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The best dancers in the world met in Dubai for the first edition of the Mosaic International Dance Fest: The Mosaic International Dance Fest which took place in Dubai on 8 and 9 November 2023 at the Dubai Opera. The best dancers from all over the world met in Dubai over these two days to discuss the future of this Festival which has all the prerogatives of being one of the largest classical and contemporary ballet festivals.

Text and photos by our contributor Marco Fraschetti

The event was attended by numerous international guests from the world of dance, from Italy Raffaele Paganini and Kledi Kadiu, from Japan Arisa Hashimoto first dancer of the National Theater of Kyoto, from Brazil Alfredo Ligabue, from Moscow the great Anna Tikhomirova first dancer of the Bolshoi Theater, Reece Clarke (Royal Ballet), Daria Pavlenko (Mariinsky Theatre), Jason Kittelberger (Choreographer), Joseph Kudra (Theater Rambert London), From England the Birmingham Royal Ballet Orchestra, Alexander Trush (Hamburg Ballet), Alice Renavand (Opera Paris), Anna Osadcenko (Stuttgart Ballet), Oleg Ivenko (Munich State Ballet), Jason Reilly (Stuttgart Ballet).

The world of dance was massively present at this presentation event of the Mosaic International Dance Fest.

This is the program that took place during two unforgettable days

Natalia Osipova – Bloom Dance 08.11.2023

The Festival opened with the Bloom Dance project, a fun program by Natalia Osipova, one of the greatest dancers of her generation. In this program, Natalia Osipova takes the lead role in an evening of solos and duets, unsurpassed in virtuosity and beauty – from timeless classics to brilliant new ballets.

Nureyev Legend and Legacy 09.11.2023

On the second day of the festival the legacy of the legendary dancer and world icon Rudolf Nureyev. «Legend and Legacy of Nureyev» is one of the major ballet events of the decade and offers the opportunity to experience the magic and artistry of Nureyev through a new generation of dancers. It features numerous highlights from Nureyev’s career, as well as new works performed by an international cast of dancers from renowned ballet companies, including the Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, the Stuttgar Ballet, the Zurich Ballet, the English National Ballet. Ballet and others.

Jason Kittelberger

It is important for me, within my company Bloom Dance Project, to bring together artists from different genres and art forms: neoclassicism, modernism, classical ballet, directors and choreographers from drama theaters, and collectively create new works with a strong combination of dancers and the creative team who inspire and promote the art of dance in its diverse forms to a wider audience. I am delighted to have an opportunity and showcase this program for the first time in Dubai as part of the Mosaic Dance Fest.

Natalia Osipova, principal dancer of the Royal Ballet in London since 2013

About Dubai Opera

In the heart of the United Arab Emirates, where cultures unite, Dubai Opera stands tall, as the main lighthouse for the performing arts in the Middle East. A global stage, where artistic languages, creative expressions, from all over the world converge and blend every day. Dubai Opera serves, unifies and inspires the community of Dubai and beyond.

Through excellence in the arts, Dubai Opera aims to build a more vibrant and inclusive society, placing Dubai at the forefront of the global cultural scene.

Aspiring to be an unrivaled global centerpiece for performing arts, encapsulating the spirit of cultural diversity, innovation, and grandeur that defines Dubai, our vision is not merely to stage performances, but to curate transformative experiences that transcend conventional boundaries of art, resonating with audiences on a profound level.

As an architectural marvel and a cultural beacon, we aim to inspire and pioneer, championing the power of performance to evoke emotion, provoke thought, and foster a shared sense of humanity.

We dare to envision a future where our grand stage serves as a vibrant intersection of cultures, ideas, and artistic expressions, reinforcing Dubai’s position as a global hub for creativity and innovation.

As a great admirer of the performing arts, I am happy for this opportunity for Dubai to have this international festival which is a true parade of stars from the world of dance, an unmissable opportunity even for those who are not very familiar with classical and contemporary ballet. A dance between the various arts like poetry in movement, I advise everyone to give themselves this opportunity to live an experience that I am sure will remain in your soul. The festival aims to be an annual event and bring the biggest names in international dance to perform in Dubai.

Marco Fraschetti

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