'Swan Lake' Ballet Fascinates Audience
Albanian Daily News
Published November 18, 2019
"It is a great honor for me to present to you the first ever performance of the Russian ballet on ice in Albania," said the new Russian Ambassador to Albania, Mikhail Afanasyev in his remarks at the outset of the spectacle 'Swan Lake' which was shown by artists of St. Petersburg Ballet on Ice in Tirana on Saturday. "The humanitarian ties between Albania and Russia have a long and rich background, forming the basis of good relations between our countries and peoples, binding them together," said Ambassador Afanasyev, who has succeeded Mr. Alexander Karpushin as Moscow's top envoy to Tirana. Ballet is one of the distinguishing landmarks of Russian culture abroad, and the ballet on ice is worldwide known, and Ambassador Afanasyev was deeply grateful to the artists of St. Petersburg Ballet for their readiness to accept an invitation to Tirana. He also thanked everyone who contributed to the organization and support of the event in the frame of Russian-Albanian cultural relations like the Ministry of Culture of Albania, Mayor's Office of Tirana, Albanian-Russia Friendship Society and personally the producer, Edmond Tullumani. "Tonight's event shows twofold specifics of our country - it is not just ballet, but ballet with figure skating which is another international symbol of Russia," said Mr. Afanasyev, who was pleased to see the great response that the arrival of St. Petersburg artists inspired among Albanian people. He concluded by expressing the hope that the performance of Russian dancers and skaters of such a level would become a new milestone in the Russian-Albanian cultural exchanges. In his remarks before the show the chairman of the Albanian-Russia Friendship Society, Avni Xhelili considered the spectacle as special because it was the first time that classic dancing on ice was being performed by St. Petersburg Ballet on Ice in Tirana. He spoke of the worldwide reputation of St. Petersburg considered as 'the theaters capital of Russia' The St. Petersburg State Ballet on Ice was founded in 1967 by the outstanding Russian choreographer, Konstantin Bojarski, the successor to the tradition of the classical ballet school in St. Petersburg. The repertoire of the show of the 60-member ensemble from St. Petersburg, which was warmly applauded by a full packed house at Tirana's Palace of Congresses, included pieces by Sergey Prokofiev and Pyotr Tchaikovsky like 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Cinderella', ' Romeo and Juliet ', 'Nutcracker ', and 'Swan Lake'. /AND










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