Legendary Russian Choreographer Yuri Grigorovich brings his much-anticipated masterpiece to Dubai

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50 years on, The Legend of Love ballet continues to enthrall audiences on world stages –

Dubai, UAE:  After his glorious and unforgettable choreography of The Legend of Love, the world finally acknowledged Yuri Grigorovich’s genius interpretation of story and dance. The Russian choreographer’s popularity catapulted to new heights earning him global ballet laurels and recognition. 50 years on, The Legend of Love continues to wow its audience with exceptional spectacle of elegant pas deux and corps de ballet scenes. The Astana Ballet Theatre, the most advanced ballet company in Central Asia, with outstanding reviews in USA, Europe and Asia, pays homage to The Legend of Love by celebrating the best works of the living legend of Russian ballet, Yuri Grigorovich. Scheduled on 27th and 28th October 2021, at the iconic Dubai Opera, Downtown Boulevard, Dubai will experience this recital for the first time in the Middle East. Produced by Aurora Event Management, this grand-scale extravagant enthralling showcase of brilliance and splendour is a must-see and one not to be missed masterpiece.  Tickets are now available for purchase on platinumlist.com with exclusive corporate discounts for group bookings.

The Legend of Love is a timeless Oriental ballet with deep philosophical overtones perfectly choreographed to narrate a dramatic love triangle between Queen Mekhmene, her younger sister, Shireen and the handsome Ferkhad. Yuri Grigorovich transforms this dramatic saga into a powerful performance of love, sacrifice and tragedy. Its phenomenon ballet techniques, enchanting melodies and captivating chronicle transcends time as the sisters’ battle for one man’s affection and eternal love. Choreographer Yuri Grigorovich, playwright Nazim Hikmet, music composer Arif Melikov and Simon Virsaladze create an outstanding scenography to deliver an outstanding recital.  

Yuri Grigorovich’s ballets dominate the repertory of contemporary works for over 30 years; his staging of classic ballets reflect his conviction that drama must always be expressed through dancing.Born in Leningrad into a family connected with the Imperial Russian Ballet, Yuri graduated from the Leningrad Choreographic School and danced as a soloist of the Kirov Ballet. It was his direction on The Legend of Love in 1961, that bought him much acclaim as a choreographer. While at Bolshoi Theatre, Yuri worked on the classical repertoire including The Nutcracker, Spartacus, Swan Lake and Ivan, The Terrible.

“Grigorovich is known for his highly demanding choreography; he refuses to conform therefore pushes soloists to embody their characters and submerge into the storylines.  The Legend of Love is his most renowned work and it’s easy to appreciate this acclamation. During their world tour to Paris, London, New York and Milan, Astana Ballet Theatre received rave reviews and we’re pleased to bring this much anticipated recital here to the UAE” said Mr. Kairat Kulbayev Founder, Aurora Events. 

The immaculate choreography of The Legend of Love is a testament of Grigorovich’s contribution to the world of ballet. Its impressive, intricate movements, dramatic expressions, marvelous backdrops combined with layers of colourful costumes deliver breathtaking performance and narration of this otherwise tragic love story.  Its outstanding duets exude pure bliss and surrendered romance drawing spectators to experience pure love, passion as well as struggles of obligations and sense of duty. Don’t miss this masterpiece by the celebrated 90-year-old world-renown choreographer Yuri Grigorovich at Dubai Opera on 27th and 28th October 2021.

About Astana Ballet Theatre:

The “Astana Ballet” Theatre was founded in 2012 under the directives of  Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The ballet presented its first performance in July 2013 and received outstanding reviews from the audience and wider community.

Since its launch, the theatre has added unique multi-genre masterpieces of international and national classics as well as original choreographic performances to its repertoire. Astana Ballet Theatre embodies the most daring and original ideas from producers and scenographers to present.

Astana Ballet forms its famous signature ballet style by combining classical ballet and modern dance trends. This synthesis of classics, avant-garde and national tradition allows Kazakh dance and works to be presented on the world stage, while satisfying its rich diversity and cultural heritage.