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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

'Giselle' From the Hart

International ballet star Evelyn Hart will perform in Moscow on June 10.


A principal with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet since 1973, Hart is best known for her interpretations of Giselle, Juliet, Odette/Odile in "Swan Lake," and Tatyana in the ballet "Onegin." She has also received kudos for her performances in modern repertoire, most notably works by Czech choreographer Jiri Kylian.


At the Vakhtangov Theater, the ballerina will appear in the second act of "Giselle." She will be partnered by Alexei Ratmansky, a Moscow-trained dancer who performed with the Royal Winnipeg for three seasons. The remainder of the program, which will also feature the Moscow Renaissance Ballet, has yet to be decided but will include contemporary works, including pieces choreographed by Ratmansky.


During her 20-year career, Hart, 41, has been a frequent guest artist internationally, appearing with the Dutch National Ballet, the Tokyo Festival Ballet, the English National Ballet and other companies. The ballerina won acclaim from the early days of her career, winning the gold medal and a Certificate of Exceptional Artistic Achievement at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria in 1980.


The June performance will not be Hart's first appearance in the former Soviet Union. In 1987, Hart danced in Odessa opposite Muscovite Andris Liepa in "Giselle." She later performed at St. Petersburg's Mariinsky, as well as at Moscow's Stanislavsky Musical Theater.


Ratmansky, a graduate of the Moscow Ballet Academy, won the Vaslav Nijinsky prize at the International Diaghilev Competition in Moscow in 1992.


Known for his performances in contemporary works, the 28-year-old dancer has himself begun to choreograph. Ballet-goers may recall Ratmansky's work "Charms of Mannerism" at the Vakhtangov earlier this season starring Bolshoi/American Ballet Theatre principal Nina Ananiashvili.


Tickets for the June 10 performance, a Postmodern Theater production, range from 40,000 to 250,000 rubles and are now on sale.





The performance will take place at 7. p.m. June 10 at the Vakhtangov Theater, Stary Arbat 26. The box office is open daily, from noon to 7 p.m., except Sundays noon to 6 p.m., with a lunch break from 3 to 4 p.m. Tel. 241-16-79 or 241-07-28.