July 14, 2020

The dream of bringing Igor Moiseyev's ballet to Spain

The world famous ballet of Igor Moiseyev returns to Spain after twenty years, and in six unique functions. He has already passed through Seville (Cartuja Center Cite), Murcia (Víctor Villegas Auditorium), Pamplona (Baluarte Auditorium), San Sebastián (Kursaal) and tomorrow he arrives at the Teatro Real de Madrid to end Wednesday in Zaragoza (Auditorium). Tatiana Solovieva (www.balletruso.com), the producer that has made it possible, talks about this tour and the difficulty of bringing to Spain a show with these characteristics.

-How did you manage to bring the ballet of Igor Moiseyev to Spain?

-It was an unthinkable dream. It is one of the highest level companies in the world. Its cost is unassumable without a sponsor. I have known for years the current ballet director, Elena Shcherbakova, but I could not even think of bringing it without the support of an important sponsor as in this case Gazprombank.

– What will see the public that attends the show "Dances of the peoples of the world"?

The most famous choreographies of the repertoire of Igor Moiseyev. A festive journey through the cultures of the world. As Moiseyev said: popular dance is the "plastic portrait of the people", "the choreography of the nation", an art gallery with the collection of unique paintings. Igor Moiseyev created more than 300 choreographies, but it is impossible to bring them all in one program. We doubted if we had to bring La Jota Aragonesa, for example, created by Moiseyev after his first visit to Spain in 1966, with Russian music and choreography and danced by Russians, thus valuing the important contribution of Spanish folk art to universal culture. For this choreography Moiseyev was awarded the Grand Cross to Civil Merit by King Juan Carlos in 1996. We bring the soccer choreographic painting, a fragment of the first large-format ballet that Moiseyev did for the Bolshoi with only 24 years, something exceptional. And also famous Russian choreographies, such as Summer, Kadril, Partizanos, Sailors, so appreciated for 50 years, the Greek Sirtaki, dances of Moldova, Argentine Gaucho and many others.

– Six unique performances and tomorrow at the Royal Theater with live orchestra, has it been complicated?

Yes, something complicated because it is not included in the regular programming of the Royal Theater, and, when appearing in “foreign events”, the effort for production has been very considerable. But I feel happy to be able to offer this occasion to the Madrid spectator, as well as Seville, Murcia, San Sebastian, Pamplona and Zaragoza.

-Moiseyev is considered a universal reference of the creators and teachers of the choreography, what would stand out of him and the characteristics of his ballet?

-He is one of the choreographers who has most influenced the development of the dance of the 20th century. He merged the centennial knowledge of academic classical ballet with the inexhaustible sources of folklore, and created a new genre of dance: scenic folk dance; He created a new model of artistic company: the set of popular dances, created a new way of teaching: the school of popular dances. It shaped the ideas of the time. He created a company with the highest level of artists, the best. Belonging to her was the dream of any dancer. He made a unit, without differences between the soloists and the body of dance, without individualisms, privileges or divos. With that same spirit continues Elena Shchervakova, its current director.

-Among its great milestones as a producer is having brought Maya Plisétskaya, the Russian Imperial Ballet, the St. Petersburg of Andrey Batalov to Spain, and taking Montserrat Caballè and Paco de Lucía to the Kremlin Palace, between the Odessa Opera others. Which one has produced the greatest personal and professional satisfaction?

-That great international figures trust me to be their representative is the most that any producer can dream of. Sharing professional projects with them fills me with satisfaction. And it is very enriching.

-You came to Spain 30 years ago with 300 dollars in the suitcase and many desires to make Russian art known to the Spanish. And since 2015 she is the representative in Spain of the International Union of Artists of Russia and founder of the Union of Artists of Russia in Spain. What balance does that period?

– Yes, said with humor it was the money that it had in the pocket. Since I was 14 years old I entered the professional conservatory, you had a salary if in the studies you took noticeable or outstanding. And life was very cheap. He traveled a lot, attended shows and worked as an artist in one of the best companies in Moscow. When I arrived in Spain, I realized that living was more expensive, and with great enthusiasm I started to carry out projects, because I have always liked being close to people with talent, ideas and culture. And being able to share it with the spectators has been an honor and a pride

– Ballerina, singer, producer and mother, have you fulfilled your dreams?

-Yes. But I keep dreaming. I feel good when I see the audience enjoying art and I would like to continue making people happy.

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