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Ivan Putrov / Against the Stream at Coliseum 7th April

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Fishing around on the Coliseum website I've just seen that Ivan Putrov has put together a programme called Against the Stream, featuring (I think!) works by Balanchine, Robbins, Ashton, MacMillan, Lifar and Yacobson amid others, and performed by dancers including Matthew Ball, Mathieu Ganio and Putrov himself. It's on Sunday 7th April next year.


There's a bit more here: https://londoncoliseum.org/whats-on/against-the-stream/. Public booking opens tomorrow at noon.


Apologies if this has already been noted, but a not-exhaustive search didn't turn anything up.

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1 hour ago, jm365 said:

I saw the last Putrov production at the Coliseum - really pretty awful!  Maybe this one will be better - but I'm hesitant to buy tickets.


I don't think that this one will be the same at all. Let's be optimistic for Ivan, Natalia, Sergei and anyone who is brave enough to mount these ventures. I will be going and will decide what I think on the night.

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And the official press release:






A Gala Night Celebrating Ballet’s Greatest Pioneers


at The London Coliseum


7 APRIL 2019





On April 7th 2019, stars from the world’s leading ballet companies will come together for Against the Stream, a one-off gala performance celebrating some of ballet’s greatest pioneers. With a star-studded, international cast and live orchestra, the gala – which is masterminded by dancer-turned-producer and former principal of The Royal Ballet, Ivan Putrov – champions the mavericks of the ballet world who broke with tradition, pushed against the boundaries of the art form, and established the foundations for the rich and varied world of dance we have today.


From Robbins and Balanchine in New York, Lifar and Nureyev in Paris, Vaganova and Yacobson in St Petersburg and Ashton and MacMillan in London, Against the Stream will be a spectacular celebration of the genius, vision and trailblazing talent these choreographers represent and the immense and powerful legacy they left behind.


“The evening will celebrate some of the remarkable choreographers who took ballet to new heights by daring to go against the stream. Great ballet is even more powerful when it is performed close to the original vision of its creator. For this reason I have invited dancers schooled in those companies where the works were originally performed.” Ivan Putrov


The full evening’s programming and further casting will be announced shortly. Dancers confirmed for the gala include Matthew Ball, Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, Mathieu Ganio, Étoile of Paris Opera Ballet, Dmitry Zagrebin, Principal of The Royal Swedish Ballet and Katja Khaniukova, Soloist with English National Ballet.



Notes to editors


Ivan Putrov – Principal Dancer and Producer

Ivan Putrov was born in Kyiv, Ukraine to a ballet family. He trained at The Kyiv State Choreographic Institute and at The Royal Ballet School. Upon graduation Sir Anthony Dowell invited him to join the Company, where he became a principal after three seasons. His repertory includes principal roles in all the classics and ballets by MacMillan, Ashton, Balanchine, Fokine, Nijinsky, Tetley, Cranko, Bournonville, Robbins, De Valois, Zamuel, Goleizovsky, McGregor, Forsythe, Kylián, Maliphant, Bourne, De Frutos, Petit and Duato. International appearances include leading roles with the National Ballet Companies of Cuba, Hungary, Ukraine, Lithuania, England, Mexico, Georgia, Vienna Staatsoper, Asami Maki Ballet Theatre and with The Royal Ballet in many of the world’s most renowned theatres. Awards include Premier Prix at the Prix de Lausanne, Gold medal at the Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition, Gold Medal at the Nijinsky Festival, Critics’ Circle National Dance Award, and the Medal for Work and Achievement from the President of Ukraine. In 2009 Ivan was made an Honorary Artist of Ukraine.


Ivan has worked with Mario Testino, Johnnie Shand-Kidd, Philip Haas, Nick Knight, Gary Hume, Sam Taylor-Wood and the Pet Shop Boys on photographic, film and other creative projects. Ivan has performed at numerous special events and charities including at Buckingham Palace and for the 101st birthday of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother at The Royal Opera House. The Pet Shop Boys wrote The Most Incredible Thing for him which was first performed at Sadler’s Wells in 2011 and was filmed by the BBC. In 2012 Ivan conceived and produced Men in Motion, an exploration of the changing role of the male dancer over the last century. It premiered at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in 2012 and has had three more successful runs in London as well as in Italy, Russia, Poland and Ukraine.


Matthew Ball - Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet

Matthew Ball is a Principal dancer of The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined the Company during the 2013/14 Season, promoted to First Artist in 2015, Soloist in 2016, First Soloist in 2017 and Principal dancer in 2018. Matthew was born in Liverpool. He joined The Royal Ballet School aged 11 and graduated through the School. Awards as a student include at the School’s 2011 Lynn Seymour Competition, the 2009 Kenneth MacMillan Senior Choreographic Competition and the Gailene Stock and Gary Norman Award for Excellence.


