The Great Stories of Love, a ballet performance featuring a number of international ballet stars, was presented on 14 February at Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp, 15 February at Capitole, Ghent, and 19 February at Bozar, Brussels.
Duets from classic 19th and 20th century ballets, included into the program of the Gala, highlight the infinite variety of Love: joy and hopes of the first encounter in the duet from Romeo and Juliet (music by Sergey Prokofiev), sensuous eroticism of the motional dialogue between Zobeide and the Golden Slave from Scheherazade (music by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov), flirtation and coquetry in the meretricious pas de deux from Le Carnival de Venise(music by Cesare Pugni), pain and bitterness of betrayal in the duet from Esmeralda (music by Cesare Pugni) – these are but a few samples from the Gala Night’s program.
Internationally acclaimed dancers, soloists from Bolshoi Theatre (Moscow), Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theatres (St. Petersburg), other influential Russian and European theaters took part in the Gala Performance. It’s noteworthy that all the participants belong to the Russian School of Ballet, with its pure perfection of style, harmony and elegance of every pas, profound dramatism of rendition.
The project was supported by the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Antwerp.
Mr. Alexander Tokovinin, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Belgium, honored the 19 February performance at the Bozar Theater, Brussels, with his presence.