ABU DHABI: The Emirates Palace was the scene of a revival symbolising one of the most important periods of modern ballet on Thursday night, with an electrifying performance by the centuries-old Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra.
The performance, ‘Homage to Fokine,’ was aptly named after the revolutionary choreographer of the Ballets Russes in Paris, Michel Fokine, whose work thrust the company on to the world stage.
Audience members witnessed a spectacular collection of Fokine’s most influential works, sampling an overview of the boundary-pushing work that made Ballets Russes’ principal dancers Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky legends of the dance world.
A second performance of this intricate artistic masterpiece took place on Friday in the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi.
Individual ballets performed included the renowned Scheherazade and the beautifully intrinsic solo, The Dying Swan, which was originally made for the Russian ballerina and Mariinsky legend, Anna Pavlova . The solo tenderly follows the final moments in the life of a swan.
Following the performance, Hoda I. Al Khamis-Kanoo, founder and artistic director of the Abu Dhabi Festival, said, “We are so fortunate to have formed a strategic partnership with the Mariinsky Theatre and brought this important piece of Russian cultural heritage to life tonight so that we in Abu Dhabi are able to relive a pivotal moment in the history of modern dance.
“The performance spoke of how successful preservation, education and promotion of our collective artistic history keeps these moments fresh and alive, to be enjoyed by audiences far into the future. As a festival we constantly strive to bring audiences in Abu Dhabi experiences that electrify the senses and awaken an appreciation for art,” Al Khamis-Kanoo added.