Matthew’s roles with the Company include Romeo, Albrecht (Giselle), Prince Florimund and Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), Prince (The Nutcracker), Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake),  Lensky (Onegin), Lysander (The Dream), the Young Man (The Two Pigeons), Escamillo (Acosta’s Carmen), Officer (Anastasia), pas de six (Giselle) and in Symphonic Dances, Jewels, The Human Seasons, Woolf Works, Afternoon of a Faun, Carbon Life, Scènes de ballet and The Age of Anxiety. His role creations include Albert de Belleroche (Strapless) and in Connectome, Untouchable, Woolf Works, Obsidian Tear and Multiverse. Recently he joined Matthew Bourne's New Adventures in a guest capacity performing the role of 'The Swan/Stranger' (Swan Lake). In 2016 he was named Best Emerging Artist at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards.


Dmitry Zagrebin Principal Dancer, Royal Swedish Ballet

Dmitry Zagrebin was born in Moscow, Russia, the son of two former Bolshoi Ballet dancers. Following in their footsteps, Dmitry studied at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy before joining the Bolshoi Ballet in 2007. In 2012, he was named a soloist at Stanislavsky Ballet in Moscow and in 2015, he joined the Royal Swedish Ballet as a soloist, before quickly being promoted to the rank of Principal. His repertory includes leading roles in most of the classical ballet repertoire such as Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice in Wonderland, Rudolf Nureyev’s version of Don Quixote, Marcia Haydee’s Sleeping Beauty to name a few. Zagrebin has garnered a number of awards, including gold medals at the International Ballet Competition in Seoul and at the Moscow International Ballet competition. He was nominated for Benois de la Dance Prize for his performance as Basilio in Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote.


Mathieu Ganio - Étoile of the Paris Opéra

Mathieu was born in Marseille, France, the son of Ballet National de Marseille principal dancers, Dominique Khalfouni and Denys Ganio. He started training at the École Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille from 1992 to 1999 before completing his training at the École de Danse de l’opéra National de Paris. In 2001 he joined the corps de ballet of the Paris Opera Ballet and was promoted to Coryphee in 2002 and Sujet in 2003. In 2004, following a performance of Nureyev’s Don Quixote, he was appointed to Étoile. In 2005 he was awarded the Benois de la Dance for Outstanding Male Dancer.


His repertoire includes Colas, La Fille Mal Gardée; lead roles in Jewels, The Four Temperaments, Symphony in C, Apollo and Agon (Balanchine), the Ballet Master in La Petite danseuse de Degas; Firebird, Serait-ce la Mort ?; the principal male roles in Nureyev’s Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Nutcracker and Romeo and Juliet; Albrecht in Giselle, Onegin, Artifact Suite, Woundwork 1; Des Grieux in Manon; James in La Sylphide; Lucien d’Hervilly in Paquita, Armand in La Dame aux Camélias, The Third Symphony by Gustave Mahler; Eros in Psyché and Dances at a Gathering.

Roles created on him include the title role in Caligula; Amoveo and Daphnis in Daphnis and Chloe; Genus and Alea Sands; Baptiste Debureau in Les Enfants du Paradis; the Man in The Song of the Earth; Grand Miroir de Saburo  and Celebration de Pierre Lacotte. 


Katja Khaniukova - Soloist, English National Ballet 

Katia was born in Kiev, Ukraine. She trained at the Kiev State Choreographic Institute. As Principal Dancer of Kiev Ballet her roles included Juliet; (Romeo and Julliet) Kitri (Don Quixote); Clara (Nutcracker); Aurora, Princess Florine and Bluebird (Sleeping Beauty), Odette/Odile and both Medora and Gulnare (Corsaire). In 2014 she joined English National Ballet and was promoted to Soloist in 2017. Katja has appeared as Clara in Eagling’s Nutcracker; Romeo & Juliet in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall and roles in Ronald Hynd’s Coppélia, Derek Deane’s Swan Lake, Medora and Gulnare in Corsaire, van Manen’s Adagio Hammerklavier; Neumeier’s Spring and Fall; the title role in Mary Skeaping’s Giselle and the Novice in The Cage by Jerome Robbins.


Katia has performed as a guest principal with Latvian National Opera and Ochi International Ballet (Nagoya, Japan). International awards include Gold Medal at the Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition (2005); Silver Medal – Youth Ballet of the World Competition (2007); Gold Medal at the Seoul International Ballet Competition (2011) and Gold Medal at the Istanbul International Ballet Competition (2012). Katja was a finalist during English National Ballet’s annual Emerging Dancer Competition (2015).


Address: London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4ES 

Performance Dates: 7 April 2019 

Tickets: £20-£120 (plus booking fee) 

Booking: https://londoncoliseum.org/whats-on/against-the-stream/ 

Telephone: 020 7845 9300 

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