December 2010 – 2nd Dancecyprus Gala
‘Dance for a better life’
In collaboration with the European Commission Representation in Cyprus and the Press and Information Office, in the framework of ‘2010 European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion’
Dancecyprus presented a programme chosen by Artistic Director Carolina Constantinou, with a variety of classical and contemporary repertoire with dancers from ballet companies such as Staatballett Berlin, Victor Ullate Ballet (Spain), Centre Choreographique National de Nantes (CCNN – France). Amongst them Cypriot professional dancers who excelled abroad, Natalia Krekou (Ballett St Pölten Austria and Moscow City Ballet), Dafni Mouyiassi (Formerly Bejart Ballet Lausanne), Anastasia Paschali (Formerly Royal Danish Ballet), Loizos Constantinou (Formerly Athens National Opera).
This year Dancecyprus had the honour of welcoming Andrei Batalov, First soloist of the Mariinsky Ballet (Kirov). Other dancers included: Gianluca Battaglia (Soloist at Victor Ullate Ballet – Spain), Vincent Blanc and Benjamin Lamarche (Soloists from Centre Choreographique National de Nantes (CCNN – France), Rainer Krenstetter (Soloist at Staatsballett Berlin), Francois Mauduit (Compagnie Choregraphique Francois Mauduit).
The repertoire consisted of choreographies from Petipa’s ”Le Corsaire” and ”Don Quixote” as well as neoclassical and contemporary pieces by Bejart, Brumachon, Dimitriadou Lindahl, Lao, Pandis, Tichy, Mauduit and Ullate. Carolina Constantinou has choreographed ”Echos” for Dancecyprus Junior Co with Evelthon Michaelides on drums.