In the early 20th century Sergei Diaghilev managed to prove and show to the world that Russian choreography was no longer content with resting on the laurels of the Grand Style of the Imperial theaters. He introduced to the international audience a cohort of new choreographers, Mikhail Fokin, Vaslav Nijinsky, Léonide Massine, Serge Lifar, George Balanchine, with almost all the dancing trends of the previous century being traceable in their work. Still, the shows that were first presented by Diaghilev’s enterprise, were later incorporated into the repertoire of the most renowned theaters of the world, on the par with the works of the 19th century choreographers, such as M. Petipa, A. Saint-Léon, A. Bournonville.
Russia was destined to spend years in segregation from the progressive trends in choreography, the ones that it had once initiated. Only at the dawn of the new millennium did it regain access to them, and Russian ballet faced the necessity to quickly bridge the gap. Now that the production lists of the leading Russian ballet companies feature the names of N. Duato, R. Petit, M. Béjart, W. Forsythe, J. Kylián, it’s time for the Russian choreography to look for the opportunities to nurture its own new talents.
The goal of Arts Center Saint-Michel is to support the gifted Russian choreographers, choosing them not by their allegiance to a particular style, but rather by the degree of their professional dedication and the width of their artistic scope. We offer to the Russian and international audience full-length ballet performances, as well as modern choreographic miniatures that can adorn a Gala performance or any other event.