10 June 2009
Ballets Russes Scores a Boston Triumph
Ballets Russes 2009 Scores a Boston Triumph
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A week-long festival to celebrate the Ballets Russes centenary in the city of Boston that ran from May 16th through May 23rd was an unqualified success, to judge from comments made by people who attended the events, by the numbers who came and the media coverage, which included a page-long post-mortem in the Boston Phoenix by Jeffrey Gantz. The Festival, organized by Ballets Russes 2009, was overseen in every detail by Peter Rand, founder and Executice Director, and Anna Winestein, Associate Director. It included a concert of Russian song by noted singers Lyuba Petrova, Michail Svetlov and Anton Belov, accompanied by Anna Margolis, a Boston Pops Dance program by Rebecca Rice Dance, conducted by Keith Lockhart, an evening of Ballets Russes music performed by the Boston Philharmonic Youth Symphony under the direction of Benjamin Zander at Jordan Hall, an exhibition of contemporary works by St. Petersburg artists and a display of Ballets Russes illustrated materials. Perhaps the centerpiece of the Festival was a Boston University academic conference, УThe Spirit of Diaghilev,Ф chaired by dance historian Lynn Garafola, in which many leading scholars presented papers. Andrey Busygin, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, and Natalya Batova, Cultural attaché of the Russian Embassy in Washington, attended the opening of the exhibition at Boston University. Mr. Busygin was a guest of honor at the Ballets Russes Ball, held at the Somerset Club, on May 22nd. The Festival closed with a film program at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.