Russian Seduction
General Information

 
Laureate of the Russian National Theatre Award “Golden Mask”

Eugene Panfilov's Ballet of Russia

 

The Yevgeny Panfilov Ballet is the brainchild of Yevgeny Panfilov who has distinguished himself and is known for his constructive philosophic ideas, experimental search and the exceptionally spectaculars choreographic language. Yevgeny Panfilov started his company in Perm, in 1987, which at the time was said to be Russia's first professional modern dance troupe, dancing exhilarating and challenging choreography of its creator.

Yevgeny Panfilov, born in 1955, received his professional education in the Perm State Institute of Arts and Culture and the Russian Academy of Arts in Moscow. He is also a graduate of the summer school “American Festival” (Durem, NC, USA).

In 1997 and 1998 he was invited to the international festival “Sacro-Art” (Loccum, Germany) to mount several ballets on sacral themes. At the festival he was unanimously acclaimed by the notable theatre people and the critics “as an innovative choreographer of the XXI century”.

In August 2002 the private company The Yevgeny Panfilov Ballet got a status of a state regional establishment of culture, still bearing the choreographer's name as a sign of his exclusive services and achievements in developing contemporary choreography in Russia.

Yevgeny Panfilov is a winner of numerous national and international prizes and awards. In 2001 his work Women. The Year 1945 was nationally acclaimed as a recipient of the highest Golden Masque Award. In the same year he received the prestigious Fyodor Volkov Award for distinguishing himself in theatrical art in Russia. In 2002 he created a newer group The Fight Club of 16 regular untrained lads which immediately earned it accolades of dedicated audiences of the city's teenagers.

Yevgeny Panfilov also won the Ballet master prize for his number “Buffoon” in the category “The best contemporary choreography number” at the VII competition Arabesque-2002 in Perm, Russia.

In 2003 the choreographer was awarded “The Soul of the Dance” prize founded by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the magazine “Ballet” in the nomination “Dance Magician of the Year” (2002, Moscow, Russia).

Yevgeny Panfilov created 85 full-length ballets and more than 150 choreographic numbers, including such company's signature works, as Romeo and Juliet, Cage for the Parrot, River, Eight Russian Songs, the entertaining program Russian Seduction and many others. The Master not only choreographed but also directed, staged and designed all his productions, sometimes overwhelming the audiences by his eccentric scenic innovations and the original performing godsends. His huge stage personality carried the company's fame until his tragic accidental death in July 2002.

Panfilov's choreography remaining the mainstay of the repertoire, the company's performances today tend to string together numbers by the company stars Sergei Raynik and Alexei Rastorguev with some added works by Sergei Smirnov from St-Petersburg and the Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili. In 2005 The Cage for the Parrot won the highest national theatre The Golden Masque Award.

The company tours extensively around Russia and has presented itself abroad — in France, Germany, England, Poland, the Netherlands and Morocco. It is annually invited to take part in national and international dance festivals, including the Internet-festival “Theatre Net”.

The Yevgeny Panfilov Ballet continues to live up to its reputation as a conservator of its creator's artistic inheritance though always staying open to newer challenging ideas.

Repertoire

  “Waltzes for the Deranged” A one-act ballet to music by E. Waldteufel
  “Cinderella. Part 2. The last.” A one-act ballet to music by V. Bellini
  “The Cage for Parrots” A one-act choreographic fantasy to music by G. Bizet–R. Shchedrin, “Carmen Suite”, the 2005 Laureate of the “Golden Mask” National Theatre Award
  “Eight Russian Songs” One-act ballet set to Russian songs performed by I.Surzhikov
S. Prokofiev “Romeo and Juliet” A ballet in three acts
  “Festive Cocktail” A show set to classical and popular Russian and foreign music
K. Weill, J. Garbarek, L. Dalla, and L. van Beethoven “River” A one-act ballet to music by the group “Beliy Ostrog” (also known as “Two Siberians”)
  “Comme Il Faut Beach” A show set to popular Russian and foreign music
  “Russian Seduction” A show set to popular Russian and foreign music
  “Male Rhapsody” Choreographic miniatures, set to Corsican music
  “Black Square” A one-act ballet to music by Rob Dougan, Lisa Gerrard, Tricky and the groups “Axis”, “Dream Opera”, “Massive Attack”, “Von Leuch” and “Actus”
Choreography by Sergey Raynik

