Title: DIANA VISHNEVA and "DIANA VISHNEVA: BEAUTY IN MOTION"
Nominated for Two 2007/08 "Golden Masks"
Russia's Most Acclaimed Awards: "Best Ballerina"& Best Ballet Event of the Season"
Author: Helene Davis
Publisher: Helene Davis Public Relations
New York, NY – December 10, 2008 – Prima ballerina Diana Vishneva has been nominated for Russia's prestigious Golden Mask Award as "Best Ballerina" for her performance in "Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion. Sergei Danilian's Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion has been nominated as "Best Ballet Event of the Season"; it is a co-production of Orange County Performing Arts Center of California and Ardani Artists in association with the Mariinsky Theater of St. Petersburg. "Beauty in Motion" was performed in Russia at the Stanislavsky Musical Theatre in Moscow in February, 2008, and will be presented in March, 2009 at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg and in April 2009 in Moscow. The Awards will be presented at a ceremony in Moscow in April, 2009.
"Beauty in Motion" featured the International ballet star in a program of three new ballets created for her by choreographers Alexei Ratmansky, Moses Pendleton and Dwight Rhoden. Ms. Vishneva was joined on stage by the American modern dancer Desmond Richardson and members of the Kirov Opera, Ballet and Orchestra. .
The Golden Mask, founded in 1994, is the Russian National Theater Award and is awarded to acclaimed productions in all genres of theatre art: drama, opera, ballet, operetta and musical. The Golden Mask is also an All-Russian Theatre Festival featuring the most significant performances from all over Russia. ("Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion" will be featured in the 2009 Festival and Award Ceremony.) The culmination of the Golden Mask is the Award Ceremony, which takes place on one of Moscow's most famous stages and is broadcast by the national television channel.
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Diana Vishneva graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy, joined the Mariinsky Theatre Ballet in 1995 and was promoted to principal in 1996. During her last year at the Academy, Ms. Vishneva began working at the Mariinsky Theatre. Her repertoire with the company includes the title roles in Giselle and Manon, Kitri in Don Quixote, Masha in The Nutcracker, Nikiya in La Bayadère, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Clemance in Raymonda, Gulnare in Le Corsaire, the third movement in Symphony in C, Terpsichore in Apollo, "Rubies" in Jewels and Tchaikovsky's Pas de Deux and Grand Pas Classique, among others. She became a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre in 2005.
Ms. Vishneva's prizes and awards include the International Ballet Competition in Lausanne (1994), Benois de la Dance prize (1995), the St. Petersburg theatrical prize Golden Sophit (1996), the BALTIKA prize (1998), the highest theatrical prize of Russia Golden Mask (2001) and was named Best in Europe by Dance Europe magazine in 2002.
Ardani Artists Management was founded in Moscow by arts promoter Sergei Danilian in 1990, and entered the American market in 1994. The Company introduced some of the former Soviet Union's best exponents of arts and culture to the United States. In 1998, Ardani Artists introduced American audiences to the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg, Russia's leading contemporary ballet company. Since 1998, the Eifman Ballet has appeared regularly at New York City Center and toured the U.S. on regular basis. Ardani Artists has also presented the Bolshoi Ballet on a U.S. tour in 2002, and the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet in 2003, 2005, and 2006 U.S. tours and its 2008 New York appearance at City Center. In 2006, in collaboration with the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Ardani Artists produced the critically acclaimed Kings of the Dance and The Mariinsky Festival (Opera, Ballet, Orchestra) and Ardani Artists' recent projects include another co-production with OCPAC: Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company U.S. tour and a Kings of the Dance tour in Russia.
The Orange County Performing Arts Center in Southern California is committed to supporting artistic excellence on all of its stages. The Center opened in 1986 with its 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall and intimate 250-seat Founders Hall. The Orange County Performing Arts Center presents a broad range of programming, including dance, national tours of top Broadway shows, intimate performances of jazz and cabaret, classical music performed by renowned chamber orchestras and ensembles, family-friendly programming, free performances and many other special events. It is known internationally for being one of the premiere presenters of dance in the United States. Nearly every major dance company, both classical and contemporary, has appeared there.