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Lecture “Marius Petipa, two centuries after his birth”
July 12, 2018Free
With the Mexican Elisa Carrillo Cabrera, first dancer of the Staatsballett Berlin, and the Russian choreographer Vasily Medvediev, founder and president of the International Petipa Heritage Fund.
In the framework of the bicentenary of the birth of the outstanding Franco-Russian choreographer Marius Petipa, a conversation will take place between a specialist on his life and work, Vasily Medvediev, and a dancer, Elisa Carrillo, who has played the main role of several of his creations , to remember who is indisputably a fundamental figure of the ballet and the author of the choreography of more than fifty works, such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty or Giselle.
Elisa Carrillo Cabrera
Considered one of the most important classical dance figures in Mexico. Since 2011 she is the first dancer of the Staatsballett Berlin and is a member of the International Dance Council of UNESCO. In 2013 he created a foundation with his name to boost the talent of Mexican children and young people, not only of classical dance but also of other artistic disciplines.
She studied at the National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance of Mexico, at The English National Ballet School in the United Kingdom and holds a Master’s degree in Ballet, awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the Federal Republic of Germany and by John Cranko Schule Stuttgart, Germany.
She has received multiple national and international awards, for example in 2011 she was officially selected as one of the fifty most important personalities of the city of Berlin. In 2014, the Legislative Assembly of the Federal District awarded her the Medal of Merit in Arts and two years before, in 2012, she and her husband, the Russian dancer Mikhail Kaniskin, received the Best Couple Award at the International Dance Open Festival, of St. Petersburg, considered the Oscar of the Ballet.
He has danced on important stages in Europe, Asia, America and the Middle East.
Renowned Russian choreographer. He was the founder of the International Petipa Heritage Fund, which he has presided over since 2016; He was also founder and artistic director of the International Dance Dance Festival of St. Petersburg and the Open Dance Festival of St. Petersburg since 2001. He is a member of the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO, artistic director of the Eurasian Dance Festival since 2017 and is a teacher ballet holder at the Anton Dolin Foundation.
He graduated from the Vagánova Russian Ballet Academy, under the tuition of N.Dudinskaia, K.Sergeiev, G.Seliutsky. Subsequently, he studied at the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory and did postgraduate studies, where he graduated as a choreographer and ballet teacher. He began his career at the Mikhailovsky Theater, playing solo roles in Vain Prudence, The Nutcracker and Copellia. In 1981 he accepted an invitation to be a principal dancer and choreographer in Estonia, where he created special choreographies such as Satanella, El Príncipe de Pagodas and Pedro y el lobo, among others.
Medvedev has represented the main male roles in various repertoires: Albert in Giselle, Fabio in Satanella, Prince in The Nutcracker, Franz in Copellia, James in The Sylph, Prince Salamander in The Prince of the Pagodas, to name a few. In recognition of his personal gifts and his development of the art of ballet he received the title of honorable artist of Estonia.
Since 1989, he has collaborated as a dancer and choreographer with several theaters and companies in Russia and abroad. He has been invited to prestigious events such as World Ballet Festival, in Ukraine; World Stars Gala, in Belarus; Stars of St. Petersburg Ballet in the United States; Notte di Stelle, in Italy; Gala International, in Lithuania, and Yuliana Makhalina and Stars of the Ballet of Saint Petersburg, in Argentina and Costa Rica.
For several years he has been an associate professor at the Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy, where he teaches choreography. In 1999, Medvedev Onegin’s ballet was presented at the Prague National Theater, for which he received the Pushkin Legacy Ballet Prize.
In December 2009, Medvedev made his successful debut at the famous Bolshoi Theater in Moscow with the ballet La Esmeralda, created together with the former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, Yuri Burlaka. In 2011, Vladimir Malakhov invited Medvedev to the Staatsballett Berlin, to create a new version of La Esmeralda for his company. In 2012, the same version was organized for the National Dance Company in Mexico City.
The ballet Seven Beauties of Medvedev, with music by Q. Qarayev, was presented at the National Theater of Azerbaijan. He also performed successfully at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, in 2011 and at the Bolshoi Theater in Belarus in 2012. In November 2013, he made a historical reconstruction of The Nutcracker in collaboration with the Staatsballett Berlin.
Medvedev has created more than 40 titles for Russian and international public theaters for companies such as Ballet Bolshoi, Ballet State of Berlin, National Ballet of Lithuania, National Dance Company of Mexico, Slovak National Ballet, Croatian National Ballet, National Ballet of Panama, National Ballet of Macedonia, Czech National Ballet, National Ballet, Romanian, National Ballet of Bosnia-Herzegovina, National Ballet of Azerbaijan, State Academic Theater in Perm, State Academic Theaters in Samara and Yekaterinburg. He has also made his own ballet versions as El Corsario, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, La Bayadera, The Nutcracker, La Fille mal gardee or Coppelia, as well as original productions such as Onegin, Katya and the Prince of Siam, Romeo and Julieta, Salomé, La Dame de las Camelias, Cinderella or Cleopatra.