Savcor Ballet 2013

Savcor Ballet is a miracle. This small organization, lead by Ulla and Hannu Savisalo, turned small Finnish town (pop. 35 000) to Scandinavian Metropol of Ballet. May I sound weird? But not — actually, that’s the real thing. Starting from 1995, every year, brightest Russian (and other) ballet stars performed at Savcor Ballet Festival in Mikkeli — Maya Plisetskaya, Gediminus Taranda, Nadezda Pavlova, Alexei Ratmansky, Vladimir Malakhov, Zhanna Ayupova, Diana Vishneva, Denia Matvienko, Anastasia Matvienko, Lucia Lacarra, Sabina Yapparova, Irina Perren, Oksana Bondarenko, Svetlana Zakharova….

I got rare opportunity to shoot Savcor Ballet festival in Mikkeli, Mikaeli Hall this year, starring Denis Matvienko and Anastasia Matvienko, Elizaveta Cheprasova, Viktor Ishchuk and Maribor Ballet, performing Don Quixote (3 acts), Paquita and contemporary Radio and Juliet.

In next few weeks I’m going to post photos from these 3 days of most beautiful ballet…

Mikaeli Hall in Mikkeli, Finland

Mikaeli Hall in Mikkeli, Finland

Anastasia Matvienko and Denis Matvienko in Don Quixote

Anastasia Matvienko and Denis Matvienko in Don Quixote

Anastasia Matvienko in Don Quixote

Anastasia Matvienko in Don Quixote

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Don Quixote

 

Anastasia Matvienko in Don Quixote

Anastasia and Denis Matvienko in Don Quixote

 

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Paquita

Elizaveta Cheprasova and Viktor Ishchuk in Paquita

Elizaveta Cheprasova and Viktor Ishchuk in Paquita

Elizaveta Cheprasova in Paquita

Elizaveta Cheprasova in Paquita

 

Anastasia Matvienko and Denis Matvienko in Radio and Juliet

Anastasia Matvienko and Denis Matvienko in Radio and Juliet

Anastasia Matvienko and Denis Matvienko in Radio and Juliet

Anastasia Matvienko and Denis Matvienko in Radio and Juliet

Radio and Juliet

Radio and Juliet

Anastasia Matvienko and Denis Matvienko in Radio and Juliet

Anastasia Matvienko and Denis Matvienko in Radio and Juliet

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Radio and Juliet, Denis and Anastasia Matvienko and Maribor Ballet guys

After the Don Quixote, Denis and Anastasia Matvienko and Maribor Ballet

After the Don Quixote, Denis and Anastasia Matvienko and Maribor Ballet

 

Photos by Jack Devant © with kind permission of the Savcor Ballet, special thanks to Sofia Rekola.

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