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“RÉVÉRENCE” — ballet evening to mark International Dance Day

11 March 2019

Révérence means a bow or curtsy – a gesture of respect to acknowledge the teacher, pianist, orchestra or audience. The ballet ensemble of the Krakow Opera and its guests from abroad are using this phrase to invite you to join them in celebrations of the International Dance Day on 27 and 28 April 2019 at 6.30pm.

The Ballet Evening will start with Invitation to Dance performed to Chopin's Waltz No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 18. The choreography was designed by Zofia Rudnicka, a true icon of Polish ballet, whose recent work for the Krakow Opera also includes a choreography for La traviata directed by Krzysztof Nazar. Modern acts will be interlaced with classics such as  Pas d’esclave from the ballet Le Corsaire by Marius Petipa or Pas de quatre from the ballet The Little Humpbacked Horse by Arthur Saint-Léon. The Krakow Opera stage will also once again see parts of the modern choreography by Emil Wesołowski for the scenic cantata Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. That show premièred last year, gaining recognition among both critics and audiences.

In addition, the ballet ensemble of the Opera will perform a choreography to Maurice Ravel's Boléro designed by Katarzyna Aleksander-Kmieć. The piece was composed in 1927 and is one of the most popular re-styled Spanish dances and a great music hit of the 20th century. One of the most famous choreographies for this piece was created by Maurice Béjart and performed by his Ballet of the 20th Century in Brussels in 1961. In 2009, the stage of the Krakow Opera saw a choreography by Nina Diatchenko (as part of the ballet show “Glances”), which, inspired by a series of poems by Marina Tsvetaeva, built an imaginary world of Amazons who shunted men. The choreography by Katarzyna Aleksander-Kmieć is a new take devised specifically for the “Révérence” evening. It will be performed during the second part of the show and feature our guests – outstanding foreign soloists.

Joy Annabelle Womack is the second American woman in history to have signed a contract with the ballet company at the Bolshoi Theatre (2012-2014). She has been a principal dancer with the Kremlin Ballet, and in 2017-2018 with the Universal Ballet in Seoul. She will be joined on stage by Mikhail Martynyuk, a star of Russian ballet, a deserving artist, and one of the leading soloists of the Russian Ballet Theatre.

“Révérence” will see artists from the Krakow Opera ballet, with some of the solo parts danced by: Julia Galambos, Gabriela Kubacka, Mizuki Kurosawa, Mariana Morfin-Sanchez, Malika Tokkozhina, Maciej Pluskowski, Dzmitry Prokharau, and Yauheni Yatskevich. The artistic director of the performance is Elena Korpusenko, the ballet's manager, while dance pedagogues include Katarzyna Aleksander-Kmieć and Liubov Bakhareva. The set and costumes were designed by Anna Sekuła, and Dariusz Pawelec is responsible for directing light.

International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance, created in 1982 by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute, the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO. The event takes place on 29 April, the anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727–1810), one of the precursors of European ballet art, author of the famous Letters on Dancing and Ballets, a manuscript of which gifted King Stanislaw II Augustus is still in the Engravings Room of the Library of the University of Warsaw.

“Révérence” – Ballet Evening to mark International Dance Day, 27 and 28 April 2019, 6.30pm, Main Stage of the Krakow Opera. Tickets priced at PLN 20 to PLN 100 can be purchased from the Opera's Box Office and on www.opera.krakow.pl.