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Svetlana Lunkina & Friends Gala Toronto


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Svetlana just posted this to her facebook page:

My dearest friends, let me introduce to you a brand new International ballet project - CANADA ALL STAR BALLET GALA1f341.png?!!!!
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Please scheduled 1f60a.png? First Gala will be held on February 11th, 2017 (Saturday), Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto.
Tickets coming soon for sale.
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In addition to Svetlana Lunkina, the dancers scheduled to perform at the gala are 

Eleonora Abbagnato 

Isabella Boylston 
Lauren Cuthbertson 
Jurgita Dronina 
Hanna Fischer 
Mathilde Froustey 
Francesco Gabriele Frola 
Harrison James 
Carlo Di Lanno 
Alban Lendorf 
Evan McKie 
Ruslan Skvortsov 
Cory Stearns 
Jillian Vanstone 




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Tickets to the gala are now on sale. There is a link to Ticketmaster through the Sony Centre site.


The gala also has a fledgling web site, and on it I see that Audric Bezard is also listed among the performers. (Yay!) The program, with one exception, consists, unsurprisingly, of pas de deux.


Grand Pas Classique (Gsovsky)
La Bayadère
Carmen (Petit)
Don Quixote
Flower Festival in Genzano
La Fille mal gardée (Ashton)
Cinderella (Nureyev)
Spartacus (Grigorovich)
Le Corsaire
Romeo & Juliet (MacMillan)
Dying Swan
Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux (Balanchine)
Voices of Spring (Ashton)


Everything subject to change, of course.



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Revised program of excerpted duets and party pieces, minus Eleonora Abbagnato and Audric Bezard :(, but with Rebecca Bianchi and Friedemann Vogel :).


Gsovsky/Auber: Grand Pas Classique
Mathilde Froustey, Carlo Di Lanno


Petipa/Minkus: La Bayadère (Act 1)
Svetlana Lunkina, Ruslan Skvortsov

Ashton/Prokofiev: Cinderella
Sofiane Sylve, Carlo Di Lanno


Van Dantzig/R. Strauss: Four Last Songs
Jillian Vanstone, Harrison James


Petipa, Nureyev/Glazunov: Raymonda
Rebecca Bianchi, Friedemann Vogel


Ashton/Rachmaninov: Rhapsody
Lauren Cuthbertson, Cory Stearns


Bournonville/Helsted: Flower Festival in Genzano
Isabella Boylston, Alban Lendorf


Cranko/Tchaikovsky: Onegin

Ivanov/Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake ('White Swan')
Svetlana Lunkina, Evan McKie


Petipa, Gorsky/Minkus: Don Quixote

Jurgita Dronina, Francesco Gabriele Frola


Balanchine/Tchaikovsky: "Diamonds"
Sofiane Sylve, Carlo Di Lanno


Petit/J. Strauss Jr: La Chauve-souris
Rebecca Bianchi, Friedemann Vogel


Coralli, Perrot/Adam: Giselle
Mathilde Froustey, Carlo di Lanno


Petipa, Cecchetti/Delibes: Coppélia

Bournonville/Løvenskiold: La Sylphide
Jurgita Dronina, Francesco Gabriele Frola


Fokine/Saint-Saëns: Dying Swan
Hannah Fischer


Balanchine/Tchaikovsky: Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux
Isabella Boylston, Alban Lendorf


MacMillan/Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet
Lauren Cuthbertson, Cory Stearns


Lacotte/Pugni: The Pharaoh's Daughter

Svetlana Lunkina, Ruslan Skvortsov








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I'm having trouble linking to the Facebook video, but it appears that owing to Mathilde Froustey's foot injury (reported by Froustey herself on Instagram), her place will be taken by Sofiane Sylve. Sylve and Carlo di Lanno will perform duets from "Diamonds" and Ashton's Cinderella. It also appears that Jurgita Dronina and Francesco Gabriele Frola will perform the pas de deux from La Sylphide rather than Coppélia. That's almost a shame since La Sylphide has been seen in Toronto more recently than Coppélia, although Bournonville is always a very nice thing.


Not too many seats left at this point.

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That's such a pity. I love everything about Coppélia. After Erik Bruhn's production premiered in the mid 1970s, it went to the Met, it toured western Canada, and it was performed fairly regularly in Toronto. Less happily, I seem to recall that Vanessa Harwood gave her last performance in the ballet when she was put out to pasture against her will. Likewise for Kim Lightheart, when she was sacrificed in the prime of her career to balance the company budget. :(


Perhaps Dronina and Frola went digging in the wardrobe department and found that the costumes were too fragile to be used. Time for a new production, then. Want to start a petition?

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The gala was great fun and, I think, a great success. Its artistic aims were substantial, too, excepting the Don Quixote pas de deux, which was a circus, but that's the nature of the beast. Otherwise it was an evening of serious artists performing their choreography seriously. The capacity crowd--the Sony Centre can accommodate 3,200 spectators--was extremely partial to the hometown team from the National Ballet of Canada. A gala of contemporary ballet is promised in the autumn.


The somewhat less serious bows:


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