Returning to Australia in 2011: Imperial Russian Ballet Company's Festival of Russian Ballet.
Classical Ballet's greatest moments in three awe inspiring acts.
Act One - Don Quixote
Don Quixote was first performed in Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre in 1869. Since then it has been performed all over the world by Russian and International companies.
Former Bolshoi soloist and head of the Imperial Russian Ballet Company, Gediminas Taranda, has taken the four acts of the original ballet with its gradual evolution and transformed it into one impetuous act.
Act Two - Bolero
Bolero is a striking and dramatic ballet. Ravel was inspired to create this masterpiece after visiting a large industrial factory. There he noticed the slow regular movement of the assembly lines and the crash of machine and materials. Bolero is regarded as one of the world's music masterpieces.
Act Three - The Dying Swan, Carmen, Gopak, Le Corsaire (pas de deux), Ne Me Quittes Pas, Giselle (pas de deux), Can Can Surprise
Gediminas was born in Kaliningrad in 1961 and grew up in Voronezh. He trained at the State Academic Moscow Ballet School from 1978-1980 before joining the Bolshoi Ballet as a soloist. For thirteen years until 1993 Gediminas Taranda was a star of the Bolshoi Theatre performing in many ballets including Golden Age, Giselle, Ivan the Terrible, and Spartacus.
In 1994 he formed and became artistic director of The Imperial Russian Ballet Company bringing on board friends who were dancers at the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets. Russia's famous ballerina Maija Pilsetskaya supported the company and in 1994 they performed with her on stage at her 50th anniversary. And accompanied her on a tour of Japan.
He has produced and participated in many charitable performances to raise funds for the struggle against cancer, and is an active participant of AAD ("Art-against drugs") in association with "The Russian Fund of Culture," In 1997 he was awarded the title "Man of the Year" and the "Silver Cross Award". In 2004 he received an award from the Russian Federation honouring his work in the arts and in 2008 was the winner of the Diaghilev medal for his contribution to art.
Gediminas was invited to work as a motivational coach for the Russian Gymnastics team at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 and the Beijing Olympic games in 2008. His strive for perfection with all whom he works with is best epitomised in his own words: "If something is worth fighting for you have to fight until the last breath (is left) in your body."