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VTB as a sponsor of the Evening of the American choreography at the Bolshoi

14 February 2007

On 13 February, VTB sponsored a premiere - the Evening of the American choreography - performed by the best soloists of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre.

The programme comprised unique examples of classical American ballet school staged by three famous American choreographers - George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp and Christopher Wheeldon.

G. Balanchine's choreographic art was represented by Tchaikovsky's "Serenade", a one-act ballet. The world-known ballet "In the Upper Room" by Philip Glass was chosen to get the audience acquainted with Twyla Tharp's talent. At the Bolshoi Theatre's request, especially for the premiere, Christopher Wheeldon, a famous choreographer, (a chief visiting choreographer of the New York City Ballet) staged a new ballet performance "Misericordes" to the music of Arvo Part.

In all the three ballets the leading parts are performed by the Bolshoi stars - Svetlana Zakharova, Maria Alexandrova, Nickolai Tsiskaridze, Andrey Uvarov, Natalia Osipova, Ivan Vasiliev, Yuri Klevtsov, and Ruslan Skvortsov.

Vneshtorgbank and the Bolshoi have been maintaining a long lasting partnership. As a member of the Board of Trustees of the Bolshoi Theatre, the Bank fosters the Theatre's innovative undertakings aimed at promoting domestic performance artistry.

Thus, in 2006, VTB financed staging of the Cinderella ballet set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev.

In 2005, Vneshtorgbank financed the production of one-act ballets by Leonid Myasin, an outstanding Russian ballet-dancer and choreographer, such as M. de Falla's "The Three-Cornered Hat", P. Tchaikovsky's "The Omens" and J. Offenbach's "La Vie Parisienne".

Also in 2005, VTB arranged the Bolshoi Ballet Company and Orchestra tour to Armenia after a 20-year pause. In Yerevan, the Theatre showed the audience its two best ballet performances - "The Swan Lake" and "Romeo and Juliet".

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