The Overseas Tours

1990 — Laureate of the “Nevskaya Zvezda” Russian Festival, (St. Petersburg, Russia)
1991 — Laureate of the “Days of Contemporary Choreography” International Festival (Tallinn, Estonia).
— Awarded first prize at the International Festival of Contemporary Art (Rabat, Morocco)
1992 — Winner of the Vladimir Vasiliev Award at the “Arabesque–92” International Ballet Artists Competition (Perm, Russia)
— Participant at the International Summer School of Contemporary Choreography “American Dance Festival” (Durham, North Carolina, USA)
1993 — Awarded first prize at the “Prix Volenine” International Choreographic Competition (Paris, France)
1993 — Winner of the Maurice Bejart Award at the “Arabesque–94” International Ballet Artists Competition (Perm, Russia)
— Participant at the “American Dance Festival” International Summer School of Contemporary Choreography (Durham, North Carolina, USA)
1994 — Finalist of the “Golden Mask” National Theatre Award in three categories for “Eight Russian Songs” and “Lullaby for Men” (Moscow, Russia)
— Choreographer of joint Russian — German project, dedicated to the centenary of M. Brahms “Brahms — Moment of Movement” (Munich, Germany)
1995 — Finalist of the “Golden Mask” National Theatre Award in two categories for “Romeo and Juliet” (Moscow, Russia)
1996 — Finalist of the “Golden Mask” National Theatre Award in two categories for “Habakkuk... Dance of the Mysteries” (Moscow, Russia)
— Participant at the “Sacro Art” International Festival, performing ”Habakkuk... Dance of the Mysteries” (Loccum, Germany)
— Participant at the International Festival celebrating the 300–th anniversary of Russian Navy and the memory of Peter the Great, performing “Romeo and Juliet” (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
1997 — Participant at the “EVOLUTSIOON'98” International Festival of contemporary ballet, performing “Eight Russian Songs” (Tallinn, Estonia)
— Participant at the “Just friends” International Festival of Arts, performing “Romeo and Juliet” and a gala concert of Russian ballet stars (St. Petersburg, Russia)
— Participant at the ”Sacro Art” International Festival, performing ”Eight Russian songs”, ”Luther”, ”Habakkuk... Dance of the Mysteries” and the world premiere of “Blood Wedding” (Loccum, Germany)
— President of the Russian branch of the World Dance Alliance (WDA) – Europe (Dusseldorf, Germany)
1998 — Participant at the “New Baltic Dance 1999” International Contemporary Dance Festival, performing “Eight Russian songs”, “River” and “Insane Marathon” (Vilnius, Lithuania)
— Participant at the 2nd General Assembly of the World Dance Alliance (WDA) – Europe (Dusseldorf, Germany)
— Participant at the Global Assembly of the World Dance Alliance (WDA) and the “2000 Feet” International Dance Festival (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
— Participant at the “Moorland” International Theatre Festival (Edinburgh, Great Britain)
— Participant at the First European Contemporary Dance Festival, held in Moscow, performing “River” (Moscow, Russia)
1999 — Participant at the “New Baltic Dance 2000” International Contemporary Dance Festival, performing “Moorland” (Vilnius, Lithuania)
2000 — Laureate of the “Golden Mask” National Theatre Award in the category of “Innovation” for the one-act ballet “Women. The Year 1945”, (Moscow, Russia)
Participant at the Second European Contemporary Dance Festival, held in Moscow, performing “Different tramcars” (Moscow, Russia)
2001 — Participant at the 7th International Ballet Festival, performing “Surrender”, “Eight Russian songs” and “River” (Riga, Latvia)
2003 — Laureate of the prize awarded by the Russian Federation Ministry of Culture and the editorial board of “Ballet” magazine (Moscow, Russia)
2004 — 9th International Baltic Ballet Festival in Riga, capital of Latvia. The troupe has also successfully performed at Yakabpils, Jelgava, Ventspils, and Valmiera, and has won the “Silver Dance” prize instituted by “Philip Morris” (Festival sponsor)
2006 — “Internationale Tanzmesse NRW” International Festival (Dusseldorf, Germany)
2005 — Laureate of the “Golden Mask” National Theatre Award in the category of “Best Ballet Production in Contemporary Dance” for the one-act choreographic fantasy “The Cage for Parrots” (Moscow, Russia)
2006 — Laureate of the “Golden Mask” National Theatre Award. The “Ballet of the Fat” (“Balet Tolstykh”) and some of the “Fight Club” (“Boytsovskiy Klub”) Dance Company have toured Great Britain. Triumphant performances were given in 28 cities in England and 2 cities in Germany.
2008 — Laureate of the “Golden Mask” National Theatre Award. The “Ballet of the Fat” (“Balet Tolstykh”) and some of the “Fight Club” (“Boytsovskiy Klub”) Dance Company were again invited to tour cities in Great Britain. Last year, triumphant performances were given in 28 cities in England and 2 cities in Germany
 
 
 
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