Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre with Bolshoi Soloists Ivan Vasiliev & Maria Vinogradova alongside First Emirati Ballerina Alia Al Neyadi

This Abu Dhabi Classics’ season will conclude with a one-of-a-kind ballet performance by the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre with leading ballet dancers from the renowned Bolshoi Theatre, Ivan Vasiliev and Maria Vinogradova, alongside the first Emirati Ballerina – Alia Al Neyadi for a one-night special performance at Emirates Palace on the April 20, 2018.

Le Corsaire, based on Lord Byron’s poem, is a classical heritage ballet first performed at the Paris Grand Opera in 1856. 

Choreographed and staged by the legend himself: Yuri Grigorovich, it incorporates all the iconic dancing scenes: Le Jardin Animé, Pas d’Esclave, the Grand Pas de Trois des Odalisques and Le Corsaire Pas de Deux, which are among classical ballet’s most iconic and performed excerpts. Yuri Grigorovich first staged this ballet in 1994 at the Bolshoi Theatre.  

The story follows the adventures of Conrad, chief of the pirates, and Medora, the young Greek woman he loves. Le Corsaire, much like another famous pirate tale, glosses over kidnapping while focusing on the adventures and romance.

This season’s Abu Dhabi Classics programme is organized by the Department of Culture and Tourism and produced by Flash Entertainment.

Tickets are available now on sale with prices starting from AED 205. Book your tickets at and all Virgin Megastores across the UAE.

Nirvana Travel & Tourism, the official Travel Agent Partner, is providing hotel packages for the show. For package information, visit and to book call +971 2 627 7997 Ext. 2


Ivan Vladimirovitch
Vasiliev is a Russian ballet dancer born in Vladivostok, on 9 January 1989. He graduated from the Bielorussian Ballet School in 2006.

Early on, he won prizes that include First Prize and Best Dancer Prize at the Arabesque-96 Ballet Competition in Perm in 2005, First Prize at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2006, Special Distinction of the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2006, Rising Star of Soul of Dance Award in 2008, one of "25 to Watch" of Dance Magazine 2008,[2] Benois Prix de la Danse in 2009, Virtuosity Prize of International Dance Open in Saint Peterburg in 2010, followed by the Grand Prix the following year and Best Dancer of 2011 UK Critic's Award. In 2014 he was granted the title of "Honoured Artist of Russia". In 2015, by public poll, he was awarded Discovery of the Year QG Prize, for his first ballet evening as choreographer.

Vasiliev joined the Bolshoi Ballet in the end of 2006, as first soloist. When 2010 came to an end he had already performed the leading roles in Le Corsaire, Flames of Paris, Don Quixote, Giselle, La Fille Mal-Gardée, Spartacus, Petrouchka, The Nutcracker, La Esmeralda, La Bayadére and been promoted to the rank of principal of Bolshoi Ballet; he was the last dancer to be coached by Roland Petit in the role of Le Jeune Homme, and had joined The Kings of The Dance international group of male dancer stars.
Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova, his then-fiancée left their company in the end of 2011, in the search for wider artistic horizons. They both became principals of Mikhailovsky Theatre, in Saint Petersburg, with plenty of freedom to perform worldwide as guests. Vasiliev became regular guest principal at the American Ballet Theatre, La Scala di Milano and Bolshoi. He also performed leading roles in Mariinsky Theatre, Stanislavsky Theatre, Novosibirsk Theatre, English National Ballet, Bayrisches Staatsballet, and Australian Ballet. The Kings of The Dance initiative took him to many countries during 5 years. In 2015 he became regular principal also in the Novosibirsk Theatre.

Beginning in 2015, Vasiliev started to dedicate himself to choreography too. He staged an evening in the spring of 2015 with short pieces, an evening with 3 one-act ballets in the spring with 2016, and a full length Christmas ballet the following winter. In May 2016, one more one-act ballet was presented in the scope of Project for Young Choreographers in Bolshoi.

