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Russian Seasons Dance Company

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Nikolai Androsov, Artistic Director

“A CELEBRATION OF WORLD DANCE”

The first Russian revolution in the world of dance took place in 1910 when Diaghilev’s
Ballets Russes broke ground at Paris’ Russian Seasons Theatre with “Petrushka” and
“Firebird”. The second revolution occurred in 1991 when one of the Moiseyev Company’s leading dancer, Nikolai Androsov, left the company with a group of other
dancers to explore and bring to the world of dance, in Diaghilev fashion, a whole new set of innovative and imaginative International, work which was otherwise denied to him at his former company.
         
On May 17, 1991, the newly formed group of dancers, calling themselves the Russian
Seasons Dance Company, gave their first public performance at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Russia. The critics and dance lovers who had an opportunity to be in that hall that day justified Androsov’s dream. Four days after the birth of the newest Russian Seasons, Androsov feared his dream had gone up in smoke. But the speedy end of the coup that couldn’t allow him to breathe a sigh of relief. In any case, he had already faced obstacles bigger than politics, and plenty more lay ahead.


         
Not surprisingly, Russian Seasons’ first months were not easy. Their initial rehearsal
studio was located far from the city center. Materials for costumes and sets were nearly impossible to find and what was available was not affordable. Thanks to some local sponsors, who believed in Nikolai, many of those problems were solved. Shortly after the debut performance, Nikolai received an invitation to come and perform in United States during the first part of 1995. He had a chance to prove himself, not only as a very athletic dancer with more than 20 years of dancing experience, but, also, as a choreographer with new styles that will make use of “everything from the simplest, ancient Russian folk dances to neo-classical and modern styles.”
         
In “A Celebration of World Dance” the company takes audiences on a journey through
the folk dances of many nations: from the athletic hopak of Russia and the wild energy of Gypsy to the passionate flamenco of Spain and the tangos of Argentina, from the footwork of Irish dances to spectacular choreography of Broadway. This is a breathtaking display of beautiful music and brilliant choreography put together to make this evening of dance exceptional.
         
Russian Seasons Dance Company returns to United States in 2009-2010 season after the recent tour garnered unanimously rave reviews, called as “spectacular”, “superbly creative” and “stirring”. In between the American tours, the Company toured France, Chile, Japan, Taiwan, Macao, as well as gave numerous performances within the Russian Federation.

         
NIKOLAI ANDROSOV
Artistic Director, Choreographer


NIKOLAI ANDROSOV WAS BORN ON OCTOBER 30TH, 1963 IN MOSCOW,
RUSSIA. SINCE HE WAS SEVEN YEARS OF AGE, HE HAS BEEN VERY ACTIVE
AND INTERESTED IN ART OF CHOREOGRAPHY.

IN 1982, HE GRADUATED FROM THE CENTRAL ACADEMIC SCHOOL OF FOLK
DANCE NAMED AFTER THE FAMOUS IGOR MOESEYEV. IMMERIATELY
AFTER HIS GRADUATION, NIKOLAI WAS ACCEPTED TO IGOR MOESEYEV’S
COMPANY WHERE HE SPENT THE NEXT TEN YEARS OF HIS PROFESSIONAL
LIFE. AS ONE OF THE LEADING DANCERS OF THE MOESEYEV’S COMPANY
NIKOLAI HAS TOURED MANY COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD.

WHILE WITH THE MOESEYEV’S COMPANY, NIKOLAI ANDROSOV COMPLETED SPECIAL COURSES AT THE RUSSIAN ACADEMIC THEATRICAL SCHOOL. LATER HE USED THAT KNOWLEDGE TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL CHOREOGRAPHER.

IN 1991, NIKOLAI WAS ONE OF THE INITIATORS AND FOUNDERS OF THE
NEW GROUP OF DANCERS, WHICH WAS CALLED “RUSSIAN SEASONS”. HE
ALSO BECAME THE GROUP’S FIRST ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND
CHOREOGRAPHER, THE POSITION HE STILL HOLDS VERY SUCCESSFULLY TODAY.

