Les Saisons Russes in London

Mariinsky Ballet dancer Xander Parish is guesting with Les Saisons Russes in Schéhérazade, Le Spectre de la Rose and Chopiniana

Xander Parish in Schéhérazade. Photo: Emma Kauldhar

PROGRAMME CHANGE

As Ilze Liepa is still recovering from knee surgery, she has had to withdrew from dancing in Cléopâtre – Ida Rubinstein. The ballet has therefore been cancelled and replaced wuth additional performances of Schéhérazade, with Xander Parish as the Slave. For the latest programme details go to www.eno.org

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LES SAISONS RUSSES
LONDON COLISEUM 16 - 20 JULY

Les Saisons Russes will perform three programmes – a total of six ballets – including the London premiere of Cléopâtre – Ida Rubinstein, choreographed by Patrick de Bana (interviewed in the July issue of Dance Europe), plus Fokine's Le Spectre de la Rose, Schéhérazade, Chopiniana, Polovetsian Dances and The Firebird.

One of the season's guests is Xander Parish, currently with the Mariinsky Ballet. He will perform the lead role in Chopiniana and to make his debut in Le Spectre de la Rose. Born in East Yorkshire, Xander began dancing in Hull at the age of 8 and joined the Royal Ballet School at the age of 11 in 1998. While he was at the RBS, his awards included the Young British Dancer of the Year Award (2nd prize 2004) and a Silver Medal at the Genee International Ballet Competition (Athens, 2004). Xander graduated in 2005 and subsequently joined the Royal Ballet where he danced for nearly five years. In 2009 he was invited to join the Mariinsky Ballet by its director Yuri Fateyev. He left the Royal Ballet at the beginning of 2010 and immediately joined the Mariinsky becoming the first British trained ballet dancer to become resident there. Since then he has built up a formidable repertoire including Giselle (Count Albrecht), Chopiniana (Les Sylphides), Scheherazade (Golden Slave), Swan Lake (pas de trois) Romeo & Juliet (Paris, Troubador) and Balanchine ballets including Apollo, Emeralds & Serenade.

XANDER PARISH, dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet, comes to London next week with Andris Liepa’s Saisons Russes to perform the lead role in ‘Chopiniana’ and to make his debut in ‘Le Spectre de la Rose’.

Born in East Yorkshire, Xander began dancing in Hull at the age of 8 and joined the Royal Ballet School at the age of 11 in 1998. While he was at the RBS, his awards included the Young British Dancer of the Year Award (2nd prize 2004) and a Silver Medal at the Genee International Ballet Competition (Athens, 2004). Xander graduated in 2005 and subsequently joined the Royal Ballet where he danced for nearly five years. In 2009 he was invited to join the Mariinsky Ballet by its director Yuri Fateyev. He left the Royal Ballet at the beginning of 2010 and immediately joined the Mariinsky becoming the first British trained ballet dancer to become resident there. Since then he has built up a formidable repertoire including Giselle (Count Albrecht), Chopiniana (Les Sylphides), Scheherazade (Golden Slave), Swan Lake (pas de trois) Romeo & Juliet (Paris, Troubador) and Balanchine ballets including Apollo, Emeralds & Serenade.

"I am very much looking forward to coming back to London to perform with Andris Liepa's Russian Seasons of the 21st Century at the Coliseum,” says Xander. “As a Brit, it's a great honour to be a part of showing these beautiful Russian ballets in my home country. Chopiniana was my first leading role with the Mariinsky Ballet in February 2010 and since then I have performed it a lot with the company and each time I learn more and more. I performed this role with the Mariinsky on our last London tour in summer 2011 so I hope I will be able to show what I have learned in St Petersburg since then, not just technically but stylistically too. I also have the privilege of making my debut in Le Spectre de la Rose, a role famous among male dancers for being tough but also pivotal in terms of growing as an artist.”

XANDER PARISH, dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet, comes to London next week with Andris Liepa’s Saisons Russes to perform the lead role in ‘Chopiniana’ and to make his debut in ‘Le Spectre de la Rose’.

