Wednesday 8 December 2021

Yuri Grigorovich brings legendary ballet to Dubai

DUBAI, October 12, 2021

Legendary Russian Choreographer Yuri Grigorovich will bring his much-acclaimed masterpiece The Legend of Love ballet to Dubai this month.
The Astana Ballet Theatre, the most advanced ballet company in Central Asia, with outstanding reviews in the USA, Europe and Asia, pays homage to The Legend of Love by celebrating the best works of the living legend of Russian ballet, Yuri Grigorovich, now 90.
Scheduled on October 27 and 28, at the iconic Dubai Opera, Downtown Boulevard, Dubai will experience this recital for the first time in the Middle East. Produced by Aurora Event Management, this grand-scale extravagant enthralling showcase of brilliance and splendour is one not to be missed masterpiece.  Tickets are now available for purchase on with exclusive corporate discounts for group bookings.
After his glorious and unforgettable choreography of The Legend of Love in 1961, the world finally acknowledged Grigorovich’s genius interpretation of story and dance. The choreographer’s popularity catapulted to new heights earning him global ballet laurels and recognition. 50 years on, The Legend of Love continues to wow its audience with exceptional spectacle of elegant pas deux and corps de ballet scenes. 
The Legend of Love is a timeless Oriental ballet with deep philosophical overtones perfectly choreographed to narrate a dramatic love triangle between Queen Mekhmene, her younger sister, Shireen and the handsome Ferkhad. Grigorovich transforms this dramatic saga into a powerful performance of love, sacrifice and tragedy. Its phenomenon ballet techniques, enchanting melodies and captivating chronicle transcends time as the sisters battle for one man’s affection and eternal love. Choreographer Grigorovich, playwright Nazim Hikmet, music composer Arif Melikov and Simon Virsaladze create an outstanding scenography.  
Grigorovich’s ballets dominate the repertory of contemporary works for over 30 years; his staging of classic ballets reflects his conviction that drama must always be expressed through dancing.Born in Leningrad into a family connected with the Imperial Russian Ballet, Yuri graduated from the Leningrad Choreographic School and danced as a soloist of the Kirov Ballet. It was his direction of The Legend of Love in 1961 that brought him much acclaim as a choreographer. While at Bolshoi Theatre, he  worked on the classical repertoire including The Nutcracker, Spartacus, Swan Lake and Ivan, The Terrible.
“Grigorovich is known for his highly demanding choreography; he refuses to conform,  pushing  soloists to embody their characters and submerge into the storylines.  The Legend of Love is his most renowned work and it’s easy to appreciate this acclamation. During their world tour to Paris, London, New York and Milan, Astana Ballet Theatre received rave reviews and we’re pleased to bring this much anticipated recital here to the UAE,” said Kairat Kulbayev Founder, Aurora Events. 
The immaculate choreography of The Legend of Love is a testament of Grigorovich’s contribution to the world of ballet. Its impressive, intricate movements, dramatic expressions, marvelous backdrops combined with layers of colourful costumes deliver breathtaking performance and narration of this otherwise tragic love story.  Its outstanding duets exude pure bliss and surrendered romance drawing spectators to experience pure love, passion as well as struggles of obligations and sense of duty. 
Ticket Price inclusive of VAT are: VIP – AED 620; Premium – AED 440; Gold – AED 332; Silver – AED 233; VIP Box (8pax) – AED 4,960; Side Box (7pax) – AED 3,080; Corner Box (10pax) – AED 2,330.  -TradeArabia News Service


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