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From 3 May till 30 June 2017, the city of Lodz will host the 24th edition of the Lodz Ballet Festival. The programme of the event was constructed in the grain of the original idea of the festival, i.e. openness towards all things new and valuable in the art of dance, while honouring the grand ballet tradition. The director of the Lodz Grand Theatre invited a number of exquisite international companies to participate in the 24th Lodz Ballet Festival, including the English National Ballet (UK; first visit to Poland), the newly-formed Cuban company Acosta Danza (first visit to Poland), and the Akram Khan Company (UK). Debuting at the festival will be the Beijing-based BeijingDance/LDTX (China), and the Canadian RUBBERBANDance Group of Montreal. As has become traditional, the ballet company of the Lodz Grand Theatre will also present its premiere, Aram Khachaturian?s Spartacus choreographed by Kirill Simonov.

 

This year marks the 24th edition of the Lodz Ballet Festival. Since the first edition of the event in 1968, the Lodz Grand Theatre has hosted all of the world?s major ballet companies, and the festival itself ? through carefully selected repertoire and performers – has become a uniqe platform for the confrontation of all things valuable, timely and noteworthy in ballet and dance theatre.

The programme of the 24th Lodz Ballet Festival was constructed to convey the original idea of the festival, i.e. openness to what is new and valuable in the art of dance, while honouring ballet classics.

 

The director of the Lodz Grand Theatre invited a number of exquisite international companies to participate in the 24th Lodz Ballet Festival, including the English National Ballet (UK; first visit to Poland), the newly-formed Cuban company Acosta Danza (first visit to Poland), and the Akram Khan Company (UK). Debuting at the festival will be the Beijing-based BeijingDance/LDTX (China), and the Canadian RUBBERBANDance Group of Montreal. As has become traditional, the ballet company of the Lodz Grand Theatre will also present its premiere, Aram Khachaturian?s Spartacus choreographed by Kirill Simonov.                

The Lodz Ballet Festival is a dance biennale with nearly 50 years of tradition. Over the years, the festival has become one of the finest and most prestigious ballet events in Poland. The idea behind the festival is to popularize ballet and contemporary choreographic achievements in classical dance and the various currents of contemporary dance. As the organiser of the festival, the Lodz Grand Theatre offers a diverse repertoire performed by some of the world’s best companies, enabling Polish audience to directly contact top international dancers and choreographers. 

 

The rank and uniqueness of the Lodz Ballet Festival has been defined by the cornucopia of leading choreographers and companies which have performed at the festival, including Maurice Béjart, Alicia Alonso, John Neumeier, Jiří Kylian, William Forsythe, Daniel Ezralow, Boris Ejfman, Mats Ek, Birgit Cullberg, and many other artists whose work has set trends in the contemporary development of choreography and, more generally, ballet. The list of companies hosted by the festival includes Maurice Béjart?s Ballet of the 20th Century, Nederlands Dans Theater, Sadler?s Wells, Royal Ballet, Ballet Rambert, Cullberg Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company, Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, Eifman Ballet of Saint Petersburg, Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Stuttgarter Ballett, Elisa Monte Dance Company, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, and the Akram Khan Company.

 

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24th Lodz Ballet Festival poster 

 

ATTENTION!

As part of the celebration of the International Dance Day 2017, the Lodz Grand Theatre will sell a pool of tickets for the 24th Lodz Ballet Festival at bargain prices. On 29 April, tickets will be available from as little as PLN 40. The tickets can be bought online from noon till 10 pm (www.operalodz.com) and at the Lodz Grand Theatre ticket offices from noon till 7 pm. The pool of discount tickets is limited.

 

More about the OFFER.

 

24th Lodz Ballet Festival programme:

 

 

3 May  (Wednesday), 7 pm

English National Ballet: Ballet Bold ? ballet night in 3 parts

 

5 May (Friday), 7 pm

6 May (Saturday), 12 pm (noon), 7 pm

English National Ballet: Le Corsaire

 

11 May (Thursday), 7 pm

12 May (Friday), 7 pm

13 May (Saturday), 6 pm

Akram Khan Company: Until the Lions

 

20 May (Saturday), 7 pm

21 May (Sunday), 6 pm

Acosta Danza: Debut

 

27 May (Saturday), 7 pm

28 May (Sunday), 6 pm

RUBBERBANDance Group: Vic?s Mix

 

3 June (Saturday), 7 pm

4 June (Sunday), 6 pm

Beijingdance/LDTX: Beyond the Horizon ? choreographed by Jacek Przybyłowicz, LI Han-zhong, MA Bo

 

17 June (Saturday), 7 pm (1st premiere)

18 June (Sunday), 7 pm (2nd premiere)

20 June (Tuesday), 6:30 pm (premiere with the Express daily)

Lodz Grand Theatre: Spartacus ? choreographed by Kirill Simonov

 

Traditionally, each edition of the Lodz Ballet Festival has been accompanied by an art exhibition expanding the knowledge and artistic representations of the art of dance and choreography. This year, the organisers will showcase the exquisite artist Ewa Kutylak, whose paintings, graphics, and photographs explore those aspects of dance that often escape our senses, and breaths a new life into them. The exhibition will feature graphics made using traditional techniques, as well as photographs and drawings. The leading theme and inspiration for the exhibition has been provided by the human body, movement and dance.

 

Organised as part of the 24th Lodz Ballet meetings and the International Dance Day, the vernissage of the exhibition will take place on 29 April at the foyer of the Lodz Grand Theatre (in the intermission of the RITE OF SPRING/KRZESANY dance night. The exhibition will be open to the audiences of the Lodz Grand Theatre until the end of the 2016/17 season.

More information 

 

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You may learn more about the each of the presented pieces by clicking on hyperlinks or visiting www.operalodz.com/lsb/

 

Tickets for the 24th Lodz Ballet Festival are available at:

– http://www.operalodz.com/ or www.bilety24.pl-  through mobile apps downloadable from www.operalodz.com

– the Grand Theatre ticket office:

Monday- Saturday (12:00-7:00 pm)

Sundays and holidays (performance nights only, 3:00-7:00 pm).

phone no.: +48 42 633 77 77

 

Books of tickets for the 24th Lodz Ballet Festival are available at the Grand Theatre. 

The number of books of tickets is limited (available until sold out).

Two options are available:

 
6 freely selected shows presented as part of the 24th Lodz Ballet Festival  

– PLN 500 (Section I)

– PLN 440 (Section II),

 
or, alternately, 3 or more freely selected shows presented as part of the 24th Lodz Ballet Festival (with a discount of PLN 15* for each ticket in Section I or Section II)

 

Books of tickets for the 24th Lodz Ballet Festival can be purchased only at the Lodz Grand Theatre’s ticket Office:

Monday-Saturday (12:00-7:00 pm)

Sundays and holidays (performance nights only, 3:00-7:00 pm).

phone no.: +48 42 633 77 77

 

The above offer does not include the ballet premiere of the Lodz Grand Theatre.

The promotions do not combine.

* the discount is valid only with full-price tickets.

 

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