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i went to see a beautiful production celebrating the role of the male dancers put together by one of todays formost balle dancers ivan putrov. the program consisted of 5 smaller numbers each representing a milestone in the history of male dancers on stage. one of the numbers called ithaka, inspired by the poem by c.p. cavafy, was choreographed by putrov.

below text is curtesy of sadler’s wells:

‘Former Royal Ballet Principal, Ivan Putrov, presents an evening of works exploring the beauty of the male form in motion. Joining him onstage will be Royal Ballet sensation Sergei Polunin*, Mariinsky Ballet Principal Igor Kolb, Critics’ Circle Award-winner Daniel Proietto, English National Ballet Senior Principal Elena Glurdjidze and South Bank Show Breakthrough Artist award-winner Aaron Sillis.

Accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Richard Vernas, the evening will include Fokine’s legendary Le Spectre de la Rose, a solo fromGoleizovsky’s Narcisse danced by Polunin and Ithaca, a new work with set design by Turner Prize-nominated artist Gary Hume.

Continuing the theme is Gluck’s beautiful Dance of the Blessed Spirits. Originally choreographed by Ashton on Sir Anthony Dowell, it will be taught to Putrov by Sir Anthony; marking its first appearance in the UK for over 30 years. Completing the line-up is Russell Maliphant’s masterpiece, the Olivier Award nominated AfterLight (Part One).’

you can also listen a short interview with putrov and kolb.

* polunin has since resigned as the principal of the royal ballet

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