ASIAN WORLD PREMIERE FOR “THE SLEEPING BEAUTY” BY ST PETERSBURG THEATRE RUSSIAN BALLET IN COLLABORATION WITH MALAYSIA’S THE DANCE COMPANY CELEBRATES 29TH RUSSIA DAY WITH THE EMBASSY OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION

Published by Lavinesh @ 13/06/2019

Ms. Audrey Kwan, President of the Dance Artistry International, Dr. Ayrat Akhmetov, Director of Russian Centre of Science & Culture, Mr. Anton Revutskiy, Minister Counselor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation, Mr. Shannon Lee, Managing Director of The Dance Company, Dato’ Mohd Mahydin Mustakim, CEO of Creative Content Association of Malaysia (CCAM).

Malaysia’s The Dance Company (TDC) in collaboration with the legendary and world-renowned ballet troupe, St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet will be jointly organizing the Asian World Premiere for the classic, original title “The Sleeping Beauty”. TDC and St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet celebrated the 29th Russia Day with the Embassy of the Russian Federation at Nicsmann 1940 By Lewre The Starling, Damansara Utama. Russia Day is to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) on 12 June 1990. Present at the celebrations was Mr. Anton Revutskiy, Minister Counselor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation, Dr. Ayrat Akhmetov, Director of Russian Centre of Science & Culture, Mr. Howard lee, Perak State Executive Council of Youth, Sports and Human Development, Dato’ Dr. Ammar Abd Ghapar, Senior Director – Domestic & Events of Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, Datuk Seri Garry Chua, President of Malaysia Retail Chain Association (MRCA), Dato’ Dr. Jayles Yeoh, President of ASEAN Retail-Chain & Franchise Association (ARFF) and others.

Dato’ Mohd Mahydin Mustakim, CEO of Creative Content Association of Malaysia (CCAM), Kamal Gunasinghe, General Manager of Alila Bangsa, Aaishah Bohari, Director of Sales & Marketing of Alila Bangsa, Ms. Audrey Kwan, President of the Dance Artistry International, Mr. Shannon Lee, Managing Director of The Dance Company, Mr. Anton Revutskiy, Minister Counselor of the Embassy of the Russian Federation, Dr. Ayrat Akhmetov, Director of Russian Centre of Science & Culture, Mr. Edison Choo, Director of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Ms. Haniah Hassan, Senior Assistant Director of the National Department for Culture & Arts (JKKN), Mr. Howard Lee, Perak State Executive Council of Youth, Sports and Human Development.

Following a successful performance for ‘Swan Lake’ by Ballet West last year, TDC brings ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ by the world-renowned St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet with a full team of 33 Russian ballet dancers to showcase their talent in executing the technically challenging choreography. This will be St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet first ever performance in Malaysia and it will also be the first The Sleeping Beauty performance in Asia.

The Sleeping Beauty in Malaysia continues the long and great tradition of Russian classical ballet from what most would consider of being the Russian ballet’s golden age and will be performed in its most original choreography. The company tours 250 sold-out performances annually, in over 130 cities including those of Finland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Canada, China and the United States of America (USA).

Mr. Shannon Lee, Managing Director of The Dance Company.

Shannon Lee, Managing Director of The Dance Company, said “The Sleeping Beauty first premiered in St Petersburg in 1890. 129 years later, we are truly humbled that the legendary St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet will bring a classic from their home to perform ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ for the first time in Asia.” The Sleeping Beauty is a real masterpiece of the Russian Ballet that was choreographed by the famous legend Marius Petipa which ballet critics consider the ballet as the “encyclopedia of classical dance.” The music composition, which was nothing short of a wonder, was done by the famous Russian composer, Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

Anna Voitina and Aleksandr Voitin are the featured principle dancers in ‘The Sleeping Beauty’ production directed by Aleksandr Manoshkin. The Artistic Director is Alexander Bruskin, a former principal with the Kirov and classmate of Mikhail Baryshnikov, a student of the legendary ballet pedagogue Alexander Pushkin, the mentor of Rudolf Nureyev!

“We have the best possible costumes for our dancers in The Sleeping Beauty, exactly what you would expect from a Russian ballet,” said Anna Voytina, Principle Dancer with St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet. “Our costumes allow for dramatic presentation and true expressivity.”

Dr. Ayrat Akhmetov, Director of Russian Centre of Science & Culture.

Dr Ayrat A. Akhmetov, Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture said “I believe productions such as The Sleeping Beauty by the St Petersburg Theatre Russian Ballet jointly organized by Malaysia’s The Dance Company enables our countries to build stronger ties with each other through the culture exchange. I am proud to witness the heritage of the Russian ballet shared across Asia through the Asian World Premiere of The Sleeping Beauty in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.”

Ms. Audrey Kwan, President of the Dance Artistry International.

The Sleeping Beauty show will take place on the 11th & 12th October 2019 at the Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur. The tickets are available at TicketCharge. The Official Venue is Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre while the Official Hotel is Alila Bangsar.