An international ballet will pay tribute to the life of Gabrielle Chanel in Dubai this January.
Starring internationally renowned ballerina Svetlana Zakharova a two-part performance will open with a ballet Come Un Respiro (Like a Breath) by Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti, and will conclude with a special performance celebrating Mademoiselle Coco Chanel and featuring more than 80 costumes designed by Virginie Viard.
Svetlana Zakharova is known for thrilling audiences and critics all over the world with her formidable technique and her sparkling dramatic interpretation of classical and contemporary roles.
Zakharova will be joined onstage by a star-studded cast of dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet including Mikhail Lobukhin, Vaycheslav Lopatin, Denis Savin, Artemy Belyakov, Anastasia Stashkevich and Ana Turazashvili.
Ballet Gabrielle Chanel is the collaboration between choreographer Yury Possokhov, composer Ilya Demutsky and Alexei Frandetti; who created the libretto and acted as director.
The performance narrates Chanel’s journey from an obscure provincial singer to head of one of the most influential Fashion Houses; a journey that forever overturned the world of the 20th century fashion.
Chanel was inspired by the movement dance, as a metaphor for freedom, as a language and as an expression of beauty. She had fruitful collaborations with the greatest artists and choreographers of her time. She supported Ballets Russes founder Sergei Diaghilev – who revolutionised the art of dance – to re-stage The Rite of Spring in 1920. She also designed costumes for both Le Train Bleu in 1924 and Apollon Musagete in 1929 in Paris.
Tickets starting from AED349 are on sale now at www.dubaiopera.com, +971 508702674.