Maria Vinogradova

Vinogradova was born in Moscow, Russia.  In 2006 she graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (teacher Natalia Revich) and was admitted to the Bolshoi Ballet Company. She rehearsed under the guidance of Tatyana Golikova. 

She is currently rehearsing under the direction of Nina Semizorova, and has a series of repertoires under her belt, performing in renowned productions over the years including Carmen Suite by J. Bizet in 2006, The Nutcracker by P. Tchaikovsky from 2007-2008, The Sleeping Beauty also by P. Tchaikovsky in 2007, Swan Lake in 2012, Diamonds of the ballet Jewels in 2013, and the part of the Juliet in the production of Romeo and Juliet – amongst a variety of other acclaimed ballet productions.    

Alia Abdulla Ali Al Neyadi

Born in 1993, Alia first began ballet as a three-year-old while watching her mother – a professional ballet dancer from Ukraine – instruct students at Loyola University in New Orleans, United States.
At the age of five, she officially began her ballet training in Abu Dhabi at the Cultural Foundation, being one of just five Emirati girls to take up the dance form. Four years later she stood on her toes for the first time ‘en pointe’ and became recognised as the very first Emirati ballerina.
Her years of professional training in the UAE saw her become a member of the Fantasia Ballet – the first ballet school in the country. Her repertoire includes classical ballet, modern, jazz, Latin and character/folk.
Alia has performed in numerous competitions and festivals including within the UAE and overseas in the United States, Ukraine and Bulgaria.
She was honoured in 2009 at L’Officiel Middle East: Arab Woman Awards with ‘Talent of the Year’ and at the GR8 Middle East Awards in 2013 as ‘Best Talent’.

Alia, a BA graduate from Zayed University in Abu Dhabi who is currently working with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi,   says: “When I dance, there’s a point to every piece. I base dancing on my experiences – this is what helps me embody the piece.”

Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre Choreographic School

Donetsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after A. Solovyanenko was established in 1932 in Lugansk on the basis of fit-up theatre of Right-bank Ukraine. Since 15 March 1932 the theatre was transferred to Donetsk theatre group. The first season opened on September 1, 1932 with opera Prince Igor composed by Alexander Borodin. On April 12, 1941, the Theatre opened the season in the new theater building by premiere of Mikhail Glinka's Ivan Susanin.[3][4] On August 7, same year, the premiere of the first ballet performance Laurencia by Alexander Crain was held. After the outbreak of the Great Patriotic War part of the company was evacuated to Kirghizia, later, in June 1942, the theater moved to Przhevalsk city, where actors held concerts in hospitals and military units. In January 1944 the theater returned to Stalino and already in September, right after the liberation of the Donetsk Basin a premiere of Alexander Borodin's Prince Igor took place.

On October 2, 1977, the Theater was awarded with Academic status for significant contribution to the development of Soviet art. In 1992 the Choreographic School of Vadim Pisarev, the People's Artist of Ukraine, was established in the Theater. Starting from 1994 the Theater has been hosting the International Festival "World Ballet Stars", Vadim Pisarev is as well the founder and art director. On December 9, 1999 by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the theater was named after Soviet Ukrainian opera singer A. Solovyanenko.

Many famous artists started their career in Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, among them Yuri Gulayev, Anatoliy Solovyanenko, Nickolay Momot, Valentin Zemlyanskiy,Alexander Korobeychenko and others - they were the People's artists of Ukraine. The Theatre was named after prominent opera tenor Anatoliy Solovyanenko, awardee of Taras Shevchenko and Lenin Prizes, who was born in Donetsk. In different years on the stage of Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre such stars of Soviet Union art danced and sang, as Ivan Kozlovsky and Sergei Lemeshev, Maria Bieshu, Olga Lepeshinskaya, Marina Semenova, Klavdiya Shulzhenko and many others. 

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  • 20 Apr 2018
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