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Ivan Putrov presents Men in Motion, London Coliseum

Ivan Putrov presents Men in Motion, London Coliseum
Ivan Putrov presents Men in Motion, London Coliseum

Therese Guerreiro

Former Royal Ballet principal dancer Ivan Putrov has developed a prolific second channel as an entrepreneur, specializing in staging international ballet gala performances. His most recent and moving performance was last year’s Ukrainian Ballet Gala, which brought together British and Ukrainian dancers – Putrov himself is Ukrainian – for the benefit of a war-torn Ukraine.

This year’s gala returns to the pre-war format, i.e. the dancers will perform under a free theme, Men in motionhighlighting the artistry of the male ballet dancer.

Initially simply a support for the main romantic attraction, the ballerina, the role of the male ballet dancer evolved over the course of the 20th century to the point where the male dancer now absolutely matches the ballerina in terms of force of attraction.

Among the names of the 20th century who contributed to the primacy of the male dancer are Nijinsky, Serge Lifar, Rudolf Nureyev, of course!, but also his compatriot Mikhail Baryshnikov, and the sublime British Anthony Dowell.

Following in the footsteps of these dancers, several great names in today’s ballet will join Putrov in Men in motion: Royal Ballet directors Vadim Muntagirov and Matthew Ball, and soloists Leo Dixon, Joseph Sissens and Luca Acri, recently retired Royal Ballet director Edward Watson; Matteo Micini from Stutgard Ballet, José Alves, senior artist from Ballet Black and Dmitry Zagrebin from Royal Swedish Ballet.

Accompanied by a live orchestra (always a plus!), they will perform classical pieces, such as The Specter of the Rose, alongside brand new works by Arthur Pita.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Men in motion. There have been successes and failures in this decade, but we trust Putrov to learn as we go; so, with a solid concept and a sparkling cast, there’s no reason the next edition of the gala shouldn’t be a great deal.