.

Outstanding soloists and dancers, marvelous set design and costumes combined with a magnificent light design and wonderful Tchaikovsky music, it is what the International Festival Ballet is offering the ballet lovers in all over the world.

HUNGARY FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, Music director & conductor Vadim Nikitin

The Hungary Festival Orchestra was founded in 2005 by the talented musician Yaroslava Šimonova, who is also its director. The artistic director and conductor is a famous conductor, Maestro Vadim Nikitin. The repertoire of the orchestra includes works by Ravel, Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Faure and Albegis, Gounod and others. Still, the main focus of the orchestra’s repertoire is the music of classical ballets such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Don Quixote and many others. Throughout their creative activity, the orchestra has collaborated with renowned ballet groups. The orchestra is performing with great success in France, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and other European countries, having gained the reputation as one of the best ballet orchestras in Europe, despite its relatively small line-up. The orchestra includes musicians who also collaborate with the best orchestras. Next time, they are going to play exclusively for the well-known ballet group “International Festival Ballet “in Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Germany and Austria, Scandinavia and Baltic countries.

Music: A. Adam
Choreography: J. Coralli, J. Perrot, M. Petipa
Libretto: T. Gautier, J. Coralli, J. de Saint-Georges by Heinrich Heine

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The performances of Giselle in Antwerp and Hasselt are rescheduled.

The performance scheduled on February 1, 2022 in Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen will be rescheduled to February 1 2023.
The performance initially scheduled for January 15, 2021 in Trixxo Theater Hasselt will be rescheduled to February 14, 2023.

Update 07.12.2021

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