Imatra Ballet has established a permanent role among Imatra's New Year celebrations.
Mirja Borgström from MKB Saimaa Arts and Marketing has been producing high-quality, classical ballet for Culture House Virta's Karelia Hall for a period of six years. Co-productions with world renown St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre's Director, Konstantin Tachkin, began in 2014.
The series of productions started with Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ”Nutcracker”, which was followed by Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ”Swan Lake”, Ludwig Minkus's ”Don Quixote”, Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ”Sleeping Beauty”, Adolphe Adam's ”Giselle” and Sergei Prokofjev's ”Romeo and Juliet” Each year, the stand of the Karelia Hall has been full in three different performances.
During the upcoming New Year 2020, we will yet again see a desired, forever classic of all classics, Pyotr Tchaikovsky's “Swan Lake”.
In addition to ballet performances, Imatra Ballet, SPBT and goSaimaa have introduced a mutual marketing campaign of Saimaa. Ballet soloist, ballerina Margarita Avdeeva performed in the Tales from Lake Saimaa video that was filmed in the summer of 2018, which circulates around the world with ballet.
The patron of the Imatra Ballet event is Counsellor Riitta Uosukainen. In connection with the ballet event, you can admire artist and fashion designer Jukka Rintala's evening gown exhibition.
Patron of the event
Counsellor Riitta Uosukainen
This traditional classic has been in the programme of St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre since the very first years. Audiences around the world have been charmed by the performance.
TIn Swan Lake, Prince Siegfried is happily celebrating his birthday. The prince receives a gift from his mother, the queen; a bow for hunting. At the same time, Mother Queen reminds the prince that he must choose himself a bride at his birthday ball that was to be held the next day. The prince was confused by the thought. When evening fell, the prince is alone with his thoughts and considers, what the future held for him.
TAt dusk, a flock of swans fly over and head towards the lake. The prince rushes to the lake. At the lake, magical powers encounter the prince in the form of swans that have transformed in to mystical maidens. This forms in to a charming love story that is guided by the forces of both light and darkness.
St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre, which was founded by Konstantin Tachkin in 1994, is one of the world's most well-known interpreters of classical ballet. The ballet programme includes masterpieces, such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadére.
St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre constantly visits different countries and continents. Last year, SPBT performed in e.g. New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Taiwan, Taipei and various European countries. SPBT annually offers approximately 250 performances.
Last autumn, St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre reached 35,000 viewers at fourteen performances at the London Coliseum, at the English National Opera. It is a downright miracle that Imatra has annually been able to get SPBT's dancers to return to Imatra time and time again.
Prestigious publications, such as Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardian publish feedback from professional critics:
“SPBT performs classical ballet in a skilful manner, while appreciating the origin of ballet. Classical ballet lives on and is doing well in skilful hands.”
“SPBT has achieved the unity of style and the elegance of performing. Not only the soloists, but the overall ballet, indicates high quality. The dancers have no doubt received the best traditional and reputable Russian training, and with their dance they jointly interpret the same language.”
“SPBT is stylish, top class ballet. Its methodical accuracy combines the freshness of expression, academic discipline and respect towards the programme.”