HIS FIRST PROGRAMS WITH THE RUSSIAN SEASONS RECEIVED
WONDERFUL REVIEWS OF THE LOCAL AUDIENCES AND CRITICS.
SINCE 1991, THE RECOGNITION OF THE RUSSIAN AUDIENCE LEAD TO
NUMEROUS ENGAGEMENTS OF THE COMPANY IN ARGENTINA, CHILE, FRANCE, GREECE, HONG KONG, ISRAEL, JAPAN, SPAIN, TAIWAN, TURKEY, AND UNITED STATES.

OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, NIKOLAI ANDROSOV’S REPUTATION,
AS A VERY TALENTED CHOREOGRAPHER, BROUGHT HIM MANY
DIFFERENT CHOREOGRAPHY PROJECTS WITH FAMOUS BALLETS
STARS. HE HAD AN HONOR STAGING CONCERT PROGRAMS FOR THE
KIROV BALLET STAR FARUKH RUSIMATOV’S GALA IN JAPAN; MAYA PLISETSKAYA’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HER ARTISTIC LIFE GALA IN AUSTRIA; AS WELL AS COMPETITION PROGRAMS IN UNITED STATES AND JAPAN, WHERE HIS COMPOSITIIONS RECEIVED TOP PRIZES AND DIPLOMAS.

SOME OF THE RECENT ADDITIONS TO NIKOLAI ANDROSOV’S ALREADY IMPRESSIVE CREDITS ARE BALLET International AT THE BOLHOI AND KIROV THEATERS OF RUSSIA.



WHAT THE CRITICS AND PRESENTERS SAY:

“THE COMPANY’S ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPAL CHOREOGRAPHER, AS WELL AS PRINCIPAL DANCER, NIKOLAI ANDROSOV, DESERVES MUCH OF THE CREDIT FOR THE TROUPE’S HIGH ARTISTIC STANDARDS. HIS CREATIVE VISION PERVADED EVERY PIECE. A COMPANY IS ONLY AS GOOD AS IT’S DIRECTOR, AND THE RUSSIAN SEASONS IS A DAZZLING DANCE ENSEMBLE.”
-LAS VEGAS DANCE & OPERA MAGAZINE
         

“THE WELL-TONED TROUPE, A BREAKAWAY FACTION FROM THE STATE MOESEYEV FOLK DANCE COMPANY, ENGAGES TOP-NOTCH MOSCOW CHOREOGRAPHERS, AND IT SHOWS. THE DANCING IS FRESH AND CLEVER, THE STAGING ELEGANT. THE ROUSING FINALE OF THE BILLINGS COMMUNITY CONCERTS ASSOCIATION EPITOMIZED EVERYTHING COMMUNITY CONCERTS ASPIRES TO: VITALITY, PRECISION, CROWD-PLEASING EXCELLENCE.”                                   
-BILLINGS GAZETTE

         
“FROM THE TANGO TO TORAH, FROM IRISH TO NEW AGE, THE COMPANY OFFERED AN EXCEPTIONAL EVENING OF DANCE.”
-CHARLSTON GAZETTE

         

 “RESERVED, MODEST AND BUILT LIKE AN ATHLETE, ANDROSOV EMANATES THE GRACE OF A DANCER. IT IS NOT SURPRISING: HE HAS BEEN IN THE BUSINESS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, BEGINNING HIS DANCING CAREER AT A VERY EARLY AGE.”

“THE COMPANY (RUSSIAN SEASONS) ALREADY MADE A BIG STATEMENT IN THE WORLD OF DANCE. THEY ARE WONDERFUL...!”           
-MOSCOW EVENING NEWS


“THE DANCERS WERE INCREDIBLY WELL TRAINED, DISCIPLINED, GRACEFUL, ARTISTIC AND MOST HANDSOMELY ATTRACTIVE. THE CHOREOGRAPHY WAS SOME OF THE FINEST WE HAVE EVER SEEN.”
-AUSTRALIA DANCE MAGAZINE


“JOYFUL, COLOURFUL, DYNAMIC AND INTERESTING, THE DANCERS, ACCORDING TO CRITICS, PROVIDE A DAZZLING SPECTACLE ENAHCED BY STUNNING COSTUMES, A FINE MUSICAL SCORE AND BRILLIANT CHOREOGRAPHY.”
-HONG KONG STANDARD

         

“RUSSIAN SEASONS WERE SIMPLY BRILLIANT LAST NIGHT.”                                 
-SANTIAGO DE CHILE, LA TERCERA

 

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