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Azerbaijan's ballet dancers to perform in Russia

10 October 2018 [16:35] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Laman Ismayilova

Azerbaijan's ballet stars Teymur Asgarov and Eldar Aliyev continue to captivate Russian spectators.

The ballet dancers will perform in Saint Petersburg this October.

Adolphe Adam's "Le Corsaire" ballet will be staged at the Mariinsky Theatre on October 17, Azertag reported.

Teymur Asgarov will perform the role of Ali in the ballet.

"Le Corsaire" is a ballet typically presented in three acts, with a libretto originally created by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges loosely based on the poem "The Corsair" by Lord Byron.

Originally choreographed by Joseph Mazilier to the music of Adolphe Adam, it was first presented by the ballet of the Théâtre Impérial de l’Opéra in Paris on January 23, 1856.

The ballet was first staged in Russia for the Imperial Ballet of St. Petersburg by Jules Perrot, who served as Premier Maître de Ballet of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres from 1849 until 1858.

Meanwhile, the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theater will host Tchaikovsky's " The Sleeping Beauty" ballet on October 18-19.

Azerbaijan's ballet dancer Eldar Aliyev will present his own version of the ballet.

The ballet is timed to the 200th anniversary of the Marius Petipa, who choreographed the ballet.

Notably, Eldar Aliyev's work was premiered in Primorye on May 26, 2017.

"The Sleeping Beauty" is a ballet in a prologue and three acts, first performed in 1890. The music was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (his opus 66). The score was completed in 1889, and is the second of his three ballets.

The ballet's focus was undeniably on the two main conflicting forces of good (the Lilac Fairy) and evil (Carabosse).

Teymur Asgarov is a graduate of the Baku School of Choreography. He performed at the Azerbaijan State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after T.G. Shevchenko in 2008-2011.

Since 2011, Asgarov has been working in the Mariinsky Theatre. He is the winner of the "Spirit of Dance" in the category "Rising Star" by Ballet magazine in 2012, prizewinner at the 11th International Ballet Dancers' and Choreographers' Competition in Moscow in 2013, and recipient of the Azerbaijan Presidential Youth Prize for Culture in 2013.

The ballet dancer was recognized as the best male dancer in duet nomination of the International Ballet Competition and contest of choreographers that took place at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2013.

His repertoire includes Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, Carmen-Suite, The Legend of Love, Le Corsaire and Chopiniana.

With the Mariinsky Ballet, Asgarov have toured around Europe, Asia and America.

Eldar Aliyev studied at Baku Choreographic School from 1966 to 1975. He has earned an international reputation as a dancer, choreographer and artistic director.

The ballet star performed in over 40 countries, dancing at some of the world's most famous theaters, including Covent Garden, the Paris Opera, MET, the Kennedy Center, La Scala, Sydney Opera House to name but a few, his performing career also included guest star performances with the Bolshoi Ballet and The Australian Ballet.

His engagements include guest teaching at the Hungarian National Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, Ballet of Spain, the Universal Ballet of Korea, Hong Kong Ballet, The National Ballet of China, Beijing Dance Academy, Shanghai Dance Academy, Guangzhou Ballet, Guest Speaker at the Ballet Talks series at Harvard University, Visiting Artistic Advisor for Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Master at Boston Ballet and his role as Interim Dean at the Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education.

Previously, as Artistic Director of Ballet Internationale—Indianapolis, Eldar Aliyev transformed Indiana's only professional ballet company into a world-class ensemble, performing to enthusiastic audiences in Beijing, Los Angeles, New York, Taipei, Montreal and other cities around the U.S. and abroad.

In addition to his original choreographic work, Eldar Aliyev has staged an extensive list of classical ballets to the delight of both audiences and critics. These include The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, etc.

He is a frequent adjudicator of international ballet competitions and has served as a jurist for two inaugural ballet competitions, the 2002 International Ballet Competition in Prague and the 2004 Seoul International Dance Competition.


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