Has been started in 2001 as master classes for ballet students, today Dance Open Festival is acknowledged as one of the top ballet festivals in Russia and one of the most important cultural landmarks of St. Petersburg. Every year the Festival brings together the world’s premier ballet companies and the most talented dancers in the capital of Russian ballet.
Historically, the Festival was created as an international platform for observing world’s choreographic context and discussing today's ballet scene, it was always opened to all variety of styles, but it remains to be highly demanding for the level of all participants.
Every year the Festival aims to create inspiring atmosphere for all balletomanes coming to St. Petersburg. Varied programme and repertoire permits everyone to find something special for him, be it a ballet premiere, thematic exhibition or public-talk with iconic dancer or choreographer. Dance Open Festival invites all ballet students to explore secrets of the legendary Russian ballet and participate in master classes given by the leading dance teachers. Also the festival keeps tradition to organize Dance Open Gala where ballet dancers will have a chance not only to perform their talents, but also to become the laureate of the Dance Open Award.
The upcoming XVIII season will be held from the 17th to 29th of April at the St. Petersburg’s Alexandrinsky Theatre. This year the Festival will offer many surprises for ballet enthusiasts from all over the world.
The programme will present to audience a diverse range of ballet productions, and some of them will be performed in Russia for the first time.
The Festival will launch with Winterreise, the most aesthetic and discussed world premiere of last autumn, choreographed by Christian Spuck and performed by the Zurich Ballet.
The Russian national dance brand, Perm Ballet will introduce favorite fairytale of all children — the magic story of Nutcracker choreographed by Alexey Miroshnichenko.
The high-technology ballet performance Alice, choreographed by Mauro Bigonzetti and performed by Dortmund’s ballet, will surprise Russian audience with its breathtaking 3D scenery and incredible dance technique beyond laws of gravity.
For two evenings, Dance Open will host the Wiener Staatsballett. The renowned ballet company of the Vienna State Opera will bring to St. Petersburg the ballet comedy Coppelia, reconstructed by the most influential ballet master Pierre Lacotte. The Festival audience will be the first to see the world premiere, developed fully with the atmosphere of French romanticism and elegancy.
One of the leading Dutch ballet companies Introdans will introduce three masterpieces Masters by choreographers Nils Christe, Hans van Manen and Caetano Soto and thus complement the Festival programme with a new perspective for observing dance as a performing art.
And finally, the Festival will traditionally culminate with the Dance Open Gala of world ballet stars in order to demonstrate international talents and new trends in the development of ballet art.