The first Russian revolution in the world of dance took place in 1910, when Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes (widely regarded as the most influential ballet company of the 20th century) performed “Petrushka” and “Firebird” in Paris, introducing European audiences to tales, music and design motifs drawn from Russian folklore. The second revolution occurred in 1991, when one of the leading folk dancers in Moscow, Nikolai Androsov, together with a group of other dancers formed a whole new set of innovative and imaginative productions. The newly formed company, Russian Seasons Dance Company, premiered at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Russia!
And now the first Russian revolution in Boerne will take place when the Russians Seasons Dance Company traverses their way into the Texas hill country to present the program that made them famous around the world. 25 years after their inception, this breathtaking display of beautiful music and brilliant choreography will make Monday, February 27, an evening of exceptional dance to be remembered! Their sell-out tours have taken them to numerous countries in Europe, the Far East, South America, and now a return to the United States.
The program, entitled “A Celebration of World Dance”, features the company as they take the audience on a journey through the folk dances of many nations. The evening will amass a variety of dance styles as it explores the passionate Flamenco of Spain, the articulate Tangos of Argentina, the fancy footwork of Irish dances, the wild energy of Eastern Europe’s Gypsy music, the athletic Hopak of the Ukraine, and the spectacular choreography of Broadway.
With each change in dance style, the numerous colorful costumes likewise will transport you to each of these regions. Reviews from around the world include, “The Dancers were incredibly well trained, disciplined, graceful, artistic and most handsomely attractive. The choreography was some of the finest we have ever seen!” – Australia Dance Magazine. “Joyful, colorful, dynamic and interesting, the dancers provide a dazzling spectacle enhanced by stunning costumes, a fine musical score and brilliant choreography.” – Hong Kong Standard. “Russian Seasons Dance Company was simply brilliant!” – Santiago de Chile.
Nikolai Androsov, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Russian Seasons Dance Company, graduated from the central academic school of folk dance. His mentor, Igor Moiseyev, was deemed the most distinguished 20th–century folkloric choreographer of character dance, a dance style similar to folk dance but with more professionalism and theatrics.
Dance the night away with this non-stop flight through several nations and cultures. From the elegant staging to its crowd-pleasing excellence, Boerne Performing Arts introduces yet another genre of professional performing arts to the community. Only those in attendance will find out whether the Texas two-step meets the criteria of World Dance!
The Boerne Performing Arts FOR KIDS program will present a special one-hour school show by this Russian company to every fourth grade student in Boerne, Bandera, and Comfort. Additionally, Mr. Androsov will teach a master class for the Champion High School Dance students. These programs are offered at no cost to the students, thanks to the generous patrons of Boerne Performing Arts.