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Top dancers of the Boston ballet and American Ballet Theater star in the gala that is organised for the fourth time.
The Grand International Ballet Gala brings an exceptional amount of international top expertise in classical ballet and contemporary ballet to Tampere. Now organised for the fourth time, the gala has become one of the highlights of Tampere Hall’s autumn. In addition to the traditional gala programme consisting of short snippets, you can also see entire dance performances of top choreographers at Tampere Hall. The gala is organised in cooperation with Lappeenranta Ballet Gala.
One of the gala’s most anticipated performers is the Russian top dancer Daniil Simkin. Simkin is a winner of the Helsinki International Ballet Competition and ballet competitions in Varna and Jackson. He has worked at the Vienna State Opera, among other places, and is currently dancing at the Berlin State Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre (ABT).
The Latvian National Ballet will arrive at the gala with six dancers and Elza Leimane’s performance Images of Presence. The Czech National Ballet joins ballet gala with two exquisite performances. Mauro Bigonzet’s choreography Vertigo is an intensive duet and the slavonic mindscape of Katarzyna Kozielska’s stylish choreography Aspects moves us with its delicate nature.
There will also be world-class Finnish dance on stage when Maria Baranova from the Boston Ballet will perform partnering with Lasha Khozashvili, the principal dancer of the same ballet house. Elina Miettinen from the American Ballet Theater (ABT) will be flying in from New York bringing with her the fresh solo by choreographer Jorma Elo.
The gala will also include the duet Black Swan by Marco Goecke, one of the most sought-after European choreographers. The duet will be interpreted by Amelie Demont and Duccio Tariello, the brightest young stars of Ballet Dortmund.
The Finnish puppet theatre Sytkyt presents two ballet inspired puppet performances in Duetto at 12 pm and 2 pm. The performances include entertaining excerpts from ballet history, Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. During performances children are invited to dance as well.
Children for free, adults 10 €/ticket. Tickets are sold in Tampere Hall ticket sales before the show.
Production Tampere Hall, Lappeenranta Ballet Gala and Juhani Teräsvuori