Russia's VTB Bank recently announced that it will sponsor "Lady of the Camellias," a ballet opening in March at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
"Lady of the Camellias" is choreographer John Neumeier's adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' novel "La Dame aux Camelias." The ballet, which is set to the music of Frederic Chopin, is being performed in Russia for the first time.
The ballet was adapted for the Stuttgart Ballet in 1978. Neumeier produced a new version for the Hamburg Ballet three years later. "Lady of the Camellias" then became a hit for dance companies worldwide.
Svetlana Zakharova, the prima ballerina at Bolshoi, will appear in the Russian premiere alongside Edvin Revazov, a soloist from the Hamburg Ballet.
The production uses three sets of soloists and corps-de-ballet, in addition to 326 costumes created especially for the show. Jurgen Rose, a German stage designer, created the costumes and original sets of jewelry for the ballet.
VTB has made exclusive photo collections of the stage sets, articles on preparations for the show and interviews with the principal dancers available on its website.
VTB Bank has supported multiple major Bolshoi premieres and has been represented on the Bolshoi Theatre Board of Trustees since 2002. The bank is also involved in the non-profit Bolshoi Theatre Foundation.
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