Dances and Songs from St. Petersburgh
by Jane Rosenstein and Didier Lambert
On March 26, 2016 we saw this magnificent production, Les Choeurs de l’Armée Russe (The Choirs of the Russian Army) Dances and Songs from St. Petersburgh two hours long with an intermission, at the large theater of the Palais de Congrès de Paris. The cast comes from St. Petersburgh which is known as the Venice of the North.. This is top class entertainment that can be understood by those who know Russian and those who do not know a word of the language.
As the performance began, we saw an orchestra dressed in military gear. We heard the great voices of the choir and the soloists. There were 60 dancers from the St. Petersburgh Ballet Theater Company who performed.
The outstanding cast and choreographers included:
Director: Captain SAKOV SERGEY
Chief conductor of the orchestra : ARTISTE EMÉRITE DE RUSSIE EVGUÉNY KAZANOVSKI
Conductor of the orchestra: ARTISTE EMÉRITE DE RUSSIE VALERI MOURADIAN
Ballet Leader : ARTISTE EMÉRITE DE RUSSIE ANDREY BELIKOV
The orchestra performed with enthusiasm and the music was exceptional. The choir sang Russian songs with dynamism. Male soloists dressed in white military uniforms with great voices sang traditional songs. Dancers performed folk dances and a choir interpreted the songs most known in Russia and also some French songs The dancers wore magnificent colorful costumes. Both the traditional dances and ballets were performed gracefully. Especially interesting were traditional dances by men only and also by both men and women and some acrobatics performed by male dancers.
The crowd was enthused and clapped in rhythm to some of the songs and dancers. It was magnificent to see the dancers in so many different traditional colorful costumes.
This play can be enjoyed with friends or as a family. Since 1997, the group has been performing in many countries of the world including Spain, Portugal, France, USA, China, Finland, Norway, Serbia, Poland and Sweden to full houses.
This magnificent performance has a good effect on the audience as they leave appreciating having seen world class entertainment.