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Estonian National Ballet to give performances at La Fenice theatre in Venice

09.12.2015 / Ülla Veerg

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On the 9th of December, Estonian National Ballet lead by the artistic director Thomas Edur, assembled at the Tallinn Airport in order to set out for the five performances of “La Bayadère” in La Fenice theatre in Venice. The estimated number of visitors to the performances is 6000. The leading roles will be danced by Alena Shkatula, Denis Klimuk, Ekaterina Oleynik, Luana Georg, Jonatan Davidsson, Nanae Maruyama and Sergei Upkin. The performances will be conducted by Risto Joost. This is the company’s second visit to the historic theatre after three years, when they performed “The Nutcracker” and it was broadcast on Mezzo TV.

Teatro La Fenice (The Phoenix) is an opera house in Venice, Italy. It is one of the most famous and renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theatre. Its name reflects its role in permitting an opera company to “rise from the ashes” despite losing the use of three theatres to fire, the first in 1774 after the city’s leading house was destroyed and rebuilt but not opened until 1792; the second fire came in 1836, but rebuilding was completed within a year. However, the third fire was the result of arson. It destroyed the house in 1996 leaving only the exterior walls, but it was rebuilt and re-opened in November 2004. Many famous composers, such as Rossini, Bellini and Verdi have written for this theatre.

The first time the Estonian National Ballet visited Italy was in June 1989, when an Amicable Intentions Agreement was signed by the Estonian SSR and Trento Province. The company performed Mai Murdmaa’s choreography and the stars of the evening were Kaie Kõrb and Thomas Edur.

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