Her first foray into self-programming came two years ago with Amore, a triple bill of specially created works presented at the Coliseum. It displayed her stunning technique, long limbs and effortless extensions, alongside her skills as a dance actor.
Now Zakharova is turning up the heat quite considerably with a double bill that not only includes big names of Russian ballet, but also co-stars no less than 80 costumes designed exclusively by Chanel Creative Studio.
Those haute-couture costumes are an integral part of the main piece of this double bill, Gabrielle Chanel, which is an homage to French fashion legend Coco Chanel (1883-1971). Focussing on the real Coco Chanel’s connections with the world of dance through Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, it stars Zakharova as a suitably stylish Coco Chanel.
Choreography for Gabrielle Chanel comes from the former Bolshoi dancer Yuri Possokhov, who has choreographed extensively for companies on both sides of the Atlantic, including San Francisco Ballet, where he was resident choreographer, and Royal Danish Ballet.
The musical score comes from the versatile Russian composer Ilya Demutsky, the multiple award-winning, if controversial, creator of orchestral, as well as electronic and film music.
Gabrielle Chanel is a loosely narrative work, among whose named characters are Coco’s sister and aunt and the great dancer Serge Lifar.
The first piece of the evening is quite a different proposition. Entitled Come un Respiro (Like a Breath), it is danced to Handel’s glorious Baroque music, choreographed by the Italian contemporary dance maker Mauro Bigonzetti. Zakharova has a strong connection with Italy, as the only Russian guest principal at Milan’s prestigious La Scala.
Come un Respiro has a large Russian cast, including Zakharova’s regular partner Denis Rodkin, a principal dancer at the Bolshoi.
Svetlana Zakharova’s many fans will be beating an eager path to the Coliseum; book early to avoid disappointment.
|What||Svetlana Zakharova, Modance, Coliseum|
|Where||London Coliseum, St Martin's Lane, , London , WC2N 4ES | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
03 Dec 19 – 05 Dec 19, 19:30 Dur.: 2 hours 15 mins inc one interval
|Price||£25-£220 (+ booking fee)|
|Website||Click here to book|