DIVINE DANCERS: The Prague Ballet Gala


Polina Semionova



Divine Dancers:  The Prague Ballet Gala

The Prague Ballet Gala is an exclusive dance event with some of the leading ballet stars of our time, recorded at the beautiful Prague State Opera. Outstanding Dancers from Europe, North America and Asia present their favorite classical and modern pieces from choreographers like George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, José Limón and John Neumeier.


Live recording from the Prague State Opera


Featuring Polina Semionova & Igor Zelensky, Charles Jude, Stéphanie Roublout, Jean Jacques Herment, Viviana Franciosi, Daniil Simkin, Dmitri Simkin, Marek Tuma, Maria Alexandrova & Sergey Filine, Delphine Baey, and Natalia Hoffmann & Altin Kaftira



THIS EXCITING PROGRAM captures a ballet gala that was performed in Prague in January, 2006. The pieces on the program have been selected from classical and modern ballet repertoire-- solos, pas de deux, and a pas de quatre.  Included are the "behind the scenes" looks at the Prague Opera House, which itself, in a way, is one of the stars of the performance.


The dancers present some of their favorite works from choreographers like George Balanchine, Marius Petipa, Jose Limón, Kenneth MacMillan up to John Neumeier.  Featured is music by Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Purcell, Gershwin, Weill and Jacques Brel.


Among the highlights: Jose Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane (1949), set to music by Henry Purcell.  This expressive one-act ballet is one of the best known works of American modern dance.







•  The Bolshoi Ballet:  Spartacus



The Bolshoi Ballet perform their signature work Spartacus, staged in Paris in January 2008 and featuring the Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta in the title role. This epic work by Khatchaturian tells the story of the gladiator-slave who became the leader of an unsuccessful slave uprising against the Roman Republic. Stars Carlos Acosta with the dancers of the Bolshoi Theatre under the music direction of Pavel Klinichev.


•  The Zurich Ballet: Swan Lake


The Zurich Ballet's 2009 production of Swan Lake went some way to explain why this company has become a respected player in European ballet. Artistic director and choreographer Heinz Spoerli is an unabashed neo-classicist, embracing the basic tenets of the academic vocabulary and making extensive use of point work. While this might him label as a conservative in some circles, his concept-driven ballets are anything but old-fashioned. At the very least, his choreographies, as is the case with Swan Lake ask challenging questions about translating ideas into contemporary expressions by way of classical ballet. Stars Polina Semionova as Odette and Stanislav Jermakov as Siegried under the musical direction of Vladimir Fedoseyev.


•  The Dutch National Ballet:  Giselle


This new Dutch National Ballet production is by Rachel Beaujean, a former ballerina from the Dutch National Ballet, and Ricardo Bustamante, formerly principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and San Francisco Ballet. They have based their production on the original version, but have added new sections and brought a new slant to the ballet.