Magnificent Festival de L’Art Russe in Deauville

Festival de L’Art Russe in Deauville is a series of cultural, educational, and recreational events with one common theme: the Russian contribution to the World’s culture.

August is the peak of the social season in Deauville: elite horses, races and «Chanel», ice-cold champagne and casino nights, promenades and movie stars incognito, oysters and golf, sea bathing and vintage cars.

In 2018 all these things will present a magnificent backdrop for the Festival of Russian Art. Cultural tradition and innovation, high society and best ballet dancers, retrospectives and meeting with the experts, ritzy soirees inspired by the «Belle Époque» aesthetics, sophisticated conversations and Russian ballet.

Elegant, but also perfectly informal, the Festival will without doubt become one of the highlights of the coming season on the shores of Normandy, an event not to be missed.

The 2018 edition of the Festival will be dedicated to Sergey Diaghilev, the visionary and the entrepreneur, the man who helped the world discover Russian ballet and Russian art nouveau. More than a century after the triumph of Diaghilev’s «Ballet Russe» the artists, performers and impresarios are once again reflecting upon the place of Russian art on the global art scene.

The highlight of the Festival will be «Sergey D.» Gala, dedicated to Sergey Diaghilev and the performances of his famous ballet company in Deauville in 1912 on the stage of Theatre Casino Barriere. For the first time after a long break the stars of Russian ballet including the soloists of Bolshoi theatre, Mariinsky theatre and Moscow Stanislavskiy and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre will step on the historical stage and perform the excerpts from the shows that have once put Russian ballet on the map as well as the masterpieces of the contemporary choreography. The guests of the Festival will have an opportunity to taste the modern Russian cuisine presented by one of the best Russian chefs.

Anna Tikhomirova and Artem Ovcharenko

RUSSIAN ART: DEAUVILLE REVISITED

The destiny of Deauville and Russian ballet has become daintily interwoven at their very foundation. The Theatre Casino is a real masterpiece of the European art nouveau and was opened in 1912. One of the first performances it saw was by the dancers of Sergey Diaghilev’s «Ballet Russe». Unlike the other facts of traces this story isn’t known well and is like a treasure hidden from wide audience. Now it’s time to discover it.

The 2018 edition of Deauville Festival of Russian Art celebrates those geniuses, romantics and philanthropists, and the tender friendships and the creative unions between Russian and French.

Anna Tikhomirova

PROGRAMME

Saturday, August 18, 2018

«Sergey D.» Gala

19:30

Theatre Casino Barriere

World premiere of the original ballet production and the masterpieces of the “Russian Seasons” choreography performed by Russian ballet stars

21:30

Ambassador Ball Room Normandy Barriere. «A la russe» Dinner

Modern Russian cuisine in the interpretation of one of the best chefs in Russia

Special guest — Askar Abdrazakov Mariinsky Theatre opera soloist

Sunday, August 19, 2018

20:00

Theatre Casino Barriere

World premiere of the original ballet production and the masterpieces of the “Russian Seasons” choreography performed by Russian ballet stars

TICKETS FOR THE BALLET

 

SPECIAL GUESTS 

OLGA SMIRNOVA – Bolshoi Theatre Principal Dancer

DENIS RODKIN – Bolshoi Theatre Principal Dancer

ARTEM OVCHARENKO – Bolshoi Theatre Principal Dancer

ANNA TIKHOMIROVA – Bolshoi Theatre Soloist Dancer

VYACHESLAV LOPATIN – Bolshoi Theatre Principal Dancer

ANASTASIA STASHKEVICH – Bolshoi Theatre Principal Dancer

NATALIA FILINA – Bolshoi Theatre Soloist Dancer

TATIANA TKACHENKO – Mariinsky Theatre Soloist Dancer

IVAN OSCORBIN – Mariinsky Theatre Soloist Dancer

INNOKENTIY YULDASHEV – The Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre Soloist Dancer

ELENA SOLOMYANKO – The Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre Soloist Dancer

GARRETT SMITH – American choreographer, dancer at The Norvegian National Ballet

VENUE

The quiet colours of the coast of English Channel and Normandy’s laconic landscapes are a perfect backdrop not only for the showcase of luxury but also for recollection of the thoughts and relaxation of the mind.

The upper-class resort of Deauville took form during the Belle Epoque as the «kingdom of elegance and perfection». It has always been cherished by the international bohème and elite who would gather here to exchange creative ideas and social rumour.

Art has always played an extremely important role. The Casino Barriere built in 1912 is a real masterpiece of the European art nouveau. The Theatre Casino was opened in 1912 and one of the first performances it saw was by the dancers of Sergey Diaghilev’s «Ballet Russe». The soloist, Vaclav Nijinsky, was then at the summit of his fame, as was another performer – the famous Russian-born opera singer Feodor Chaliapin. Theatre Casino Barriere has also hosted the performances of Sarah Bernard and many other magnificent stars of all time.

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