THE Kiev National Opera Ballet, currently in Majorca with 138 of its members, gave a preliminary presentation yesterday of the performances that it is to stage in the auditoriums of Palma, Alcudia and Sa Mániga in Cala Millor.

The ensemble is to perform two of Tchaikovsky's best-loved works: “Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake”.
The tour, made in collaboration with the Balearic government and the Council of Majorca, begins today in the Auditorium in Palma, where the Ukranian group will perform ”Swan Lake”. The same work will be enacted in the Sa Maniga auditorium in Cala Millor on 11 August and in Alcudia on Friday, the 13th. “Sleeping Beauty” however, can only be seen in Palma on Thursday, the 12th. All performances will begin at 10pm.

Ballerina Anna Dorosk commented that there are few theatres which allow the luxury of presenting these spectaculars, which are considered to be pillars of classical dance in Russia.

Luis Acosta, the company manager, explained that the choreography will be interpreted “as it was orginally intended”, without veering away from its classic origin.

The principal roles of the performances are to be undertaken by a couple made up of the “prima ballerina” of the Kiev National Opera Ballet, Anna Dorosk, and the chief male dancer, Maxim Chepyk.

Acosta confirmed that other key Kiev ballet dancers will also take part in these performances, including Tatiana Goliakova, Artem Datsyshyn, and Tatiana Borovik and Maxim Motkov “who although they are not categorised as principal dancers, they are interpreting major roles”. Artistic direction is to be in the hands of the young ex-dancer, Víctor Yaremenco.

Catalina Sureda, Balearic government Culture director, highlighted the opportunity of being able to see these “classic” performances in different places. “It is very much an honour and a privilege to see these spectacles performed by such a prestigious international group such as the Kiev”, she said.

Her counterpart in the Council of Majorca, Guillem Ginard, commented that the planning of this cultural agenda demonstrates that Majorca “is not inward looking, depending purely on its own culture but rather has its doors open to the rest of the world”.

Finally, Acosta pointed to the long career of the ballet and spoke of its full repertoire “which not only embraces classical ballet, but also modern dance”.

A total of 1'500 artists go to make up the entire ballet company which has to its credit, 27 spectaculars and 30 works of opera amongst a “constantly changing repertoire”. The performances to be given in Majorca form part of an agenda of 29 to be staged throughout Spain.

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