On August 11 and 12 of this years dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Paris National Opera, New York City Ballet, Bejart Ballet Loussane, Staatts Ballet Berlin, the National Contemporary Dance Company and Ballet of Teatro Colon gathered on stage at the Teatro Coliseo of Buenos Aires.
The First International Ballet Gala featured some of the best dancers of classical, neoclassical and contemporary ballet: Mathilde Froustey and Mathias Heymann who, two years ago, at 22, reached the rank of “danseur etoile” at the Paris Opera Ballet; Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, principal dancers at the Bolshoi; Daniil Simkin of the American Ballet Theatre and others.
These three contributions to the gala are now on YouTube: Delibes Suite (Froustey/Heymann), Les Bourgeois (Simkin) and Don Quixote (Osipova/Vasiliev).
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.