Born in East Yorkshire, Xander began dancing in Hull at the age of 8 and joined the Royal Ballet School at the age of 11 in 1998. While he was at the RBS, his awards included the Young British Dancer of the Year Award (2nd prize 2004) and a Silver Medal at the Genee International Ballet Competition (Athens, 2004). Xander graduated in 2005 and subsequently joined the Royal Ballet where he danced for nearly five years. In 2009 he was invited to join the Mariinsky Ballet by its director Yuri Fateyev. He left the Royal Ballet at the beginning of 2010 and immediately joined the Mariinsky becoming the first British trained ballet dancer to become resident there. Since then he has built up a formidable repertoire including Giselle (Count Albrecht), Chopiniana (Les Sylphides), Scheherazade (Golden Slave), Swan Lake (pas de trois) Romeo & Juliet (Paris, Troubador) and Balanchine ballets including Apollo, Emeralds & Serenade.

Xander Parish's debut as Albrecht with the Mariinsky Ballet
Xander Parish in Schéhérazade with the Mariinsky Ballet

"I am very much looking forward to coming back to London to perform with Andris Liepa's Russian Seasons of the 21st Century at the Coliseum,” says Xander. “As a Brit, it's a great honour to be a part of showing these beautiful Russian ballets in my home country. Chopiniana was my first leading role with the Mariinsky Ballet in February 2010 and since then I have performed it a lot with the company and each time I learn more and more. I performed this role with the Mariinsky on our last London tour in summer 2011 so I hope I will be able to show what I have learned in St Petersburg since then, not just technically but stylistically too. I also have the privilege of making my debut in Le Spectre de la Rose, a role famous among male dancers for being tough but also pivotal in terms of growing as an artist.”

Xander has toured with the Mariinsky Ballet to Canada, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, UAE, UK and USA. Xander is generously supported by The Mariinsky Theatre Trust UK.

"I am very much looking forward to coming back to London to perform with Andris Liepa's Russian Seasons of the 21st Century at the Coliseum,” says Xander. “As a Brit, it's a great honour to be a part of showing these beautiful Russian ballets in my home country. Chopiniana was my first leading role with the Mariinsky Ballet in February 2010 and since then I have performed it a lot with the company and each time I learn more and more. I performed this role with the Mariinsky on our last London tour in summer 2011 so I hope I will be able to show what I have learned in St Petersburg since then, not just technically but stylistically too. I also have the privilege of making my debut in Le Spectre de la Rose, a role famous among male dancers for being tough but also pivotal in terms of growing as an artist.”

Xander has toured with the Mariinsky Ballet to Canada, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, UAE, UK and USA. Xander is generously supported by The Mariinsky Theatre Trust UK.

CASTING
Programme 1
Cléopâtre – Ida Rubinstein, Le Spectre de la Rose, The Firebird

16 JULY
Ilze Liepa in the title role of Cleopatra/Ida Rubinstein and a cast that includes Mikhail Lobukhin (Mariinsky) as Fokine, Ilia Kuznetsov (Mariinsky), Artem Yachmennikov (Stanislavky), Mikhail Martynyuk (Kremlin), Natalia Balakhnicheva (Kremlin), Veronika Varnovskaya (Kremlin), and Valeria Pobedinskaya.

Spectre de la Rose will be performed by Yulia Makhalina and Xander Parish (Mariinsky)
The Firebird will be performed by Alexandra Timofeeva, Mikhail Lobukhin, Natalia Balakhnicheva

17 JULY
Matinée performance of Chopiniana will feature Xander Parish and Natalia Balakhnicheva.
Matinée performance of Firebird will feature Alexandra Timofeeva, and Mikhail Lobukhin

Evening performance of Cleopatra/Ida Rubinstein - Ilze Liepa, Mikhail Lobukhin, Ilia Kuznetsov, Artem
Yachmennikov, Mikhail Martynyuk, Natalia Balakhnicheva, Veronika Varnovskaya, Valeria Pobedinskaya
Evening performance of Spectre de la Rose - Yulia Makhalina and Xander Parish
Evening performance of Firebird will be performed by Alexandra Timofeeva, and Ilia Kuznetsov

Programme 2
Cleopatra/Ida Rubinstein, Schéhérazade

18 & 19 JULY
Cleopatra/Ida Rubinstein cast as July 16th
Schéhérazade will be performed by Yulia Makhalina and Nikolai Tsiskaridze

Programme 3
Cléopâtre – Ida Rubinstein, Chopiniana, Polovetsian Dances

20 JULY
Matinee and evening performances:
Cleopatra/Ida Rubinstein – cast as July 16th
Chopiniana will be performed by Xander Parish, Natalia Balakhnicheva, Alexandra Timofeeva
and Mikhail Martynyuk stars in Polovtsian Dances

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