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The Organizing Committee of the XIII International Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers

Moscow, June 10-20, 2017
The Bolshoi Theatre of Russia


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Olga Golodets

Deputy Prime Minister, Chairlady of The Organizing Committee


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Yuri Grigorivich

Choreographer of the Bolshoi Theatre, Artistic director of the Competition, co-chairman of The Organizing Committee


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Alexander Zhuravsky

State Secretary/Deputy Minister of Culture , Deputy Chairman of The Organizing Committee 


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Makhar Vaziev

Ballet Director of the Bolshoi Theatre


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Vyacheslav Gordeev

Artistic director of Moscow State Theatre “Russian Ballet”


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Svetlana Zakharova

Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre 


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Mikhail Lavrovsky

Ballet master, coach of the Bolshoi Theatre


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Ekaterina Larina

Head of Department of State Policy in Mass media of Ministry of Communications and Media of the Russian Federation


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Alexey Lebedev

General Director of Federal Directorate of Performing Art “ROSCONCERT”


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Marina Leonova

Rector of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy


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Andrey Malyshev

Head of Department of State support for art and folk of Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation


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Andrey Petrov

Artistic director and chief choreographer of the ballet theatre  “The Kremlin Ballet” 


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Leonid Pechatnikov

Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Social Development 


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Valeria Uralskaya

Editor-in-Chief of the BALLET magazine 


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Sergey Usanov

General Director of International Federation of Ballet Competitions 


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Vladimir Urin

General Director of the Bolshoi Theatre 


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Mikhail Shvydkoy

Special Representative of Russian President on International Cultural Cooperation.


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Sergey Shumakov

Editor-in –chief of the “Kultura” TV Channel 


In this competition I saw a lot of talented young people, many amazing surprises... featuring himself, his work, each participant thus represented his country, the level of its culture. We all were interested to see what is happening in the world in the field of dance, what's new and significant.

Arnold Haskell, UK

The alarming tendency is that the contestants very often change the chorographical “texts”. This arises a strongest protest in me – I do not want to see the well-known choreography of a ballet masterpiece to be filled up with various “additions” which destroy its style and logic…Distortion of choreographer’s original texts is caused by the technical difficulties which make it hard to perform for the contestants. Then they make a “light version”. The situation is very irritating and requires certain amendments in the competition Regulations.

Charles Jude, France

... This is a great event and I am confident that even the performance on the most famous stages in the world will be a precious memory for all who participate in the competition, regardless of whether they will be among the first or not.

Arnold Haskell, UK

And what I would consider to be the most important – the Competition allows us to see that it is the individual style that is most valued in art

Alicia Alonso, Cuba

Since the very first competition in 1969 many things have changed. And if at that time the difference between the countries with long-standing traditions of classical dance and the counties which did not have any was very big, in the following years this gap has faded away. The popularity of ballet has grown up all around the world. And all the better, as I think it has become difficult to demonstrate you mastery, skills, - the professional requirements have been leveled up!

Olga Lepeshinskaya, USSR

Our Competition, giving a very difficult program, thus stimulates the progress of ballet.

Yuri Grigorovich, Russia
To affirm the basis of classical dance, constantly renewing it, enriching it with new lexis, new themes, new genres – that is what our common task is, that is what should reveal itself most brightly at the Competition.
Igor Moiseev, USSR
To success at the competition you need to have a great deal of personality, the strength… You need to be able to show that you love ballet and to perform even better than you actually can.
Loipa Araujo, Cuba
Ballet is not a sport, the combination of ballet movements should be expressive, meaningful, magical. Bazil and Jose should have the same brilliant technique, but by no means – the same expression.
Ben Stevenson, USA
At the International competition in Moscow I have seen a lot of what is really interesting, which I woul never see anywhere else. I love the art of classical dance and will never lay its precious heritage aside. But every time the epoch brings out something fresh, new. And you do not have to make the choice of “either…or” in art. That is fine which is perfect. This is life itself.
Agnes De Mille, USA
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