Founded in 1738 by the Empress Anna Ioannovna, the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet will take an active part in the international cultural project "Russian Seasons" in Germany. On October 6-10, representatives of the Academy will give master classes in classical dance at Dresden Palucca School (Graduate School of Dance), and on October 7-12, at the John Cranko Stuttgart School of Ballet.
In Dresden, master classes with the participation of students and teachers of both the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet and Palucca School will be given, in particular, workshops by the Academy President Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Art Director of the Academy Zhanna Ayupova and the Academy teachers.
The program features classical dance classes, rehearsals of variation on the classical themes, classes of contemporary and improvised dance, round tables for teachers and students, as well as a joint concert of the Vaganova Academy and the Palucca Dance School students.
The program in Stuttgart includes classes in classical dance given for German teachers by Marina Vasilieva, Professor of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet.
Exchange programs between the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet and Dresden Palucca School have a long history: thus, in times of GDR, there were regularly held summer intensive ballet classes with the participation of Soviet performers, and Palucca School students used to visit Leningrad, to participate in master classes at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet.
Founded in 1738 by the Empress Anna Ioannovna, the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet is one of the oldest ballet schools in the world.
The Academy is famed by both the prominent choreographers and the talented graduates. The star of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in Paris, prima ballerina Anna Pavlova introduced the entire world to Russian ballet, and during the turbulent 1920s Marina Semyonova proved that classical ballet is needed in her native country.
Over the ages and decades, sublime art of Mathilde Kschessinska, Vaslav Nijinsky, Galina Ulanova, Feya Balabina, Natalia Dudinskaya, Vladimir Ponomarev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ulyana Lopatkina and other ballet stars lent to the Academy's success.
Master-class venues: Palucca School, Basteiplatz, 4, Dresden; John Cranko School of Ballet, Urbanstrasse, 94, Stuttgart.
October 6–10 – master classes and concert of the Academy in Dresden.
October 7 –12 – master classes of the Academy in Stuttgart.