Bolshoi ballet to appear in Switzerland after 26-year interval


The Bolshoi Theatre tour will open the Festival of Russian Culture in Switzerland which has been timed to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the renewal of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Under the auspices of the Festival, which will continue throughout 2011, there will be exhibitions of works by Russian artists and concerts given by Russian musicians; the programmes of several Swiss music festivals will have a Russian ‘accent’, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the works of Russian composers, and the Swiss theatre director, Mario Bucciarelli, will do a production of Chekhov’s The Seagull in Lausanne.

The Bolshoi tour programme will consist of three performances of Giselle (Vladimir Vasiliev version), which will be presented at the Theatre de Beaulieu, Lausanne. Opened in the middle of the last century, this is Switzerland’s biggest theatre (with auditorium seating nearly 2000).

February 10-12 (20:00)

Svetlana Lunkina (February 10, 12)
Nina Kaptsova (February 11)

Count Albrecht
Ruslan Skvortsov (February 10, 12)
Dmitry Gudanov (February 11)

Maria Allash (February 10, 12)
Anna Leonova (February 11)

Hilarion — Yuri Baranov

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Conductor — Pavel Klinichev

The Bolshoi Theatre tour in Switzerland will occur due to positive contribution of theHonorary Consulate for Russia in Lausanne, headed by famous Swiss businessman, scientist, philanthropist and long-standing partner of Russia Frederic Paulsen. Frederic Paulsenpersonally initiated and took part in the arrangement of this tour. The pharmaceutical company Ferring, headed by m. Paulsen, located near Lausanne, will be it’s General sponsor. Two other Swiss companies -Credit Suisse bank (General sponsor of the Bolshoi theatre) and watch firm Audemars Piguet (Official sponsor of the Bolshoi theatre) will be co-sponsors of the tour.