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MOSCOW Any new work coming
from the Bolshoi Ballet is big news.
This month the storied company
premieres a full-length ballet about
Rudolf Nureyev, the charismatic
dancer who defected from the Soviet
Union in 1961 and reached unprecedented heights of stardom in the
West. It will be created by the same
troika assembled by Sergei Filin two
years ago for the prize-winning A
Hero of Our Time: Yuri Possokhov,
choreographer in residence at San
Francisco Ballet; the young composer Ilya Demutsky; and director/
designer Kirill Serebrennikov, who
is also known for his intense films.
July 11–14, Bolshoi Historic Stage.
COS TA MESA, CA La Scala
Ballet has a knack for snagging exceptional guest artists, and the company’s rare
West Coast appearance this
month at Segerstrom Center
for the Arts is no exception. Principal dancer étoile
Roberto Bolle will partner
both Misty Copeland and
Marianela Nuñez in Giselle.
And in an extra international
twist, they’ll be accompanied by the Mikhailovsky
Orchestra for the engagement. July 28–30. scfta.org.
Dance ’Til Dawn
MONTE CARL Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo is on a mis-
sion to get Monaco dancing. F(Ê)AITES DE LA DANSE
is a free outdoor festival taking over the Place du Casino
on July 1 from 6 pm to the wee hours of the morning.
Not only will there be lessons in styles ranging from ballroom to belly dancing and flamenco to African dance,
but there will also be a giant barre (dozens of meters
long) for warming up, a seven-hour dance marathon
and a flash mob. Performances by Yamakasi (parkour),
Le Patin Libre (contemporary skating) and Pokemon
Crew (street dance) take place throughout the evening,
culminating in a midnight performance of Les Ballets de
Monte-Carlo in a new work by Jean-Christophe Maillot.
And for anyone still going at 2 am, Monte Carlo’s Opéra
Garnier will host a deejayed dance party, while just
outside a silent disco takes over the terraces.
Contributors: Courtney Escoyne, Wendy Perron
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
The Bolshoi Ballet in
A Hero of Our Time